The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is using a monitoring well at the METROGRO Farm to establish a real-time groundwater level monitoring program. According to the Metro District’s contract with USGS:
- Hourly data gathered from the site via satellite transmissions will now be used by field staff to perform at least quarterly comparisons.
- While USGS has been recording and transmitting water-level elevations in wells and on rivers for about 25 years, this will be the only continuous sensor run from the USGS Lakewood Field Office.
- The USGS goal is to publish data that is within 0.01 feet of true depth to water.
- It is the intention of USGS to fund the real-time groundwater level monitoring program for the long term. Future recommendations include a precipitation gauge that will complement the groundwater level data.
- The Metro District is providing the location for the project but is not incurring any costs.
Additional information about groundwater monitoring is available on the USGS website: