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Surface-water hydrology of Honey Lake Valley, Lassen County, California, and Washoe County, Nevada

January 1, 1990

Honey Lake Valley straddles the state line of California and Nevada, about 35 miles north of Reno; about three-fourths of the area is in California. In this report, Honey Lake Valley (also referred to as the "basin") includes the entire area within the hydrographic boundary (fig. 1). Susanville, Calif., in the northwest part of the basin, is the largest town. Population is increasing rapidly both in the Susanville area and in the Reno area of adjacent Washoe County, Nev. Both Lassen and Washoe Counties have identified water resources in Honey Lake Valley as a possible source to meet their needs for future development. An important component of an assessment of the availability of additional long-term supply is an appraisal of surface-water resources. 

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the California Department of Water Resources and the Nevada Division of Water Resources, began a hydrologic assessment of the area in 1987. The study was primarily an appraisal of ground-water resources, but it also included an assessment of surface-water resources. The purpose of this map report is to present the results of the surface-water assessment, including (1) a broad overview of surface-water conditions in the basin, (2) an estimate of mean annual streamflow to the valley floor, and (3) an evaluation of the characteristics of Honey Lake. This report will be republished by the U.S. Geological Survey as a Hydrologic-Investigations Atlas. Results of this study related to ground-water resources of the basin are discussed in a separate report (Handman and others, 1990) and are summarized in a short "Water Fact Sheet" by Handman (1990).

Publication Year 1990
Title Surface-water hydrology of Honey Lake Valley, Lassen County, California, and Washoe County, Nevada
DOI 10.3133/ofr90177
Authors Gerald L. Rockwell
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 90-177
Index ID ofr90177
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse