COLUMBUS – For the next couple of days, a helicopter will be making some low-level flights over the Columbus area as part of a Lower Loup Natural Resources District (LLNRD) project.
The helicopter carries some instruments, a transmitter, and a receiver to take measurements while flying.
“Essentially what they’re doing is towing a large hoop over the ground, about 100 foot, and that is sending a signal down into the ground and then reflecting back and essentially telling us what the aquifer is comprised of,” explains the Water Modeling Coordinator of the LLNRD, Tylr Naprstek.
The goal of the project is to help understand and manage groundwater resources in the area.
“Anything to do with water resources is vastly important. Water resource is our most precious element in the state. It’s our most precious resource and we want to be able to more correctly and more wisely manage it,” he says.
In total, the project will cover about 600 miles in the area.
“This is the most efficient way to collect a lot of data, really quickly, to paint a 3D diagram of what’s going on beneath our feet,” adds Naprstek.
While the flights will not be going over houses or other structures, do not panic if you see this large, low-flying helicopter around the area.