Northern California Volcanic Aquifer Assessment and Protection

Establish monitoring systems on vulnerable springs

Read about this project in the Summer 2016 issue of The Current.

Long-term Goal

Protect Northern California Volcanic Aquifers and their cold-water spring sources from overdraft, pollution, and long-term variability in regional climate. Abate threats posed by geothermal fracking, water bottling, and ongoing hydropower operations.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Drafted the 2016 White Paper: “California’s Cascade Aquifers: Resilient and Unrecognized Source Waters” and provided policy recommendations for protecting and assessing the current health of source waters originating from Mt. Shasta, Medicine Lake, and Mt. Lassen;
  • Provided the public and Mt. Shasta community with reliable, peer reviewed spring water monitoring data and policy analysis regarding the proposed Crystal Geyser bottling facility near Mt. Shasta City;
  • Engaged Crystal Geyser and recommended necessary steps for installing a groundwater monitoring system for Big Springs on the Upper Sacramento River;
  • Updated and expanded the Mt. Shasta Spring Waters Study and continued to monitor the 22 spring systems identified in the report for a full suite of water quality and geochemical parameters;
  • Coordinated a Water Talks public forum and panel discussion on the Volcanic Aquifers of Northern California.

What We Will Achieve in 2016-17

  • Use recommendations from CalTrout’s new California Cascade Aquifers white paper to build a region-wide source water monitoring and assessment program to understand aquifer vulnerability in the context of climate change and historic drought;
  • Catalog major regional spring systems, identify monitoring sites, collect data, install real-time monitoring systems;
  • Monitor Big Springs Creek system and Mt. Shasta source water to measure any future impact of Crystal Geyser operations on groundwater aquifers and spring sources.

Mount Shasta / Klamath Region News

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