Date of Award
Master of Science
Geological and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Richard N. Passero
Dr. Michael R. Stoline
Dr. Alan Kehew
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.
Hughes, Lauren D., "A Feasibility Study for Using Computerized Water Well Records to Delineate Areas of Recharge-Discharge Potential" (1995). Master's Theses. 3954.