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Ground water in the Great Lakes Basin: the case of southeastern Wisconsin

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Two chapters in SEWRPC Technical Report 41:

1. Development of the Ground-Water Flow Model:
Feinstein, D., Eaton, T., Hart, D., Krohelski, J., and K.R. Bradbury. 2005a. Regional aquifer model for southeastern Wisconsin; Report 1: Data collection, conceptual model development, numerical model construction, and model calibration: Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Technical Report 41. 81 p.

2. Results of the Ground-Water Flow Model:
Feinstein, D., Hart, D., Eaton, T., Krohelski J., and Bradbury, K.. 2005b. Simulation of regional groundwater flow in southeastern Wisconsin; Report 2: Model results and interpretation: Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Technical Report 41. 63 p.

To download a PDF file of the two reports, go to:

To order printed copies of this publication, you can submit a request form online or contact the Commission at (262) 547-6721, pubrequest@sewrpc.org.

The modeling reports are also available on request in CD format from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey as: WGNHS Open-File Report 2004-01 under the title "Simulation of Regional Ground-Water Flow in Southeastern Wisconsin." Ordering information can obtained at:

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
University of Wisconsin-Extension
3817 Mineral Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin  53705-5100

Background Documents:

Other published reports especially pertinent to this website include:



A ground-water flow model for southeastern Wisconsin, cooperatively developed under the guidance of the Southeast Regional Planning Commission and with the participation of many municipalities in the region, provided insight into the relation between ground water and the Great Lakes.

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The Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey collaborated on the ground-water model. The scientists responsible for the project were Daniel T. Feinstein, James T. Krohelski and James R. Nicholas of the USGS and Kenneth R. Bradbury, Timothy T. Eaton and David J. Hart of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey.

Note: Various proprietary software packages were used in the preparation of this website including CorelDraw, SURFER, and the modeling interface GROUNDWATER VISTAS. Please note: The use of these products does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dr. Paul Hsieh customized the USGS graphics program MODEL VIEWER to render some of the 3D figures.

Scientific assistance was provided by:

  • Dr. Douglas Cherkauer and students, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Dr. Douglas Carlson, Louisiana Geological Survey
  • David Saad and Cheryl Buchwald, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Bill Batten and Kurt Zeiler, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

Dan Sullivan and Anne Moser, Webmasters of the USGS Wisconsin District, provided technical guidance on web-related issues. Jennifer Bruce developed the new graphical look for the site.

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