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Date published: July 16, 2021

CAWSC Biogeochemistry Group Expands its Monitoring of Water Quality in the Delta

The USGS California Water Science Center’s Biogeochemistry Group continues to address surface water quality issues and food web dynamics throughout California, particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay.

May 10, 2021

California Waters - Spring 2021 - Vol. I | Issue II


Welcome to the USGS California Water Science Center newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep its readers updated with current research projects, the latest publications, and other work the center is doing.

Eric Reichard, Director of the California Water Science Center

This newsletter is also available on the web.

Date published: April 28, 2021

USGS Participates in 2021 Orange County Youth Environmental Summit

From April 19th through the 23rd, 2021, the USGS California Water Science Center (CAWSC) participated in the first virtual Orange County Youth Environmental Summit (YES). The award-winning program, formerly known as the Children's Water Education Festival, offers 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders opportunities for learning and engagement.


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Identification of bacteria in groundwater used for domestic supply in the southeast San Joaquin Valley, California, 2014

Groundwater is an important source of drinking water in California. Water-borne diseases caused by microbial contamination are a growing concern. The MI test, a membrane filtration method for the chromogenic/fluorogenic detection of total coliforms and Escherichia coli, was used for samples collected January to April 2014 from 42 domestic wells in...

Burton, Carmen A.; Lawrence, Christine J.
Burton, C.A., and Lawrence, C.J., 2021, Identification of bacteria in groundwater used for domestic supply in the southeast San Joaquin Valley, California, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021-5030, 20 p.,

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Is there an urban pesticide signature? Urban streams in five U.S. regions share common dissolved-phase pesticides but differ in predicted aquatic toxicity

Pesticides occur in urban streams globally, but the relation of occurrence to urbanization can be obscured by regional differences. In studies of five regions of the United States, we investigated the effect of region and urbanization on the occurrence and potential toxicity of dissolved pesticide mixtures. We analyzed 225 pesticide compounds in...

Nowell, Lisa H.; Moran, Patrick W.; Bexfield, Laura M.; Mahler, Barbara; Van Metre, Peter C.; Bradley, Paul; Schmidt, Travis S.; Button, Daniel T.; Qi, Sharon L.

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Effects of tidally varying river flow on entrainment of juvenile salmon into Sutter and Steamboat Sloughs

Survival of juvenile salmonids in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta (Delta) varies by migration route, and thus the proportion of fish that use each route affects overall survival through the Delta. Understanding factors that drive routing at channel junctions along the Sacramento River is therefore critical to devising management strategies that...

Romine, Jason G.; Perry, Russell; Stumpner, Paul; Blake, Aaron R.; Burau, Jon R.