2016 Groundwater Flow Model for Dane County, Wisconsin

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The 2016 Groundwater Flow Model for Dane County, Wisconsin, is a decision-support tool which can be used to site new wells, develop wellhead protection plans, evaluate the effects of changing land use and climate on groundwater, and quantify the relationships between groundwater and surface water. This is considered an essential tool for county planners, engineering consultants, water utilities, researchers, and others interested in understanding Dane County’s groundwater resources.


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Want a copy? Click on the images to download a PDF or purchase a printed copy. Model files are download only.

Note: If you downloaded the “in-press” version of the report earlier, you’ll want to update your copy. The report content has been significantly modified.

Fence diagram from Dane County groundwater flow model

Model files [5 GB]


View roll-out presentations

On January 19, 2016, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey hosted a public roll-out of the 2016 Dane County Groundwater Flow Model. Click on the following links to view the presentations.

Link to video of the 2016 Dane County Groundwater Flow Model public roll-out meeting.
PART 1: Ken Bradbury and Mike Parsen (WGNHS) describe the 2016 groundwater flow model. [59:08 minutes]
Link to video of Matt Diebel's presentation during the Dane County Groundwater Model rollout meeting.
PART 2: Ecological limits of hydrologic alteration (ELoHA) in Dane County streams. Matt Diebel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, describes how they’ve used the model to examine changes to stream flow as a result of groundwater withdrawals. [27:00 minutes]
Link to video of Cory McDonald's presentation during the Dane County Groundwater Model rollout meeting.
PART 3: Modeling historical nitrate loading to groundwater in Dane County using contemporary well data. Cory McDonald, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, explains how the model was used to study nitrate concentrations in the shallow aquifer in Dane County. [28:40 minutes]

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More information

For more details, contact Mike Parsen, michael.parsen@wgnhs.uwex.edu, 608/262.9419.

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