The draft final report on the Hydrogeological Conceptual Model (HCM) of the Indian Wells Valley groundwater basin will be presented Wednesday, March 20, at 10 a.m., in City Council Chambers located at 100 W. California Avenue. The HCM, developed as part of a brackish groundwater study, represents the largest aggregation of digital geological and water quality data that has been assembled to date. Data incorporated into the HCM includes 1,050 wells with lithology, 61 geophysical logs, groundwater level monitoring measurements collected by Kern County Water Agency at 111 wells at 338 screens, 2,006 total dissolved solids sample analyses from 563 wells, most recent data used in 391 wells, 11 seismic lines covering approximately 150 miles, five Stanford University pilot test locations using surface time domain electromagnetics, surface and downhole magnetic resonance, and 500 linear miles of SkyTEM data collected via helicopter aerial geophysical survey in November 2017.
The HCM is being freely shared with the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority through the Water Resources Manager (Stetson Engineers), the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) as well as the U.S. Navy and Desert Research Institute (DRI).
For those who are not able to attend, the presentation will be streamed live on YouTube as well as recorded and available for viewing on the City’s website, https://ridgecrest-ca.gov.