What Is The Primary Purpose?
Protect Our Wells is proposing a local network of existing and new monitoring wells to measure water levels and monitor changes in the bedrock aquifers of the southern portion of the Denver Basin and identify areas that are likely to be subject to depletions.
Why Is It Needed?
One of the major findings from SWSI identified that an "increased reliance on nonrenewable, nontributary groundwater for permanent water supply brings serious reliability and sustainability concerns to some areas, particularly along the Front Range." There is little information available on the available water within the bedrock aquifers or the degree at which it is being depleted in rural areas.
Who Will Benefit?
The data will be available for water resource managers and planners to develop strategies to optimize existing water supplies. Agencies that will directly benefit include: Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) and United Stated Geological Survey (USGS) and the Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR).
What Will It Cost?
The proposed budget is $225,000, $110,000 of which is the construction of new monitoring wells.
How Will It Be Funded ?
POW continues to seek funding sources for this project and has applied for Tax Exempt Status under the IRS 501 (c) (3) which will make donations to POW tax deductible. The IRS determination is expected by June 2010.
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