Water Survey Seeks Permission of Kane County Area Well Owners for Water-Level Measurements, Illinois State Water Survey

Press Release

For Immediate Release April 30, 2003
Water Survey Seeks Permission of Kane County Area Well Owners for Water-Level Measurements
Scott Meyer - (217) 333-5382, Fax: (217) 244-0777, smeyer@uiuc.edu
Eva Kingston - (217) 244-7270, Fax: (217) 333-6540, eva@sws.uiuc.edu

“During spring and summer 2003, we will continue efforts begun in 2002 to contact well owners in Kane County and adjacent areas for permission to measure water levels in wells that use shallow sand-and-gravel and bedrock aquifers,”says hydrogeologist Scott Meyer of the Illinois State Water Survey (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/), a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“Permission already has been obtained to measure water levels in about 500 wells in Kane, DuPage, Cook, Lake, McHenry, DeKalb, Kendall, and Will Counties, but we are seeking as many as 500 additional permissions for more thorough coverage of the area,” says Meyer.

Efforts this spring and summer are directed toward obtaining permission from well owners and recording basic information about the wells, including water levels, which will be measured again this fall. Water samples will not be collected for the study.

The Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois State Geological Survey are jointly conducting the measurements as part of a five-year water-resources investigation sponsored by Kane County Development Department.

Acquisition of groundwater data is just one component of the multi-year investigation that includes collection and analysis of geologic and hydrologic information in support of future policies for managing, protecting, and further developing water resources within Kane County. Further information about the project is available on the Web (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/gws/neilproj.asp).

According to Meyer, "the measurements will provide invaluable baseline data that will be used to assess the effects of increasing withdrawals, land-use changes, and climate change on groundwater levels in Kane County and surrounding areas. This mapping also will provide data for modeling groundwater flow in Kane County's shallow aquifers."

The Illinois State Water Survey has conducted similar studies in Illinois. For further information about the current study, contact Meyer at (217) 333-5382.

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