Matanuska-Susitna Borough Wetland Modeling

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This project aims to improve our understanding of the role of wetlands in controlling streamflow in southcentral Alaska using a groundwater – surface water flow model that can recreate the dynamic interactions between streams and wetlands.

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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is a highly-populated area of southcentral Alaska. Development in this area is reducing the number of wetlands, but little is known about the impacts on the hydrology of this region. This project aims to improve our understanding of the role of wetlands in controlling streamflow in southcentral Alaska using a groundwater – surface water flow model that can recreate the dynamic interactions between streams and wetlands.

 

Wetlands in the Goose Creek Watershed

Wetlands in the Goose Creek Watershed

(Credit: Josh Koch, USGS. Public domain.)