Amargosa Integrated Monitoring Network

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The National Park Service, Nye County, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USGS Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) have established a water-level and spring discharge monitoring network in the southern Amargosa Desert to identify long-term trends and monitor potential impacts of activities on groundwater resources. The Amargosa Integrated Monitoring Network (AIMN) continues the long-term groundwater and spring discharge data collection that took place from 1992 to 2009 as part of the Yucca Mountain project.

Each agency in the AIMN is collecting water-level and/or spring discharge data at selected sites. Data are submitted to the NVWSC, quality assured by NVWSC, and archived in USGS National Water Information System (NWIS). Data collected by the AIMN from 2011 to 2016 have been quality assured and entered into NWIS. NVWSC is also providing measurement protocol, field calibration of measuring instruments, and technical advice as needed. 

The AIMN stretches from the southeast corner of the Nevada National Security Site to Furnace Creek in Death Valley and consists of

  • 49 wells
  • 5 springs
  • Devils Hole

National Park Service

Crystal Spring, Nevada

Crystal Pool Spring, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nev.

Monitors 10 wells and Devils Hole.

View of Fairbanks Spring, Nev.

Fairbanks Spring, Ash Meadows National Wildlige Refuge, Nev.

Nye County

Monitors 9 wells. 

USGS scientist installing a transducer at well TW-3, Nev.

USGS scientist installing a transducer at Tracer Well 3 near Crystal, Nev.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Monitors 5 wells and 4 springs.

USGS NVWSC

Monitors 25 wells and 1 spring.