Illinois State Water Survey - Publication Information: ISWS CR2009-07, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kane County Water Resources Investigations

Simulation of Groundwater Flow in Kane County and Northeastern Illinois

Kane County in northeastern Illinois has taken progressive steps to predict future water supply changes in order to avoid water shortages. The population in Kane County is projected to surge 70 percent from 2000 to the year 2030, undoubtedly boosting water demand. The county must consider its options to ensure continued availability of a clean water supply.

The Kane County Development Department commissioned the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) (and sister agency Illinois State Geological Survey) to determine the status of current and future groundwater resources in the county. ISWS researchers developed regional- and local-scale groundwater flow models, which are sets of interrelated mathematical equations that represent water flow in aquifers and streams. Computer programs are used to solve the equations, thereby determining the effects of current and future groundwater usage and stressors, such as drought.

Using computer models and other data and analyses, ISWS researchers predict that under low-pumpage, or conservative conditions, groundwater withdrawals in Kane County will increase from 37 million gallons per day (mgd) in 2003 to 52 mgd in 2050. Under high-pumpage conditions, however, groundwater withdrawals will increase to as much as 71 mgd.

Model simulations for Kane County also showed:

The modeling study is part of a comprehensive project assessing surface water, geology, and groundwater in Kane County. The Executive Summary and Full Report discuss modeling procedures and outcomes.

Executive Summary Kane County Water Resources Investigations: Simulation of Groundwater Flow in Kane County and Northeastern Illinois - Executive Summary cover

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Full Report Kane County Water Resources Investigations: Simulation of Groundwater Flow in Kane County and Northeastern Illinois cover

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Full Report (entire document, print quality)  (pdf ~347mb)


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Executive Summary  (pdf ~30mb)  (print quality)  (pdf ~30mb)

Report Body  (pdf ~23mb)  (print quality)  (pdf ~175mb)

Appendix A  (pdf ~22k)  (print quality)  (pdf ~132k)

Appendix B  (pdf ~1.5mb)  (print quality)  (pdf ~8.7mb)

Appendix C  (pdf ~3.9mb)  (print quality)  (pdf ~24mb)

Appendix D  (pdf ~192k)  (print quality)  (pdf ~1.2mb)

Appendix E  (pdf ~40k)  (print quality)  (pdf ~170k)

Appendix F  (pdf ~12k)  (print quality)  (pdf ~130k)

Appendix G  (pdf ~920k)  (print quality)  (pdf ~5.7mb)

Appendix H  (pdf ~6.5mb)  (print quality)  (pdf ~134mb)

Appendix I  (pdf ~15k)  (print quality)  (pdf ~155k)

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Citation Reference:
Center for Groundwater Science
Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
http://www.sws.uiuc.edu
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