Water is one of mankind's fundamental needs. If we are to exist at our present cultural and industrial level we must have an adequate and safe water supply. In addition, this natural resource needs to be used wisely and managed to the optimum benefit of all consumers. Managing water resources for rational development and environmental protection requires a thorough understanding of the physical and chemical characteristics of the area and the earth materials supplying the water.
This water atlas presents a summary of the hydrology and geology of north-central Iowa. The information should provide the necessary tools for the long-range planner, developer and individual water-user to optimize the use of these resources. Planners and developers are provided with the information needed to locate acceptable water supplies and to make fundamental decisions about activities which affect water quality and quantity. Individual water-users are provided with the information they need to evaluate the water-yielding potential of their property.