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Open-File Report 2010–1208

Prepared in cooperation with the Maryland Geological Survey and the
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Difference Between the Potentiometric Surfaces of the Lower Patapsco Aquifer in Southern Maryland, September 1990 and September 2009

By Stephen E. Curtin,1 David C. Andreasen,2 and Andrew W. Staley2

1U.S. Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD 21228.
2Maryland Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD 21218.
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This report presents a map showing the change in the potentiometric surface of the lower Patapsco aquifer in the Patapsco Formation of Early Cretaceous age in Southern Maryland between September 1990 and September 2009. The map, based on water-level differences obtained from 45 wells, shows that the change of the potentiometric surface during the 19-year period ranged from increases of 25 feet at Indian Head and 4 feet near the outcrop area in Glen Burnie, to declines of 35 feet at Arnold, 56 feet at Severndale, 28 feet at Crofton Meadows, 73 feet at Waldorf, 79 feet near La Plata, 35 feet at the Morgantown power plant, and 32 feet at Swan Point. The map also shows well yield in gallons per day for 2008 at wells or well fields.

First posted December 2010

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Suggested citation:
Curtin, S.E., Andreasen, D.C., and Staley, A.W., 2010, Difference between the potentiometric surfaces of the Lower Patapsco aquifer in southern Maryland, September 1990 and September 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1208, 1 sheet, available at

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