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Technical Series 17

January 2001 Kansas Water Levels and Data Related to Water-level Changes

John J. Woods and Marios A. Sophocleous

Kansas Geological Survey
Lawrence, Kansas 66047
Published July 2002


Water levels measured in January 2001 generally showed many more declines and much fewer rises than those measured in January 2000. The 2001 measurements showed an average water-level decline of 1.26 ft (38.4 cm) for the 2000-2001 period compared to an average decline of 0.37 ft (11.3 cm) during the 1999-2000 period. The 2000-2001 period showed the largest average decline from the previous year since the 1994-1995 period. The single largest rise in water level was 32.0 ft (9.76 m), and the largest decline was 27.5 ft (8.38 m) for the wells in this report. Annual water-level declines outnumbered rises 80% to 20% compared to 61% declines and 39% rises in the 2000 report. Regional breakdowns of the data indicate a very strong shift toward greater decline is regions I and III, a significant but less strong shift toward greater decline in region II, and a strong shift toward more decline in most of region V with water-level rises continuing in the southern portion. More specifically, water-level declines occurred in nearly all of region I, but appreciably large areas of rise occurred in central Kearny and west-central Finney counties. In region II, the total area of decline increased, especially in Wallace, Wichita, and Greeley counties. The total area of rise in region II remained about the same as the 2000 measurements, but the individual areas were well distributed, while the total area of relatively stationary water levels decreased. The total area of water-level decline in region III markedly increased during 2000-2001, while the total area of relatively stationary water levels and water-level rises decreased. In region V, where the water table is relatively shallow, a marked increase in the total area of water-level decline occurred over most of the region, while large areas of water-level rise persist, especially in Kiowa, Pratt, and Kingman counties in the southern portion.

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Kansas Geological Survey
Updated Jul. 29, 2002
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