Hydrologic evaluation of the Alton reclamation-study site, Alton coal field, Utah

Open-File Report 79-346
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation



This investigation was conducted from July 1974 to September 1977 to define general hydrologic conditions at a reclamation-study site in the Alton coal field near Kanab, Utah. The average annual streamflow through the area was less than 600 acre-feet (0.7 cubic hectometer), and the water carried little sediment except during floods which result from intense local storms. Most of the surface water seeps into the ground or is diverted for irrigation downstream from the study area.

Ground-water data were insufficient to define the potentiometric surface in most of the area. The water level in each of the three observation wells in the study area is above the coal layer in the immediate area of the well. A larger network of wells is needed to define the potentiometric surface throughout the area and to show its relation to surface water and the location of the coal layers.

The short period of this investigation coincided with a drought in southern Utah. Hydrologic data should be collected continuously to establish a hydrologic base before mining begins, and data collection should be continued through the periods of mining and reclamation.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Hydrologic evaluation of the Alton reclamation-study site, Alton coal field, Utah
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 79-346
DOI 10.3133/ofr79346
Year Published 1979
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Utah Water Science Center
Description vi, 53 p.
Country United States
State Utah
City Alton
Other Geospatial Alton coal field
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