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Helicopter to Make Low-Level Flights Over Eastern Nebraska
Released: 4/10/2009 2:48:57 PM

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Nebraska residents should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying helicopter over the state's eastern terrain in mid-April. 

Beginning on April 19th and lasting about one week, a helicopter monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will begin collecting and recording geologic measurements over two areas in eastern Nebraska for information about buried sand and gravel aquifers. 

The helicopter will fly over study sites near the following cities and towns: Hickman, Sprague, and Hallam in Lancaster County and Wahoo, Weston, Ithaca, and Swedeburg in Saunders County.

Scientific equipment is towed about 100 feet below the helicopter in a long tube as shown and is designed to map geologic structures beneath the earth. It is controlled by experienced pilots who are specially trained for low-level flying and operated by Fugro Airborne Surveys, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

This scientific analysis is designed to study the water resources of the sand and gravel aquifers near these Nebraska towns via an aerial perspective.  It is part of an ongoing USGS federal research program to identify physical occurrences such as changes in rock types. 

The USGS is performing this work in cooperation with the Lower Platte North and Lower Platte South Natural Resources Districts, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in publicizing this information is appreciated.


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