Illinois Water Well (ILWATER) Internet Map Service
ILWATER Internet Map Service
The Illinois Water and Related Well Data Web mapping project enables on-line access to a large database of over 275,000 Illinois water and related well records. This database has been in development for many years by the Illinois State Geological Survey. Traditionally, these well records have only been available during regular business hours at the Geological Records Unit in Champaign, Illinois.
Notes for Interactive Mapping
The Web interface is best viewed using Internet Explorer.
It is not possible to bookmark map views. Instead, bookmark this access page.
Disable all POPUP BLOCKER software to access well records.
Instructions for accessing Illinois Water and Related Well Data, a screen shot of the Interactive Mapping Web Interface, and descriptions of the navigational tools of the Interactive Mapping Web Interface are detailed below.
For assistance using ILWATER contact Bill Dey, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 217-244-2779.
Instructions for Accessing Illinois Water and Related Well Data Resources
Map manipulation tools are offered on the left side of the interface. The currently selected tool will be outlined in red, as the "Select Within" tool is outlined in the screen shot shown below. Data layer visibility and activation control is located on the right side of the interface. The visitor must set desired "Active" layer combinations and then implement "Refresh Map" in order to create a custom map view.
Step 1: Enlarge an appropriate area.
The "Zoom In" tool is the default tool upon launch of the Interactive Mapping Interface.
Step 2: Set to "Visible" any data layers you wish to enable.
Geologically relevant data layers are listed in order by Depth of Aquifer. By default, the "Major Sand and Gravel Aquifers" data layer is set to "Visible." Many combinations of data layers can be set to "Visible."
Step 3: Click the "Refresh Map" button.
The "Refresh Map" button is listed below all data layers and will complete alterations to the selection of "Visible" layers. Data layers "Water and Related Wells," "Interstates," "US Highways," "State Routes," "Sections," "Townships," "Counties," "Lakes," "Municipalities," and "Major Sand and Gravel Aquifers" are set to "Visible" in the screen shot shown below.
Step 4: Access Data
To use the "Select Within" rectangle tool, first set the "Active" layer to the desired data layer by clicking the corresponding radio button. The "Water and Related Wells" data layer is set as "Active" in the screen shot shown below.
Navigational Tools of the ILWATER Interactive Mapping Web Interface
Updated 08/16/2012 SKB