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Rick Dinicola,
Associate Director, WA Water Science Center,
934 Broadway,
Suite 300
Tacoma, WA 98402

(253) 552-1603
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Seattle-Tacoma Urban Pilot Study

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WA164 - Urban Hydrologic and Geologic Hazards in Puget Sound - Completed FY1973

Problem - The Puget Sound region in western Washington is undergoing a population growth and industrial development at rates more rapid than the nationwide trends. A diversified industrial economy accompanied by a concentration of population such as water-supply systems, sewerage, sewage treatment systems, and solid-waste disposal facilities. Further, it has placed emphasis on the need for region-wide planning rather than local planning. To maintain high-quality living environment in this urban area, the best possible scientific information will be required to provide a basis for making a wise choice between alternative plans.

Objectives - To provide information on water resources that can be used to solve urban problems related to the development and management of land and water resources and to present the data in formats that will be meaningful, easily understandable, and readily usable by planners and decision-makers.

Approach - The studies in the first year will be limited to the preliminary appraisal of the available information on emergency ground-water supplies and low flows and temperatures of streams. The interpretations will be generalized because of limited data, and additional data will be needed where more detailed analyses are required for adequate planning. Future work will depend upon funding and will include collection and interpretation of geologic and hydrologic data that will provide a basis for the optimum development, use, and conservation of the water resources.

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