How water ends up in Moab

It starts in the La Sals, but the middle steps are vital

A recently finalized study by the U.S. Geological Survey has corroborated state estimates for Moab’s water budget, the amount of consumable groundwater that passes through the valley each year. Melissa Masbruch, a USGS hydrologist and the lead author on the study, overturned many big assumptions from the previous groundwater study in 1971, led by USGS hydrologist C.T. Sumsion, including the path that groundwater travels as it makes its way from the La Sal Mountains into the underlying valley.