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Technical Series 19

January 2002 Kansas Water Levels and Data Related to Water-level Changes

John J. Woods and Marios A. Sophocleous

Kansas Geological Survey
Lawrence, Kansas 66047
Published January 2004


Water levels measured in January 2002 generally showed slightly fewer declines and slightly fewer rises than those measured in January 2001, except in the south-central region, where slightly more declines were observed. The 2002 measurements (a total of 1,370 in all) showed an average water-level decline of 0.91 ft (27.7 cm) for the 2001-2002 period compared to an average decline of 1.26 ft (38.4 cm) during the 2000-2001 period. The single largest rise in water level was 10.2 ft (3.11 m) and the largest decline was 14.4 ft (4.39 m) for the wells in this report. Annual water-level declines outnumbered rises 73% to 26% compared to 80% declines and 20% rises in the 2001 report. Regional breakdowns of the data indicate a continuing trend of decline in region I, a slight shift toward less decline in region II, a marked shift toward less decline in region III, and a slight shift toward more decline in most of region V with water-level rises occurring in the northwestern portion. More specifically, water-level declines occurred in nearly all of region I, but appreciably large areas of rise occurred mainly in Kearny, Finney, and Morton counties. In region II, the total area of decline decreased in Greeley and Wichita and increased in Scott and Lane counties. The total area of rise greater than 1 ft in region II decreased relative to the 2001 measurements, while the total area of relatively stationary water levels increased. The total area of water-level decline in region III markedly decreased during 2001-2002, while the total area of relatively stationary water levels and rises increased. In region V (south central region), where the water table is relatively shallow, a slight increase in the total area of water-level decline occurred over most of the region, while significant areas of water-level rise occurred over most of the region.

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Kansas Geological Survey
Updated Jan. 30, 2004
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