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Simulated Groundwater-Contributing Areas to Selected Streams, Ponds, Coastal Water Bodies, and Production Wells, Plymouth-Carver Region and Cape Cod, Massachusetts


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Carlson, C.S., Masterson, J.P., Walter, D.A., and Barbaro, J.R., 2017, Simulated groundwater-contributing areas to selected streams, ponds, coastal water bodies, and production wells, Plymouth-Carver region and Cape Cod, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assisted the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) with the Massachusetts Estuary Project (MEP), by delineating groundwater-contributing areas to various hydrologic features including ponds, streams, and coastal water bodies, throughout southeastern Massachusetts. These contributing areas were delineated over a 6-year period from 2003 to 2008 using previously published USGS groundwater-flow models for the Plymouth-Carver region (Masterson and others, 2009), the Sagamore (western) and Monomoy (eastern) flow lenses of Cape Cod (Walter and Whealan, 2005), and lower Cape Cod (Masterson, 2004). The original USGS groundwater-contributing areas were subsequently revised in some locations [...]


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The data series report (Carlson and others, 2017; refer to the "Related External Resources" section above) associated with this data release describes the process used to create the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) groundwater-contributing areas. This data release serves to publish all the original USGS groundwater contributing area results as shapefiles in their original format in a single, publicly accessible publication.
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DOI doi:10.5066/F7V69H2Z

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