Establish monitoring systems on vulnerable springs
Read about this project in the Summer 2016 issue of The Current.
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.
- 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.