Expanding California’s Water Resources with Deep Groundwater

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This brief is based on new research from Mary Kang and Robert Jackson that attempts to address the gaps in knowledge of deep groundwater sources. Their work characterizes deep groundwater salinities, expands groundwater volume estimates to include deeper and more saline waters and estimates the potential for groundwater contamination by human activities. The researchers analyzed 938 chemical, geological and depth data points from 360 oil and gas fields across eight counties in California — Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, Fresno, Solano, Yolo and Colusa — and depth data from 34,392 oil and gas wells.


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Date created June 28, 2016


Author Jackson, Robert B.
Author Kang, Mary
Sponsor Stanford University. Woods Institute for the Environment.


Subject Sustainable groundwater
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Related Publication Jackson, Robert B and Kang, Mary. “Salinity of deep groundwater in California: Water quantity, quality, and protection,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, June 2016. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1600400113
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Jackson, Robert B and Kang, Mary. (2016). Expanding California’s Water Resources with Deep Groundwater. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: http://purl.stanford.edu/jt042bw7140


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