Philip Reeder

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Nicholas Crawford, Kenneth Kuehn, Michael Trapasso

Degree Program

Department of Geography and Geology

Degree Type

Master of Science


Due to recent land use changes, runoff has greatly increased In Bowling Green, necessitating the drilling of nearly 600 drainage wells to direct storm water into the Lost River Karst Aquifer. Research was conducted to (1) differentiate areas of the city as optimal for removal of storm water runoff, (2) correlate lithologic features between wells, and (3) determine optimal depths to which new drainage wells should be drilled. This was accomplished using maximum capacity tests, correlation of lithologic features between wells and comparing void density to depth below the land surface.

It was only possible to develop general trends in the areal distribution of voids throughout the city, hence: specific optimal areas for removal of storm water runoff could not be differentiated. The correlation of voids between wells was possible alone both the regional dip and strike of the beds. It was also determined that the greatest potential for intersecting voids was in the first 6 meters of borehole, but no clear cut depth criteria were developed, although recommendations were made pertaining to drilling new wells to an optimal, functional depth.


Earth Sciences | Geology | Hydrology | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Speleology