The Groundwater Assessment Program conducts groundwater and surface water-related research projects. In addition to these ongoing research projects, the Groundwater Assessment Program maintains a real-time system that monitors water levels in wells and springs in Alabama.
Groundwater Research Projects
|Statewide Groundwater Assessment|
|Real-Time Monitoring Program|
|Periodic Monitoring Program|
|Public Water Supply Systems|
The Groundwater Assessment Program division of the Geological Survey of Alabama, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Office of Water Resources (OWR) is conducting a comprehensive statewide water assessment. Both the groundwater and surface water assessments were mandated as part of an initiative by Governor Robert Bentley and the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Water Policy and Management in an effort to develop a statewide water resource management plan and future water policy legislation.
The groundwater assessment includes data concerning stratigraphy, hydrogeological characteristics, current groundwater development and future groundwater development potential, production impacts, and groundwater availability and recharge, which will provide comprehensive knowledge of groundwater resources, which in turn will provide a foundation in support of future water management and policy decisions.
The initial groundwater assessment began in southeast Alabama and has been published as Open File Report 1406. Alabama Water Resource Assessment: Groundwater availability in Southeast Alabama: Scientific Data for Water Resource Development, Protection, Policy, and Management; A Demonstration Assessment for Gov. Robert Bentley and the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Water Policy and Management.
Research is currently being conducted throughout the state to complete the statewide assessment.
The GAP monitors groundwater levels in 369 water wells and discharges for 49 springs throughout the state. The wells are both publicly and privately owned and have a variety of purposes including unused, public, industrial, private water supply, stock, and irrigation. Some of the records in this program are older than 30 years and reflect the changing climatic conditions and water use patterns in the state.