The Ruby Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction Model is an applied effort linked to TMDL implementation. The Ruby Valley Conservation District (RVCD) has a legacy of protecting watershed resources and implementing conservation plans, and local efforts are aimed at preserving and enhancing watershed resource and water quality. The RVCD designed this project to promote Best Management Practices (BMPs) by developing a clear understanding of groundwater and surface water interaction using a combination of state-of-the-art computer modeling as well as the required education and outreach to communicate the findings.
Data collected for the lower Ruby Watershed shows that groundwater is a major controlling factor for Ruby River flows. Changes in how groundwater and irrigation water is managed could impact surface water and the cold water fishery. Modeling improves the ability of decision makers to convey this information to the public and move forward with conservation plans.
The Groundwater Mapping Tools helps the RVCD implement the TMDL in terms of predicting changes in groundwater discharge/surface water recharge resulting from management changes linked to irrigation water application, wter conveyance, vegetative cover, and new water supplies.
Online access to the mapping tool will be available soon – check back!!!