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Water Research Projects

Over 100 research projects addressing California's key water issues including: long-term water supply and availability, water quality, droughts and floods, climate change, aquatic ecology, the Delta, management of watersheds and groundwater.

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Date published: June 17, 2020

Study to Commence on the Effects of Wildfires and Fire Retardants in California Watersheds

California Water Science Center Research Chemist Dr. Charles Alpers will commence a study on assessing the effects of wildfire and fire retardants on nutrient transport in California watersheds.

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Date published: April 22, 2020

Modeling Water Supply and Demand in the Transboundary Rio Grande to Support Long Term Management Strategies

Changes in population, agricultural practices, and climate are increasing demands on available water resources, particularly groundwater, in the southwest.


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Year Published: 2020

A summary of water-quality monitoring in San Francisco Bay in water year 2017

This report summarizes the activities of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) San Francisco Bay Water-Quality Monitoring and Sediment Transport Project during water year 2017, including an explanation of methods employed, stations operated, and a graphical summary of data for the period of record for stations operational in water year 2017. In...

Livsey, Daniel N.; Downing-Kunz, Maureen A.
Livsey, D., and Downing-Kunz, M., 2020, A summary of water-quality monitoring in San Francisco Bay in water year 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5064, 78 p.,

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Year Published: 2020

Regional patterns in hydrologic response, a new three-component metric for hydrograph analysis and implications for ecohydrology, Northwest Volcanic Aquifer Study Area, USA

Study RegionOregon, California, Idaho, Nevada and UtahStudy FocusSpatial patterns of hydrologic response were examined for the Northwest Volcanic Aquifer Study Area (NVASA). The utility of established hydrograph-separation methods for assessing hydrologic response in permeable volcanic terranes was assessed and a new three-component metric for...

Curtis, Jennifer A.; Burns, Erick; Sando, Roy

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Precipitation runoff modeling system (PRMS) as part of an integrated hydrologic model for the Osage Nation, northeastern Oklahoma, 1915–2014

Executive SummaryThe Osage Nation lacks a comprehensive tribal water plan to describe the quality and quantity of water resources in the Osage Nation, a 2,304-square-mile (mi2) area of rolling pastures, tallgrass prairie, and mixed woodlands in northeastern Oklahoma. A tribal water plan can be used to help manage the sustainable development of...

Hevesi, Joseph A.; Hanson, Randall T.; Masoner, Jason R.
Hevesi, J.A., Hanson, R.T., and Masoner, J.R., 2019, Precipitation runoff modeling system (PRMS) as part of an integrated hydrologic model for the Osage Nation, northeastern Oklahoma, 1915–2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5030, 142 p.,