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Ground-water conditions and potential for artificial recharge in Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino County, California

Water-Resources Investigations Report 78-118

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Abstract

The water level in two areas of Lucerne Valley in California has declined more than 100 feet since 1917, including 60 feet from 1954 to 1976. These declines are the result of pumping for the irrigation of alfalfa. The lowering of water levels has caused many shallow domestic wells to go dry. Well yields in the valley generally are between 10 and 1,000 gallons per minute. About 240 ,000 acre-feet of ground water was withdrawn between 1950 and 1976. About 1,750,000 acre-feet remains in storage. Water of poor quality underlies the valley around Lucerne Lake. There was no definable movement of this water from 1954 to 1976, but the possibility exists for future movement toward centers of pumping. Lucerne Valley may be hydrologically suitable for artificial-recharge operations. (Woodard-USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Ground-water conditions and potential for artificial recharge in Lucerne Valley, San Bernardino County, California
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
78-118
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1979
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division,
Description:
iv, 37 p. :ill., maps ;27 cm.