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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey

Release: February 4, 2001
Chris Konrad
253-428-3600, ext. 2634

New Web site features Methow Basin water studies

Easy access to results of water studies in the Methow River Basin is now available through a new Web site launched by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The new Web page is at

In cooperation with Okanogan County, the USGS is studying the Methow River Basin's rivers, ground water, ground water-surface water interactions, and water quality. The Methow River Basin is one of many watersheds in Washington State currently developing watershed management plans under guidelines of the state's Watershed Management Act.

The new, comprehensive Web site offers results from the USGS water-resources studies, including streamflow and ground water level data, maps, summaries of individual studies, descriptions of the watershed, and links to related Web sites.

"The Web site gives you easy access to our studies of this complicated hydrologic system," said Chris Konrad, Web site coordinator and one of the USGS hydrologists working on the study. "The site explains the many parts of the system and brings them all together in a single place. It gives us a way to quickly deliver study results and raw, provisional data to everyone at the same time."

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