The Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee is here to ensure long-term, quality water supply for the Palouse Basin region.
The primary role of PBAC is to encourage the member entities to implement the Palouse Basin Groundwater Management Plan, enacted in 1992. Additional roles involve education and information exchange, monitoring of pumping and groundwater levels, and funding of groundwater system research.
A new committee
The original committee, made up of representatives from UI, WSU, Pullman and Moscow, was formed in 1967 to address concerns with declining ground water levels in the area.
PBAC maintains a network of water level monitoring instruments throughout the Palouse Basin, and funds a variety of research projects aimed at gaining increased understanding of the behavior of the basin aquifer systems. PBAC also manages a central clearinghouse of technical documents related to basin hydrogeology. You can find more information on the research page.
Groundwater management plan
The purpose of the plan is to ensure a safe supply of ground water will exist for present and future use in the Pullman-Moscow Basin.