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Kansas Geological Survey, Open-file Report 2013-11

2013 Water Level Data Acquisition Statistics

Brett Bennett and Mary Brohammer

KGS Open-file Report 2013-11
Dec. 2013


The field-measurement phase of the 2013 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, 2013. 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 97.9% of the 1,394 network wells in 2013. The KGS measured 499 wells and the three DWR offices (Garden City, Stafford, and Stockton) measured 895 wells. Data acquisition by KGS staff was completed in January.

Based on spatial analysis of the 2012 annual network-well distribution, 18 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. All 18 wells were measured. These 18 provisional wells were incorporated into the network for 2014 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 2013 Acquisition KGS DWR Total
Number of network wells in 2013 499 895 1,394
Number of counties 14 33 47
2013 provisional (new) wells 7 11 18
# provisional wells measured 7 11 18
# wells successfully measured 488 878 1,366
# wells MIA 11 17 28
# QA wells 45 50 95
# wells targeted for removal 1 2 3

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Kansas Geological Survey, Geophysics
Placed online Jan. 8, 2014
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