||Environmental Protection Agency, Athens, GA. Ecosystems Research Div. ;Haitjema Consulting, Inc., Bloomington, IN. ;Wittman Hydro Planning Associates, Bloomington, IN.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
The purpose of this document is to introduce the use of the ground water geohydrology computer program WhAEM for Microsoft Windows (32-bit), or WhAEM2000. WhAEM2000 is a public domain, ground-water flow model designed to facilitate capture zone delineation and protection area mapping in support of the state's and tribe's Wellhead Protection Programs (WHPP) and Source Water Assessment Planning (SWAP) for public water well supplies in the United States. Program operation and modeling practice is covered in a series of progressively more complex representations of the wellfield tapping a glacial outwash aquifer for the city of Vincennes, Indiana. WhAEM2000 provides an interactive computer environment for design of protection areas based on radius methods, well in uniform flow solutions, and geohydrologic modeling methods. Protection areas are designed and overlaid upon US Geological Survey Digital Line Graph (DLG) or other electronic base maps. Base maps are available for download from the EPA Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling web site. Geohydrologic modeling for steady pumping wells, including the influence of hydrological boundaries, such as rivers, recharge, no-flow boundaries, and in-homogeneity zones, is accomplished using the analytic element method. Reverse gradient tracelines of known residence time emanating from the pumping center are used to delineate the capture zones. WhAEM2000 has on-line help and tutorials.