SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Empirical Undergraduate


The Alluvial aquifer in Kansas is responsible for supplying much of western Kansas with fresh domestic well water Samples from these domestic wells were collected from participating landowners along the Alluvial aquifer of Norton and Phillips counties, Kansas The collected samples were shipped to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment ( Laboratories for analysis of various regulated contaminants The following parameters were measured from each water sample uranium, nitrate, sulfate, iron, selenium, manganese, chloride, arsenic, and conductivity Using ArcGIS Pro, the locations of the sampled wells were converted into point data with their respective parameter data attached Several cartographic maps were constructed to represent the concentration of each contaminant along the length of the Alluvial aquifer Additional maps representing soil type, land use, and local geology were constructed to aid in the analysis of wells containing contaminants over the maximum contamination level ( The resulting collection of attribute data and maps were returned to the KDHE for future purposes This is an ongoing project with an aim to express the importance of consistent monitoring of contaminants in domestic wells This summer, we will continue analysis of the Alluvial aquifer traveling westward into the Kansas counties of Rawlins and Decatur We look forward to gathering more data to help us determine if land use and local geology could be a contributing source of contamination

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Todd Moore, Dr. Richard Lisichenko, & Dr. Tom Schafer



Submission Type

in-person poster




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