(Draft version) GO 571

Regional Aquifer Systems

Class Term Project Presentations



The last online lecture of our series, was prepared by the students of GO 571, Class of 2009. The following pages are provided as a complement to chapters 7 and 8 in the textbook by Fetter. Aquifers or aquifer systems located in the home states of class participants were reported on, with the intent of drawing on students' local experience, insight, and motivation to become better acquainted with "home-town hydrology". Four students reported on unconsolidated alluvial aquifers in river valleys (Corning) and in tectonic Basins (Tuscon, Santa Fe, Bald Mountain) and one reported on a glacial drift aquifer (Abbotsford Sumas). Others reported on mid-continent lithified sedimentary sequences (Flint Hill, Neva, Ozark, and Audrain County). One described a coastal plain system (Biscayne). Each report is unique. Please read through each paper as you ponder subtle and dramatic distinctions between Earth's aquifer systems, and are introduced to natural, artificial, and political issues associated with these differences. Enjoy your"virtual hydrogeologic road trip" through the U.S. and Canada


  • John BarkerAquifers of the Tucson Active Management Area
  • Ken DavidsonThe Flint Hills Aquifer in Kansas
  • Darrel DrakeThe Neva Limestone Aquifer (under construction)
  • Neal FarrarThe Ozark Aquifer
  • Harry JenkinsThe Biscayne aquifer in South Florida (under construction)
  • Graham MarkowitzThe Middle Rio Grande Aquifer System(Santa Fe Group)
  • Tracy McCrum-JensenThe Basin and Range Carbonate-Rock Aquifer near the Bald Mountain gold mine(under contstruction)
  • Jay RaoAbbotsford Sumas Aquifer in British Columbia and Washington
  • Blake SmothermanKarst Subsidence in the Mississippian Aquifer of Audrain County, MO
  • Stephanie Trump The Corning Aquifer (Western New York)