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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: December 1, 2010
CONTACT: Kristen Svendsen, 603 271-4087
Tara Johnson, 603 271-0587

New Hampshire Geological Survey Water Well Completion Reports Available Online
Towns of Stratham and Greenland now available

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Geological Survey (NHGS), at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) today announced an initiative to offer scanned well completion reports through DES’s searchable OneStop Data and Information webpage. The first two towns with scanned reports currently available to the public are Stratham and Greenland. Newcastle, Newfields, Seabrook, Portsmouth, Rye, South Hampton and North Hampton will be available in the near future. A link to the DES OneStop Data and Information site is located on the left side of the des webpage, www.des.nh.gov.

The public can search the NHGS Water Well Database for information about private water wells drilled after 1984 by entering the appropriate information into the OneStop query. This query will return well construction details such as well depth, water yield and driller contact information that are contained in the database. In addition, well records for some towns also contain a link to a PDF scan of the original well completion report. The primary benefit of accessing the original well reports is that the reports often provide more complete and critical information about the individual wells. This information may include site drawings, type and thickness of surficial geologic materials, well yield logs and other construction data not provided in the standard search.

This on-going initiative, supported by the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program, will facilitate public access to well data and provide direct benefits to stakeholders such as homeowners, well drillers, environmental consultants, geothermal companies, real estate agents, scientists, regional planning commissions, and other state and federal agencies. In addition, scanning the paper well completion reports allows the data to be preserved and archived in a digital format, thus preventing the loss of this important data due to unforeseen circumstances. Ultimately, the data support a range of water resources and infrastructure planning activities and the development of public policy.

For information on this project, please contact NHGS at (603) 271-4087 or (603) 271-0587.

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