Ground-water resources of the White River basin, Madison County, Indiana

Water-Resources Investigations Report 81-35



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The ground-water resources of the White River basin in and near Madison County, Ind., were investigated by mapping the aquifers, estimating their hydraulic properties, determining the distribution of potentiometric head in the aquifers, and estimating some of the components of the ground-water budget from data collected in the field. This information was used to construct and calibrate a five-layer digital groundwater flow model. The model was used to provide estimates of the ground-water potential in terms of yield, drawdown, and streamflow depletion. Four confined sand and gravel aquifers interbedded in the glacial drift, a bedrock aquifer, and an unconfined outwash aquifer are the three most important aquifer systems in the study area. Model analysis of eight pumping plans provide a general assessment of the water-yielding potential of the three major aquifer systems in the study area. Model results indicate that, at some locations, yields of as much as 2.5 million gallons per day can be developed. Model simulations also indicate that only pumping near the small streams will reduce streamflow by more than a few percent. In developing the ground-water system in the area, use of many small, scattered well fields that produce less than about 3 million gallons per day, may be more favorable hydrologically than a few, heavily pumped well fields, like the well field northwest of Anderson. (USGS)

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Ground-water resources of the White River basin, Madison County, Indiana
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Water-Resources Investigations Report
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U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division,
vii, 112 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.