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Groundwater and Geology to be Surveyed Using Low-flying Helicopter in Southern San Joaquin Valley

What: A low-flying helicopter under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board, will begin collecting and recording geophysical measurements for scientific research purposes.

Where: Southern San Joaquin Valley, California with focused efforts near the towns of Lost Hills, Buttonwillow and Cawelo. Additional surveying will occur along the San Andreas fault near Parkfield.

When: Starting on or about September 30, 2016, and lasting one to two weeks.

Residents of these areas should expect to see a low-flying helicopter towing a large wire-loop hanging from a cable in the southern San Joaquin Valley and a part of the San Andreas fault near Parkfield, California during the next couple of weeks.

The work is expected to start September 30 and will last about 1 or 2 weeks with a low-flying helicopter collecting and recording geophysical measurements for scientific research purposes.

The SkyTEM helicopter-borne geophysical system will collect measurements in the southern San Joaquin Valley, with focused efforts near the towns of Lost Hills, Buttonwillow, and Cawelo, California. Additional surveying will also occur along the San Andreas fault system near Parkfield. These surveys entail flying relatively low to the ground (hundreds of feet above the surface) in a uniform pattern to measure electrical properties of the earth. Data collected during this survey will assist USGS scientists in mapping groundwater salinity, aquifer properties and faults.

SkyTEM ApS, a specialty airborne geophysical company, will conduct the geophysical survey. Experienced pilots, who are specially trained for low-level flying required for geophysical surveys, will be operating the helicopter. The company works with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure flights are in accordance with U.S. law.

More information about this project can be found here:
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/ water_issues/programs/groundwater/sb4/regional_monitoring/in dex.shtml

Water 101 – links to presentations

Here is a link to the presentation by Jason Gianquinto at the WAKC Water 101 discussion on June 15. This provides information about California’s water supply, how Kern County gets water, how much we get and where it goes.


The WAKC is happy to assist media in covering water issues/drought in California. If you have questions, need to know who to talk to, how to reach someone or assistance in locating the proper agency/district/organization for a story, please call Beth Pandol at 661-302-8171 or email bpandol@wakc.com. Water is a very complicated subject and we are happy to assist you in finding the right sources for your stories.

If you are looking for phone numbers and contacts at local water districts and water organizations click here for WAKC’s “Who’s Who” in Kern County water.

Everyone can participate in water conservation

If you live in Kern County, your water supply is critical to your everyday life. Whether you work at an auto shop, a retail store, a school or a farm, having an adequate water supply is important for your job and your lifestyle. Since Kern County receives just about seven inches of rain a year, it’s important that we maintain our water supply from the northern parts of California, plus conserve what we have here.

Learn more about how you can conserve water and save this precious resource. Remember – Every Drop Counts in Kern!

Water conservation for kids.

WATER SAVING TIP: Do you like the water you drink to be cold? Rather than running the kitchen faucet for several minutes to get cold water, keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator

Thank you to our sponsors for the “Every Drop Counts in Kern” campaign
East Niles Community Services District
ID-4 of the Kern County Water Agency
Oildale Mutual Water Co.

Water Conservation for Kids – Fun Activities!

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