Groundwater Seepage data (Florida Keys)Entry ID: USGS_SOFIA_fk_gw_seep
Abstract: The dataset contains information and data collected during the seepage meter (groundwater seepage) experiments along the Florida Keys on both the Florida Bay and Atlantic Ocean sides.
Treated sewage is injected into the limestone under the Florida Keys via on-site disposal systems (OSDs). There are 25,000 septic tank systems, approximately 5,000 cesspools, and approximately 1000 class ... 5 injection wells. Depths of injection wells ranges from 10 to 30 meters. Excessive algal growth, coral diseases and both marine grass and sponge mortality is perceived by the local population, NOAA, and EPA to be caused by sewage nutrients leaking from groundwater on both sides of the Florida Keys. Determining the rate and direction of saline groundwater movement beneath the Key, and the Florida Bay was considered critical to understanding the fate and effects of subsurface waste water disposal n the Florida Keys. The objective of this research was to determine the rate, direction of flow, and contamination levels of saline groundwater in the Florida Keys and Florida Bay. Contamination studies are necessary to determine if nutrient and other contaminant levels are rising and to provide a baseline of data for future decision making.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Gene Shinn (retired) Chris Reich; Don Hickey; Ann Tihansky
Dataset Title: Groundwater Seepage data (Florida Keys)
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Data Presentation Form: spreadsheetsOnline Resource: http://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/shinn/
Start Date: 1995-07-07Stop Date: 1996-08-20
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Distribution Size: 0.088
Distribution Format: MS Excel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 727 803-8747 ext 3032
Fax: 727 803-2032
Email: creich at usgs.gov
600 Fourth St. South
City: St. Petersburg
Province or State: FL
Postal Code: 33701
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: alicia.m.aleman at nasa.gov
Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Shinn, E. A., Reese, R. S.; Reich, C. D., 1994, Fate and pathways of injection-well effluent in the Florida Keys, USGS Open-File Report, 94-276, Florida, U. S. Geological Survey.
Reich, C. D., 1996, Diver-operated manometer: a simple device for measuring hydraulic head in underwater wells, Journal of Sedimentary Rresearch, v. 66 n. ... 5, Tulsa, OK, S E P M Society for Sedimentary Research, Journal of Sedimentary Research table of contents and abstracts are open access. Full text articles are available to non-member subscribers or pay-per-view at two websites accessed from the JSR website.
Halley, R. B., Vacher, H. L.; Shinn, E. A., 1997, Geology and Hydrogeology of the Florida Keys, Developments in Sedimentology, Geology and hydrogeology of carbonate islands, Doorwerth, The Netherlands, Elsevier Science B. V., This chapter was originally published in Geology and Hydrology of Carbonate Islands, Developments in Sedimentology 54, edited by H. L. Vacher and T. Quinn.
Paul, J. H., Rose, J. B.; Brown, J.; Shinn, E. A.; Miller, S.; Farrah, S. R., 1995, Viral tracer studies indicate contamination of marine waters by sewage disposal practices in Key Largo, Florida, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, v. 61, n. 6, Washington, DC, American Society for Microbiology, The full article may be downloaded from the AEM website.
Paul, J. H., Rose, J. B.; Jiang, S.; Kellogg, C.; Shinn, E. A., 1995, Occurrence of fecal indicator bacteria in surface waters and the subsurface aquifer in Key Largo, Florida, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, v. 61, n. 6, Washington, DC, American Society for Microbiology,
The full article may be downloaded from the AEM website.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-01-11
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-06-02