Groundwater Monitoring in Meadows

Meadow ecosystems are defined by the presence of shallow groundwater, a high water table, and dominated by herbaceous species. Functioning montane meadows offer abundant ecosystem services including natural water filtration and groundwater storage. As groundwater recharge dwindles during the dry California summer months, groundwater storage from mountain meadows is slowly released into streams. Today, many meadows in the Sierra Nevada are considered degraded and suffer from incised streams, low water tables, and encroachment of upland plant communities.

SYRCL’s groundwater monitoring data will help us determine proper restoration techniques and prioritization for degraded meadows. Volunteers have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork with the River Science team at SYRCL and record pressure transducer data at each station at Loney Meadow in the Tahoe National Forest.

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What: Monitor groundwater monitoring stations. Monitoring duties include collecting and recording pressure transducer data at each station in the meadow. Training will be provided on-site.

When: Exact dates and times TBD. Project started in August 2015 and will continue for the next several years

Where: Loney Meadow in Tahoe National Forest

What to Bring: Water, lunch/snacks, boots, long sleeved shirt, pants (shorts not recommended!), hat, etc.

Volunteer need: 1-2 monitors for 1 day, every 3 weeks

Contact our Hydrologist, Karl Ronning, to get involved at or 530-265-5961 ext. 227.