Custer, Fremont well owners invited to talk groundwater

Well owners in the fractured rock areas of Custer and Fremont counties are invited to learn more about the region’s groundwater resources.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust is sponsoring a community discussion on the characteristics of fractured rock aquifers and how wells may behave in these areas. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22,  in the community room at Cliff Lanes, 25 Main St., Westcliffe.

San Isabel staff hydrologist Valda Terauds will explore possible impacts related to well pumping, increased development and groundwater overuse. Learn what you can do – individually and together – to preserve groundwater in the fractured rock area, while supporting your activities and water uses.

Terauds also will discuss opportunities to develop a groundwater monitoring well network for the fractured rock aquifers in our area. Existing wells can become monitoring wells in a real-time monitoring network using non-invasive sensors, an internet connection and cloud-based technology. Well owners can monitor well behavior, pump cycles, changes in groundwater levels and responses to climate events. Well data can be shared to get a regional picture of changes in groundwater over time.

All well owners are welcome. The presentation will be especially helpful to those who live in Bull Domingo, Cody Park, Conquistador Estates, Silver Cliff Heights, Silver Cliff Ranch, Dora Mountain Vistas or the Lake DeWeese area. Please join us at this free meeting to learn more.

Janet Smith

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