A new interactive map of Snake Valley with all of the well data, has recently been added to the Utah Geological Survey (UGS) Web site. The West Desert Ground-Water Monitoring Network is almost complete and updates are available on a newly developed Google Earth™ interactive map. The network will monitor ground water for more than 50 years in Snake Valley, western Millard County and adjacent areas. The $3.5 million network is a response to planned ground-water development in east-central Nevada. The Utah Geological Survey will upload data onto its Web site.
Objectives included: assessing the potential impacts of pumping on ground water and spring flow in Utah; evaluating flow patterns in the aquifer from Snake Valley to Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge; determining baseline water-level and chemical trends in local and regional ground-water flow systems; and, measuring the capacity of the aquifers to transmit and store ground water.