Water Survey Seeks Permission of Kane County Area Well Owners, Illinois State Water Survey

Press Release

For Immediate Release June 10, 2002
Water Survey Seeks Permission of Kane County Area Well Owners

Scott Meyer, (217) 333-5382, Fax: (217) 244-0777, s-meyer5@illinois.edu
Eva Kingston - (217) 244-7270, Fax: (217) 333-6540, eva@sws.uiuc.edu
"Beginning June 17, we will be contacting approximately 500 well owners in Kane County and adjacent areas of DuPage, Cook, Lake, McHenry, DeKalb, Kendall, and Will Counties for permission to measure water levels in wells that use shallow sand-and-gravel and bedrock aquifers," says hydrologist Scott Meyer of the Illinois State Water Survey (http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/), a division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The study, being conducted jointly by the Illinois State Water Survey and the State Geological Survey, is part of a five-year water resources investigation sponsored by Kane County Development Department. Efforts this summer and fall are intended to inventory all wells and measure water levels in a representative cross section of inventoried wells. Water levels will be measured again during fall 2003. Data collected will be made available in a database, but well owners' names and addresses will be kept confidential. Water quality will not be measured as part of the study.

Acquisition of groundwater data is just one component of the multi-year investigation for which geologic and hydrologic information will be collected and analyzed in support of future policies for managing, protecting, and further developing water resources within Kane County.

According to Meyer, "the measurements will provide invaluable baseline data that will allow us to identify changes in groundwater levels from increasing withdrawals, land-use changes, or climate change. 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 elsewhere in Illinois. For further information about the current study, contact Meyer at (217) 333-5382.

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