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Open-File Report 2014–1060

Quality-Assurance and Data Management Plan for Groundwater Activities by the U.S. Geological Survey in Kansas, 2014

By James E. Putnam and Cristi V. Hansen

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As the Nation’s principle earth-science information agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is depended on to collect data of the highest quality. This document is a quality-assurance plan for groundwater activities (GWQAP) of the Kansas Water Science Center. The purpose of this GWQAP is to establish a minimum set of guidelines and practices to be used by the Kansas Water Science Center to ensure quality in groundwater activities. Included within these practices are the assignment of responsibilities for implementing quality-assurance activities in the Kansas Water Science Center and establishment of review procedures needed to ensure the technical quality and reliability of the groundwater products. In addition, this GWQAP is intended to complement quality-assurance plans for surface-water and water-quality activities and similar plans for the Kansas Water Science Center and general project activities throughout the USGS.

This document provides the framework for collecting, analyzing, and reporting groundwater data that are quality assured and quality controlled. This GWQAP presents policies directing the collection, processing, analysis, storage, review, and publication of groundwater data. In addition, policies related to organizational responsibilities, training, project planning, and safety are presented. These policies and practices pertain to all groundwater activities conducted by the Kansas Water Science Center, including data-collection programs, interpretive and research projects. This report also includes the data management plan that describes the progression of data management from data collection to archiving and publication.

First posted June 6, 2014

For additional information contact:
Director, Kansas Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
4821 Quail Crest Place
Lawrence, KS 66049

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Suggested citation:

Putnam, J.E., and Hansen, C.V., 2014, Quality-assurance and data management plan for groundwater activities by the U.S. Geological Survey in Kansas, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1060, 37 p.,

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)




Organization and Responsibilities


Project Planning and Review

Data Collection

Data Analysis

Data Management Plan

Data Publications and Dissemination




Selected References

Appendix 1–Establishment of Site Files for New Groundwater Data-Collection Sites

Appendix 2–Establishment of Real-Time Web Sites

Appendix 3–Groundwater Technical Memorandum 2012.01

Appendix 4–Distribution of USGS Information Prior to Publication

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