Using Computers and Technology to Better Understand Ground Water Behavior and its Correlation with Surface Water in the Treasure Valley

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Jairo Hernandez


Groundwater is the largest source of usable, fresh water in the world and is one of the most important natural resources in the state of Idaho due to our heavy reliance on agriculture. Groundwater is naturally replenished by surface water from precipitation, streams, and rivers when the water seeping into the ground reaches the water table. Many models in the past have shown that water is being drawn out of our aquifers at a faster rate than it can be replenished. This over exploitation of ground water by excessive pumping can also cause detrimental effects on neighboring streams, rivers, lakes and wells.

Further understanding and assessment of the conditions in the Treasure Valley are desired to facilitate informed decision making in the future. Data from the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) will be used to observe the interactions between ground water and surface water. Through the use of computer software, we can create models of this data to better learn and understand the current situation facing this remarkable region. With this software, it is possible to estimate future trends in the amount of water available in the Treasure Valley Aquifer. These models are valuable tools for future water planning and assist future research of the situation.

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