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Reconnaissance of ground-water resources in the lower Gunnison River basin, southwestern Colorado

January 1, 1985

Information about ground-water quantity and quality in the lower Gunnison River basin assists in developing, appropriating, and managing the basin 's water resources. Hydrogeologic data are presented for 51 wells and 61 springs. Chemical analyses are given for 34 wells and 17 springs. Drillers ' reports for 71 wells are included. Springs normally discharge from short alluvial flow systems and commonly are less saline than well water. These springs are a calcium magnesium bicarbonate water type. Spring discharges of as much as 200 gallons per minute were measured. The most productive wells in the study area are completed in alluvium, with reported yields of as much as 750 gallons per minute for an irrigation well. Alluvial gravels are most productive. Specific-conductance values of water samples from alluvial deposits ranged from 80 to 32,200 micromhos per centimeter at 25 Celsius. The Mancos Shale and Mesaverde Formation include aquifers with large areal extents. Reported yields of wells completed in the Mesaverde Formation range from 0.7 to 24 gallons per minute. The Dakota Sandstone, Morrison Formation, and Entrada Sandstone include potential aquifers of lesser extent. Reported yields of wells completed in the Dakota Sandstone range 5 to 14 gallons per minute in the study area. Specific-conductance values of water samples from the Mesaverde Formation ranged from 325 to 5,390 micromhos per centimeter at 25 Celsius. Insufficient data prevented water-quality analysis of other rock units. (USGS)

Publication Year 1985
Title Reconnaissance of ground-water resources in the lower Gunnison River basin, southwestern Colorado
DOI 10.3133/wri844185
Authors Tom Brooks, D. J. Ackerman
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series Number 84-4185
Index ID wri844185
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse