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Welcome and Introduction

Spokane Valley – Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer Study. Welcome and Introduction. Presented by Guy J. Gregory Washington Dept. of Ecology Spokane, WA May 8, 2007. Purpose and Goal.

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Welcome and Introduction

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  1. Spokane Valley – Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer Study Welcome and Introduction Presented by Guy J. Gregory Washington Dept. of Ecology Spokane, WA May 8, 2007

  2. Purpose and Goal • The purpose of this project is to provide a scientific foundation for management of the SVRP aquifer. The study will culminate in the development of a numerical ground-water model that Washington and Idaho can use to cooperatively manage the SVRP aquifer and adjacent rivers and lakes

  3. Common problems, Uncommon solutions • Pressures…… • State Water management agency pressure • Cogentrix, etc. • Local Government management planning processes • WRIA, Kootenai County process • Stakeholder/NGO cooperation • Policy Advisory Committee • Product…. • Three Party Memorandum of Agreement • USGS participation, two-state study • Results…. • Partnership of state water-management agencies • Product-oriented investigation


  5. Funding • Congressional Funding to USGS, Late Fall, 2003 • Washington Legislative Appropriation, 2004 Session • Congressional Funding through EPA, FY05 • Idaho Legislative Appropriation-2005 • Congressional Funding through EPA, 2006 and 2007

  6. Success has many parents, failure is an orphan- • A few of the parents….. • USGS Scientists: • Boise, Post Falls, Menlo Park, Tacoma, Spokane, Helena • Idaho Affiliates: • Idaho Falls (IWRRI), Boise (IDWR) • Washington Affiliates: • Pullman (WWRC), Mercer Island (Keta Waters) • Local Affiliates: • SAJB, Spokane County, SRCC, organizations and individuals far and wide…

  7. Sharing the blame…. • Keith Hein, and all at USGS/Post Falls Office • Greg Parry, and all his colleagues at USGS/Spokane • Molly Maupin, Annette Campbell-USGS/Boise • Mark Savoca, Sheila Loyd –USGS/Tacoma • Bob Haynes and his entire IDWR Northern Region Staff, especially Dave Lepard • Gary Stevens, IDEQ/Cd’A, service above and beyond the call • John Covert, and all my colleagues past and present at Ecology ERO • The TAC: Lloyd Brewer, Stan Miller, Bryony Hansen, Dale Ralston, and others • Local agencies: City of Spokane, Bea Lackaff, Spokane County, Rob Lindsay, Reanette Boese, Jim McLefresh • Panhandle Health Dept. • EPA Region 10: Jennifer Parker, full partner • Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce: Amy Johnson

  8. Additional help • Kootenai Environmental Alliance • Sierra Club • The Lands Council • The Spokane Aquifer Joint Board • Spokane Rifle Club • The Cities of Spirit Lake, Athol, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane Valley, Spokane, Post Falls, and the hundreds of well owners, agency employees consultants and just plain folks who allowed us access, helped us gather data, asked good questions, critiqued presentations, questioned authority, and demanded accountability

  9. Today’s Schedule • Hydrogeologic Setting of the SVRP Aquifer ● Sue Kahle, U.S. Geological Survey • Geophysics ● John Oldow and Mark Nell, University of Idaho • Recharge from Precipitation ● Jim Bartolino, U.S. Geological Survey • Inflows from Tributary Basins, Adjacent Uplands, and Lakes ● Gary Johnson, ID Water Resources Research Institute • Interaction Between River and Aquifer ● Mike Barber, State of WA Water Research Center • Well Withdrawal and Water Use ● Bryce Contor, ID Water Resources Research Institute • Water Levels in the SVRP Aquifer ● Joseph Jones, U.S. Geological Survey • Overview of the SVRP Aquifer Model ● Akram Hossain, State of WA Water Research Center • Model Calibration ● Allan Wylie, Idaho Dept. of Water Resources • Model Limitations and Uncertainties ● Paul Hsieh, U.S. Geological Survey • Scenarios: Aquifer Simulations

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