Areas at high risk of nitrogen contamination of groundwater

Map of the U.S. showing areas of high risk for nitrogen contamination of groundwater.

Detailed Description

Modeling integrates information to estimate risks of nitrate contamination to shallow ground water

One USGS model, based on nationwide data, was developed to estimate the risk of nitrate contamination to shallow ground water across the United States.(30) The model integrates nitrogen inputs and aquifer vulnerability by use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Nitrogen inputs include commercial fertilizer and manure application rates, atmospheric contributions, and population densities (the latter representing residential and urban nitrogen sources, such as septic systems, fertilizers, and domestic animal waste). Aquifer vulnerability is represented by soil-drainage characteristics—the ease with which water and chemicals can seep to ground water—and the extent to which woodlands are interspersed with cropland.

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Image Dimensions: 1370 x 801

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Location Taken: US

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The quality of our nation's waters; nutrients and pesticides
US Geological Survey Circular 1225: The quality of our nation's waters; nutrients and pesticides. 'The quality of our nation's waters,' designed to describe major findings of the National Water-Quality Assessment Program regarding water-quality issues of regional and national concern.