Award for Best USGS Groundwater Report 2013

Jason Fisher (left) accepting award from USGS IDWSC Director Michael Lewis (right).

In his latest report, Jason Fisher describes the kriging-based genetic algorithm method he used to "optimize" the water-level monitoring network in the eastern Snake River Plain aquifer. This method helped identify observation wells that could be excluded from the monitoring network because they added little or no beneficial information. By reducing the numbers of wells in a network, the overall cost of monitoring groundwater levels could be reduced.
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