Geological Research at the IGS

A three-dimensional, shallow groundwater flow model for the Grand Calumet River/Indiana Harbor Canal Watershed, northwest Indiana

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 1, 1950 Jul 31, 2015 Lake
Director: Greg Olyphant
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Funding: Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
Issue: The protection of supplies of shallow groundwater in the heavily industrialized and densely populated region of northwestern Indiana will require improved understanding of the distribution of aquifers in that area.
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.
Approach: We gathered and organized pertinent data, and developed computerized data sets and models that can be used by managers and regulators to visualize the distribution of shallow aquifers and flow of groundwater in the watershed of the Grand Calumet River.
Products: A three-dimensional groundwater flow model was developed for the area.
Benefits: This groundwater flow model provides a means of instructing interested users with varied backgrounds how groundwater moves through geologic material. It also provides decision makers with a valuable planning tool.

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