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INVESTIGATION OF HYDROGEOLOGIC MAPPING TO DELINEATE PROTECTION ZONES AROUND SPRINGS: REPORT OF TWO CASE STUDIES

Citation:

Jensen, M. E., M. Lowe, AND M. Wireman. INVESTIGATION OF HYDROGEOLOGIC MAPPING TO DELINEATE PROTECTION ZONES AROUND SPRINGS: REPORT OF TWO CASE STUDIES. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-97/023, 1997.

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Description:

Methods commonly used to delineate protection zones for water-supply wells are often not directly applicable for springs. This investigation focuses on the use of hydrogeologic mapping methods to identify physical and hydrologic features that control ground-water flow to springs to aid in delineating springhead protection zones. Two public-supply springs were selected as study sites to represent diverse geologic settings. One spring discharges from fractured dolomite and one from fractured siltstone, sandstone, and shale. Hydrogeologic mapping techniques, as applied in this study, are methods for mapping geologic or hydrologic features or geophysical/geochemical signatures of subsurface features. These data are often supplemented with information from subsurface investigations to aid in extrapolating surface results to aquifer depths. In this investigation, geologic mapping, fracture-trace analysis, topographic analysis, catch- ment area estimation, geochemical characterization, elemental isotope studies, and a tracer study were used to locate and describe potential ground-water flow boundaries and pathways and develop conceptual models for site hydrogeology. Results were integrated to estimate the zones of contribution to each spring and evaluated for use in the delineation of potential protection zones. Data from borings and hydraulic tests supported this characterization by providing direct and indirect information regarding subsurface lithology and hydraulic parameters. In these case studies, results of hydrogeologic mapping allowed development of the conceptual model for site hydrology and evaluation of potential ground-water flow controls. Although definitive groundwater flow boundaries suitable for delineation of practicable protection zones could not be identified at either site, these techniques provided sufficient information to support an initial evaluation of potential protection zones. These results would also serve as a strong basis for additional investigations if more detailed or reliable delineations were warranted. This report was submitted in fulfillment of CR-817607 by the Utah Department of Environmental Quality under the partial sponsorship of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This report covers a period from November 1990 to May 1993, and work was completed as of May 1993.

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Project Summary

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 07/01/1997
Record Last Revised: 08/09/2012
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 23457

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY