The state Department of Environmental Conservation and United States Geological Survey are teaming together to fund a study of the Tug Hill aquifer.

The aquifer, located in Jefferson and Oswego counties, is an important source of drinking water and supports a premier sports fishery, according to a DEC release.   The USGS will do the study and contribute almost $96,000. The DEC is putting in another $116,500.   The  study is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.   The results, the release says, will help the DEC, local governments, water managers, businesses and homeowners make water-wise conservation-based decisions and ensure safe drinking water supplies, adequate water resources for economic development, and healthy aquatic environments.