Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada

Fact Sheet 2018-3046
Water Availability and Use Science Program
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The Williston Basin contains important oil and gas resources for the Nation. Freshwater supplies are limited in this semiarid area, and oil and gas development can require large volumes of freshwater. Groundwater is the primary source of water for many water users in the Williston Basin, so to better understand these resources, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) assessed the groundwater availability in this area. The final phase of this assessment included a computer model that simulates how groundwater flows in the aquifer systems and simulates how changes in water use and natural conditions may affect the water resources. These results provide a tool for land and water-resource managers to determine how water can be used for multiple purposes in the Williston Basin. For additional information about this assessment and more in-depth descriptions and results, see Long and others (2018).

Suggested Citation

Thamke, J.N., Long, A.J., and Davis, K.W., 2018, Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3046, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183046.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Assessing Groundwater Availability on a National Scale
  • The Importance of Groundwater and Energy Reserves in the Williston Basin
  • Understanding Groundwater Availability in the Williston Basin
  • Where to Find More Information
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2018-3046
DOI 10.3133/fs20183046
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) WY-MT Water Science Center
Description Report: 4 p.; Data Releases
Country Canada, United States
Other Geospatial Williston Basin
Online Only (Y/N) N
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