Accessing Data on Fracking using GeoTracker GAMA

The State Water Board’s Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program has added data from hydraulically fractured oil and gas production wells (DOGGR) and from US Geological Survey National Water Information System (USGS NWIS) to the publicly-accessible GeoTracker GAMA groundwater information system.

The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has shared their available hydraulic fracturing production well information with us.  The data are co-located on a Google maps interface with available groundwater information from over 200,000 water wells.   To access this information, select the check box as shown in the graphic to the right.

When available, the system has also integrated data from FracFocus.  FracFocus is the website created to provide public access to reported chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing and other pertinent information.

Groundwater quality data in California provided by the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) is now available on GeoTracker GAMA.  Select “USGS-NWIS” in the dataset box for the ability to query all wells sampled or query for a specific chemical.  Data is displayed on the Google Maps interface or can be exported to Excel.  All native data for any groundwater well in the NWIS system is also available for export.

The primary objectives of the GAMA Program are to improve comprehensive groundwater quality monitoring and to increase public availability of groundwater quality information.  GAMA compiles program analyses with existing groundwater quality data from several sources into the publicly-accessible GeoTracker GAMAgroundwater information system.