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Assessment of Surficial and Brunswick Aquifer Systems, Coastal Georgia

Project Chief: Sherlyn Priest
Cooperator: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. Camden County Glynn County, Liberty County Development Authority, McIntosh County, City of Ludowici
Year started: 2002


Map of the study area

The Upper Floridan aquifer is the primary source of water in the coastal area of Georgia. Declining water levels and localized occurrences of saltwater contamination in the Upper Floridan aquifer have resulted in the Georgia Environmental Protection Division capping permitted withdrawals at 1997 rates from the Upper Floridan aquifer in parts of the coastal area. These restrictions have prompted interest in developing supplemental sources of ground water, including the surficial and Brunswick aquifer systems. The surficial aquifer system includes the water table and semiconfined zones; the Brunswick aquifer system includes the upper and lower Brunswick aquifers (Clarke, 2003).


  • Characterize the geologic and water-bearing properties of the surficial and Brunswick aquifer systems.
  • Characterize the water quality of the surficial and Brunswick aquifer systems.
  • Develop monitoring network for management of the surficial and Brunswick aquifer systems.

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