Ground water for irrigation near Lake Emily, Pope County, west-central Minnesota

Water Supply Paper 1899-J
Prepared in cooperation with the West-Central Minnesota Resource Conservation and Development Committee and the Minnesota Department of Conservation, Division of Waters, Soils, and Minerals



In the Lake Emily area, thickness of the glacial drift ranges from about 200 feet to more than 400 feet. Within the drift are sand and gravel aquifers, some of which can yield adequate water supplies for irrigation. Outwash, as much as 60 feet thick, lies at the surface. The outwash has saturated thicknesses of more than 40 feet and transmissivities of more than 50,000 gallons per day per foot locally in the northern and western parts of the area. In the places of large saturated thickness and high hydraulic conductivity, the aquifer should yield more than 600 gallons per minute to wells. Theoretical maximum yields to wells in most of the area are more than 100 gallons per minute.

Chemically, water in the buried and surficial aquifers is mainly of a calcium magnesium bicarbonate type and is suitable for irrigation. Calculated and estimated sodium adsorption ratios and salinity and boron concentrations are below the limits recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Ground water for irrigation near Lake Emily, Pope County, west-central Minnesota
Series title Water Supply Paper
Series number 1899
Chapter J
DOI 10.3133/wsp1899J
Year Published 1971
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Minnesota Water Science Center
Description iv, 28 p.
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Pope County
Other Geospatial Lake Emily
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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