Real-time Groundwater Monitoring Around Natural Gas Drill Sites in Colorado

The Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) at Colorado State University, in partnership with Noble Energy, has developed a real-time groundwater monitoring system in the Denver-Julesburg basin of Colorado called the Colorado Water Watch (CWW).

The Colorado Water Watch is a state and privately funded program brought together by a team of engineers and scientists from the Center of Energy Water Sustainability, making it a neutral third party to measure the impact of natural gas drilling on the surrounding groundwater supplies.

The goal of the project is to gather groundwater monitoring data in real time, and analyze and report it in real or near-real time, depending on whether the data requires further evaluation. The project is designed to bridge the gap between fears about public health impacts caused by oil and natural gas development and the assumption that industry environmental and health practices are reliable.

To achieve this goal of real-time groundwater monitoring and transmission, the Colorado Water Watch employs the Hydrolab MS5 multiparameter sonde, OTT netDL data logger, and OTT ecoLog 800 groundwater level and conductivity sensor.  Click here to see live data from the project.

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Example of how data from the Hydrolab MS5 is sent to the OTT netDL data logger and transmitted to the CWW website.

 

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