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Water-Quality Inventory of Springs at Pinnacles National Monument, California

Project Chief: James Borchers

Ground-water-flow systems need to be understood during resource management decision-making processes at Pinnacles National Monument. Information describing the water quality of sources of base flow to streams is needed to develop understanding of ground-water-flow systems and their relation to stream water quantity and quality so that informed decisions can be made on land uses and evaluation of critical aquatic habitat.

The study will obtain water-quality information describing important sources of base flow to streams so that Park Service managers; 1) can determine the spatial variability of water chemical content, providing a reference point for comparison of samples collected from future monitoring networks and hydrologic studies, 2) gain an understanding of sources, flow paths, and recharge ages of ground-water, thereby improving the understanding of ground-water-flow systems and their relation to stream water quantity and quality that should be considered during the resource management decision-making process.

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James Borchers
Office phone: 916-278-3000

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