Groundwater Monitoring - Albany-Dougherty County Area, Georgia

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Long-term heavy pumping from the Claiborne, Clayton, and Upper Cretaceous aquifers, which underlie the Upper Floridan aquifer, has resulted in significant water-level declines in these deep aquifers in the Albany, Georgia area.

These declines have raised concern over the ability of the deeper aquifers to meet the increasing demand for potable water supply. To address these concerns USGS is working with Albany Water, Gas, and Light Commission to monitor water-level declines and water-quality changes.

Groundwater Monitoring Program for the Albany-Dougherty County Area, Georgia 
South Atlantic Water Science Center

Problem

Long-term heavy pumping from the Claiborne, Clayton, and Upper Cretaceous aquifers, which underlie the Upper Floridan aquifer, has resulted in significant water-level declines in these deep aquifers in the Albany area. These declines have raised concern over the ability of the deeper aquifers to meet the increasing demand for potable water supply. To provide additional water and reduce the demand on the deeper aquifers, the Albany Water Gas, and Light Commission (WGL) has developed a large well field southwest of Albany. The supply wells at this location primarily tap the Upper Floridan aquifer, a karstic unit that is the uppermost reliable source of water in the area. Because of local recharge to the aquifer, water quality may be affected by land use. The groundwater flow system and water quality of the Upper Floridan aquifer in the vicinity of the wellfield is complex. Monitoring is necessary to detect changes in the water level and water quality. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with WGL, is conducting a monitoring program for early detection of water-level declines and water-quality changes.

Objectives

  • Monitor water-level fluctuations in the four deep aquifers in the Albany area and relate water-level trends to changes in climatic conditions and pumping patterns.
  • Describe the groundwater flow and water quality of the Upper Floridan aquifer near the new well field in the southwestern Albany area.

Groundwater Monitoring Network

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Groundwater monitoring sites

This map shows all of the Groundwater-level recorders and monthly-monitoring sites in the Albany area. Select a well from the list to get a graph of water levels for the past year.

Map of the Groundwater-level recorders and monthly-monitoring sites in the Albany, Ga.  area
Groundwater monitoring sitesThis map shows all of the Groundwater-level recorders and monthly-monitoring sites in the Albany area. Select a well from the list to get a graph of water levels for the past year.

Select a well name to get a graph of water levels for the past year:

USGS Well Name , Site Name, Aquifer
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  • 11K003 (real time)—Nilo TW North, EPD, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 11L002—EPD Albany Nursery, Clayton Aquifer
  • 12K014 (real time)—Blue Springs OW, EPD, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 12K180—City of Albany, MW-2, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 12L019—City of Albany, Claiborne Aquifer
  • 12L020—City of Albany, Clayton Aquifer
  • 12L021—City of Albany, Providence Aquifer
  • 12L277—City of Albany, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 12L373—City of Albany, MW-1, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 12M017 (real time)—EPD, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 13L002—EPD, Turner City 2, Clayton Aquifer
  • 13L015—Turner 2, Claiborne Aquifer
  • 13L049—Turner 1, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 13L180 (real time)—MCLB Corehole 3, EPD, Upper Floridan Aquifer
  • 12L376 (monthly)—City of Albany, Surficial Aquifer

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Maps:

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 1998.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 1998.

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, March, 1999.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, March, 1999
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, August, 2000.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, August, 2000.>>  Go to the Groundwater Monitoring in the Albany Area home page. (Public domain.)

 

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2001.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2001.

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2002.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2002.

 

Map showing the Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, September 2003.
Map showing the Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, September 2003.

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2004.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2004

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2005.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2005.

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2007.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, October, 2007.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2008.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2008.

 

Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2009.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2009. 
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2010.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2010.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2011.
Potentiometric surface of the Upper Floridan aquifer, southwestern Albany area, Georgia, November, 2011.