Wisconsin Geological & Natural History Survey
Hometown: Cudahy, WI
Maureen started her career with the WGNHS in 1987. In 1998 she moved to UW-Oshkosh for 21 years where she was a professor of Geology. She has recently returned to the WGNHS where she conducts research that focuses on applied groundwater questions throughout Wisconsin. Her interests include investigation of groundwater quality and flow in carbonate rocks, relationship between geology and hydraulic properties, and land-use impacts on groundwater quality.
Wisconsin’s Karst Aquifers
The talk provides an overview of Wisconsin geology, characteristics of karst, the basics of the water cycle and groundwater flow. We then explore why these aquifers are so vulnerable to groundwater contamination with examples from northeast and southwest Wisconsin.
This talk provides an introduction to aquifer properties, groundwater recharge, groundwater flow. We then look at Wisconsin’s aquifer, how geology affects groundwater susceptibility to contamination and where folks can get information on groundwater quality, wells, etc.