Santa Paula Creek Hydrology & Floodplain Research

Client: Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG)

In February 2015, CFROG filed an appeal with the County of Ventura for a project consisting of 19 new oil wells on existing well pads adjacent to the Santa Paula Creek in Ventura County. CFROG contracted with Blue Tomorrow to assess the potential for environmental impacts from these wells, and to better understand the potential environmental risks from the project. Blue Tomorrow helped CFROG determine that a supplemental EIR should be required to update the 30 year old environmental review that was being used for the project.

Blue Tomorrow partnered with Newton Geo-Hydrology and surveyed cross-sections of the Santa Paula Creek to measure the setback of wells on one of the well pads from the creek. The project included estimating discharge at an un-gaged site and modelling the hydraulics in the creek using the Hydrologic Engineering Centers River Analysis System (HEC-RAS). The project documented that the drainage pipe from the well pad discharges directly into the stream channel. Alex Dragos and Dr. Newton presented on behalf of CFROG at a Ventura County Board of Supervisors appeal hearing on October 20, 2015, and provided information on how the risk of pollution in stormwater runoff will increase with the addition of the proposed wells and could impact the endangered Southern California Steelhead.

Project Documents:

Final Report

Presentation

An oil well located on Drill Site 7 adjacent to the reach of the Santa Paula Creek investigated for the project.

An oil well located on Drill Site 7 adjacent to the reach of the Santa Paula Creek investigated for the project.