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By Amy Bickel
The Hutchinson News 

Measurements key to Kansas water decisions


February 3, 2017

MEADE, Kan. (AP) — Off a dirt road on an abandoned farmstead in Meade County, Rex Buchanan searched for a metal pipe hidden in tall weeds.

Back a few decades ago, the search would have taken much longer - almost like finding a needle in a haystack. But GPS pinpointed the location and sure enough - in the middle of the thickest clump - a tube is sticking out of the earth.

This particular site is where a windmill once sat, possibly providing stock water to cattle. Buchanan, director emeritus with the Kansas Geological Survey, put a measuring tape lined with blue carpenter's chalk 110 or so...

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