Groundwater is a precious resource, and many people statewide rely on it exclusively for their water supply. The observation wells at the Watershed Center provide valuable groundwater data, as well as an educational tool for the Watershed Center.

The monitoring wells measure the water levels of the two separate aquifers under the Springfield area. The shallow Springfield Aquifer  and the deeper Ozark Aquifer are seperated by a layer of rock called Northview Shale–this layer acts as a barrier between the two aquifers. The wells measure the water levels of the Springfield and Ozark Aquifers, and communicate real-time data via satellite. Both wells are at this link, listed under “Greene County.” http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/mo/nwis/current/?type=gw

The two monitoring wells at the Watershed Center are part of a bigger project by the Water Resources Center of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources–adding new wells to the statewide observation well network. The existing network of 75 wells, from 30 to 1800 feet deep, help monitor the status of groundwater resources throughout the state of Missouri. Eighty additional observation wells are planned.

Well Education 
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Water Resource Center has a very helpful website on everything related to groundwater and wells, including the monitoring well network: 
http://www.dnr.gov/env/wrc/index.html

Wells are one of the many water resource education tools planned for the Watershed Center. The Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill is a project of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and partners. The Center is designed to teach citizens the importance of water quality, and demonstrate techniques and technology to do so.  Four learning stations, trails, and educational resources are in place and an environmentally friendly “green” learning center is planned for the site.

For more information about the Watershed Center, the educational mission of the Watershed Center, or information about the monitoring wells, contact Mike Kromrey at The Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.
(417) 866-1127