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Piceance Basin Water-Quality Data Repository

Piceance Basin

PURPOSE OF THE REPOSITORY

As large-scale energy development continues in the Piceance Basin, there is potential for changes in surface-water and groundwater resources. In the southern Piceance Basin, a water task force consisting of numerous local governments, municipalities, and energy companies collectively identified the need for a common data repository. In the northern Piceance Basin, similar efforts were underway in approximately the same timeframe. The outcome of these efforts is the combined northern and southern Piceance Basins project and data repository, referred to collectively as "the Piceance Basin." This common data repository for the Piceance Basin will provide an invaluable contribution to the planning, monitoring, conservation, and management of water resources.

APPROACH

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with energy industry and local and State agency partners, is in the process of creating and maintaining a public, web-accessible common data repository. The repository will combine water-quality data from industry, local, State, Federal, and other sources. Data will be screened and merged from disparate locations and formatted into a single uniform format. The quality and completeness of the incoming data will be reviewed and documented. Using the repository, the USGS will evaluate all available water-quality data to develop a baseline assessment of the region's water resources. Results of the baseline assessment will facilitate the development of regional monitoring strategies to fill identified data gaps and minimize redundancies in current and future water-resource monitoring.

RECENT PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Website Rollout and press release August 3rd , 2009
  • Deadline for data submission for database - May 15th, 2009
  • Presented at 6th Annual Encana Energy Expo May 2009 - Rifle, Colo.
  • Provided project handouts at cooperator booths at Energy Forum and Expo, February 2009 - Grand Junction, Colo.

Piceance handoutProject Handout:
A Commmon Data Repository and Water-Resources Assessment for the Piceance Basin
 
Trifold Handout (PDF, 1.7 MB)

In the press:

Colorado Energy News, August 05, 2009: Piceance Basin Gets Water Quality Database

USGS Press Release, August 04, 2009: Piceance Basin Water Quality Database Now Available

GJ Sentinel, August 04, 2009: Web site keeps track of water quality in Piceance Basin

GJ Sentinel, January 11, 2009: Web site to update public on water quality near drilling rigs (PDF, 38 KB)

To begin accessing Piceance Basin water quality data click "Query Data Repository."

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