A newly released report says groundwater levels across Nebraska saw significant decline last year.
Aaron Young, groundwater resources coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says only a small portion of the Sandhills did not see a decline, but Young says he would expect to see substantial groundwater level declines even in the Sandhills in the next year or two.
The 2013 Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report shows that from spring 2012 to spring 2013, every county in Nebraska experienced a water-level decline greater than one foot -- with the exception of Grant, Hooker and Thomas Counties.
report says some parts of Nebraska saw one-year water level changes
reach almost 25 feet, though the average decline was just over 2.5 feet.
The groundwater-level monitoring reports study the rates of drawdown and recharges measured in regional
wells, and give a general depiction of the current state of groundwater
levels on a yearly basis.