Progress report on Black Mesa monitoring program, 1984

Open-File Report 85-483



The N aquifer is an important source of water in the 5,400 square-mile Black Mesa area on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations. The project is designed to monitor long-term effects on the ground-water resources of the mesa as a result of withdrawals from the aquifer by a strip-mining operation. Withdrawals from the N aquifer by the mine have increased from 95 acre-ft in 1968 to more than 4,000 acre-ft in 1984. Water levels in the confined area of the aquifer have declined as much as 75 feet in some municipal and observation wells within about a 15-mile radius of the mine well field. Part of the drawdown in municipal wells is due to local pumpage. Water levels have not declined in wells tapping the unconfined area of the aquifer. Chemical analysis indicate no significant changes in the quality of water from wells that tap the N aquifer or from springs that discharge from several stratigraphic units, including the N aquifer, since pumping began at the mine. (USGS)
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Progress report on Black Mesa monitoring program, 1984
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 85-483
DOI 10.3133/ofr85483
Edition -
Year Published 1985
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description vi, 24 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.
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