USGS Washington Water Science Center
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Ground water is the sole source of drinking water for the City of Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County, Washington. As the population grows, demand for ground water grows, too. However, because ground water is limited by area and by the potential for seawater intrusion, the City recognizes in the Water Resources Element of its comprehensive plan that water resources must be carefully managed and protected.
To help the City of Bainbridge Island manage and protect its ground-water resources for present and future uses, the USGS is developing an island-wide ground-water model. City resource managers will use the model as a tool in making water-resource management decisions in order to achieve the goals of the City's comprehensive plan.
The USGS will characterize the ground-water flow system on Bainbridge Island and its interaction with streams and other surface-water features. The USGS will integrate this information into a numerical ground-water flow model to assist water-resource managers in the development of a long-term watershed management plan.