Officials to Study Colfax County Groundwater Levels
COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) —
The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District is taking an expensive,
high-tech look at groundwater levels in Colfax County in an effort to
better budget water use during drought.
The district is paying $200,000 to a
Mississippi company to study the groundwater under approximately 36
square miles in the Clarkson and Howells areas. Officials say water
supplies there came dangerously close to running dry during last year's
Next week, the company will use low-flying helicopters
outfitted with instruments that can "see" hundreds of feet below the
Data collected during the flights will be used to locate
and estimate the size of groundwater aquifers to help officials decide
whether there is enough water for continued use during dry spells, or
whether restrictions are needed.