Indiana Discrete Measurement Groundwater Networks

Science Center Objects

Discrete groundwater measurements are made at 159 wells located in Lake, Hamilton, and St. Joseph Counties. 

Map of the Hamilton County Indiana groundwater sites
Hamilton County discrete groundwater site locations

Background

  • Discrete groundwater level measurement networks
  • Lake and Porter County – 66 wells and 4 surface water stage tape downs
    • Measured quarterly
  • Hamilton County - 31 Wells and 1 continuous real time (Hamilton 7)
    • Measured in April and September
  • St Joseph County – 62 wells and 1 surface water stage tape down
    • Measured in July

Networks Significance

  • Lake County has provided long term quarterly groundwater level data dating back to the mid 80’s
    • Some wells have water quality data associated with them
  • St Joseph County has long term yearly water level dating back to 1991
  • Hamilton County has long term water level records dating back to the mid 70’s

 

Lake and Porter County groundwater map
Lake and Porter County discrete groundwater site locations

 

 

Networking

  • The networks have established cooperators in some spin off projects and additional funding sources
  • Hamilton 7 is a real time continuous groundwater levels
  • Access to US Steel for slag samples and ArcelorMittal steel mill tour
  • *New* Carmel GW/SW interaction
  • *Possible* Northwest Indiana wetland monitoring

 

 

 

 

St Joseph County IN groundwater site map
St Joseph County discrete groundwater site locations

 

Future Plans

  • NW IN network to possibly add several wells in key locations this summer
  • Possibility to add some continuous monitors if cooperators show interest
  • St Joseph network - possibility to add some continuous monitors if cooperators show interest
  • Hamilton County - expand real time or continuous recorders
  • Use GW/SW interaction project as a pilot for other areas of the state

 

 

Statewide Real Time Groundwater Network