Groundwater Flow Model Being Created In Wood River Valley
Wood River Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The U.S. Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Water Resources are collaborating on an important project in the Wood River Valley.
Their goal is to create a groundwater flow model to help manage the resource.
They began constructing the model in late 2012, and last night held a public meeting to update residents on the progress.
Jim Bartolino is a hydrologist with the project and says understanding groundwater resources is essential.
"Ground water flow models are pretty much what we use to manage ground water resources and manage ground water systems. So, it's hard to be able to deal with a system or understand a system unless you have a ground water flow model,” he explains.
The model will be used as a tool for water rights administration, as well as planning and management.
It is set to be complete next year.