SP-53 Ground Water Atlas of Colorado


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Citation: Topper, R., K. L. Spray, W. H. Bellis, J. L. Hamilton, and P. E. Barkmann. SP-53 Ground Water Atlas of Colorado. Special Publications, SP-53. Denver, CO: Colorado Geological Survey, Division of Minerals and Geology, Department of Natural Resources, 2003.


This comprehensive reference of the state’s groundwater resources summarizes the location, geography, geology, water quality, and hydrologic characteristics of Colorado’s major aquifers. The information is presented in a graphical format supported by descriptive narratives and tables to better facilitate the reader’s understanding of the material. Chapters 1 through 3 give an introduction to groundwater and its geological, hydrological, and legal context. These chapters lay a foundation on which to build an understanding of the state’s ground-water resources. Chapters 4 through 7 discuss specific hydrological characteristics of 23 major aquifers and aquifer systems. 210 pages. SP-53

This atlas is intended to benefit the community of policy-makers, water managers, and their respective technical staffs in making difficult decisions concerning ground water. The general public and ground-water professionals will also find this publication educational and beneficial. A glossary is included as Appendix A to aid the reader’s understanding of specific water terminology used in this publication.