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Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Coordination

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What does this data set describe?

Title: Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Coordination
The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) relies heavily on Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) technology. The CERP includes approximately 333 ASR wells in South Florida with a total capacity of over 1.6 billion gallons per day. Much of the 'new water' in the CERP is derived from storing excess water that was previously discharged to the ocean. However, this new water would not be very useful unless there is a place to store it for use during dry periods. ASR is included in the CERP as one mechanism to provide this storage. Despite construction of some ASR facilities by local utilities, there remains a considerable number of significant technical and engineering-related uncertainties.

Key Findings:
1) An analysis was conducted to describe and interpret the lithology of a part of the Upper Floridan aquifer penetrated by the Regional Observation Monitoring Program (ROMP) 29A test corehole in Highlands County, Florida. Information obtained was integrated into a conceptual model that delineates likely CERP ASR storage zones and confining units in the context of sequence stratigraphy. Carbonate sequence stratigraphy correlation strategies appear to reduce risk of miscorrelation of key ground-water flow units and confining units.
2) A hierarchical arrangement of rock unit cycles can be identified; High Frequency Cycle formed of peritidal, subtidal, and deeper subtidal) form High Frequency Sequence, and those can be grouped into Cycle Sequences. There appears to be a spatial relation among wells that penetrate water-bearing rocks having relatively high and low transmissivities.
3) Assuming hydrogeologic conditions observed in the ROMP 29A well are representative of in south-central Florida, the uppermost (Lower Hawthorn-Suwannee) of two likely CERP ASR storage zones does not appear to be viable with respect to the proposed 200 CERP ASR facility planned to be sited northwest of Lake Okeechobee. Insufficient data were available to adequately characterize the lower flow zone contained within the Avon Park Formation.
Dr. Renken has retired but remains an emeritus volunteer with USGS and can be reached by email for questions about this project and other technical ASR activities. An additional Point of Contact should Dr. Renken be unavailable is Kevin Cunningham. Respective contact information for each is provided in the Point of Contact section below.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    (retired), Robert Renken, 2004, Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Coordination.

    Online Links:

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -82.5
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.0
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 27.5
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 25.0
    Southern Florida: Lake Okeechobee, Hillsboro Canal, and Caloosahatchie River

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: 2002
    Ending_Date: 2004
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Maps and Data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    This project was a coordination effort for ASR activities in South Florida. Data is associated with the source projects - see online linkages above for data and publications
    Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: USGS Personnel

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

    • Robert Renken (retired)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Robert Renken, retired emeritus
    7500 SW 36th Street
    Davie, Florida 33314

    954-377-5913 (Kevin Cunningham) (voice)

Why was the data set created?

The objectives of this project are to: 1) Track CERP ASR-related activities, 2) Critique ongoing, proposed, and/or completed CERP ASR technical activities, and 3) Suggest or insist changes be made to the technical direction of specific tasks if or when they are identified so they resolve technical uncertainties outlined in the ASR issue team.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

    exist_core (source 1 of 2)
    Renken, Robert, 2002, Analysis of Existing Core in the Floridan Aquifer.

    Online Links:

    Type_of_Source_Media: online
    This effort was designed to characterize the lithology, stratigraphy, pore systems, and estimate permeability of the Upper Floridan Aquifer in the Lake Okeechobee area with the aim of predicting zones of preferred flow with the aquifer. The results are presented in USGS OFR 2003-201.

    review_asr (source 2 of 2)
    Reese, Ronald S., 2004, A Retrospective and Critical Review of Aquifer Storage and Recovery Sites and Frameworks within the Upper Floridan Aquifer in South Florida.

    Online Links:

    Type_of_Source_Media: online
    The analysis for this project will provide scientists and ASR decision-makers with additional tools and data necessary to make informed decisions that incorporate constraining geologic, hydrogeologic, and hydrologic factors.

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: 2004 (process 1 of 1)
    This project was a coordination effort for ASR activities in South Florida. Results from the source projects supported the objectives described in the "Purpose" section of this document.

    Person who carried out this activity:

    Robert Renken, retired emeritus
    7500 SW 36th Street
    Davie, Florida 33314

    954-377-5913 (Kevin Cunningham) (voice)

    Data sources used in this process:
    • exist_core
    • review_asr

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

    Fies, M.A., Renken, R.A., and Komlos, S., 2002, Considerations for regional ASR in restoring the Florida Everglades, USA:.

    Other_Citation_Details: pages 341-346
    This is part of the following larger work.

    Dillon, P.J., 2002, Management of Aquifer Recharge for Sustainability, Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Artificial Recharge, Adelaide, Australia: Balkema Publishers, The Netherlands.

    Renken, R.A., Fies, M.W., Komlos, Shawn, 2002, Technical considerations for a large network of ASR wells in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program:.

    Other_Citation_Details: p. 87
    This is part of the following larger work.

    G.R. Aiken and E. L. Kuniansky, eds., 200204, U.S. Geological Survey Artificial Recharge Workshop Proceedings, Sacramento, California: USGS Open File Report 02-89.

    Online Links:

    Ward, W.C., Cunningham, K.J., Renken, R.A., Wacker, M.A., and Carlson, J.I., 2003, Sequence-Stratigraphic Analysis of the Regional Observation Monitoring Program (ROMP) 29A Test Corehole and its Relation to Carbonate Porosity and Regional Transmissivity in the Floridan Aquifer System: Open-File Report 03-201, U.S. Geological Survey, Tallahassee, Florida.

    Online Links:

    Prepared as part of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program. 34 p., plus appendixes

How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Not applicable

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    Not applicable

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: None

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Heather S. Henkel
    U.S. Geological Survey
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701

    727-502-8028 (voice)
    727-502-8182 (FAX)

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  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    The data have no explicit or implied guarantees.

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Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 06-Jun-2014
Metadata author:
Heather S. Henkel
U.S. Geological Survey
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

727-502-8028 (voice)
727-502-8182 (FAX)

Metadata standard:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001.1-1999)

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