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Kansas Geological Survey, Open-file Report 2010-16

2010 Water Level Data Acquisition Statistics

Brett Bennett and Mary Brohammer

KGS Open-file Report 2010-16
Nov. 2010


The field-measurement phase of the 2010 annual cooperative water-level measurement program was successfully completed by both the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) and the Division of Water Resources (DWR), Kansas Department of Agriculture, prior to March 1, 2010. The annual program is designed to regionally sample the High Plains aquifer in Kansas so trends can be established and evaluated for effective incorporation into water-resource management strategies. Water levels were recorded in 95.9% of the 1,406 network wells in 2010. The KGS measured 501 wells and the three DWR offices (Garden City, Stafford, and Stockton) measured 905 wells. Data acquisition by KGS staff was completed in January.

Based on spatial analysis of the 2009 annual network-well distribution, 12 locations were identified that required additional water-level data to permit continuous and uniform sampling of the High Plains aquifer. Wells were identified in these locations with sufficient construction and historical information and landowner cooperation to attempt a water-level measurement. Of the 12 wells, all 12 were actually measured. These 12 provisional wells were incorporated into the network for 2011 and will be measured in all future measurement campaigns unless the wells become unreliable or are plugged. Yearly geostatistical studies will define undersampled areas and will be used to select optimum locations for replacement wells to eliminate extraneous holes in the hexagonal network.

January 2010 Acquisition KGS DWR Total
Number of network wells in 2010 501 905 1,406
Number of counties 14 33 47
2010 provisional (new) wells 6 6 12
# provisional wells measured 6 5 11
# wells successfully measured 482 878 1,360
# wells MIA 19 33 52
# QA wells (KGS only) 50    
# wells targeted for removal 3 7 10

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Kansas Geological Survey, Geophysics
Placed online Nov. 30, 2010
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