Water Science for Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia
Groundwater Studies Team (GST)
Studies within the USGS Maryland-Delaware-DC Water Science Center are divided into teams. To find out more about the Groundwater Studies Team's current projects, publications, and capabilities, please visit the links in the left menu.
What is the Groundwater Studies Team?
Maryland's water supply comes from streams and rivers, groundwater, and reservoirs. Areas not served by public-water supply rely on groundwater withdrawn from fractured rock aquifers in western Maryland, or surficial (water table) and confined aquifers in southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
The Groundwater Studies Team (GST) works to improve our understanding of groundwater resources across Maryland through groundwater monitoring networks and research. Team monitoring and research projects are site specific to regional in scale, and can address groundwater flow, groundwater availability, water supply and use, water resource modeling, and/or contaminant fate and transport.
Science capabilities include groundwater model development and maintenance, down-hole and surface geophysics, advanced geochemical, microbial, and hydrologic data-collection techniques, statistical and spatial analysis, database design and maintenance, and interpretive reporting and communication of results to cooperators, the general public, and federal, state, and local water-resource managers.