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Groundwater conditions in Georgia, 2015–16

February 21, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey collects groundwater data and conducts studies to monitor hydrologic conditions, define groundwater resources, and address problems related to water supply, water use, and water quality. In Georgia, water levels were monitored continuously at 157 wells during calendar years 2015 and 2016. Because of missing data or short periods of record (less than 5 years) for several of these wells, data for 147 wells are presented in this report. These wells include 15 in the surficial aquifer system, 18 in the Brunswick aquifer system and equivalent sediments, 59 in the Upper Floridan aquifer, 13 in the Lower Floridan aquifer and underlying units, 9 in the Claiborne aquifer, 1 in the Gordon aquifer, 8 in the Clayton aquifer, 16 in the Cretaceous aquifer system, 2 in Paleozoic-rock aquifers, and 6 in crystalline-rock aquifers. Data from the well network indicate that water levels generally rose during the 10-year period from 2007 through 2016, with water levels rising in 105 wells and declining in 31 wells; insufficient data prevented determination of a 10-year trend in 11 wells. Water levels declined over the long-term period of record at 80 wells, increased at 62 wells, and remained relatively constant at 5 wells.

In addition to continuous water-level data, periodic water-level data were collected and used to construct potentiometric-surface maps for the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Brunswick–Glynn County area during October 2015 and October 2016 and in the Albany–Dougherty County area during December 2015 and November and December 2016. Periodic water-level measurements were also collected and used to construct potentiometric-surface maps for the Cretaceous aquifer system in the Augusta–Richmond County area during July 2015 and June 2016. In general, water levels in the Upper Floridan aquifer were higher during 2015 than during 2016 in the Brunswick–Glynn County and Albany–Dougherty County areas due to higher precipitation during 2015. Water levels were lower, however, during 2015 than during 2016 in the Cretaceous aquifer system in the Augusta–Richmond County area.

In the Brunswick area, maps showing the chloride concentration of water in the Upper Floridan aquifer constructed using data collected from 33 wells during October 2015 and from 30 wells during October 2016 indicate that chloride concentrations remained above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s secondary drinking-water standard in an approximately 2-square-mile area. During calendar years 2015–16, chloride concentrations generally were similar to those measured during 2012–14; however, some wells did show an increase in chloride concentration, likely due to increases in pumping.

Publication Year 2018
Title Groundwater conditions in Georgia, 2015–16
DOI 10.3133/sir20175142
Authors Debbie W. Gordon, Jaime A. Painter
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Scientific Investigations Report
Series Number 2017-5142
Index ID sir20175142
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization South Atlantic Water Science Center