Don’t Be Alarmed; Helicopter to Make Low-Level Flights over Northeastern Nebraska

NORFOLK – In the next couple of weeks Eastern Nebraska residents should not be alarmed if they see a low-flying helicopter that will be flying 1,600 miles of flight lines across the region.

NRA Coordinator, of the Eastern Nebraska Water Resource Assessment Katie Cameron, explains how the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District will be recording geologic measurements of the groundwater aquifer units.

“Eastern Nebraska is very complex, the glaciers that came into Nebraska is like a bull dozer and left a variety of materials. It’s a little more complex than the aquifers that most people are familiar with. Most of the people are getting their groundwater out of the base of the glacier materials and within the glacier materials or within the shallow river systems associated, and what we need to do is just map where those aquifer materials are,” says Cameron.

It usually takes under an hour to get to Pender from Norfolk but it took an additional two hours for crew members with heavy equipment to reach the final destination.

“As it’s going along, it goes about 50 miles an hour and that hoop is about 150 feet off the ground and theres power and wire thats going in that hoop and its pulsing on and off and its like what we call a sounding,” says Cameron.

“One of our goals is to learn more about the aquifers in our area, so were completing our flight lines in our district and in our 15 counties. With the ENWRA project going on this summer we thought it was important to go ahead and complete the lines so we have data in the future for groundwater management,” says Information and Education Specialist Julie Wragge.

The Eastern Nebraska Water Resource Assessment goal is to be completed by the beginning of August.

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