Monitoring groundwater levels is fundamental to recognizing and understanding drought

A Wellntel network is the perfect platform on which to design and implement local groundwater-monitoring programs and to enable local experts to identify and quantify groundwater droughts and to manage the impacts.

Farmers should track aquifer saturated thickness to plan crops and irrigation

Groundwater-dependent growers should establish monitoring networks early in the water year to quantify saturated thickness before the growing season. A direct relation exists between the saturated thickness of an aquifer and the groundwater volume available for extraction constrained by regulation and/or principles of sustainability. Under natural conditions, the water table of an unconfined aquifer willContinue reading “Farmers should track aquifer saturated thickness to plan crops and irrigation”

The 2019 Texas Drought – Water-Levels Observed in Pumping Wells

In the late summer and early autumn of 2019, Texas experienced severe to extreme drought over portions of Central, Southern, and eastern West Texas Regions. That drought is captured in weekly map images provided by the United States Drought Monitor, through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, theContinue reading “The 2019 Texas Drought – Water-Levels Observed in Pumping Wells”

Tagged water-level measurements provide greater insight into network aquifer characteristics and pumping activity

Wellntel systems collect detailed data on pumping activity, tagging these data to be useful in understanding the groundwater aquifer and the operational characteristics of network wells. Data Tagging The data that can be collected, tagged, and displayed in real time are: the water level in the well during each timed measurement – tagged as TimedContinue reading “Tagged water-level measurements provide greater insight into network aquifer characteristics and pumping activity”

Irrigation Management is improved with realtime groundwater-level monitoring

The Wellntel Groundwater Information System provides a complete analytics platform – sensors, telemetry, and realtime analytics – that integrate real-time water-supply data with consumptive-use requirements to provide decision support for operational hydrology. As agricultural operations continue to expand in areas where available groundwater supplies are restricted either by lesser saturated thickness or by allocation limits,Continue reading “Irrigation Management is improved with realtime groundwater-level monitoring”

Pumping Influence In Central Texas Trinity Aquifer Revealed In Real Time

The Comal Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is employing Wellntel technology to create a cost-effective and powerful groundwater-monitoring network that will greatly increase hydrogeologic understanding and science-based resource management. Their network build-out began in October 2018 with 4 wells, scaling to 10 in early 2019. “The plan to establish monitoring wells in the Trinity Aquifer hasContinue reading “Pumping Influence In Central Texas Trinity Aquifer Revealed In Real Time”

Surface water nutrient loads shown to receive significant contribution from groundwater

Dense groundwater-level data – as gathered by Wellntel CGNs – are essential to meet TMDL testing needs Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) guides restoration The US EPA’s 303(d) Program of the Clean Water Act assists states, territories and authorized tribes in submitting lists of impaired waters and developing the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for aContinue reading “Surface water nutrient loads shown to receive significant contribution from groundwater”

As central oversight lessens, neighbors take resilience into their own hands

The need for continuous hydrological data is growing, while the ability of government agencies to collect and interpret these data is flat or declining. Photo from Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 111, full citation below * The responsibility for groundwater resource management is shifting from governments to citizens Recent legislation and legal rulings onContinue reading “As central oversight lessens, neighbors take resilience into their own hands”

Wellntel data confirm satellite-based groundwater trends

Providing networked data at the level needed to make informed decisions, take action, and manage local groundwater resources This colorful map, developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, provides an important view of the extent and level of drought and wetness in shallow aquifers across the United States. These regional conditions vary seasonally andContinue reading “Wellntel data confirm satellite-based groundwater trends”

“In a nonstationary world, continuity of observations is critical”*

Groundwater isn’t static anymore… It is true that groundwater as a natural resource has never been truly static, in the sense that it is constantly moving from points of recharge to points of natural discharge. All components of the hydrological cycle, including groundwater, move continually in response to large-scale physical drivers and the energy dynamicsContinue reading ““In a nonstationary world, continuity of observations is critical”*”

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