Selected techniques for monitoring water movement through unsaturated alluvium during managed aquifer recharge

Open-File Report 2016-1180
Prepared in cooperation with the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency
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Abstract

Managed aquifer recharge is used to augment natural recharge to aquifers. It can be used to replenish aquifers depleted by pumping or to store water during wetter years for withdrawal during drier years. Infiltration from ponds is a commonly used, inexpensive approach for managed aquifer recharge.

At some managed aquifer-recharge sites, the time when infiltrated water arrives at the water table is not always clearly shown by water-level data. As part of site characterization and operation, it can be desirable to track downward movement of infiltrated water through the unsaturated zone to identify when it arrives at the water table.

Suggested Citation

Nawikas, J.M, O’Leary, D.R., Izbicki, J.A., and Burgess, M.K., 2016, Selected techniques for monitoring water movement through unsaturated alluvium during managed aquifer recharge: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–5105, 8 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161180.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • The Water Supply Stabilization–Project-2 Site
  • Instrumented Boreholes
  • Sequential Electromagnetic Logging
  • Borehole Direct-Current Resistivity
  • Distributed Temperature Sensing
  • Conclusions
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Selected techniques for monitoring water movement through unsaturated alluvium during managed aquifer recharge
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1180
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161180
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center
Description 8 p.
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Antelope Valley
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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