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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
WRI 82-20

Areal Extent Of A Plume Of Mineralized Water From A Flowing Artesian Well In Dade County, Florida

Water-Resources Investigations Report 82-20

By Bradley G. Waller


A flowing artesian well tapping the Floridan aquifer at Chekika Hammock State Park, Dade County, Florida, has been contaminating the overlying Biscayne aquifer with saline water since 1944. The contaminating plume extends approximately 7 miles downstream and southeast of the well and ranges in width from 1 to 2 miles. The area of contamination is approximately 12 square miles. The primary contaminating chemical constituents are chloride, sodium, and sulfate ions.

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