Friday March 31, 2023

Idaho Capital Sun

The U.S. Geological Survey announced it will soon begin measuring groundwater levels across southern Idaho, according to a Monday press release.

Survey employees working with the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation will measure groundwater levels in more than 1,400 private and public wells in the eastern Snake River Plain between April 3-14. 

The region’s aquifer is the area’s primary source of drinking water and irrigation for one million acres of farmland in the state aquaculture industry, according to the news release.  

The collected data will help water experts understand the status of the aquifer ahead of the irrigation season, and the IDWR will use the data to improve its computer model of the aquifer.

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