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Hydrogeology of the Lake Tahoe Basin, California and Nevada

March 19, 2009

Ground water in the Lake Tahoe basin is the primary source of domestic and municipal water supply and an important source of inflow to Lake Tahoe. Over the past 30-40 years, Federal, State, and local agencies, and research institutions have collected hydrologic data to quantify the ground-water resources in the Lake Tahoe basin. These data are dispersed among the various agencies and institutions that collected the data and generally are not available in a format suitable for basin-wide assessments. To successfully and efficiently manage the ground-water resources throughout the Lake Tahoe basin, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) compiled and evaluated the pertinent geologic, geophysical, and hydrologic data, and built a geodatabase incorporating the consolidated and standardized data for the Lake Tahoe basin that is relevant for examining the extent and characteristics of the hydrogeologic units that comprise the aquifers. The geodatabase can be accessed at

Publication Year 2009
Title Hydrogeology of the Lake Tahoe Basin, California and Nevada
DOI 10.3133/sim3063
Authors Russell W. Plume, Mary L. Tumbusch, Toby L. Welborn
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Scientific Investigations Map
Series Number 3063
Index ID sim3063
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Nevada Water Science Center