Geological Research at the IGS

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 Start Date End Date Locations
completed Jan 1, 1950 Jul 31, 2015 Lake, LaPorte, Porter
Director: Greg Olyphant
Other Researchers: , Kevin Spindler
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: 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.
Approach: We gathered and organized pertinent data, and developed computerized data sets and models for managers and regulators to visualize the distribution of shallow aquifers and flow of ground water in the watersheds of Trail Creek and the Little Calumet River.
Products: Results of this study were incorporated into a Lake Web site:
Benefits: This project provides an effective means of addressing the protection of ground water in the heavily industrialized Lake Rim Region of northwestern Indiana.

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