Pacific Groundwater Group has led assessments in Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs) throughout Washington State. These assessments are interdisciplinary in nature, typically involving teams of hydrogeologists, geomorphologists, wetland and fish biologists, GIS specialists, surface water hydrologists, planners, and water quality experts. These regional assessments, which are conducted to fulfill requirements of the Watershed Management Act, provide important tools for planning and for making decisions about allocating water rights. Because of their scope and interdisciplinary nature, they offer a holistic view of ecosystems within the watershed. This is especially important for quantifying the factors that limit the ability of habitat to fully sustain populations of salmon.
We have applied our hydrogeologic and project management expertise to watershed or basin assessments in WRIAs 2, 17, 27, 28, 32, 44, 45, and 50. In addition, Associate Hydrogeologist Linton Wildrick is a 22-year veteran of the Washington Department of Ecology, where he led and oversaw many large watershed assessments.
encourage you to browse through a few case
studies to learn more about our role in these large-scale studies.