New Projects Funded-March 2010

A multi-partner study, sponsored by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, has been funded. The Sustain Our Great Lakes Stewardship study will fund restoration and management activities in Illinois Beach State Park, Chiwaukee Prairie in Wisconsin, and adjacent portions of the coastal beach ridge complex. The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) portion will document hydrogeologic effects of restoration and document ongoing adverse impacts to those systems. Jim Miner will lead the ISGS portion of the project.

Ed Mehnert, Illinois State Geological Survey, and A. Valocchi, University of Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, submitted a proposal for additional computer time on the NCSA TeraGrid Lincoln cluster. On March 12, 2010, the researchers received an allocation of computer time for the period April 2010 through March 2011; approximate value of the time is $100,000. Using TOUGH2-MP, the researchers will simulate potential commercial-scale, geological carbon sequestration (GSC) in the Illinois Basin and explore the consequences of GSC on fresh groundwater at the Basin periphery.