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Dissolved Noble Gas Concentrations and Modeled Recharge Temperatures for Groundwater from Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills Shallow Aquifer Assessment Study Units, 2015-2017: Results from the California GAMA Priority Basin Project

Metadata Updated: October 28, 2023

This data release documents 155 sets of dissolved noble gas analyses (neon, argon, krypton, xenon) and 153 modeled recharge temperatures for groundwater sampled from domestic water supply wells and springs throughout the northern Sierra Nevada foothills as part of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program in 2015-2017. Data from two of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Priority Basin Project Shallow Aquifer Assessment study units are presented here: The Yuba and Bear Watersheds (YB) Shallow Aquifer Study Unit (sampled in 2015-2016) and the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, and American River Watersheds (MCAW) Shallow Aquifer Study Unit (sampled in 2016-2017). The YB and MCAW study units include domestic well and spring sites within watersheds overlying fractured rock aquifer systems of the Sierra Nevada hydrogeologic province of California in Nevada, Yuba, Sierra, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, and Calaveras Counties. Study design and site attributes for the YB and MCAW study units are presented by Jasper and others (2017) and Shelton and others (2018), respectively.
This data release contains one tab-delimited text file containing Table 1, which reports the results of dissolved noble gas analyses for environmental samples from 72 sites in the YB study unit in addition to eight field replicates (80 samples total) and environmental samples from 67 sites in the MCAW study unit in addition to eight field replicates (75 samples total). Table 1 also contains groundwater recharge temperatures for 153 samples that were modeled using measured dissolved noble gas concentrations, land surface elevation at the sample site, and sample salinity. Model inputs and outputs including Monte Carlo simulations to estimate model parameter errors are also included in Table 1. Detailed descriptions for Table 1 column fields are provided in an additional tab-delimited text file of Table 1 column definitions. Abbreviations used in this data release are explained in an additional tab-delimited text file of abbreviations. These data support the following publications: Jasper, M., Bennett, G.L., and Fram, M.S., 2017, Groundwater-Quality Data in the Yuba and Bear Watersheds Shallow Aquifer Study Unit, 2015-2016: Results from the California GAMA Priority Basin Project: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F73F4MS9. Levy, Z.F., Fram, M.S., Faulkner, K.E., Alpers, C.N., Soltero, E.M., and Taylor, K.A., 2020, Effects of montane watershed development on vulnerability of domestic groundwater supply during drought: Journal of Hydrology, v. 583, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124567. Shelton, J.L., Fram, M.S., Goldrath, D.A., Bennett, G.L., V, and Jasper, M., 2018, Groundwater-quality data in the Mokelumne, Cosumnes, and American River Watersheds Shallow Aquifer Study Unit, 2016-2017: Results from the California GAMA Priority Basin Project: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F78G8JXP.

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