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Synopsis of saltwater intrusion in Dade County, Florida, through 1984

January 1, 1994

The inland position of saltwater at the base of the highly permeable limestone of the Biscayne aquifer in Dade County in 1984 is a consequence of: (1) years of adjustment to lowered water levels resulting from regional drainage for flood control and land reclamation; (2) increased freshwater withdrawals; and (3) water-control and water-management practices implemented at the south part of the hydrologic system as well as in upgradient areas. As water demands in southeast Florida continue to increase, further intrusion could be related to increased pumping from well fields. Implementation of additional management practices to further reduce canal discharge to the ocean would tend to sustain water levels high enough to retard intrusion during dry seasons. (USGS)

Citation Information

Publication Year 1985
Title Synopsis of saltwater intrusion in Dade County, Florida, through 1984
DOI 10.3133/wri854101
Authors Howard Klein, Bradley G. Waller
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series Number 85-4101
Index ID wri854101
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization