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Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada

September 27, 2018

The Williston Basin contains important oil and gas resources for the Nation. Freshwater supplies are limited in this semiarid area, and oil and gas development can require large volumes of freshwater. Groundwater is the primary source of water for many water users in the Williston Basin, so to better understand these resources, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessed the groundwater availability in this area. The final phase of this assessment included a computer model that simulates how groundwater flows in the aquifer systems and simulates how changes in water use and natural conditions may affect the water resources. These results provide a tool for land and water-resource managers to determine how water can be used for multiple purposes in the Williston Basin. For additional information about this assessment and more in-depth descriptions and results, see Long and others (2018).

Publication Year 2018
Title Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada
DOI 10.3133/fs20183046
Authors Joanna N. Thamke, Andrew J. Long, Kyle W. Davis
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2018-3046
Index ID fs20183046
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization WY-MT Water Science Center