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Indiana Center for Coal Technology Research (CCTR)

Title: Distribution and characterization of coal-slurry deposits in Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of the work was to provide preliminary estimates of the total area and volume of coal-slurry deposits (fine-grained refuse from coal-preparation plants) and to provide recommendations for future sampling and analysis.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

Title: Watershed modeling tools and linkages to the Lake Rim geographic information system (GIS)
Status: completed
Objective:
This project focuses on surface-water hydrology of the Trail Creek and Little Calumet Watersheds. We will provide the physical basis for studying surface-water flow and contaminant transport in the pollution of ground and surface waters of the Lake Rim area of northwestern Indiana.
Title: A three-dimensional aquifer visualization and groundwater flow model in the upper reaches of Lake Michigan drainage basin, NW Indiana, and GIS for the Lake Michigan drainage basin in Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project was to organize existing information on northwestern Indiana hydrogeology into formats that will allow land-use and water-resource managers and governmental regulators easy access to such information and the ability to visualize the data.
Title: Analysis of nitrate in groundwater in Jackson County, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of the study was to identify the source or sources of the nitrate.
Title: A three-dimensional, shallow groundwater flow model for the Grand Calumet River/Indiana Harbor Canal Watershed, northwest Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
In this project, we organized existing information on hydrogeology into formats that will allow land-use and water-resource managers and governmental regulators to easily access and visualize such information.
Title: Conversion of historical data to GIS format for Grand Calumet feasibility study
Status: completed
Objective:
The objective of the work was to convert the hard-copy information to a digital geographic information system (GIS) format.
Title: Monitoring and forecasting outfalls of E. coli-contaminated streamflow at Burns Ditch, south shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
This project characterized temporal variations in bacterial outfalls at the mouths of creeks (such as Burns Ditch) that flow into Lake Michigan.
Title: Source-water assessment
Status: completed
Objective:
The objective of this project was to develop fact sheets for 650 individual, noncommunity, nontransient, public ground-water supplies throughout Indiana, as part of the Source Water Assessment Plan (SWAP).
Title: Evaluation of riparian buffer zones using a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing
Status: completed
Objective:
The objective of this study was to assess the condition of riparian buffers in the Young's Creek Watershed.
Title: Evaluation of contaminant storage and movement at a confined feeding operation
Status: completed
Objective:
Data from similar studies indicate that nitrate concentrations are often high; we believe this occurs because rainfall early and late in the growing season flush commercial fertilizers and animal waste before they can be used to promote plant growth. Through our monitoring program, we tracked effects that manure-application practices had on groundwater quality in the area. This assisted personnel of the IDEM Office of Land Quality to identify problem situations that may require modification of current rules and management practices.
Title: Agricultural BMP application to remediate nitrate contamination in a major outwash aquifer in Jackson County, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
Title: Environmental feasibility of using recycled tire pieces as media in septic system absorption fields
Status: completed
Objective:
The Indiana Geological Survey demonstrated the feasibility of using recycled tires as a medium for on-site septic distribution fields.
Title: Data compilation and analysis for the Coastal Nonpoint Source Management Plan
Status: completed
Objective:
This study documented the surface-water quality monitoring efforts that have occurred in the subwatersheds of the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Plan Area. The data were analyzed to assess water-quality trends occurring in the program area. Results from this analysis were used to develop a monitoring plan for Indianas Coastal Nonpoint Source Management Plan.
Title: Indiana Reach Index update
Status: completed
Objective:
Conduct a pilot study to establish a methodology to update selected watersheds with high-resolution (1:24,000) stream segments from the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD).

