Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)


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  • Changes in the Kentucky Groundwater
  • Hydrogeology
  • Bart Davidson
  • 03.18.2013
  • Lexington, KY
  • KWRRI Annual Water Resources Symposium
  • Kentucky groundwater data repository
  • Recent changes made to the Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository (KGDR) Web pages enhance ease of use, search options, and data accessibility. Online water well, spring, and groundwater-quality data searches are now integrated with digital geologic mapping services, and include access to more analytical parameters than were previously available. This presentation will review the online process of searching for Kentucky groundwater data, options for displaying data on various base maps including digital geology, shaded-relief topographic maps, and aerial photography, and options for downloading data reports.The KGDR, initiated in 1990 by the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) under mandate from the Kentucky legislature (KRS 151:035), was established to compile, store, and disseminate groundwater data collected throughout the Commonwealth by state and federal agencies, environmental consultants, private industry, and universities or independent researchers. The KGDR Web site is located at Users can search for and retrieve (1) water well and spring records, (2) groundwater-quality data, and (3) other water information, including karst potential index maps and surface water-quality data provided through a partnership between KGS and KY Watershed Watch. The KGDR database currently contains information for over 92,000 water wells, 5,100 springs, and 58,000 suites of water-quality analyses (millions of individual analyte results). In 2010, KGS reformatted the Repository database structure to parallel that of the Kentucky Division of Water’s (DOW) database, thereby making future data uploads virtually seamless to the end-user with no disruption of service. DOW continues to be the largest Repository data contributor. Because of this data framework change, users will notice several differences from the old search engines. Analyte categories have increased from 5 to 14. Also, users must now select either laboratory-derived or field-derived data prior to running a search. Search results can be limited by selecting the regulatory program under which data were collected (if applicable), or by a user-defined range of sampling dates. Users are encouraged to submit any suggestions, questions, or concerns regarding the KGDR to the Survey via the contact information listed above.