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Watershed Hydrogeology (GEOL 300) Fall 2007


Lect: Rm 103, Barstow Hall               Instructor: Dr. William Bajjali

TIME: MWF 1:00-1:50 PM                Office: (207-A ) Barstow Hall                                                                    

Lab: Rm 209, Barstow Hall                     Phone 715 – 394 - 8056

TIME: Th 10:00- 11:50 AM                    Email: wbajjali@uwsuper.edu

Web Page: http://frontpage.uwsuper.edu/bajjali/

Office hours: Monday 8 – 10 AM Friday 2-4 PM or by appointment

Text: Applied Hydrogeology, Fourth Edition, by Fetter, C.W, Prentice Hall, 2001

Course description:

Hydrologic cycle with an emphasis on the movement of water through geologic media. Stream hydrograph and their interpretation . Type of water bearing formations and their hydraulic properties.   Field-monitoring methods and analysis of hydrogeologic data through graphical, mathematical, and computer-modeling techniques.  Hydrochemistry, water quality, environmental isotopes, water supply, and water resources management applications.

 Course Goals:

 1.      Understand and use the physical properties of water bearing formation to assess the hydraulic parameters of groundwater

2.      Interpret the groundwater flow system in term of  direction and speed

3.      Use various approaches such as physical, mathematical, and analog models to evaluate the subsurface flow system.

4.      Environmental isotope and hydrochemical evaluation of groundwater using various techniques

 Course Expectations:

·        Be prepared for class and participate in the class discussion

·        Do your lecture assignments and lab work

What you can expect from me:

·        Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the hydrogeology

·        Provide quality teaching and challenge you to learn and apply your knowledge

 Course grading:

 1.      Exam I (Lecture + Lab)                                  20 %

2.      Exam II (Lecture + Lab)                                20 %

3.      Final Exam ((Lecture + Lab)                          30 %

4.      Class assignments                                           15 %

5.      Project                                                           15 %

Lab and lecture assignments are due one week from the date assigned, unless otherwise specified.  Due dates for other assignments will be printed on the assignment and/or announced when they are assigned.  Try not to submit your answer after the due date, but prior arrangements for late submission can be discussed with the instructor.  


Attendance is required and encouraged for lecture and lab classes. Lecture and lab will be part of the exams.

University Policies

Class Cancellations: When weather conditions are dangerous, students will be informed via the media about class cancellations. Students should not call public safety. Phone lines are needed for emergencies!

Accommodation of religious Beliefs: Students’ sincerely held religious beliefs shall be reasonably accommodated with respect to scheduling all examinations and other academic requirements. Students should inform the instructor of these needs at the beginning of the semester.

Disabilities Accommodation: Adaptation of methods, materials or testing may be made to accommodate educational participation. Student must inform their instructors of these needs at the beginning of the semester.

Health and Safety: Compliance with state and federal regulations is mandatory.

Blood borne Pathogens: Students who may exposed to human blood and certain bodily fluids through classroom activities, practicum, or internships must provided training and information. Contact Carol Lindberg, Campus Industrial Hygienist, Ext. 8073 for more information.

Date                            Tentative Watershed Hydrology Lecture                            Text

Sept.    7       Water resources & Groundwater                                              Ch1

Sept.    9       Hydrologic Cycle                                                                      Ch1

Sept.    12    Hydrogeological information                                                      Ch1

Sept.    14    Solving Hydrogeological Problems - examples                           Ch1

Sept.    16    Element of Hydrological Cycles                                                 Ch2

Sept.    19    Catchment area and calculation of Precipitation                         Ch2

Sept.    21    Catchment area and Infiltration                                                   Ch2

Sept.    23    Stream Hydrograph                                                                  Ch2

Sept.    26    Rainfall – Runoff relationship                                                      Ch2

Sept.    28     Solving Hydrogeological Problems - examples                         Ch2

Sept.    30     Properties of Aquifer                                                                Ch3

Oct      3       Porosity of Rock Formations                                                    Ch3

Oct      5       Darcy Law                                                                               Ch3

Oct      7       Permeability of Water bearing Formations                                 Ch3

Oct      10     Aquifer Types                                                                           Ch3

Oct      12     Aquifer Characteristics                                                             Ch3

Oct      14     Solving Hydrogeological Problems – examples                         Ch3

Oct      17     Exam 1                                                            

Oct      19     Groundwater Flow Hydraulic Head calculation                         Ch4

Oct      21     Flow Line, Flow net and Directions of Groundwater                  Ch4

Oct      24     Solving Hydrogeological Problems – examples                          Ch4

Oct      26     Groundwater Flow to Wells                                                      Ch5

Oct      28     Design Pumping test                                                                  Ch5

Oct      31     Steady State Condition pumping test example                           Ch5

Nov     2       Water Table Recharge                                                              Ch6

Nov     4       Regional groundwater Flow                                                      Ch7

Nov     7       Springs and their type                                                               Ch7

Nov     9       Groundwater in rocks                                                               Ch8

Nov     11     Groundwater in carbonate rocks                                               Ch8

Nov     14     Groundwater and Saline Water Relationship                              Ch8

Nov     16     Water Chemistry                                                                      Ch9

Nov     18     Type of Chemical reactions in Water                                         Ch9

Nov     21     Carbonate reactions                                                                  Ch9

Nov     22     Thanks Giving   Break                                                          Holiday

Nov     23     Exam 2                                                                                    

Nov     28      Thermodynamic relationships                                                    Ch9

Nov     30      Environmental Isotope (stable and radioactive)                        Ch9

Dec      2       Presentation of Results of chemical Analysis                              Ch9

Dec      5       Water Quality                                                                         Ch10

Dec      7       Groundwater Monitoring                                                         Ch10

Dec.     9      Mass Transport of Solutes                                                       Ch10

Dec.     12    Groundwater Contamination                                                 Ch10   

Dec.     14     Water Law                                                                            Ch11

Dec.     16      Artificial recharge                                                                   Ch11

Dec.     19                    Final Exam      


Date                Tentative Watershed Hydrology Lab                                  

Sept.    8     Introduction to Lab & Math conversions & Dimension Using Excel

Sept.    15   Baseflow Recession, Duration Curves, Seasonal Recession Method

Sept.    22   PPT Meas. – using Isohyetal Analysis, Thiessen Methods, (IDW)

Sept.    29    Water Budget of Mono Lake – Storage, Runoff, and GW Flow

Oct.     6       Regional Aquifer of Wisconsin

Oct.     13     Porosity, permeability and Specific Yield Calculations

Oct.     20     Field trip (Newton Creek)-Water sampling for chemical analysis

Oct.     27     Darcy Law and Hydraulic Conductivity applications

Nov.    3       Pumping Test – Method for Analyzing Aquifer

Nov.    10     Water Chemistry and Water Quality Interpretation of Wisconsin

Nov.    17     Stable Isotope Interprétation (18O, 2H)

Nov.    24     Thanks Giving   Break  - Holiday

Dec.     1       Radioactive Isotope Interprétation (3H, 14C)

Dec.     8       Seymour Hazardous Waste Site: Groundwater Contamination

Dec.     15     Project Submission