- Document: Report (5.31 MB pdf)
- Dataset: USGS National Water Information System database —USGS water data for the Nation
- Data Release: USGS data release —Data from maps of water-level changes in the High Plains aquifer in parts of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, predevelopment (about 1950) to 2017 and 2015–17
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The High Plains aquifer underlies 111.8 million acres (about 175,000 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 substantial groundwater irrigation (about 1950). This report presents water-level changes and change in recoverable water in storage in the High Plains aquifer from predevelopment (about 1950) to 2017 and from 2015 to 2017.
Water-level changes from predevelopment to 2017, by well, ranged from a rise of 84 feet to a decline of 262 feet; the range for 99 percent of the wells was from a rise of 39 feet to a decline of 200 feet. Water-level changes from 2015 to 2017, by well, ranged from a rise of 41 feet to a decline of 21 feet; the range for 99 percent of the wells was from a rise of 14 feet to a decline of 10 feet. The area-weighted, average water-level changes in the aquifer were an overall decline of 16.8 feet from predevelopment to 2017 and a rise of 0.1 foot from 2015 to 2017. Total recoverable water in storage in the aquifer in 2017 was about 2.91 billion acre-feet, which was a decline of about 291.8 million acre-feet since predevelopment and a rise of 0.1 million acre-feet from 2015 to 2017.
McGuire, V.L., and Strauch, K.R., 2022, Water-level and recoverable water in storage changes, High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2017 and 2015–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2022–5080, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20225080.
ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)
Table of Contents
- Data and Methods
- Water-Level Changes
- Change in Recoverable Water in Storage, Predevelopment to 2017 and 2015–17
- References Cited
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Water-level and recoverable water in storage changes, High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2017 and 2015–17|
|Series title||Scientific Investigations Report|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Nebraska Water Science Center|
|Description||Report: vi, 15 p.; Data Release; Dataset|
|State||Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wyoming|
|Other Geospatial||High Plains aquifer|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|