Upper Snake River Basin NAWQA Groundwater Study
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Skinner
Photo by Kenneth Skinner, USGS
During the second decade or cycle (2001-2012), monitoring continues for only two of the LUS sites: the A&B and the Jerome/Gooding. Findings will help to establish trends at selected groundwater sites that have been consistently monitored for more than a decade, and fill in gaps characterizing water-quality conditions. The use of groundwater flow and transport modeling will help improve the understanding of water-quality conditions as well as contamination sources and movement within the study unit. Comparisons of conditions and trends will continue on the National scale and now regionally in the Regional Assessment of Groundwater Quality in Principal Volcanic Aquifers of the Western United States (WEVO). WEVO includes the USNK along with the Columbia Plateau basin-fill and basaltic-rock aquifer study unit (CCYK) in Washington and the Hawaiian volcanic-rock aquifers study unit (OAHU) in Hawaii.