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Scientists Able to Track Contaminated Water from Lower Yakima Valley Wells to Sources
Scientists built upon a recently completed groundwater model of the Yakima River Basin to create a computer simulation that tracks well water back to its likely source area.

New Tools and Knowledge to Aid in Columbia Plateau Groundwater Management
A comprehensive report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey provides new knowledge and tools to aid in the management of critical Columbia Plateau resources while coping with declines in groundwater levels and the uncertainties of climate change.

Low 2015 Snowpack and River Flows Studied to Provide Insight Into Future Droughts
A large scale study across six Western states, nearly 500 streams and rivers, collecting streamflow data important for future drought planning....

In Floodplains, Protecting People Can Also Improve Habitat Health
Floodplains in the Puget Sound region can be managed to protect people and also increase the health of rivers....

Water Use in Washington Decreased from 2005-2010
Decreases in freshwater withdrawn for irrigation and thermoelectric power led to a 15 percent overall decrease in freshwater use in Washington between 2005 and 2010....

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