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WA190 - Water Resources of the Port Gamble Indian Reservation - Completed FY1979
Problem - Water use on and near the Reservation is expected to increase by as much as 50 percent in the next few years because of construction of Trident submarine Base. A solid-waste disposal site is already located near a stream used by the Tribe and may be causing pollution. The Tribe needs data to protect and manage their water supplies in light of the increased development in the area.
Objectives - Collect all basic data presently available from all sources and to collect necessary additional data to provide the Little Boston Tribe with a complete data base on their water resources. Basic data on water levels in aquifers, well yields, water quality, and the flow of streams will be collected and estimates of a water budget of the Reservation will be developed. The water budget will include estimates of recharge to and discharge from the aquifer systems.
Approach - Data collection will include: a well inventory and geologic reconnaissance, low-flow measurements, organic and inorganic chemical analyses and a ground water-level observation network.