A special section of BSSA dedicated to induced seismicity and analysis of InSAR data from an induced seismic sequence in China
Thesis Title: Evaluating Future Groundwater Sustainability in Kern County, California under SGMA Regulations Using MODFLOW
California’s Central Valley is a large sediment-filled valley that trends northwest to southeast, surrounded by the Coast Ranges to the west and the Sierra Nevada to the east (Faunt et al., 2009). These two mountain ranges contribute alluvial deposits to the valley’s aquifer system. Droughts and groundwater overdrafts in California prompted government intervention at the state level, resulting in the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). In compliance with SGMA, local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) were prompted to outline their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) with the goal of maintaining or achieving sustainable groundwater levels by 2040.
Kern County is one of 21 critically overdrafted basins, where groundwater pumping has become unsustainable. Agriculture in Kern County is significantly dependent on groundwater extraction. In order to discern whether a GSA’s sustainability plan can be realistically achieved within 20 years, a simplified hypothetical groundwater model was developed using the ModelMuse and MODFLOW hydrologic modeling software. This model’s domain encompassed two GSAs: the Buena Vista Water Storage District and the Semitropic Water Storage District. Pumping wells were placed in the Buena Vista GSA to pump groundwater at different rates over different time frames to determine if long-term pumping rates are sustainable.
Three new members will join the Weingarten Lab @ SDSU in Fall 2019: Ruei-Jiun Hung, Ryne Adams and Ariella Goldstein.
Ryne Adams will join the Masters of Science in Geology program @ SDSU. Ryne received his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of San Francisco in 2019.
Ruei-Jiun Hung will join the Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Geophysics. Ruei-Jiun received his M.S. in Geophysics from National Central University in Taiwan (2017) and a B.S. in Earth Science from National Central University (2015).
Ariella Goldstein will join after completing her first year of courses in the MS program @ SDSU. Ariella received her B.S. in Geology from San Diego State University (2018).
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