BEATRICE – Fall groundwater readings taken by the Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District indicate groundwater levels fell by point-2-7 feet, comparing this fall with the same time one year ago.
:05 “fall, to fall”
Lower Big Blue NRD Manager Dave Clabaugh says the district assesses groundwater levels twice each year……in April and November.
:23 “our irrigation season”
Clabaugh says conditions have been fairly dry in recent weeks, and the hope is to get some moisture to help recharge the water supply.
In recent years, the Lower Big Blue NRD put in place about 40 groundwater monitoring wells, used only for groundwater level measurements and testing for water quality.
Clabaugh says some of the wells are now equipped with data-logging features.
:29 “twice a year”
During pumping season, a well draws down the level. When pumping ceases, the level of the acquifer in that cone-of-depression area equalizes. Clabaugh says this year was probably average to slightly above average for the level of irrigation demand.
:05 “quite as bad”
The Lower Big Blue NRD’s website has an interactive map of groundwater monitoring wells across the district which shows the locations of wells, and comparative data on groundwater levels.