Ground Water Monitoring
Water bores, ground and surface water monitoring sites near Maules Creek
There are lot of ground and surface water monitoring stations in Maules Creek (Ground Water Zone 11) that look specifically at the alluvial aquifers.
Gov’t Map of Water Bores in NSW – Find your bore number here
NSW Real Time DPI Ground Water Monitoring – Checkout water levels here.
Click on Groundwater Bores, Namoi Valley, scroll down to GW041027.1.1, GW967138.1.1 and GW967137.1.1 to look up Thornfield, Green Gully and Elfin monitoring stations respectively.
Tip: For best results, only have one window to this site open at a time and wait for the data to download.
UNSW Connected Waters Maules Creek Monitoring Stations – bore data ends June 2016. Weather station data is current.
Unfortunately the coal miners operating in the Leard Forest do not supply real time data from the extensive collection of company owned groundwater monitors. A summary of the latest Whitehaven coal mine ground water monitoring can be found in the 2016 Annual Review (9.5 MB) and in the company’s Water Management Plan (WMP) which was last revised in 2014.
The WMP shows that some bores monitor the alluvium (BCM01, BCM02, Reg5a, Reg7a, Reg10a, Reg11a, Reg14), but many others monitor the coal seams. Some are yet to be drilled (e.g. Reg11a). See the table below for descriptions.
Reg1 near the Green Gully groundwater monitor (GW967138.1.1) and Reg2 near the Thornfield groundwater monitor (GW041027.1.1) monitor the coal seams.