The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) has measured, managed, and distributed groundwaterlevel data for several decades using widely accepted procedures and practices, many of which were derived from interactions with staff of the USGS, consulting firms, and other state agencies. Many of the individual methods and procedures have been described in DGS reports, however, written documentation for these tasks have not been assembled in a single published document. The need for such a document has become more apparent with the development of standards for participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (SOGW, 2009).
This document describes methods used by the DGS for routine manual and automated measurement of groundwater levels in dedicated monitoring wells. Alternative methods used for manual measurement of water levels in other types of wells are noted in this document to provide reference for historical measurements but not described in detail.
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