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Groundwater Monitoring Program for the Albany-Dougherty County Area

Project Number: 2503-0021S
Project Chief: Debbie Warner Gordon
Cooperator: Albany Water, Gas, and Light Commission
Year started: 1977

Problem

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Long-term heavy pumping from the Claiborne, Clayton, and Upper Cretaceous aquifers, which underlie the Upper Floridan aquifer, has resulted in significant water-level declines in these deep aquifers in the Albany area. These declines have raised concern over the ability of the deeper aquifers to meet the increasing demand for potable water supply. To provide additional water and reduce the demand on the deeper aquifers, the Albany Water Gas, and Light Commission (WGL) has developed a large well field southwest of Albany. The supply wells at this location primarily tap the Upper Floridan aquifer, a karstic unit that is the uppermost reliable source of water in the area. Because of local recharge to the aquifer, water quality may be affected by land use. The groundwater flow system and water quality of the Upper Floridan aquifer in the vicinity of the wellfield is complex. Monitoring is necessary to detect changes in the water level and water quality. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with WGL, is conducting a monitoring program for early detection of water-level declines and water-quality changes. View a site-location map to access information about individual groundwater monitoring sites.

Objectives

  • Monitor water-level fluctuations in the four deep aquifers in the Albany area and relate water-level trends to changes in climatic conditions and pumping patterns.
  • Describe the groundwater flow and water quality of the Upper Floridan aquifer near the new well field in the southwestern Albany area.

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