Water Resources Inventory – What does it look like?

A Google search of ODNR Water Resources Inventory turns up this map which shows two monitoring wells in Williams County.  One is in Florence Twnshp. and the other in Pulaski Twnshp.  Fulton County is shown to have one, but the site reveals no data to identify it.  Lucas County’s Adams Twnshp. has one monitoring well.  Henry  County’s Damascus Twnshp. has one monitoring well.

For some history on the Ground Water Level Monitoring program, ODNR has this website.

A quote from that site states “The extent of the observation well network peaked during the early 1970’s with 145 wells representing 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties equipped with continuous recorders.  At present (10/25/2011 ?), the network numbers 100 wells representing 51 counties.”

(Please note that since the early 1970’s this shows a 68% reduction in the number of monitoring wells located in 61% fewer counties.)

The article also reports that ODNR and  the U.S. Geological Survey cooperate on well monitoring.  A search of the USGS site  shows two entries for WM (Williams county), which link to two well sites, the location of which is given in latitude and longitude.  It is difficult to determine the exact location, but this map shows one of the locations perhaps around Blakeslee.  So maybe the same well is used by both ODNR and USGS.

The point of all this is:  Did the Water Inventory created in 1994 provide a reliable base of information to monitor groundwater levels in the area above the Michindoh Aquifer?  

There are two monitoring wells located in near Blakeslee and Bryan.  The answer obviously is “NO!”

Does this give a basis to question current legislation’s long-term effectiveness?