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


Release: July 24, 2009
Contact:
Andy Gendaszek
253-552-1612

John Clemens
253-552-1635

Scientists To Study Chehalis Basin Groundwater

A groundwater study that will look at wells in the Chehalis River Basin is set to begin next week, and well owners are asked to play an important part in the study.

In cooperation with the Chehalis Basin Partnership and the Washington State Department of Ecology, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will measure water levels in over 150 water wells throughout the Chehalis River Basin in order to get a clear picture of how much groundwater is there, where it is, and how it interacts with rivers in the basin.

Water resource managers and emergency management officials in the Chehalis River Basin need groundwater information to help them manage water in the basin during drought, flood, and normal conditions.

"We'll be working in the basin throughout the summer, starting July 27th," said Andy Gendaszek, USGS project leader.

To get an accurate, scientific assessment of the basin's groundwater, as many well measurements as possible are needed. The USGS will be contacting many individual well owners to ask for their help in allowing their wells' levels to be measured.

"Well owners play a big part in getting an accurate assessment," Gendaszek said. "Information from their wells is the cornerstone in estimating total ground-water availability for all residents of the basin."

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