WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: 2003UT29B
Title: Source Water Protection Assessment Tools Development
Project Type: Research
Focus Categories: Water Quality, Hydrology, Models
Keywords: Drinking Water, Watersheds, Pollutant Transport
Start Date: 03/01/2003
End Date: 02/28/2004
Federal Funds: $56509.00
Matching Funds: $112352.00
Congressional District: UT 1
Principal Investigators: Ronald C. Sims;Sorensen, Darwin L. (Utah Sate University)
Abstract: A computer-based
tool to assist in determining the susceptibility of drinking water sources
to contamination is being developed. The tool improves the use of scientific
information and professional experience in the susceptibility assessment process.
The work proposed here is a continuation of a research project addressing
this topic. Considerable progress has been made in designing and programming
the assessment tool. Specific practical objectives are to:
1) Complete the integration of shallow or unconfined ground water pollutant transport simulation with the existing surface water transport model to provide an estimate of conjunctive pollution potential.
2) Develop and implement an approach to expressing uncertainty in the pollution concentrations developed with the predictive tool.
3) Conduct a one-day workshop for drinking water source managers in Utah and the intermountain region. The assessment tool will be introduced, basic instruction on the concepts and processes used to develop the tool will be presented, and hands-on practice in the use of the tool will be facilitated.