Groundwater Seepage in the Florida KeysEntry ID: USGS_SOFIA_grndwtr_seepage
Abstract: This project installed seepage meters to measure the volume of groundwater seepage into the overlying marine environment. The water will be analyzed for major nutrient levels. The data from this project include the site and values of seepage flux.
The Florida Keys contain 25,000 septic tank systems, approximately 5000 cesspools, and 1000 class 5 injection wells. Depth of injection ... wells ranges from 10 to 30 meters. Excessive algal growth, coral diseases, and both marine grass and sponge lortality is perceived to be caused by sewage nutrients leaking from roundwater on both sides of the Florida Keys. Determining the volume and composition of groundwaters seeping into the marine environment from teh sea floor is vital to management decisions on the area. The objective of this study was to determine the volume and composition of groundwaters seeping upward through the rock water interface into Florida Bay and the coral reef tract. Submarine groundwater input into Florida Bay has been ignored by modelers and results show current models are likely to be erroneous. An additional major product will be an improved seepage meter design.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Gene Shinn (retired) Chris Reich; Robert Halley; Ron Reese
Dataset Title: Groundwater Seepage in the Florida Keys
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Data Presentation Form: spreadsheetsOnline Resource: http://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/grndwtr_seepage/
Start Date: 1995-07-17Stop Date: 1996-08-20
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > SEWAGE DISPOSAL
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > CORAL REEFS
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
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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. http://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/papers/keys_geohydro/
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.
Shinn, Eugene A., Reich, Christopher D.; Hickey, T. Donald, 2002, Seepage Meters and Bernoulli's Revenge, Estuaries, v. 25, n. 1, Port Republic, MD, Estuarine Research Federation. http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/jbmartin/website/classes/Surface_Grou...
Reich, C. D., Shinn, E. A.; Hickey, T. D.; Tihansky, A. B., 2001, Tidal and Meterological Influences of Shallow Marine Groundwater Flow in the Upper Florida Keys, Boca Raton, FL, Publisher: CRC Press, in The Everglades, Florida Bay and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys: An Ecosystem Source-book. Porter, J. W. And Porter, K. G., eds
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DIF Creation Date: 2008-03-17
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27