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Open-File Report 2009-1084

Prepared in cooperation with the Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) and the Power Plant Assessment Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Potentiometric Surface of the Upper Patapsco Aquifer in Southern Maryland, September 2007

By Stephen E. Curtin (USGS), David C. Andreasen (MGS), and Andrew W. Staley (MGS)

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This report presents a map showing the potentiometric surface of the upper Patapsco aquifer in the Patapsco Formation of Early Cretaceous age in Southern Maryland during September 2007. The map is based on water-level measurements in 50 wells. The highest measured water level was 120 feet above sea level near the northern boundary and outcrop area of the aquifer in northern Anne Arundel County. From this area, the potentiometric surface declined to the south toward a well field in the Annapolis-Arnold area, and from all directions toward four cones of depression. These cones are located in the Waldorf-La Plata area, Chalk Point-Prince Frederick area, Swan Point subdivision in southern Charles County, and the Lexington Park-St. Inigoes area. The lowest measured ground-water level was 44 feet below sea level at Arnold, 106 feet below sea level south of Waldorf, 54 feet below sea level at Swan Point, 59 feet below sea level at Chalk Point, and 58 feet below sea level at Lexington Park.

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U.S. Geological Survey
Director, MD-DE-DC Water Science Center
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21228

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Suggested citation:

Curtin, S.E., Andreasen, D.C., and Staley, A.W., 2009, Potentiometric surface of the Upper Patapsco aquifer in Southern Maryland, September 2007: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1084, 1 map sheet.

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