Analysis of Aquifer Framework and Hydraulic Properties of Lovelock Valley, Lovelock, Nevada

Open-File Report 2019-1133
Prepared in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Water Resources
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Abstract

Multiple aquifer tests were conducted in Lovelock, Nevada, to determine hydraulic conductivity and storage properties to be used with the numerical groundwater flow model of the lower Humboldt River Basin while accounting for the influence of surface features with a modeling component. The numerical model will ultimately provide the Nevada Division of Water Resources (NDWR) with information regarding the impacts of groundwater pumping on the Humboldt River, allowing the Nevada State Engineer to make informed decisions in the conjunctive management of the State’s groundwater and surface water resources. Seven slug tests, one single-well pumping test, and two multi-well pumping tests were conducted to evaluate properties of shallow Lahontan clays and silts; shallow fluvial deposits; and coarser, water-bearing deposits of the younger alluvium. Aquifer tests were conducted between March 2017 and April 2018. Results indicate aquifers in the Lovelock Valley have transmissivity ranging between 0.0001 and 95,000 feet squared per day (ft2/day). The results of these tests provide constraints on hydraulic properties for a numerical groundwater flow model being developed for a capture study in the lower Humboldt River Basin.

Suggested Citation

Nadler, C., 2020, Analysis of aquifer framework and hydraulic properties of Lovelock Valley, Lovelock, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1133, 48 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191133.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Summary
  • Hydrogeology and Aquifers
  • Well Data
  • Transmissivities of the Lahontan Clays and Silts Evaluated from Slug Tests
  • Transmissivity of the Coarser Alluvium Evaluated from a Slug Test
  • Transmissivity of the Coarser Alluvium Evaluated from a Single-Well Pumping Test
  • Transmissivity of the Lahontan Clays and Silts, Fluvial Deposits, and Coarser Alluvium Determined from two Multi-Well Pumping Tests
  • Hydraulic Properties
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Analysis of aquifer framework and hydraulic properties of Lovelock Valley, Lovelock, Nevada
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2019-1133
DOI 10.3133/ofr20191133
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Nevada Water Science Center
Description Report: viii, 48 p.; Data Release
Country United States
State Nevada
Other Geospatial Humboldt River basin
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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