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San Diego State University Students Tour San Diego Water Research Drill Site

Released: 11/9/2011

USGS Hydrological Technician, Adam Kjos, discusses water research with SDSU Geology students

USGS Hydrological Technician, Adam Kjos, discusses water research well with SDSU Geology students.

A group of San Diego State University Geology students walked in hydrologist’s shoes as they toured a research well drill site, part of the first comprehensive groundwater study being conducted in the San Diego area in cooperation with the City of San Diego.

The event took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 near the intersection of Home and Federal in San Diego. The SDSU students heard an in-depth presentation by USGS Hydrologist and San Diego Hydrogeology Project Chief, Wes Danskin. He discussed the research drilling process, and how hydrologists use the information gathered to help communities create a more secure water supply. Danskin also discussed the importance a strong geologic educational background to understand aquifer systems and hydrologic processes. Afterwards, USGS Hydrological Technician and Site Supervisor, Anthony Brown, went through the procedures of a typical day at a research drill site, followed by a tour of the equipment and site by USGS Hydrological Technician Adam Kjos.

Multiple depth well diagram

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Multiple depth well diagram

The hydrologic crew began drilling on October 20th. They expect to reach bedrock at 1,500 feet. The well site will be a permanent installation and will provide data about water movement, quantity, and quality for decades. This drill site will house a set of multiple-depth monitoring wells, one of several across four coastal river basins in the San Diego area. Multiple-depth monitoring wells provide critically important data to aid in understanding complex hydrogeology. The partnership between education and USGS is mutually beneficial and essential to develop future scientists who will carry on this important work.

Another group of San Diego State University students will tour site on November 10th, 2011 from 11:45am to 12:30p.


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