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Appendix E Petitioners Guidance


I. Petitioner Identifying Information INCLUDED
All items on the suggested petitioner identifying information format should be completed (see Exhibit 3-6). Attach a completed copy of the format to this checklist. YES / NO
II. Narrative INCLUDED
A reasonable response for each of the following topics should be included. Each topic should be described in approximately one paragraph: YES / NO
General location of the aquifer YES / NO
Ground water dependency in the area and on the particular aquifer for which designation is requested YES / NO
Availability of other public water supplies YES / NO
Reasons for interest in SSA designation YES / NO
Quality of the water from the aquifer YES / NO
Relationship of the petitioner to the purveyor(s) of the water supply. YES / NO
III. Sole or Principal Determination
Information should be sufficient to determine whether the aquifer is the sole or principal drinking water source for the aquifer service area.
A. Aquifer Service Area INCLUDED
1. Description of the aquifer service area YES / NO
2. Map delineating the boundaries of the aquifer service area YES / NO
B. Population INCLUDED
1. Total population within the aquifer service area YES / NO
2. Population served by the aquifer YES / NO
C. Current Sources of Drinking Water INCLUDED
1. Information similar to that requested on the "Current Drinking Water Sources" matrix YES / NO
2. A brief narrative description of each current source, with the method(s) used for calculating the percentage used in the matrix YES / NO
3. Explanation of seasonal variations YES / NO
4. Explanation of actual use versus potential capacity YES / NO
5. Explanation of why the source is not used currently to its full capacity YES / NO
D. Alternative Sources of Drinking Water INCLUDED
1. Information similar to that requested on the first version of the "Alternative Drinking Water Sources" matrix YES / NO
2. Information similar to that requested on the second version of the "Alternative Drinking Water Sources" matrix YES / NO
3. Narrative Description Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No
4. Why source not currently in use Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No
5. Legal or institutional constraints Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No
6. How estimated daily supply was calculated Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No
7. What is necessary to transfer to this source Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No
8. Estimated cost to provide water of comparable quality Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No
9. Determination of economic feasibility Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No

IV. Hydrogeological Data
Information should be sufficient for EPA to verify the boundaries of the areas in question and to give EPA a general understanding of the system.
A. Aquifer and its location INCLUDED
1. Narrative description of the locale, including topography, climate, geology, ground water use and occurrence. YES / NO
2. Delineation (plane view) of aquifer's boundaries on USGS 7.5- or 15-minute quadrangle topographic maps; delineation of very large aquifer areas (greater than 1,000 square miles) on 1:100,000 scale maps. YES / NO
3. Detailed (as necessary) descriptions and diagrams of the aquifer's hydrology and hydrogeology including: YES / NO
- Delineation of the aquifer and non-aquifer units YES / NO
- Longitudinal and transverse geologic cross sections depicting the aquifer YES / NO
- Data or estimates concerning aquifer characteristics such as porosity, hydraulic conductivity, direction of ground water flow, and well yields YES / NO
4. Description of discharge or ground water withdrawal from the aquifer, for example: YES / NO
- Wells (drinking, irrigation, industrial);
- Springs;
- Stream baseflow; and
- Maps showing water table contours or potentiometric surfaces, springs and surface water pathways.
B. Recharge Area(s) INCLUDED
1. Delineation of recharge area(s) on topographic maps. YES / NO
2. A description of methods used to determine recharge area(s), for example: YES / NO
- Assessment of topographic, geologic or hydrogeologic maps;
- Review and assessment of regional and Sub-regional ground water flow system(s) data;
- Data obtained from field studies based on isotopic dating techniques, observation well networks, tracer tests, etc.; and/or
- Numerical simulation, i.e., regional flow modeling.
3. Description and location of natural and man-induced aquifer recharge such as precipitation, snow melt, unlined surface impoundments, irrigation, injection of fluids and injection wells. YES / NO

NOTE: If the streamflow source area is not included in the project review area, there should be a statement as to why it has not been included. If the streamflow source area has been included in the project review area, the following information is requested:

C. Streamflow Source Area INCLUDED
1. Delineation of the streamflow source area on detailed topographic maps including location of losing streams, if such streamflow demonstrably contributes to the aquifer through these areas. YES NO
2. Explanation of methods used in determining streamflow contributions. YES NO
3. Streamflow characteristics including delineation of gaining and losing portions of streams. YES NO

D. Designated Area INCLUDED
Delineation of the proposed designated area on a topographic map. YES / NO
E. Project Review Area INCLUDED
Delineation of the proposed project review area on a topographic map. YES / NO
F. Reference Map INCLUDED
An 8.5 x 11 inch or 8.5 x 14 inch reproducible reference map indicating: YES / NO
1. The Sole Source Aquifer area;
2. County/parish boundaries;
3. Major streams and lakes;
4. Cities and towns;
5. Latitude and Longitude of a reference point within the petitioned aquifer service area;
6. Other information that contributes to a clear under standing of the location of the area and its relation to other major political and physical features; and
7. An inset map showing the aquifer location with the State.
G. (At the option of the Petitioner) INCLUDED
Minimum Set of Data Elements for Public and/or Private Water Wells and Springs producing from the petitioned aquifer for drinking water that is supplied within the aquifer service area.
General Descriptor YES / NO
1. Data Sources
Geographic Descriptors YES / NO
2. Latitude
3. Longitude
4. Method used to determine Lat/Long
5. Description of Entity
6. Accuracy of Lat/Long Measurement
7. Altitude
8. Method used to Determine Altitude
9. State FIPS Code
10. County FIPS Code
Well Descriptors YES / NO
11. Well Identifier
12. Well Used
13. Type of Log
14. Depth of Well at Completion
15. Screened / Open Interval
Sample Descriptors YES / NO
16. Sample Identifier
17. Depth to Water
18. Constituent or Parameter Measured
19. Concentration / Value
20. Analytical Results Qualifier
21. Quality Assurance Indicator


Chapter 1.   Introduction
Chapter 2.   Overview of Petition Processing
Chapter 3.   Phase I - Petition Preparation
Chapter 4.   Phase II - Initial Petition Review / Determination of Completeness
Chapter 5.   Phase III - Detailed Review / Technical Verification
Chapter 6.   Phase IV - Designation Determination


A.    Sole Source Aquifer Definitions
B.    Sole Source Fact Sheet
C.    Sources of Technical Information
D.    EPA Regional Contacts
E.    Completeness Determination Checklist
F.    Statements of Meaning--Minimum Set of Data Elements for Wells
G.    Section 1424(e) Safe Drinking Water Act


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