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Cuyama Valley:
Water Availability Study

Geohydrologic Framework

Photo of a water supply well, Cuyama Valley (2009).

The Cuyama groundwater basin's geologic structure is composed of sub-basins and groundwater does not move freely between these different formations, or between different geologic regions within the Cuyama Valley. Because of the differences in geology, hydrology and water quality, there are unique conditions and issues for each subbasin, in addition to a need for a whole-basin understanding of the system.

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Water Quality

Photo of a hydrologist measuring groundwater levels in Cuyama Valley, CA.

Water-quality and water-level monitoring data-collection networks were established in the Cuyama Valley study area. This network uses both existing wells and new multiple-well groundwater monitoring sites.

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Geomechanics

Persistent scatterer InSAR interferogram images for Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County, California, from May 13, 2004, to August 26, 2004

Is the Cuyama groundwater basin subsiding? Explore how USGS scientists used continuously operating global positioning system (GPS) and interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data to answer this question.

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