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Muckleshoot Reservation Water Resources

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WA155 - Water Resources of the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation - Completed FY1973

Problem - The Muckleshoot Indian Reservation is a diagonally checkerboarded area of 3,440 acres straddling the White River about ten mi. Above the mouth. Man's developments on the White River (flood control, hydropower diversions, logging) have affected the morphology and flow regime of the river and anadromous fish resource, how much is not known. Little ground water data available to guide development on the reservation.

Objectives - Obtain data on river flow and sediment transport to guide the restoration of the fisheries resource. Prepare a brief description of ground water conditions to aid development on the reservation.

Approach - Three sites will be selected for drilling of test wells to depths of 100-150 feet. These wells will provide information on the intermediate materials and supply additional data on the shallow depth materials. Specific capacity tests will be conducted on the shallow materials and intermediate deposits where suitable materials are encountered. The previously established water-table network of auger holes and domestic wells will be measured periodically along with the new wells. A computer model will be used to determine the maximum obtainable yield from the shallow and/or intermediate materials, depending on the geologic materials encountered.

WA231 - Investigation of the Availability of Ground Water in the Vicinity of the Muckleshoot Tribal Fish Hatchery - Completed FY1983

Problem - In order to plan for the development of the most satisfactory source of water for their hatchery, the Muckleshoot Tribe must learn if a continued supply of good-quality ground water is available in large quantities. Previous work in this project was restricted to investigating shallow deposits only. Preliminary evaluation indicate that hydraulic conductivities may vary by several factors, often over very short distances. Deep wells drilled in the area have reportedly encountered artesian conditions, but the water is of undesirable quality. The Tribe now wishes to explore the potential for obtaining water at intermediate depths and further investigate the shallow materials to determine their maximum yield.

Objectives - To define the shallow and intermediate ground-water resources in the vicinity of the hatchery so that the Tribe may make intelligent management decisions in the development of their fish hatchery.

Approach - Three sites will be selected for drilling of test wells to depths of 100-150 feet. These wells will provide information on the intermediate materials and supply additional data on the shallow depth materials. Specific capacity tests will be conducted on the shallow materials and intermediate deposits where suitable materials are encountered. The previously established water-table network of auger holes and domestic wells will be measured periodically along with the new wells. A computer model will be used to determine the maximum obtainable yield from the shallow and/or intermediate materials, depending on the geologic materials encountered.

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