The project consists of the drilling, development, and monitoring of one deep
groundwater-monitoring well and one to three shallow groundwater-monitoring
wells in eastern Inyo County, California. All of the proposed wells are located
in Death Valley National Park.
Hydrologic Research Program
Inyo County has participated in oversight activities
associated with the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository since 1987. In
2005, the County completed U. S. Department of Energy Cooperative Agreement
DE-FC08-02RW12162. The work started under this Cooperative Agreement was not
completed, as the funding profile was less than the planned maximum allowed
under the Cooperative Agreement, running approximately 50% of the planned
maximum amount. The overall goal of the studies is the evaluation of far-field
issues related to potential transport, by ground water, of radionuclides into
Inyo County, including Death Valley, and the evaluation of a connection between
the Lower Carbonate Aquifer (LCA) and the biosphere.
Agreement DE-FC28-06RW12368 will continue the studies begun under the previous
Cooperative Agreement. The term of the agreement is June 9, 2006 through
June 8, 2010 with a total cost of project at $ 4,450,000 (approximately
$1,483,000 per year). We are currently in our fourth and final year of
this Cooperative Agreement.