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Irene Lippelt

Water Resources Specialist

Contact: Phone (608) 262-7430 | Email irene.lippelt@wisc.edu

I help manage the Survey’s database of well records for all of Wisconsin, and I correct legacy errors and update information, particularly well locations. This work is important because well records are often the only information available about what is in the subsurface for some areas. My database work is an ongoing activity as new wells are installed and as new technology makes it possible to better locate older wells. Thanks to new technology I can refine the locations of many wells that were previously poorly or incorrectly located. We have scanned and digitized many well construction reports and logs of the subsurface to make them more widely available. Correcting and updating the database supports the work Survey scientists are doing on Wisconsin’s geology and hydrogeology. It also helps homeowners and consulting geologists. Better data makes better decisions about wells.

My detective skills and knowledge of the old paper files and databases in the Survey archives help me do this job. Knowing what information was available when they were created gives me a sense of their limitations, and of where to go to double-check entries and to find new information.

I like what I do because I am improving a database that is used by our staff, other agencies, and the general public. This helps homeowners find reports for their wells, helps scientists make more accurate maps, and helps everyone who uses well data.

Publications

  • Lippelt, I.D., 2000, Understanding Wisconsin Township, Range, and Section Land Descriptions, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Educational Series 44. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000193
  • Patterson, D.L., Endrizzi, D.C., and Lippelt,D., 1997, Green Bay Area Private Claims and Williams Grant Subdivision in Brown County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 44, scale 1:36,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000442/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1990, Generalized Water-Table Elevation Map of Clark County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Miscellaneous Map 33, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000426/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1990, Generalized water-table elevation map of Pierce County, Wisconsin; scale 1:100,000, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 31. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/m112/.
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1990, Generalized Water-Table Elevation Map of St. Croix County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 32, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000425/.
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1990, Groundwater quality investigation maps of Pierce County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 30, Map 90-3, 1990, 7 plates, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000424/
  • Lippelt, I.D., and Brown, B.A., 1990, Geology and groundwater resources – Pierce and St. Croix Counties, abstract, 14th annual meeting, American Water Resources Association, Wisconsin section, March 8-9, 1990.
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1989, Groundwater quality investigation of St. Croix County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 29, Map 89-5, 7 plates, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/m113/
  • Steinhart, G.S., and Lippelt, I.D., 1989, Groundwater quality investigation of Clark County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 28, Map 89-4, 8 plates, scale 1:100,000.
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1988, Depth to bedrock of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Miscellaneous Map 22, Map 88-3, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/m098/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1988, Generalized water-table elevation of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 20, Map 88-1, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/m096/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1988, Generalized water-table elevation of Dunn County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 21, Map 88-2, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/m097/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1988, Potential yields of wells in the bedrock aquifers of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 27, Map 88-10, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000415/.
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1988, Potential yields of wells in the sand and gravel aquifer of Dunn County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 25, Map 88-6, scale 1:100,000.
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1988, Potential yields of wells in the sand and gravel aquifer of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 26, Map 88-9, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000414/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1988, Potential yields of wells in the sandstone aquifer of Dunn County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 24, Map 88-5, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000412/
  • Lippelt, I.D., and Fekete, T.E., 1988, Depth to bedrock of Dunn County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Map 23, Map 88-4, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/m099/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1987, Groundwater quality investigation of Dunn County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Miscellaneous Paper 87-1, 7 plates, scale 1:100,000. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000477/
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1987, Groundwater quality investigation of Chippewa County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Miscellaneous Paper 87-2, 7 plates, scale 1:100,000, https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000478/.
  • Lippelt, I.D., 1986, Potential yields of aquifers in Barron County, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Figure 4 of Map 87-2e, part of the Barron County Atlas.
  • Lippelt, I.D., and Zaporozec, A., 1986, Generalized water-table elevation map of Barron County, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Figure 3 of Map 87-2e, part of the Barron County Atlas, scale 1:100,000.
  • Lippelt, I.D., and Zaporozec, A., 1985, Ground-water levels in Calumet County, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey , Educational Series 29, brochure. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/es029/
  • Lippelt, I.D., and Zaporozec, A., 1982, Ground-water levels in Juneau County, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Educational Series 25, brochure. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000175/
  • Lippelt, I.D., and Hennings, R.G., 1981, Irrigable lands inventory–phase I groundwater and related information, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Miscellaneous Paper 81-1. https://wgnhs.wisc.edu/pubs/000467/ (This includes 10 water-table elevation maps by I.D. Lippelt; scale 1:126,720.)

 

Professional affiliations

  • American Water Resources Association, Wisconsin Section, member