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Augusta Lake project
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project is to abate acid mine drainage that forms at the site and improve the quality of water in Augusta Lake which flows into the Patoka River.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Evaluation of acid mine drainage seeps
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project was to abate acid runoff from seeps that develop at abandoned mine land sites after reclamation.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Friar Tuck acid mine drainage wetland project
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project was to abate acid mine drainage that forms at the Friar Tuck site and flows into the Wabash River drainage system.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Evaluation of methods for controlling metals deposition in acid seeps and acid mine drainage treatment wetlands
Status: completed
Objective:
Since all metals precipitation systems need to have metal sludge excavated from them from time to time, it would be best for this metal sludge to be in a form that holds some commercial value. The objective of this study is to demonstrate methods for recovering valuable metals from acidic mine drainage by generating byproducts that have commercial value as raw materials for industry.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Monitoring hydrologic conditions in the vicinity of an acid seep at the Chinook abandoned mine lands site in Clay County, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
We undertook a monitoring study to more fully characterize the hydrology of a large abandoned coal-waste deposit at the Chinook abandoned mine lands reclamation site. The ultimate goal of the project was to monitor the response of the water table in the coal-waste deposit to precipitation events.
Division of Reclamation (DOR)
Title: Optimization of bioreactor cell design for treating low-flow acid mine drainage in the Midwest: Model development and demonstration
Status: completed
Objective:
This project will test and demonstrate sulfate-reducing bioreactor cell (SRBC) technology on low-flow, metal-rich acid seeps in the Midwest. A predictive model capable of assisting engineers in designing SRBCs for AMD sources throughout the Midwest will be developed.
Lake Michigan Coastal Program
Title: Update of the Lake Michigan Rim Web site and data layers for the Grand Calumet feasibility study
Status: completed
Objective:
Work with partners from local, state, and federal government to acquire updated GIS data and redesign the Lake Rim Web site.

Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)

Title: Indiana bat cave inventory
Status: completed
Objective:
As part of Tier 2 environmental studies being conducted in association with the proposed Interstate-69 transportation corridor through southwestern Indiana, it is necessary to determine if any caves within 5 miles of the proposed corridor are winter hibernacula for this species of bat.
Title: Extension of the GIS Atlas of Indiana project
Status: completed
Objective:
Create a central repository of spatial data for Indiana and to make the data freely available to the public in a format that is readily accessible.

Indiana Geological Survey

Title: Characterization and treatment of pad marks on Indiana Limestone
Status: completed
Objective:
Research is designed to identify the causes and composition of pad marks that develop on Indiana limestone so that they can be effectively removed and prevented.
Title: Formation and remediation of pad marks on Indiana Limestone
Status: completed
Objective:
In this study, we tested a variety of padding materials to determine which produced the least discoloration on weathering.
Title: Geochemistry Database
Status: completed
Objective:
The objective of this project is to develop an easily accessible database for the Indiana Geological Survey's large and growing inventory of geochemical data.
Title: Architecture of the Salem Limestone (Mississippian) in the dimension stone district of south-central Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of the project is to determine the architecture of a Salem carbonate shoal and the potential fluid-flow pathways.

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)

Title: Hydrologic suitability of mine spoil as a medium for septic-tank absorption fields
Status: completed
Objective:
The goal of this project was to provide the Indiana State Department of Health with tools to expeditiously process applications for septic-field permits on reclaimed coal mine lands.
Title: Field evaluation of on-site sewage disposal systems (OSDS) and broad-scale mapping of suitable and unsuitable areas for OSDS, Morgan County, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
The objective of this project was to collect data concerning the subsurface groundwater characteristics that exist in and adjacent to on-site sewage disposal systems throughout the entire year.
Title: Environmental feasibility of using recycled tire pieces as media in septic system absorption fields
Status: completed
Objective:
The Indiana Geological Survey demonstrated the feasibility of using recycled tires as a medium for on-site septic distribution fields.

Office of the Indiana State Chemist

Title: Development of a statistically valid program for monitoring pesticides in groundwater in the State of Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
A monitoring network was developed that was statistically adequate for characterizing average levels of pesticides and other agricultural byproducts in supplies of groundwater.

