This 2020 State of the Basin Report (SOBR) was prepared by Partner Engineering and Science, Inc. (Partner) on behalf of the Amargosa Conservancy (AC) as part of a much larger effort that is being conducted between AC, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Nye and Inyo Counties. This report focuses on conditions in the Middle Amargosa Basin (California Department of Water Resources groundwater basin #6-20).
This report and field activities and analysis inclusive of monitoring since Fall 2016 and new monitoring well construction and monitoring, has been conducted under a grant from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) under the Integrated Regional Water Management Planning effort under Proposition 84. The goals of the overall project are to improve the understanding of the water that sustains the Amargosa River and desert ecosystems that flourish along the river, and its adjoining springs, and to provide the knowledge necessary to identify and avert impacts to those water sources. The purpose of the work conducted as part of the current scope is to improve our understanding of the groundwater flow paths to the Amargosa River and surrounding springs, and to continue to develop baseline spring, river flow and groundwater-level monitoring, and to prepare a SOBR.
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