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USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science Initiative
Interest and activity in aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) in southern Florida has increased greatly during the past 10 to 15 years. ASR wells have been drilled to the carbonate Floridan aquifer system at 30 sites in southern Florida, mostly by local municipalities or counties located in coastal areas. The primary storage zone at these sites is contained within the brackish to saline Upper Floridan aquifer of the Floridan aquifer system. The strategy for use of ASR in southern Florida is to store excess freshwater available during the wet season in an aquifer and recover it during the dry season when needed for supplemental water supply. Each ASR cycle is defined by three periods: recharge, storage, and recovery.
This fact sheet summarizes some of the findings of a second phase retrospective assessment of existing ASR facilities and sites.
Reese, R.S., 2006, Review of Aquifer Storage and Recovery Performance in the Upper Floridan Aquifer in Southern Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2006-3126, 2 p.