USGS Shares Information on Working with Tribes to Gain Water Knowledge

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has posted information on its web site about how USGS scientists work closely with Tribal leaders around the country to address water availability and water quality issues on Tribal lands.  Tribal lands are home to an extensive network of USGS streamflow gages and groundwater monitoring stations. Coupled with quantitative models and scientific research, this monitoring network provides objective data and information that can be used by the Tribes to address vital issues such water rights, water supply, flood-warning predictions, contamination, and sustainability of critical habitats and healthy ecosystems.  For example, in the State of Washington, cooperative monitoring, assessments, and research with more than 20 Tribes has led to water science and habitat restoration for threatened salmon species and other fish.  In addition, the USGS worked with the Yakama NationWashington State Department of Ecology, and the Bureau of Reclamation to create a comprehensive model for the entire Yakima River Basin that simulates the groundwater system and its interaction with rivers and streams.  Visit the USGS to read this Top Story and find more information about activities in your state.