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Assessing the Vulnerability of a Municipal Well Field to Contamination in a Karst Aquifer

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2005

Citation

Renken, R A, Cunningham, K J, Zygnerski, M R, Wacker, M A, Shapiro, A M, Harvey, R W, Metge, D W, Osborn, C L, and Ryan, J N, 2005, Assessing the Vulnerability of a Municipal Well Field to Contamination in a Karst Aquifer: Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, v. 11, iss. 4, p. 319-331.

Summary

Proposed expansion of extractive lime-rock mines near the Miami–Dade County Northwest well field and Everglades wetland areas has garnered intense scrutiny by government, public, environmental stakeholders, and the media because of concern that mining will increase the risk of pathogen contamination. Rock mines are excavated to the same depth as the well field's primary producing zone. The underlying karst Biscayne aquifer is a triple-porosity system characterized by (1) a matrix of interparticle porosity and separate vug porosity; (2) touching-vug porosity that forms preferred, stratiform passageways; and, less commonly, (3) conduit porosity formed by thin solution pipes, bedding-plane vugs, and cavernous vugs. Existing ground-water [...]

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DOI http://sciencebase.gov/vocab/identifierScheme 10.2113/11.4.319

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