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Research / Discovery

Denver Basin groundwater flows topic of IWRS

February 15, 2013

Suzanne Paschke of USGS Colorado Water Science Center will be this week's presenter in semester-long seminar series.

Denver Basin "Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the Denver Basin" will be the topic of the Feb. 20 installment in the Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar series. The seminar will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 208, by Suzanne Paschke, associate director for hydrologic studies at the U.S. Geological Survey Colorado Water Science Center.

The Denver Basin aquifer system is a critical water resource for growing municipal, industrial, and domestic uses along the semiarid Front Range urban corridor of Colorado. Continued population growth and the resulting need for additional water supplies in the Denver Basin and throughout the western United States emphasize the need to continually monitor and reassess the availability of groundwater resources.

In 2004, the USGS initiated large-scale regional studies to provide updated groundwater-availability assessments of important principal aquifers across the United States, including the Denver Basin.

This presentation will provide an overview of the updated model construction, calibration, and results.

Dr. Paschke has 25 years of experience in hydrogeologic evaluation and water-quality assessments. Her recent projects include publication of the Denver Basin groundwater-flow model and evaluation of groundwater quality in the South Platte River basin as part of the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program.  She holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Wyoming and M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

IWRS seminars are presented free of charge and all interested faculty, students and guests are encouraged to attend. The series continues through May 1.

For more information, go to the Colorado Water Institute website at or contact Reagan Waskom at 


Contact: Reagan Waskom
Phone: 491-5821