Water Modeling Tool Details Groundwater Availability in California
New hydrologic model provides insights into water supplies
July 10, 2009
A new, three-dimensional water modeling tool provides a detailed picture of how water flows below ground and how it relates to surface water in rivers and canals in California’s Central Valley.
The Central Valley Hydrologic Model, developed by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, is available for use by water managers and other agencies. The model was designed to help resource agencies assess, understand and address the many issues affecting the joint use of surface and groundwater supplies, known as “conjunctive use” in the Central Valley.
“This new model not only details the current scarcity of groundwater, but also provides a scientific tool to help water managers remedy the situation in the future,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Science can be invaluable in helping to provide solutions.”
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