Summer streamflows saved by February storms … or were they?
As a hydrologist, I understand the intense interest in water across Montana, and more specifically in the Bitterroot Valley. Water’s relative scarcity, and therefore incredible importance, was one of the reasons I followed a career path into this river-oriented community.
It is National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 7-13, so this month we’re diving into the world of groundwater.
Groundwater is defined as water held underground in the soil or in pores and crevices in rock. An aquifer is the underground layer of water-bearing sediment or permeable rock from which groundwater can be extracted using a water well.
Irrigation is complex — even without delving into water rights — which will be covered in a future Watershed Wellness installment. This month, we’re diving into the irrigation water cycle in the Bitterroot, and where irrigation water comes from.