USGS Washington Water Science Center
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The Issue: In 1998, to address diminishing water availability and quality and the loss of critical habitat for fish and wildlife, Washington State enacted the Watershed Management Act. Under this Act, in the process of watershed planning for the Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed in Pierce County, Planning Unit members and partners uncovered gaps in data that would limit the usefulness of their plan.
How USGS Will Help: To address these data gaps and help develop a long-term watershed management plan for Chambers-Clover Creek Watershed, the watershed Plannng Unit and partners asked the USGS to help design and conduct a groundwater study. The USGS will characterize the groundwater-flow system in the watershed, establish and monitor a network of groundwater wells, and integrate all the information into a numerical groundwater-flow model.