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Coastal Sound Science Initiative: A Scientific Study Of Groundwater Use In Coastal Georgia

PIs: Gregory S. Cherry and Dorothy F. Payne (U.S. Geological Survey)

Support: Cooperative program between USGS and Georgia EPD

Timeframe: 10/06 - 09/08 (phase II)

Project Overview:
(the following text is taken from the GA EPD website, http://www.gadnr.org/cws/) --

          The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has completed a plan to manage the water resources of the state’s coastal region. The “Coastal Georgia Water and Wastewater Permitting Plan for Managing Saltwater Intrusion” is based on the scientific findings of a seven-year study of groundwater use in the 24-county coastal area. The study is called the Sound Science Initiative and was done to address the concern that pumping of groundwater in the region is allowing salt water to seep into the Floridan aquifer, a principal source of drinking water.


[USGS website links open in new windows]

Application of Ground-Water Flow and Solute-Transport Models to Simulate Selected Ground-Water Management Scenarios in Coastal Georgia and Adjacent Parts of South Carolina and Florida, 2000—2100, http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2006/5077

Simulation of Saltwater Movement in the Upper Floridan Aquifer in the Savannah, Georgia–Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Area, Predevelopment–2004, and Projected Movement for 2000 Pumping Conditions, http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2006/5058/

Hydrogeology, Water Quality, and Saltwater Intrusion in the Upper Floridan Aquifer in the Offshore Area near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Tybee Island, Georgia, 1999–2002, http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2005/5134/

Hydrogeology, Water Quality, and Water-Supply Potential of the Lower Floridan Aquifer, Coastal Georgia, 1999–2002, http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2005/5124/

Simulation of Ground-Water Flow in Coastal Georgia and Adjacent Parts of South Carolina and Florida—Predevelopment, 1980, and 2000, http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2005/5089/

Simulation of Selected Ground-Water Pumping Scenarios at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1148/

Other coastal Georgia groundwater publications from the US Geological Survey:

Ground-water conditions and Studies in Georgia, 2004-2005 U. S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report (2007). Report number 5017, by David C. Leeth, Michael F. Peck, and Jaime A. Painter. http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2007/5017/

Simulation and Particle-Tracking Analysis of Ground-Water Flow near the Savannah River Site, Georgia and South Carolina, 2002, and for Selected Ground-Water Management Scenarios, 2002 and 2020, http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2006/5195/

U.S. Geological Survey Georgia Water Science Center and City of Brunswick– Glynn County Cooperative Water Program—Summary of Activities, July 2005 through June 2006, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1368/

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