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1 HESA and GIS-Based Groundwater Resources Evaluation Castle Valley, Utah HESA and Water Budget Kenneth E. Kolm, Ph.D. Hydrologic Systems Analysis, LLC and Paul K.M. van der Heijde Heath Hydrology, Inc May 2016

2 HESA and GIS-Based Groundwater Resources Evaluation Castle Valley, Utah Part 1. HESA Results Part 2. Lower Valley Water Budget Part 3. GIS Notes

3 Study Area Location [Castle Creek Watershed] Utah GIS [2015]

4 Study Area Location [Google Earth View - Regional]

5 Why do this? Source water assessment and protection (municipal and communal water supply systems) Sustainability of water supply sources Maintaining integrity of agricultural water resources Effects of land use changes (e.g., agriculture to subdivisions) ISDS and well setbacks Water rights issues Effects of gas and oil exploitation Protection of groundwater-fed wetlands. Groundwater contribution to in-stream flows and water quality

6 What is HESA? Hydrologic and Environmental Systems Analysis HESA is an approach used to conceptualize and characterize relevant features of hydrologic and environmental systems, integrating relevant considerations of climate, topography, geomorphology, groundwater and surface water hydrology, geology, ecosystem structure and function, and the human activities associated with these systems into a holistic, three-dimensional dynamic conceptual site model (CSM).

7 HESA Flowchart Systems-Scale Hydrologic System Conceptual Model Development Community Objectives Data Gathering and Analysis Regional and Site Conceptual Model Development Water Balance Calculation Atmospheric System--Climate Hillsides Channels, Lakes and Reservoirs Valley Bottoms and Wetlands Surface Water System and Components Groundwater System and Components Unsaturated Zone Saturated Zone Recharge, Discharge, Storage, Flow System Structure and Function Physical Chemical Structure and Function Physical Chemical Community Involvement Geomorphology Site Model Terrestrial Ecosystem Site Model Aquatic Ecosystem Site Model Hydrological System Physical, Chemical and Biological Final Conceptual Regional and Site Models; Water Balances Recommended Hydrologic System Management Community Decisions

8 Surface characterization HESA Elements Climate, vegetation, geomorphology, topography, surface water, and land use and other anthropogenic elements Subsurface characterization Geologic framework, hydrogeologic framework, hydrogeologic properties Groundwater flow system characterization Flow paths, recharge/discharge areas Water budget Watershed, aquifer, stream-aquifer interaction, consumptive use Groundwater quality TDS Ag chemicals

9 HESA Approach

10 Study Area Location [Google Earth View - Local]

11 Climate Stations from WRCC [Western Regional Climate Center at Desert Research Institute]

12 Climate Stations [From Utah GIS]

13 Selected Climate Stations Location, Elevation, Record Period WRCC [2016]

14 Climate Stations Type of Data WRCC [2016]

15 Climate Data from WRCC [Castle Valley Station (421241)] WRCC [2016]

16 Climate Data from WRCC [Castleton Station (421230)] WRCC [2016]

17 Climate Data from WRCC [La Sal Station (424946)] WRCC [2016]

18 Castle Valley Precipitation Distribution NRCS [2015]

19 Castle Valley Topography and Surface Water [Utah GIS, NRCS]

20 Castle Valley Surface Water Upper Part of Valley

21 Castle Valley Surface Water Lower Part of Valley

22 Castle Valley Lower Castle Creek

23 Castle Valley Upper Placer/Pinhook Creek

24 Castle Valley Surface Water Castle Creek Discharge

25 Selected Spring-related Surface Water Diversions Lower Valley Utah Division of Water Rights [2016]

26 Selected Spring-related Surface Water Diversions Upper Valley Utah Division of Water Rights [2016]

27 Location of Spring/Seep Areas in Castle Valley Area

28 Regional Geographical Features UGS SS-113 [2004]

29 Major Structural Trends in Vicinity of Castle Valley Weir and Others [1983]

30 Regional Geological Features Doelling [2002]; Utah GIS

31 Generalized Geologic Cross Section Doelling and Ross [1988]

32 Geological Units in Castle Valley UGS SS-113 [2004]

33 Hydrogeological Units in Castle Valley - Quaternary

34 Hydrogeological Units in Castle Valley - Bedrock

35 Hydrogeological Units of Castle Valley

36 Thickness of Valley Fill Deposits After Loewe and Others[2004]

37 Hydrostructural Units of Castle Valley

38 Groundwater Quality in Castle Valley TDS Loewe and Others[2004]

39 Hydrologic System of Castle Valley Groundwater Flow and Recharge/Discharge Areas

40 Hydrologic System of Castle Valley Groundwater Flow and Recharge/Discharge Areas

41 Hydrologic System of Castle Valley Location Cross-sections

42 Hydrogeological Cross-section A-A` [Across Valley near Town of CV]

43 Hydrogeological Cross-section B-B` [Across Valley near Castleton]

44 Hydrogeological Cross-section C-C` [Along Northeast Side of Valley]

45 Hydrogeological Cross-section D-D` [Along Southwest Side of Valley]

46 Hydrogeological Cross-section E-E` [Along Placer/Castle Creek]

47 Potentiometric Surface of Castle Valley Water Table Contours and Stream Discharge Area Snyder [1996]

48 Hydrologic System of Castle Valley Anthropogenic Elements Enhanced Recharge Ditches Irrigation Return Flow Groundwater Use / Discharge Wells Groundwater Systems and Water Quality TDS Fertilizers Septic Tanks

49 Anthropogenic Elements - Irrigation

50 Anthropogenic Elements - Wells Utah Division of Water Rights[2016]

51 Geographical Information System (GIS) Tasks: Collect existing digital information in support of the HESA for Castle Valley Create GIS maps showing various aspects of the hydrology and hydrogeology of Castle Valley

52 GIS MAPS: Castle Valley

53 GIS MAPS: Castle Valley

54 Water Balance Considerations

55 Preliminary Water Balance: PWB Area

56 Inflows and Outflows of Simplified Water Balance

57 Preliminary Water Balance: Southern Boundary Cross-section

58 Preliminary Water Balance: Results Based on: streamflow records for period steady state groundwater flow calculation (HESA) available climate records available CV consumptive use data

59 Summary HESA + expert team => Understanding complexities of hydrologic system, especially interaction between upper valley and lower valley and valley fill and bedrock systems Understanding hydrologic system + data => Defensible water balance components Understanding hydrologic system + water balance => Identifying vulnerabilities of existing water resources (such as due to climate change, upper watershed diversions, valley development, outdoor recreation increase, among others) Understanding hydrologic system + water balance + understanding vulnerabilities => siting of municipal well (evaluating location, capacity & drawdown, effects on neighboring wells, interaction with Castle Creek)

60 THANK YOU

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