U.S. Geological Survey
Open-File Report 2006-1146
The hydrogeologic characteristics of the unconsolidated glacial outwash sand and gravel deposits that compose the northeast portion of the alluvial aquifer at Louisville, Kentucky, indicate a prolific water-bearing formation with approximately 7 billion gallons of ground-water storage and an estimated sustainable yield of over 280 million gallons per day. This abundance of ground water and the need to properly develop and manage this resource has prompted many past investigations (since 1956), which have produced reports, maps, and data files covering a variety of topics relative to the movement, availability, and use of ground water in this area. These data have been compiled into a single report to assist in future development and use of the ground-water resources.
Available ground-water data for the alluvial aquifer at Louisville, Kentucky, from Beargrass Creek to Harrods Creek, were compiled from the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Information System and the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository. Data contained in these databases include ground-water well-construction details and historical ground-water levels, drillers’ logs, and water-quality information. Additional data and information were gathered from project files at the U.S. Geological Survey–-Kentucky Water Science Center and files at the Louisville Water Company. Information contained in these files included data from area pumping tests describing aquifer characteristics and ground-water flow.
Data describing current conditions of the ground-water system in the northeast portion of the alluvial aquifer also are included. Ground-water levels from a network of observation wells show recent trends in the flow system, and information from the Kentucky Division of Water–Groundwater Branch lists current permitted ground-water withdrawals in the area.
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Purpose and Scope
Available Hydrogeologic Data
Alluvial Aquifer Observation-Well Network
Well Information Stored in the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Information System
and the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository
Aquifer Test Results and Aquifer Characteristics
Unthank, M.D., and Nelson Jr., Hugh L., 2006, Summary of Available Hydrogeologic Data for the Northeast Portion of the Alluvial Aquifer at Louisville, Kentucky: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1146, 60 p.
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