Progress toward a ground-water-quality monitoring network for Idaho
Open-File Report 78-786
- R.L. Whitehead
A ground-water-quality monitoring network is being designed for Idaho. The primary objectives of the network are to (1) determine the present quality of the State's ground water, (2) provide continual monitoring of groundwater quality for water-management purposes, and (3) serve as a warning system of undesirable changes in ground-water quality.
Data are compiled for geohydrologic conditions, groundwater quality, cultural elements, and pollution sources. A "Hydrologic Unit Priority Index" is calculated from these data to select priority areas for monitoring purposes.
New ground-water-quality data were collected where existing data were lacking and at some sites that were previously sampled. Old and new data at common sites correlated well, indicating that the water quality has not changed significantly. Most ground water in Idaho is of good quality for common uses; however, water quality may pose problems in local areas. The problems result from both natural and human causes.
The potential for pollution of the aquifers is expected to be greatest in areas of greatest development. In Idaho, population centers and industries tend to be in areas of privately owned irrigated and arable · land. Therefore, these areas are of primary concern for monitoring ground-water quality. Other areas requiring monitoring include those with second-home development, mining and its related processes, and radioactive-waste disposal.
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