Carmel Valley Alluvial Aquifer

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An environmental summary created by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


The Carmel Valley alluvial aquifer resides in the lower 15 miles of the Carmel River and is underlain by Miocene marine shales. [1] The California American Water Company, Cal-Am, is the direct supplier water to the Monterey Peninsula, extracting water primarily from the Carmel Valley alluvial aquifer. The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project by Cal-Am will use a desalination plant as the main source of water for the Monterey Peninsula thereby reducing the amount of water extracted from the Carmel Valley alluvial aquifer.

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Figure 1. Carmel Valley Alluvial Aquifer.
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Figure 2. Water Production from Cal-Am throughout the years.




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