The county is preparing to proceed with the second phase of a study intended to give planners and policy makers a detailed picture of ground water systems here.
The first phase of the study was completed last year and dealt with parts of the Oak Mesa area generally north of Hotchkiss.
The second phase of the study is described as "The Valley and Terraces of the Upper North Fork River area from Hotchkiss to Northeast of Paonia."
The $15,000 project is being conducted by the same two scientists who completed the Oak Mesa study: Dr. Ken Kolm and Paul K.M. van der Heidje. The work promises to produce a ground water model of the area "with special focus on sustainability and vulnerability of the groundwater resources," according to the project proposal.
The study will create maps and a GIS database using currently available information, combined with the results of an extended study that is part of the project proposal. The tasks of completing the study "will be conducted in a manner that when future studies of adjacent sections of the county are conducted there will be a continuous and consistent hydrological GIS coverage."
County officials intend eventually to have a hydrologic profile for all sections of the county completed and available online.
Delta County commission chair Doug Atchley said he wants to be sure the county planning commission is "brought on board" with results of the hydrologic studies.blog comments powered by Disqus