Date of Award

8-1996

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor

Dr. Duane R. Hampton

Second Advisor

Dr. W. Thomas Shaw

Third Advisor

Dr. Alan Kehew

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

This was a 15 month study that studied the effects of Kalamazoos' Municipal Pumping Station No. 4 on the Kleinstuck Nature Preserve. The preserve is about a quarter of a mile in the up gradient direction of Station No. 4. This study demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between the pumping and the water levels at the preserve. Pumping records show that there is no correlation between precipitation and the water levels at the preserve.

There are other factors which exaggerate this effect. It has been found that the drain field at the Y.M.C.A. parking lot, the breaching of the clay under the pond, the reduction of the drainage basin, and erosion and sedimentation at the preserve all add to the effects of the pumping. These factors together exaggerate the effect that the pumping has on the surface and ground water levels at the preserve.

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