Groundwater levels are recovering after the 2012-2013 drought, according to the Nebraska Geological Survey’s Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report.
Measurements taken from Spring 2014 to Spring 2015 shows an average rise of a little more than six inches.
Aaron Young, survey geologist, says that is still far from making up for the recent drought.
“We’re rebounding from the drought that we experienced in 2012, where we saw one year declines of ten to 15 to 20 feet in some areas,” Young says. “We’re just coming back from those after a few wet seasons.”
Young says the next round of monitoring will include the heavy rains last May, which should have a positive impact.
“Some of the areas where that water sat there for quite a while, may see some pretty substantial groundwater level rises,” Young says. “Other areas, there definitely will be rises, but it’s difficult to say at this point how big those rises are going to be.”
This year’s monitoring will take place from late-March through April.