New USGS Map of High Plains Aquifer Represents Conditions After Enacting Changes to Ag Management Practices
Water-level changes from 2002 to 2015 were examined in wells screened in the High Plains aquifer within the Republican River Basin and the results are now available in a new U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map.
Changes ranged from a rise of 9.4 feet to a decline of 43.2 feet. The area-weighted, average water-level change during this 13-year period was a decline of 4.5 feet. The USGS conducted this study, at the request of the Middle Republican Natural Resources District, to help the District assess the effect of changes in agricultural management practices.
“The Middle Republican Natural Resources District is constantly looking for the newest and best information available for our producers. This project with USGS helps the MRNRD achieve that goal,” said Sylvia Johnson, MRNRD. “Having the latest information to assess current management actions helps ensure that there will be a sustainable aquifer for generations to come.”