Great Sand Dunes National Park: Public input sought for installation of groundwater monitoring wells

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner):

The installation of the wells was a condition for the non-consumptive water right approved by state water court in August 2008. The monitoring wells would be installed along the south, north and west park boundaries to collect baseline water data and monitor any potential change in water levels. The monitoring wells would extend to the bottom of the unconfined aquifer – the shallower of the two groundwater formations that sit beneath much of the San Luis Valley. No water would be pumped from the wells, which will consist of a 2.5-inch pipe, protective housing built from a metal culvert and a metal pole with a solar panel and transmission antennae. Internal study by the National Park Service on the wells’ impacts on geology, soils, vegetation, wildlife and other resources found them to be minor.

Comments are due by Tuesday and can be mailed to Superintendent, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, 11500 Highway 150, Mosca, CO 81146. Comments can also be sent by e-mail to or telephone at 719-378-6361.

More Coyote Gulch groundwater coverage here and here.

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