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Hydrologic data for the Walker River Basin, Nevada and California, water years 2010–14

December 10, 2015

Walker Lake is a threatened and federally protected desert terminal lake in western Nevada. To help protect the desert terminal lake and the surrounding watershed, the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Geological Survey have been studying the hydrology of the Walker River Basin in Nevada and California since 2004. Hydrologic data collected for this study during water years 2010 through 2014 included groundwater levels, surface-water discharge, water chemistry, and meteorological data. Groundwater levels were measured in wells, and surface-water discharge was measured in streams, canals, and ditches. Water samples for chemical analyses were collected from wells, streams, springs, and Walker Lake. Chemical analyses included determining physical properties; the concentrations of major ions, nutrients, trace metals, dissolved gases, and radionuclides; and ratios of the stable isotopes of hydrogen and oxygen. Walker Lake water properties and meteorological parameters were monitored from a floating platform on the lake. Data collection methods followed established U.S. Geological Survey guidelines, and all data are stored in the National Water Information System database. All of the data are presented in this report and accessible on the internet, except multiple-depth Walker Lake water-chemistry data, which are available only in this report.

Publication Year 2015
Title Hydrologic data for the Walker River Basin, Nevada and California, water years 2010–14
DOI 10.3133/ds967
Authors Michael T. Pavelko, Erin L. Orozco
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Data Series
Series Number 967
Index ID ds967
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Nevada Water Science Center