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USGS NGWOS Groundwater Wells, Mason County, Illinois

Detailed Description

This August 2022 photo is of a new group (or “nest”) of groundwater wells that are part of a USGS Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS) project in the Illinois River Basin. USGS will collect high-frequency nutrient and other water-quality data from these newly installed wells in Mason County, Illinois. The water-quality data will be used together with groundwater flow direction and velocity data from the wells to improve our understanding of the fate and transport of nitrogen in groundwater.

When fully implemented, NGWOS will provide high temporal and spatial resolution data on streamflow, evapotranspiration, snowpack, soil moisture, water quality, groundwater/surface-water connections, stream velocity distribution, sediment transport, and water use. Information generated by the NGWOS will help stakeholders anticipate water shortages more accurately and react to water hazards more quickly.


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Source: USGS/Lance Gruhn