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Water-Level Changes in the High Plains Aquifer, Predevelopment to 2005 and 2003 to 2005

Scientific Investigations Report 2006-5324

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Abstract

The High Plains aquifer underlies 111.4 million acres (174,000 square miles) in parts of eight States-Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Water-level declines began in parts of the High Plains aquifer soon after the beginning of extensive ground-water irrigation. This report presents water-level changes in the High Plains aquifer from the time prior to substantial ground-water irrigation development (about 1950) to 2005 and from 2003 to 2005. Water-level changes from predevelopment to 2005 ranged between a rise of 84 feet and a decline of 277 feet. Area-weighted, average water-level change in the aquifer was a decline of 12.8 feet from predevelopment to 2005, a decline of 0.8 foot from 2003 to 2004, and a decline of 0.2 foot from 2004 to 2005. Total water in storage in the aquifer in 2005 was about 2,925 million acre-feet, which was a decline of about 253 million acre-feet (or 9 percent) since predevelopment.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Water-Level Changes in the High Plains Aquifer, Predevelopment to 2005 and 2003 to 2005
Series title:
Scientific Investigations Report
Series number:
2006-5324
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2007
Language:
ENGLISH
Contributing office(s):
Nebraska Water Science Center
Description:
iv, 7 p.
Number of Pages:
11
Time Range Start:
1950-01-01
Time Range End:
2005-12-31