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Hydrogeophysical investigations of earthen dams – Two California case studies

October 1, 2017

Excessive groundwater seepage can be a common engineering concern with earthen dams. The application of geophysical methods, whether for characterization or for long-term monitoring, to help inform mitigation strategies is becoming a more common addition to these investigations. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has completed geophysical investigations at several earthen dams in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to help characterize subsurface hydrogeologic conditions and to identify potential sources of seepage. Summaries of the investigations of Martis Creek Dam and Hidden Dam, both located in California, are presented.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Hydrogeophysical investigations of earthen dams – Two California case studies
DOI
Authors Bethany L. Burton, Paul A. Bedrosian, Burke J. Minsley, Scott Ikard, Michael H. Powers
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists Recorder
Series Number
Index ID 70199826
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Science Center