Water Wells in Northern Colorado
The goal of the Well Watch Project is to develop a greater understanding and awareness of groundwater science and to develop an appreciation for the importance of groundwater to our region. We also aim to teach students the importance of field methods and getting their hands on the technical equipment to learn scientific methods.
The Well Watch Project originated in 1991 with the drilling of the first monitoring well at Eaton Elementary School. Two more wells were drilled in 1992, and 14 others were added by 1995. Through a collaborative effort, the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District (CCWCD) spearheaded the program and drilling of the monitoring wells. Project time, labor, permitting and equipment were all donated by various partners, including R&R Well and Pump, Lesh Drilling, Enviro Drilling Pumps, Colorado State University, Quality Well and Pump and Ledall Brothers Construction, Inc.
We currently have 38 teachers, 16 schools, eight school districts, and approximately 800 students from fourth grade to high school, all involved with groundwater quality testing and groundwater geology science. Our supporting partners at Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, West Greeley Conservation District, Poudre Heritage Area, and the City of Greeley help provide funding for the Well Watch Program.
Well Watch participants are involved in groundwater geology, water quality testing protocols, well water extraction protocol, data entry into our new web site, history of groundwater in the Poudre River watershed, water laws related to groundwater, and classroom curriculum on groundwater science. We know that a hands-on approach will prepare students to better understand our "invisible" but critical groundwater resource.
Please check out the data students have collected for the database at: WellWatchProgram.org
For more information or if you would like to get involved with the Well Watch program, please contact the Well Watch Program Facilitator: Ivonne Morales at IMorales@plcoutdoors.org.