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June 9, 2023

Oregon Water Science Center hydrologic technicians installed a new monitoring station at Lake Abert near Valley Falls Oregon.

USGS has a new continuous water elevation monitoring station at Lake Abert near Valley Falls (1038200) Oregon. It currently measures Water Level, Water Temperature, and Air temperature. Data collected with cooperation from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Water Resource Department.

The water level is related to salinity in this hypersaline lake, and salinity concentrations affect food webs and food resources for migratory birds. The USGS Saline Lakes IWAAs project will be able to build on this dataset with discrete water-quality samples and, potentially, additional continuous water-quality monitoring.

6 foot tall basalt boulder with metal box and flex tube keep electronics and wiring covered. Half of rock white salt stained
To protect equipment from the elements, data collection electronics are stored in the metal box. The grey flex tube protects the wiring to sensors and telemetry antennas.
side view of grey DCP box , cables and telemetry antennas mounted to a large boulder in shallow blue water.
This large basalt boulder is the perfect stable foundation for the monitoring station. During this field visit the water level had increased and technicians wore waders to complete their work at the station.
Globular tan/white salt deposits along shore of lake Abert amongst patches of snow. Blue sky with fluffy clouds above.
As the water drops large amounts of salt deposits are left behind on the shores of Lake Abert.

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