Limited Edition-DVD Water Project

Available for Free

Digital Watershed Information for the Locust and Mulberry Forks of the Black Warrior River System (Open-File Report 0618)
A limited number of DVD copies of OFR 0618 are available. This DVD project was developed in conjunction with the State Wildlife Grants Program of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is being offered free to the public. It is available at no cost if picked up from the Publications Sales office or at a cost of $2.00 to cover the cost of postage and handling if mailed. Requests should be mailed along with $2.00 remittance, made payable to GSA-Map Fund, to
Geological Survey of Alabama
Publications Sales Office
P.O. Box 869999
Tuscaloosa, AL  35486-6999
Telephone: 205/247-3636


Water Investigations Program Contacts

Pat O'Neil



Bob Meintzer



Water Investigations Program

One of Alabama’s great natural treasures is the variety and quantity of its water resources. Over 33 trillion gallons of freshwater flows every year in 77,000 miles of stream channels coursing through 14 river basins. More staggering is the fact that over 550 trillion gallons of water is stored in underground aquifers. Numerous aquatic habitats occur in these basins including springs, freshwater swamps, reservoirs, ponds, brackish and salt water marshes, and bays. These aquatic habitats in turn support one of this country’s most diverse plant and animal communities. Alabama is fortunate to have such a resource legacy providing water for drinking, industry, agriculture, recreation, and fish and wildlife, but this legacy is vulnerable to overuse and exploitation, poorly planned development, and climate variation. Sound planning and information will be a key to protecting, developing, and managing our water resources.

The Water Investigations Program of the Geological Survey of Alabama conducts basic water resource investigations of ground- and surface-water quantity and quality. The Water Investigations Program consists of four groups: Hydrogeology, Water Information, Biological Resources, and the Geochemical Laboratory, all located in Walter B. Jones Hall. The Hydrogeology group conducts a wide array of investigations concerning Alabama’s ground-water resources such as aquifer recharge, water availability, ground-water quality, and regional stratigraphy as related to aquifers. This group also is involved in watershed investigations of surface water quality, and watershed management and protection. The Water Information group interfaces with the public by fulfilling a variety of information needs including water-well drilling information, aquifer data, and general hydrologic data from throughout the state. This group also maintains a statewide network of monitoring sites to assess the yearly status of ground-water levels. The Hydrogeology and Water Information groups conduct a joint investigation in the fall to measure ground-water levels of hundreds of water wells throughout the state. The Biological Resources group conducts research on Alabama’s rich biodiversity focusing on aquatic systems. The group has conducted faunal surveys on many river and stream systems throughout the state for the past 25 years and continues this tradition today. The Biological Resources group has pioneered a process for investigating watersheds from multiple perspectives (hydrogeology, biodiversity, habitat, geography) to produce natural resource information useful for management and protection of the state’s water resources. The Geochemical Laboratory supports the Geological Survey and State Oil and Gas Board by performing a variety of analytical services for research projects including evaluation of water, rock, and soil samples for a wide array of inorganic, organic, and physical properties.