Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is widely used nationwide to access and attain natural gas, but the process has caused much controversy due to environmental concerns associated with it.

more than 90%

of new wells in the U.S. are completed using hydraulic fracturing


Once Every Hour

How often well data is collected and published on the CWW website

Our Solution

Colorado Water Watch (via the Center for Energy Water Sustainability) has implemented a system that monitors the groundwater in fracking wells in real time. After groundwater-monitoring data is gathered, it is analyzed for anomalies. If an anomaly is detected, samples from the well are taken in for evaluation of potential contamination.

The goal of this project is for water quality data to be provided to the public and to encourage transparency of fracking practices; “to provide critical and timely information to a broad audience to alleviate concerns related to the impact of fracking on drinking water quality.”

The Faculty Involved
Dr. Kenneth Carlson
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering



Monitor more Colorado well sites, and bring groundwater-monitoring practices and technology to more locations across the country.


Allow for more transparency between oil and gas companies and the concerned public.


Provide more accurate data to the public that address environmental concerns of fracking practices.