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The Issue: Groundwater provides a major source of drinking water for the population of the Kitsap Peninsula. Consequently, as the population grows, so does the demand for groundwater. However, the quantity of usable groundwater is limited, largely because the Peninsula is bounded by seawater and the potential for water-level declines and seawater intrusion increases as groundwater usage increases.
How the USGS will help: The major objectives of the study are to characterize the groundwater-flow system on the Kitsap Peninsula and its interaction with associated surface-water features, and to integrate this information into a numerical groundwater flow model to assist water resource managers in the development of a long-term watershed management plan.