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Yucaipa valley integrated hydrological model

February 10, 2022


The hydrologic system in the Yucaipa Valley watershed (YVW) was simulated using the coupled Groundwater and Surface-water FLOW model (GSFLOW; Markstrom and others, 2008). This study uses version 2.0 of GSFLOW, which is a combination of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS; Markstrom and others, 2015), and the Newton-Raphson formulation of the Modular Groundwater-Flow Model (MODFLOW-NWT; hereafter referred to as MODFLOW; Harbaugh, 2005; Niswonger and others, 2011).

GSFLOW partitions the hydrologic system into three regions (fig. B1) that are linked by the exchange of unsaturated and saturated groundwater and surface water. The properties and processes within each region influence the flow of both groundwater and surface water into, out of, and within each region. The PRMS component of GSFLOW simulates Region 1, and the MODFLOW component simulates Regions 2 and 3. In the YVW, GSFLOW was applied as the simulation code and is referred to herein as the Yucaipa Integrated Hydrologic Model (YIHM; Alzraiee and others, 2022). In the YIHM, Region 1 includes the plant canopy, snowpack, and the soil zone; Region 2 includes the stream network; and Region 3 includes the subsurface beneath Regions 1 and 2 and consists of both the saturated and unsaturated zones. Soil-moisture conditions and head relations control the flow of both groundwater and surface water between regions. The maximum lateral extents of Regions 1 and 3 were defined using the surface-water drainage divides described in the “Description of Study Area” section of chapter A of this report. The boundaries for Region 2 are the lowest elevation of the streambeds, the stream channel widths, and the horizontal extent of the stream channels in the YVW. Flow across the unsaturated part of Region 3 is assumed to be vertical and does not cross the lateral boundary.

To simulate hydrologic processes occurring within the YVW using GSFLOW, a model domain was defined to match the surface watershed such that the domain includes each surficial hydrologic unit coinciding (at least partially) with the Yucaipa groundwater subbasin (hereafter referred to as “Yucaipa subbasin”) as defined in California Bulletin 118 (California Department of Water Resources, 2016). The resulting simulated domain (fig. B2) includes the Yucaipa subbasin and intersects partially with parts of the San Bernardino and San Timoteo groundwater subbasins (fig. B2). The area of the active model domain in YIHM is about 121 square miles (mi2). The developed YIHM can be used to improve understanding of the hydrologic processes in YVW and to simulate future management scenarios with different climatic and anthropogenic changes.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Yucaipa valley integrated hydrological model
DOI 10.3133/sir20215118B
Authors Ayman H. Alzraiee, John A. Engott, Geoffrey Cromwell, Linda R. Woolfenden
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Scientific Investigations Report
Series Number 2021-5118
Index ID sir20215118B
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization California Water Science Center