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Kansas Geological Survey, Open-file Report 2008-16

2008 Water Level Data Acquisition Statistics

Brett Bennett and Mary Brohammer

KGS Open-file Report 2008-16
July 2008


The field-measurement phase of the 2008 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, 2008. 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 93.3% of the 1,432 network wells in 2008. The KGS measured 508 wells and the three DWR offices (Garden City, Stafford, and Stockton) measured 924 wells. Two trips made by KGS staff to acquire data were completed in January.

Based on spatial analysis of the 2007 annual network-well distribution, 17 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. Of the 17 wells, 12 were actually measured. These 17 provisional wells were incorporated into the network for 2009 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 2008 Acquisition KGS DWR Total
Number of network wells in 2008 508 924 1,432
Number of counties 14 34 48
2008 provisional (new) wells 10 7 17
# provisional wells measured 7 5 12
# wells successfully measured 462 874 1,336
# wells MIA 46 50 96
# QA wells (KGS only) 50    
# wells targeted for removal 2 6 8

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Kansas Geological Survey, Geophysics
Placed online Oct. 2, 2008
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