Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Geological and Environmental Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Richard N. Passero

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael R. Stoline

Third Advisor

Dr. Alan Kehew

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A method for delineating areas of recharge-discharge potential has been developed utilizing computerized water well records. The methodology is based on the vertical head differences found between wells with shallow depths of submergence and those with deeper depths of submergence. The residual values generated represent the magnitude of vertical potential and can be contoured to delineate areas of recharge-discharge potential. Well data were obtained from the Kalamazoo County Groundwater Database. Well selection was based on depth of submergence and total well depth.

The methodology was tested in Texas and Schoolcraft Townships, the Donnell Lake Study Area, and Kalamazoo County. Regularly spaced, estimated values for static water elevations were generated using minimum curvature, inverse distance squared and kriging methods of interpolation. Statistical evaluation of the computer generated surfaces was conducted using simple regression analysis.

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