Save the Dunes Conservation Fund

Title: Hydrologic modeling to evaluate E. coli loading in the Dunes Creek Watershed, Porter County, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
The primary issues in the Dunes Creek Watershed are sources of E. coli. We conducted surface-water numerical modeling to:
1) Represent the hydrology, sediment, and bacterial characteristics in the drainage network; and
2) Simulate how land-use and land-management changes (for example, adding riparian buffers, filling or plugging ditches) might achieve reduction of  E. coli in Dunes Creek.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Title: Update of the Lake Michigan Rim Web site and data layers for the Grand Calumet feasibility study
Status: completed
Objective:
Work with partners from local, state, and federal government to acquire updated GIS data and redesign the Lake Rim Web site.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Title: Lake Michigan tributary monitoring
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project is to characterize temporal variations in bacterial outfalls at the mouths of creeks (such as Derby Ditch) that flow into Lake Michigan.
Title: Restoration of West Dunes Creek-Great Marsh complex
Status: completed
Objective:
The design of the project was intended to further scientific research and insight into potential reduction of E. coli levels in receiving waters following increased solar exposure, sedimentation, filtration, increased retention, and biological treatment provided by wetlands.
Title: Developing a prototypical predictive model for beach closings in Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
Evaluate E. coli concentrations in stream flow discharging from Dunes Creek into the main swimming beaches at Indiana Dunes State Park and develop predictive models that relate the outfalls of creek water, as well as other hydrometeorological factors, to the concentrations of E. coli bacteria in the swimming zones of the beaches.

U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

Title: IndianaMap data sharing initiative and Demonstration of four key Framework data layers
Status: completed
Objective:
Proof of consept project

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Title: Late Holocene lake level of Lake Michigan
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Global Climate Change Program
Title: Late Holocene lake level of Lake Superior
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.
Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition
Title: Three-dimensional groundwater modeling in Berrien County, Michigan
Status: completed
Objective:
The objective of this project is to scientifically assess the performance of three-dimensional hydrogeologic models developed by pure statistical data interpolation and three-dimensional hydrogeologic models developed by experienced geologists familiar with the emplacement mechanisms of geologic materials.
Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition
Title: Web-based glacial and bedrock geologic map products and databases for Allen County, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
To provide detailed geologic information in an area that continues to experience pressure on natural resources by a large population. The final product will provide traditional surficial geologic information, as well as a depiction of subsurface information based on subsurface databases.
Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition
Title: Digital surficial geologic map product for Monroe County, Indiana
Status: completed
Objective:
To provide detailed geologic information in an area that continues to experience pressure on natural resources by a large population. The final product provides surficial geologic information for the county.
National Geologic and Geophysical Data Preservation Program
Title: Indiana Geological Survey Data Preservation project
Status: completed
Objective:
The Indiana Geological Survey is participating in the National Geologic and Geophysical Data Preservation Program to inventory and preserve its collections of physical samples and materials.
STATEMAP Program
Title: New 1:100,000-scale mapping of the Indianapolis 30 x 60 minute quadrangle
Status: completed
Objective:
We will create and publish 1:100,000-scale maps of the project area depicting the bedrock topography and bedrock geology. Developing digital interpretations of the bedrock surface and the distribution of bedrock units anticipate the demand for computer-generated assessments of resource distribution, quantity, and quality. A relational database will be made available that can be used to rapidly locate geologic data requested by government and industry planners and citizens.
STATEMAP Program
Title: New 1:100,000-scale mapping of the Indiana heartland
Status: completed
Objective:
We will create and publish 1:100,000-scale maps of the project area depicting the bedrock topography and bedrock geology. Developing digital interpretations of the bedrock surface and the distribution of bedrock units anticipate the demand for computer-generated assessments of resource distribution, quantity, and quality. A relational database will be made available to allow government and industry planners and citizens to rapidly locate geologic data.
STATEMAP Program
Title: Mapping bedrock geology, Monroe County
Status: completed
Objective:
This project anticipates the need for more detailed geologic information to guide planning in and around a major population center along the corridor of the of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville. The project is also intended to expedite current scientific studies of the economically important Salem Limestone and related rocks in central Monroe County, and to further refine computer mapping techniques. The detailed geologic framework and databases that this project will create are intended to document karst features and to provide data for the quantitative assessment of dimension and crushed stone resources in the county.
USGS - No Specific Program
Title: Late Holocene lake level of Lake Michigan
Status: completed
Objective:
The purpose of this project is to determine the physical limits and timing of past lake-level fluctuations during the last 5,000 years.


 
 
 
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