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USGS releases open-source groundwater toolkit

Because the nation rely on groundwater for its drinking water, agriculture and industry, a robust monitoring network is needed to track water quality as well as reports of contaminated wells and fluctuating water levels.

The U.S. Geological Survey recently introduced a new open-source Groundwater Toolbox that estimates groundwater flow, including base flow (the groundwater-discharge component of streamflow), surface runoff and groundwater recharge from streamflow data, according to USGS.

The geographic information system-based toolbox brings together various analytical methods used by USGS and the Bureau of Reclamation to pull data automatically from the National Water Information System from more than 26,000 streamgage sites. 

The GW Toolbox can be run on any Microsoft Windows compatible platform.  A customizable interface includes data analytical programs and methods for estimating groundwater recharge.  Users can also glean water availability and hydrologic trends related to changes in the environment.

The toolbox is free and available to the public.  Engineers, members of the academic community and government agencies will benefit from the information provided by the open-source GW toolbox for independent assessments and research. 

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Feb 02, 2015 at 9:11 AM


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