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Research Project: Two-Year Groundwater Recharge Study of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (UIR) and Surrounding Area in the Upper Umatilla River Basin

Location: Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center

Project Number: 2074-11120-004-02-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 1, 2020
End Date: Jul 31, 2022

Objective:
Better understand groundwater availability and develop groundwater management policy to support First Foods, the Tribal community and economic development on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) for the next seven generations.

Approach:
Cooperator, in partnership with the US Geological Survey (USGS), will employ environmental tracers to define recharge areas that contribute to basalt aquifers, assess residence time and mixing of basalt aquifers, and qualify aquifers as renewable or nonrenewable resources. ARS will assist with technical review and meteorological data collection.