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Technical Series 14

January 1999 Kansas Water Levels and Data Related to Water-level Changes

John J. Woods, Jeffrey A. Schloss, and P. Allen Macfarlane

Kansas Geological Survey
Lawrence, Kansas 66047
Published August 1999


Water levels measured in January 1999 generally showed more declines and fewer rises in region I (southwest), a slight tendency toward water-level decline in region II (west-central) and in region III (northwest), and a tendency toward water-level rise in region V (south-central) except in the westernmost counties. The 1999 measurements showed an average water-level decline of 0.31 ft (9.4 cm) from the 1998 measurements compared to an average rise of 0.15 ft (4.6 cm) during the 1997-98 period. The strong pattern of increasing water-level decline in the western portions of region V is probably caused by decreased recharge resulting from less precipitation in this area in 1998. The single largest rise in water level was 31.6 ft (9.63 m), and the largest decline was 27.4 ft (8.35 m) for the wells in this report. Annual water-level declines outnumbered rises 61% to 39%, compared to 51% rises and 48% declines in the 1998 report. Regional breakdowns of the data indicate that more areas experienced declining water levels and that fewer areas experienced rising water levels in region I. The western portion of region II showed larger areas with declines, and the eastern portion showed relatively stationary water levels with localized areas of rise and decline. Region III generally showed a trend of decline but to a lesser extent than in 1997-98. In region V, where the water table is relatively shallow, a marked increase in the total area of water-level decline occurred in the western portion of the region while a general tendency toward rise with localized areas of decline occurred over the remainder of the region. Small, localized areas of water-level rise greater than 2 ft were observed in both the western and eastern edges of region V.

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