New Groundwater Model Could Help Wood River Valley Water Users

Jun 29, 2016

Like much of Idaho, people in the Wood River Valley rely on groundwater. Now, water managers have a new way of understanding the way surface water and groundwater are connected in the region, and potential problems with the supply.  

The Big Wood River north of Ketchum.
Credit Talo Pinto / Flickr Creative Commons

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the new model improves on previous versions that were narrower in scope. Funded by the Idaho Department of Water Resources, the state can use the model to anticipate how changes in things like snowpack and temperature could impact groundwater levels.

The model took three years to complete, and is available for scientists to add more data as it becomes available.

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