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Fact Sheet 2014–3075

Cuyama Valley, California Hydrologic Study: An Assessment of Water Availability

By Randall T. Hanson and Donald Sweetkind

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Water resources are under pressure throughout California, particularly in agriculturally dominated valleys. Since 1949, the Cuyama Valley’s irrigated acreage has increased from 13 to 35 percent of the valley. Increased agriculture has contributed to the demand for water beyond natural recharge. The tools and information developed for this study can be used to help understand the Cuyama Valley aquifer system, an important resource of Santa Barbara County.

First posted August 14, 2014

Revised May 29, 2015

For additional information, contact:
Director, California Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
6000 J Street, Placer Hall
Sacramento, CA 95819

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Suggested citation:

Hanson, Randall T., and Sweetkind, Donald, 2014, Cuyama Valley, California hydrologic study—An assessment of water availability: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014-3075, 4 p.,

ISSN 2327-6932 (online)


Cuyama Valley Hydrologic Model

3-D Geologic Framework and Texture Model

Temporal and Geospatial Database

Results of Study


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