Municipal solid-waste disposal and ground-water quality in a coastal environment, west-central Florida

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Authors:Fernandez, Mario, Jr.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
U. S. Geol. Surv., Tallahassee, FL, United States
Source:Reston, VA [Water-Resources Investigations - U. S. Geological Survey, No.WRI83-4072, 34p. Publisher: U. S. Geological Survey,], United States. ISSN: 0092-332X
Publication Date:1983
Note:In English. 25 refs.
Summary:Solid waste is defined along with various methods of disposal and the hydrogeologic factors to be considered when locating land-fills is presented. Types of solid waste, composition, and sources are identified. Generation of municipal solid waste in Florida has been estimated at 4.5 pounds per day per person or about 7.8 million tons per year. Leachate is generated when precipitation and ground water percolate through the waste. Gases, mainly carbon dioxide and methane, are also produced. Leachate generally contains high concentrations of dissolved organic and inorganic matter. The two typical hydrogeologic conditions in west-central Florida are (1) permeable sand overlying clay and limestone and (2) permeable sand overlying limestone. These conditions are discussed in relation to leachate migration. Factors in landfill site selection are presented and discussed, followed by a discussion on monitoring landfills. Monitoring of landfills includes the drilling of test holes, measuring physical properties of the corings, installation of monitoring wells, and water-quality monitoring. (USGS)
Subjects:Coastal environment; Engineering geology; Environmental geology; Ground water; Solid waste; Surveys; USGS; Waste disposal; Water quality; Florida; Gulf Coastal Plain; Pinellas County Florida; United States
Coordinates:N274000 N282000 W0824000 W0825500
Record ID:1984023436
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from USGS product, Selected Water Resources Abstracts, Reston, VA, United States
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