Scientists to Measure Wood River Valley Groundwater Levels

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Data Will Help to Improve Groundwater-Flow ModelData Will Help to Improve Groundwater-Flow Model

USGS hydrologist measuring groundwater level in a well

After receiving permission from the homeowner, a U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist measures the water level in a well.

(Credit: Erin Murray, Idaho Water Science Center. Public domain.)

BOISE, Idaho — During the week of October 22-26, employees of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Water Resources will measure groundwater levels in 125 wells from Ketchum, Idaho, to Stanton Crossing south of Bellevue. The agencies will use the data collected to calibrate and update the groundwater-flow model that they jointly developed in 2016.

“USGS and IDWR personnel will work in teams of two,” said Dave Evetts, assistant director for hydrologic data for the USGS Idaho Water Science Center. “They will be easily identifiable by agency-branded clothing, and they can provide official government identification on request.”

“We ask that area landowners grant our personnel access to their wells for this effort,” said Sean Vincent, IDWR hydrology section manager. “It’s extremely important that we continue to refine the groundwater-flow model so we can continue to effectively manage the valley’s water resources.”

The data collected will be made available by site both through IDWR and the USGS National Water Information System after they are reviewed and approved for accuracy.

For more information, please contact either Sean Vincent at the Idaho Department of Water Resources (208-287-4853) or Dave Evetts at the USGS Idaho Water Science Center (208-387-1316).