California Water Science Center

Groundwater

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Date published: November 7, 2018
Status: Active

Mojave Land-Subsidence Studies

Land subsidence has been ongoing in the dry lake beds throughout the Mojave and Morongo groundwater basins since the 1960s. In a study conducted from 2004 - 2009, continuous GPS stations were added to interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) methods to measure changes in land surface altitude.

Date published: November 7, 2018
Status: Active

Land Subsidence in the Coachella Valley

Groundwater is an important water-supply source in the Coachella Valley. The demand for water has exceeded the deliveries of imported surface water, and groundwater levels have been declining as a result of increased pumping. A network of GPS stations has been set up in the valley to monitor subsidence resulting from declining groundwater levels.

Contacts: Michelle Sneed
Date published: November 6, 2018
Status: Active

Delta-Mendota Canal: Using Groundwater Modeling to Analyze Land Subsidence

A numerical modeling approach was used to quantify groundwater conditions and land subsidence spatially along the Delta-Mendota Canal. In addition, selected management alternatives for controlling land subsidence were evaluated.

Date published: November 5, 2018
Status: Completed

Bay Area Ensemble Modeling for Conservation and Biodiversity

The objective of this study is to provide downscaled ensemble projections of climate and hydrology for the next century for the state of California with specific application to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Date published: November 5, 2018
Status: Completed

Delta-Mendota Canal: Evaluation of Groundwater Conditions and Land Subsidence

In areas adjacent to the Delta-Mendota Canal (DMC), extensive groundwater withdrawal from the San Joaquin Valley aquifer system has caused areas of the ground to sink as much as 10 feet, a process known as land subsidence. This could...

Date published: October 29, 2018
Status: Completed

Water-level Contour Map of the Antelope Valley Groundwater Basin and Interactive Website, 2014

The USGS has a long history of collecting water-level data in the Antelope Valley groundwater basin. Previous water-level contour maps for Antelope Valley were published by the USGS in cooperation with the Antelope Valley – East Kern Water Agency as Open-File Reports 80-1222, 86-498 and 98-4022 using water-level data collected in 1979, 1984 and 1996, respectively. An updated water-level...

Contacts: Nicholas Teague
Date published: October 29, 2018
Status: Completed

Hydrogeologic Characterization of the Cox/San Andreas Oasis, California

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages the Dos Palmas Oasis complex on the northeastern side of the Salton Sea for the maintainence of threatened and endangered species. This Oasis complex represents a rare area of riparian/wetland habitat in the midst of an extremely arid desert region. Anthropogenic development of water resources during the 1900s depleted natural groundwater supplies...

Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Completed

Depth-Dependent groundwater flow, age, and chemistry in relation to solvent contamination in a production well, Tulare Lake basin, California

The Tulare Lake basin in the southern Central Valley of California is heavily dependent upon groundwater for drinking water supply but groundwater in this basin is threatened by a wide array of issues. Groundwater aquifers in the alluvial fan sediments derived from the Sierra Nevada on the eastern side of the Tulare Lake basin are highly productive aquifers that are vulnerable to contamination...

Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Active

Determination of the geohydrologic characteristics of the boundary between the Mojave River and Antelope Valley groundwater basins, California

The Mojave Basin Area was adjudicated in 1993 and the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) was appointed as Watermaster to ensure that water rights are allocated according to the Court Judgment (Riverside County Superior Court, 1996). Established in 1960, the southwestern boundary of MWA’s management area is not a hydrologic boundary but instead coincides roughly with the boundary between San Bernardino...

Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Active

Coordinated Pesticide Reconnaissance Study of Surface Waters in California

Pesticides are used throughout the State of California in both urban and agricultural settings and are routinely detected in surface water. Each year, new pesticides are introduced to the market and often become detected in surface water. It can take several years or more for routine monitoring programs to acquire the capability to detect new and understudied pesticides of concern because...

Contacts: James Orlando
Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) for the Tuolumne River Basin, Central California, with application for streamflow predictability and flood forecasting.

Runoff from snowmelt and rainfall in the Tuolumne River basin plays a significant role in irrigation and domestic water supply for Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts, City of Modesto and the San Francisco Bay Area. This area experiences very different seasonal and decadal climate events which are known to affect the timing and volumes of runoff. Land-cover change alone, such as the Rim...

Contacts: Kathryn Koczot
Date published: October 24, 2018
Status: Active

Perchlorate Source Attribution Study in Zones 1-4 of the Stringfellow Superfund Site, Jurupa Valley, Riverside County, California

Between 1956 and 1972, the Stringfellow Hazardous Waste Site, Riverside County, Calif., discharged approximately 34 million gallons of industrial wastes to unlined surface impoundments located at the head of Pyrite Canyon. Contaminants from the site have been detected as far as 4 miles downgradient near the Santa Ana River. Perchlorate in excess of the California Maximum Contaminant Level of 6...