The Department of Water Resources' Project Geology Section plans to drill and install a groundwater monitoring well within the San Joaquin Field Division in the city of Lost Hills in Kern County, California. Project Geology would drill to a depth of about 800 feet using a truck mounted mud rotary drill. The staging area for equipment and materials will be located near the drilling activity location. Depending on the geology encountered while drilling, 24-hour drilling shifts may be required. If night shifts are required, two trailer mounted light towers will be used to increase visibility.
Once completed, the monitoring well will help inform how subsidence is affecting the California Aqueduct and will assist in groundwater management, subsidence mitigation, and in maintaining the infrastructure of the State Water Project.