This project will investigate the perennial Line Canyon base flow to determine if it is a result of oil field water flooding operations. Line Canyon is a small watershed with intense oil field development and is found on the northern Ventura County coast in California. There is a perennial flow from this canyon, despite a lack of groundwater storage capacity. There are two major faults that transect the watersheds, and hundreds of millions of gallons of produced water are extracted and injected into the oil field each year, indicating that produced water could be the source of the base flow.
Line Canyon Base Flow Investigation
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2018
Water Resources/Watershed Protection