Ground Water Levels
Recognizing changing state laws and the need to address diminishing groundwater levels and surface water declines in Lodgepole Creek, the South Platte NRD board created the South Platte NRD Districtwide Groundwater Management Area and additional managment subareas as the needs arose. Rules and Regulations for the District were consolodated in May of 2011.
Keeping track of changes in groundwater levels is one of the NRD's many responsibilities. While most areas of the South Platte NRD have abundant groundwater, this resource is not unlimited. In some areas, especially in the western and central parts of the district, groundwater levels have declined over the years because of heavy use.
With the help of cooperating landowners, the NRD has established a district-wide network of observation wells to monitor changes in ground water levels. There are currently 148 observation wells measured twice a year. The image below shows an example map shown in annual reports.
Full water reports can be seen on the Resources Reports page
Note: To compare changes in water levels accurately, to bear an accurate comparison, look at figures
from like reports, ie: Spring to Spring or Fall to Fall. Such a comparison allows one to see levels
in like states, whether it be following the high demand season, or after levels have stablized.