Impacts to Water Tables

 

This large meadow (at right) has an excellent stand of Great Basin Wild Rye and other deep rooted vegetation, that can access the wetted zone above the water table.   The water table is shallow here.  With dramatically increased pumping the water table will drop.

Read about planned water use here, from the Plan of Operations

Impacts to the Land

According to the plan of operations roughly 5,000 acres will be disturbed, much of which would likely be closed to the public.  All of these lands are BLM public lands.  Lithium Nevada has a small clay mine right now that was used to produce drilling mud.  This mine site is proposed to be vastly expanded.  The entrance to their clay mine is photographed at left.

This area is home to the Lone Willow Sage Grouse population unit, one of the best populations in Nevada.   This area is also range for antelope and mule deer.

Impacts to water for Stock and Wildlife

The company has acknowledged that pumping depths may roughly double in some wells.  

We are concerned the company's data may be inaccurate and that wells and springs may go dry.

Well at left is a well that may be impacted.

Impacts to Streams

 

The photograph at right is of Thacker Reservoir, an important community recreation site.  The company's own modeling data indicates the potential for impacts to Thacker Creek which feeds Thacker Reservoir.

Additionally, the mine site is an extinct super volcano that was active over hundreds of thousands of years.  As such there may be lava tubes, fault lines, old lava flows, steam vents and etc.   If mining operations dug into a flooded lava tube, mine flooding could occur, resulting in both the loss of the mine and local water tables.

Most of the mine is clay but core samples show some ​basalt features, within the clay.  The right kind of basalt features can transmit large volumes of water.

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