RC13 - Puente Lloque

RC13i Puente Acomachay (November 2019) - GPS: S12°29045, W75°807759. Elevation: 3148m asl. RC13 Puente Lloque - GPS: S12°27311, W75°811132. Elevation: 3220m asl.

Water Quality Data

The following river and water quality data was collected from this site:

RC13i November 2019
Season: Austral Summer
Date: 21.11.2019
Time: 12.30pm
Width (m) 18
Depth (Av.) (m) 0.206
CSA (Av.) (m²) 3.708
Velocity (Av.) (m/s) 0.524
Discharge (Av.) (m³/s) 1.943
Riverbed sediment Cobbles & small boulders
Temp. (Atmospheric) (°C) 23
Temp. (Water) (°C) 13.74
Atmospheric pressure (mbar) 705
Dissolved oxygen (mg/l) 3.97
Dissolved oxygen (%) 64.7
pH 8.7
Conductivity (µS/cm) 358
Total Dissolved Solids (ppm) 179
ORP (mV) 139.1
Turbidity Clear
Alkalinity (mg/l CaCO3) -

Data Analysis

Discharge at this point along the Rio Canete is as expected at about 14.00 m³/s. Discharge rapidly falls to base flow in the latter part of the dry season.

At just above 3200m asl the DO readings at RC13 fall within the range to be expected. It again follows the pattern in which DO readings slowly decline as elevation increases. The measurements for conductivity and total solids are high, which probably reflect local geological conditions and weathering processes in the river channel, but this is yet to be determined. At these levels of conductivity and total solids water quality is not poor. The impact of the settlements of Vitis and Huancaya further up the valley is not known, but in this section of the catchment there is limited agriculture, no mining and low population density.

Site Descriptions

Sites RC13 lies in the arid temperate zone above the small town of Tinco Alis at 3252m asl. It is located in the temperate zone in the upper valley. At this point the valley has a sharply v-shaped profile. The bed load in the river channel is comprised of fluvio-glacial boulders, gravels, and sands. Huge boulders from land slides also lie throughout the valley and the river channel. The river flow in the Rio Canete here is year-round with discharge at this time perhaps approaching base flow. As can be seen from the photographs, there is little or no agricultural cultivation taking place at present, with pastoralism dominating any rural land use. There are smaller areas of terracing on steeper and more mesic west facing slopes. The valley here lies within the Reserva Paisajistica Nor Yauyos-Cochas. At this point in the valley, the slopes are covered in extensive areas of pacific relictual woodlands. These woodlands are some of the most southerly woodlands on the west flank of the Andes and are important for the protection of threatened fauna and flora. The presence of good populations of Rufous-breasted Warbling Finch (Poospiza rubecula) in the valley point to the importance of the area for conservation and biodiversity.

This valley is the principal transport route to San Mateo and the central highway but the road changes from tarmac to hard surface at Tinco Alis so it is little used and serves only sparse rural communities higher up the valley, and tourists visiting Huancaya.

The original study site (RC13i), just upstream from Puente Acomachay, at which data was collected in November 2019 will be replaced by RC13, Puente Lloque, on subsequent visits.

RC13 View upstream Site RC13 - Study (new) site location: Puente Lloque. (John Forrest)

Site RC13 - the study site. (John Forrest) Site RC13 - the study site. (John Forrest)

RC13 View upstream Site RC13 - View upstream. (John Forrest)

RC13 View downstream Site RC13 - View downstream. (John Forrest)