ABSTRACT: The Geology of the Dakota Aquifer in Kansas
Water from the Dakota Formation has been used as a public water supply in some areas of Kansas for as long as public water supply entities have existed. However, in recent years more use has been made of this source due to the need for development of all potential aquifers for municipal, industrial, and irrigation supplies. This has established the need to understand the geology and hydrology of the Dakota Formation better, and in particular, to determine the source of the salt water found in the Dakota in some areas.
Studies have now been made that show the source of the salt water to be the Permian rocks below the Cretaceous Dakota Formation. There appears to be less contamination from oil field activities than had been generally believed. This knowledge is making it possible to use more water from the Dakota and to understand its limitations.
AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90991©1993 AAPG Mid-Continent Section Meeting, Amarillo, Texas, October 10-12, 1993.