Digital map of the test-hole and well data used to estimate the configuration of the base of the principal aquifer and the geologic units underlying the principal aquifer in the Elkhorn-Loup model area, north-central Nebraska

Metadata Updated: December 11, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (NRD), Lower Elkhorn NRD, Lower Loup NRD, Lower Platte North NRD, Lower Niobrara NRD, Middle Niobrara NRD, Upper Elkhorn NRD, and Upper Loup NRD, have agreed to cooperatively study water resources from prior to the beginning of irrigation development to 2005 in the Elkhorn-Loup Model (ELM) area using a ground-water-flow model. The ELM area covers approximately 30,800 square miles, and extends from the Niobrara River in the north to the Platte River in the south. The western boundary of the ELM area coincides with the western boundary of the Middle Niobrara, Twin Platte, and Upper Loup NRDs; the eastern boundary coincides with the approximate location of the westernmost extent of glacial till in eastern Nebraska. The initial ground-water-flow model was constructed with a single layer vertically to represent the aquifers of the Tertiary-age Ogallala Group and Quaternary-age alluvial deposits, with a uniform node spacing of 2 miles. The model will be calibrated to measured ground-water levels and estimated ground-water discharge to streams for the pre-ground-water development period (approximately 1940) and the simulation of the 1940-2005 period will be calibrated to measure ground-water level changes. The study results will assist Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and the NRDs in the ELM area to develop long-term strategies for managing hydrologically connected waters. This dataset is one of three geospatial datasets that together revise previously published maps of the configuration of the base of the principal aquifer and of the geologic units that form the base of the principal aquifer in the study area; the revisions to the base-of-aquifer altitude are based on currently available or reinterpreted geologic logs of test holes and selected registered wells. The principal aquifer is the High Plains aquifer except in the northeast part of the model area, where the principal aquifer is an unnamed alluvial aquifer. This dataset consists of the location of test holes and registered wells with information about the altitude of the base of the principal aquifer and the identity of the geologic unit that underlies the principal aquifer in the Elkhorn-Loup Model area, north-central Nebraska.

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Metadata Date June 3, 2009
Metadata Created Date October 10, 2019
Metadata Updated Date December 11, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2008 (publication)
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date June 3, 2009
Metadata Created Date October 10, 2019
Metadata Updated Date December 11, 2019
Reference Date(s) January 1, 2008 (publication)
Responsible Party U.S. Geological Survey (Point of Contact)
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Bbox East Long -97.291242
Bbox North Lat 42.904199
Bbox South Lat 40.613928
Bbox West Long -102.105322
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Licence Although this dataset has been used by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior, no warranty expressed or implied is made by the U.S. Geological Survey as to the accuracy of the data and related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of this data, software, or related materials. Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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