Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Geological and Environmental Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Alan E. Kehew

Second Advisor

Dr. William Sauck

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Straw

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A hydrogeological investigation of Asylum Lake and its associated unconfined glacial-drift aquifer in Kalamazoo, Michigan was undertaken to define the lake-aquifer interaction at the study area. In addition, the impact of development proximal to the study area on ground water and lake-water quality was evaluated. Hydrogeology, inorganic water chemistry, and stable isotopic ratios of deuterium to hydrogen were employed to establish the interaction of the lake and the aquifer.

The findings from this study indicated that: (a) the sandy unconfined glacial-drift aquifer discharges into the lake along its western margin and is recharged by the lake along its eastern margin; (b) surface and ground water quality in the study area have been impacted by salt put on U.S. 131, Stadium Drive, and Drake Road during the winter months. Asylum Lake and the glacial drift aquifer it is set in interact as a flow-through system with water discharging from the aquifer at one end and the aquifer being recharged by the lake at the other end.

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