Historic Groundwater Development in Illinois: 125 Years of Groundwater Science, Well Construction, and Aquifer Development.
The Illinois State Water Survey was formed in 1895 to investigate outbreaks of typhoid fever and cholera as part of the Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois. 2020 marks the Water Survey’s 125th anniversary. Over its history the ISWS, which has groundwater, surface water, chemistry, atmospheric science, and floodplain mapping sections, has conducted groundbreaking research and community support in a number of fields that have impacted groundwater and drinking water science. These include assisting in historic state and community well construction efforts, groundwater modeling (analog and digital), pump test analysis, innovations in data collection and evaluation, and water quality and supply assessment. Case studies and examples from the last 100+ years, including historic photos of well construction, development, and analysis of groundwater systems, will be presented.
Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL