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Technical Series 15

January 2000 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 2000


Water levels measured in January 2000 generally showed fewer declines and more rises in region I (southwest), a tendency toward water-level decline in region II (west-central), stationary water levels in region III (northwest), and slight decline in region V (south-central). The 2000 measurements showed an average water-level decline of 0.37 ft (11.3 cm) from the 1999 measurements compared to an average decline of 0.31 ft (9.4 cm) during the 1998-99 period. The single largest rise in water level was 21.9 ft (6.68 m), and the largest decline was 15.7 ft (4.79 m) for the wells in this report. Annual water-level declines outnumbered rises 61% to 39%, as in the 1999 report. Regional breakdowns of the data indicate that fewer areas experienced sharply declining water levels and that more areas experienced sharply rising water levels in region I than during the previous period. The western portion of region II showed larger areas with water-level rises with a small area of sharp decline, the central portion showed increased areas of water-level decline, and the eastern portion showed stationary water levels. Region III generally showed a significant decrease in the areas of declines and rises greater than 1 ft (30 cm) relative to the 1998-99 period. In region V, where the water table is relatively shallow, a marked decrease in the total area of water-level decline occurred in the western portion of the region while a large increase in the total area of water-level decline was observed in the rest of the region.

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Kansas Geological Survey
Updated Aug. 15, 2002
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