The ISGS Hydrogeology Section conducts research related to groundwater, a resource used by one-third of all Illinois households, farms, businesses, and industries. Nearly 1,200 regulated community water utilities and another 4,300 regulated water supplies depend on groundwater in Illinois; roughly 400,000 rural households rely on private wells. Most users meet their groundwater needs by tapping into groundwater aquifers, especially the water-yielding sand and gravel materials of glacial origin. About 45 percent of all Illinois water wells tap aquifers in glacial materials, some of which have little protection from contamination.
To investigate and report on the hydrogeology of Illinois and to provide the people and institutions of Illinois with a scientific basis for the protection and beneficial use of its groundwater resources.
Effects of agriculture on groundwater quality
Mapping of groundwater resources
Geochemistry of the Mahomet aquifer
Site-based evaluations of groundwater flow and quality
Practical Geophysics Short Course
ISGS staff members, Dr. Ahmed Ismail, Dr. Tim Larson, and Tim Young are
hosting a 2-day short course, September 27-28, 2012, on
practical geophysics for engineering, archaeology, and hydrogeology.
The course will include field demonstrations and lectures.
Read more about the course
Updated 05/21/2012 SLD