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Missouri River Alluvial Aquifer Ground-Water Protection


Brian P. Kelly, Hydrologist, Project Chief

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Project Objective:

The Missouri River alluvial aquifer in the Kansas City, metropolitan area (Click for here for map [15.4 kb]) is the only aquifer in the area capable of supplying large quantites of ground water. The aquifer supplies all or part of the drinking water for more than 900,000 people in 90 municipalities and public-water-supply districts. Irrigators, printing and publishing companies, chemical manufacturers, primary metal industries, food processors, and other industries also use large quantities of water from the aquifer. The Mid-America Regional Council, a planning association of city and county governments in the Kansas City metropolitan area, is developing a comprehensive regional plan for the protection of the Missouri River alluvial aquifer near Kansas City. In 1991, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Mid-America Regional Council, initiated a study to provide hydrogeologic information to aid in the development of the aquifer protection plan.

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Contact address:

Brian P. Kelly, Hydrologist
U.S. Geological Survey
401 NW Capital Drive
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
PHONE: 816-554-2414
FAX: 816-554-9273

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