In karst areas, surface water can flow directly into the groundwater system through sinkholes without the beneficial filtering normally provided by the slow percolation of water through soil. Consequently, groundwater in karst areas is more susceptible to pollution. Given the potential hazards of sinkholes and groundwater pollution in karst, land development performance standards, testing, and monitoring are important to help safeguard the public and the environment. View a map of the karst area, and locations of several features related to karst conditions (PDF).
Certain types of geologic conditions may, either directly or indirectly, provide important beneficial resources upon which business and citizens depend.