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Ground-Water Hydrology and Simulation of Ground-Water Flow at Operable Unit 3 and Surrounding Region, U.S. Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida

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The Naval Air Station, Jacksonville herein referred to as the Station, occupies 3,800 acres adjacent to the St. Johns River in Duval County, Florida. Operable Unit 3 OU3 occupies 134 acres on the eastern side of the Station and has been used for industrial and commercial purposes since World War IT. Ground water contaminated by chlorinated organic compounds has been detected ill the surficial aquifer at OU3. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Geological Survey USGS conducted a cooperative hydrologic study to evaluate the potential for ground water discharge to the neighboring St. Johns River. A ground- water flow model, previously developed for the area, was recalibrated for use in this study. At the Station, the surficial aquifer is exposed at land surface and forms the uppermost permeable unit. The aquifer ranges in thickness from 30 to 100 feet and consists of unconsolidated silty sands interbedded with local beds of clay. The low-permeability clays of the Hawthorn Group form the base of the aquifer. The USGS previously conducted a ground-water investigation at the Station that included the development and calibration of a 1-layer regional ground-water flow model. For this investigation, the regional model was recalibrated using additional data collected after the original calibration. The recalibrated model was then used to establish the boundaries for a smaller subregional model roughly centered on OU3.

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  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Operations Research

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