California Water Science Center

Data and Tools

Basic hydrologic data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and archiving are major parts of the California Water Science Center program. Streamflow data, for example, are used for flood and water-supply forecasts, planning and design, river regulation, streamflow statistics, and research investigations. Much of the data are available on a near-real-time basis by satellite telemetry.

Current California Streamflow Conditions

Current California Streamflow Conditions

Real-time streamflow data from automated equipment, representing the most current hydrologic conditions.

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California Groundwater Quality

California Groundwater Quality

This interactive webmap plots water-quality data from domestic and public-supply wells sampled by the USGS for the California GAMA Priority Basin Project, and allows users to download datasets.

Water Quality Data
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Date published: October 29, 2019

Diets of Striped bass and Sacramento pikeminnow at Ryer Island, Suisun Bay, California, 2018

This data set includes environmental and biological information on fishes collected using gill nets and otter trawls during day and night, as well as diet data for Striped bass and Sacramento pikeminnow obtained via gastric lavage. Sampling took place in and around Ryer Island, Suisun Bay, California during Winter and Spring of 2018.

Date published: October 25, 2019

Sediment Concentration and Velocity Data to Assess Trapping by Submerged Vegetation

The acoustic Doppler current meter (ADCP) used in this study outputs binary data files containing measurement scheme, location, time, velocity, backscatter, boat heading, depth, and other parameters. These data are provided here in the manufacturer's "classic ASCII" format, as described in READMEforADCP.txt file associated with this data release. We also collected water samples for suspended-...

Date published: October 4, 2019

Dissolved Noble Gas Concentrations and Modeled Recharge Temperatures for Groundwater from Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills Shallow Aquifer Assessment Study Units, 2015-2017: Results from the California GAMA Priority Basin Project

This data release documents 155 sets of dissolved noble gas analyses (neon, argon, krypton, xenon) and 153 modeled recharge temperatures for groundwater sampled from domestic water supply wells and springs throughout the northern Sierra Nevada foothills as part of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program in 2015...

Date published: September 26, 2019

Data for assessing the susceptibility of groundwater used for drinking water supply from selected principal aquifers of the Western United States, 2004-2018

Groundwater age distribution and susceptibility to natural and anthropogenic contaminants were assessed for selected principal aquifers of the Western United States: the Central Valley aquifer system (CVAL), the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers (BNRF), the Rio Grande aquifer system (RIOG), the High Plains aquifer (HPAQ), the Columbia Plateau basaltic-rock aquifers (CLPT), and the Colorado...

Date published: September 12, 2019

Surface Water Quality at Rodeo Lagoon on August 16th, 2016

Field data for a spatial water quality map, using Yellow Spring Instruments (YSI) EXO2 sondes over a span of 160 minutes in Rodeo Lagoon, CA, on August 16th, 2016. This data release includes all measured environmental parameters included in the analysis.

Date published: September 12, 2019

Indian Wells Valley, California, sub-watersheds for the Basin Characterization Model

This data Set includes: 1) A shapefile of the Indian Wells Valley sub watersheds containing 9 sub-watersheds, 2) Geology shapefile of all the watersheds 3) Vegetation shapefile of all the watersheds 4) Basin Characterization Model (BCM) model output of recharge values for all the watersheds from 3 model runs (CanESM2, CCSM4, and HadGEM2-CC)

Date published: August 21, 2019

Borehole Erosion Test data, Lower American and Sacramento Rivers, California, 2019 (ver. 2.0, November 2019)

Borehole erosion tests were performed to quantify sediment erosion rates as a function of depth below grade and flow speed at locations along the Sacramento and American Rivers in 2019. The dataset consists of: - borehole caliper files describing the initial geometry of the borehole, and its shape after each test flow event, - where available, a digital time series describing discharge into...

Date published: August 21, 2019

Borehole Erosion Test data, Lower American and Sacramento Rivers, California, 2019

Borehole erosion tests were performed to quantify sediment erosion rates as a function of depth below grade and flow speed at locations along the Sacramento and American Rivers in 2019. The dataset consists of: - borehole caliper files describing the initial geometry of the borehole, and its shape after each test flow event, - where available, a digital time series describing discharge into...

Date published: July 31, 2019

Terrestrial Laser Scanning Data from the Confluence of the South Yuba River and Humbug Creek, Nevada County, California, 2011-2013

High-resolution, terrestrial laser scanning, also known as ground-based lidar (light detection and ranging), was used to quantify the volume of mercury-contaminated sediment eroded from an outcrop of historical placer-mining debris at the confluence of the South Yuba River and Humbug Creek in the Sierra Nevada mountains, about 17 kilometers northeast of Grass Valley, California. The outcrop...

Date published: July 12, 2019

EEMs from Different Source Material

Four excitation-emission matrices showing fluorescence from different sources of dissolved organic matter common to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (California, USA).

Date published: June 11, 2019

Attributed California Water Supply Well Completion Report Data for Selected Areas, Derived from CA WCR OSCWR Data

This Well Completion Report geospatial dataset represents an index to a subset of records available from the California Department of Water Resources' (DWR) Online System for Well Completion Reports (OSWCR). This release contains water supply well records from Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Sutter, and Yuba counties. The USGS California Water...

Date published: May 16, 2019

USGS Installed Wells - San Diego County, CA

Summary tables of data for USGS installed wells in San Diego County, CA.  Included are links to data sets, including well construction, geophysical logs, lithologic logs, groundwater levels, water quality, and streamgages.