Connecting Well Withdrawals and Surface Water

Connecting Well Withdrawals and Surface Water

Ground water withdrawals can produce changes in water levels in nearby surface water bodies such as streams and wetlands. Even small changes in water levels can impact water quality as well as local flora and fauna. GeoServices’ scientists employ a number of techniques to assess these changes, including data collection from piezometers installed in wetlands and along stream banks.

A piezometer is a temporary, small and inexpensive well used for monitoring shallow ground water. GeoServices’ scientists install these as needed and collect water level data from them on a regular schedule. The forested wetland shown in the photo was monitored by GeoServices using two wetlands piezometers. Evaluations of this type help to protect critical habitat while enabling our clients to maximize the use of their water resource.

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