The Lower Portneuf River Regional Geographic Initiative Project


A consortium of the Cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, Bannock County, and the Fort Hall Tribes was funded by a RGI grant from the EPA to design and help implement a water management plan that will protect underground drinking water supplies from impacts of development, urbanization and agricultural land uses. The goal of the RGI consortium is to identify, design, and implement aquifer management and protection strategies that will help guide future development and will provide for integrated water management planning that will reduce the cost of providing safe drinking water to consumers.

To date, we have developed a data repository to serve RGI users as well as add new data as it become available. Data in the RGI database includes everything from potential contamination sites to water quality data. The information is available electronically at the following website: http://giscenter.isu.edu/data/RGI/RGI-home.htm. The data is password protected but can be accessed by permission - refer to the instructions on the web page (the site also provides a great list of contacts regarding the RGI program at: http://giscenter.isu.edu/Data/RGI/RGI_contacts.htm).

Additionally, a groundwater vulnerability model for the south end of the valley was developed. The RGI consortium worked with the Department of Environmental Quality to develop a source water assessment (see Hot Water Topics) for the Pocatello water supply utilizing data collected through the RGI project. Public awareness/education information is also being developed – including this website! All of this effort has lead to a concerted effort by local politicians and citizens to alter and change our current practices when it comes to aquifer protection.

REVIEW background and economic impact information regarding redesignation of the LPRV aquifer under the RGI project in our Sensitive Resource section.