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Kansas Geological Survey, Open-File Rept. 91-1
Annual Report, FY 90--Page 9 of 9

Liaison Activities with Federal, Other State, and Local Agencies and the Public

During FY90 the Kansas Geological Survey consulted with and provided information on the Dakota aquifer to several federal, other state, and local agencies and the public. In FY90 the Survey worked on the Dakota aquifer with the U.S. Geological Survey through cooperative arrangements between agencies primarily in southwestern Kansas and southeastern Colorado. In the southeastern Colorado area the U.S. Geological Survey conducted a field survey of water wells to collect water-level data. Both agencies have also been actively working with Groundwater Management District 3 in southwestern Kansas to develop a research plan for FY91-92 that meets the regulatory needs of the District. The Dakota aquifer program also consulted with and gave briefings to the Interagency Dakota Technical Committee periodically during FY90. Short briefings have also been given to all of the basin planning committees in the western and central part of Kansas. Information from the program has also been given to the city of Burdett to assist the city government in its search for new municipal well sites.


During FY90 a wide diversity of research and research support activities were completed to further the goals of the Dakota aquifer program in southwestern Kansas-southeastern Colorado and central Kansas. These are listed here by program emphasis. In the geologic framework part of the program these include: (1) completion of a test-hole drilling program in Republic and Washington counties, (2) development of a southeastern Colorado geologic data base, (3) completion of an analysis of the Dakota aquifer framework in central Kansas using borehole geophysical logs and core obtained from test-hole drilling, and (4) additional well-log digitizing of borehole geophysical logs to increase the density of coverage in south-central Kansas.

In the geohydrology part of the program these include: (1) collection of current water-level information from field surveys of wells in southeastern Colorado and southwestern and north-central Kansas, (2) development of methods to analyze pumping tests in aquifers like the Dakota, (3) development of a core permeability data base from laboratory measurements on core samples, and (4) a pumping test of an irrigation well in Washington County.

In the ground-water geochemistry and water quality part of the program these include: (1) collection and analysis of water samples from wells in southwestern and central Kansas for water-quality assessment of Dakota ground waters, determination of geochemical controls on water chemistry, and estimation of the relative ages of recharge; (2) revision of Plate 2 from the FY89 annual report; (3) development of a user-friendly interface for interactive mapping and query of hydrologic-related data in the ARC/INFO geographic information system; and (4) development of an improved method of water-quality information display based on color information theory and using the ARC/INFO geographic information system.

Finally, in the area of research support, the FY89 Dakota aquifer program annual report was completed and published as KGS Open-File Report 90-27.

During FY90-93 the overall objective of the Dakota aquifer program is to characterize subregionally the water-resources potential of the areas where the Dakota aquifer is shallowest and is undergoing development in central and southwestern Kansas. The progress made during the FY90 program has provided much new information that will be used to update existing data bases, to locate monitoring sites in the Dakota aquifer in FY91, and to construct simulations of the Dakota aquifer in southeastern Colorado and southwestern and central Kansas in FY92-93. In FY94 these simulations will be used to evaluate various management options for the Dakota aquifer in Kansas.

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Kansas Geological Survey, Dakota Aquifer Program
Original report available from the Kansas Geological Survey.
Electronic version placed online Nov. 1998
Scientific comments to P. Allen Macfarlane
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