Buried River channel aquifers (Sidney)

Background and Purpose

A buried-channel aquifer from 1 to 4 miles wide and 26 to 40 miles long underlies the Yellowstone Valley through Richland County. Recharge appears to be dominated by artificial recharge associated with flood irrigation. The aquifer is a source for stock, domestic, industrial, and community supplies. There is a significant need to understand and manage this resource to protect existing supplies and surface-water resources while developing additional water for communities, agriculture, and industry. Since this aquifer is artificially recharged, changing land uses and methods of water distribution may significantly impact the aquifer and existing water resources.

Project Scope

This study will examine what area or areas may be most important for aquifer recharge, and provide recommendations for land-use or operational activities in such areas to maintain or maximize recharge.

For more information contact:

Jon Reiten

Email Jon Reiten jreiten@mtech.edu

Kevin Chandler

Email Kevin Chandler kchandler@mtech.edu


GWIP Personnel Assigned: Currently unassigned

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