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.

California Water Dashboard

California Water Dashboard

View California's real-time stream, lake, reservoir, precipitation, water quality, and groundwater stations in context with current weather and hazard 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: April 27, 2021

From Snow to Flow

A majority of the water in the western U.S. comes from snowmelt, but changes in the timing, magnitude, and duration of snowmelt can alter water availability downstream. This data visualization story explores what changing snowmelt means for water in the West, and how new USGS efforts can advance snow science by modeling snowpack and snowmelt dynamics and linking these results to streamflow....

Date published: April 22, 2021

Airborne thermal infrared imagery and longitudinal stream temperature profiles, Hat Creek, California, August 2018

This dataset includes georeferenced high-resolution, airborne thermal infrared (TIR) imagery, a polyline shapefile of the channel centerline, and a tabular file with longitudinal stream temperature profiles for Hat Creek, a tributary to the Pit River located in northeastern California.

Date published: April 21, 2021

Hydrologic data in Hinkley and Water Valleys, San Bernardino County, California, 2015-2018

Data were collected to help define hydrologic controls on groundwater movement as part of a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study on background concentrations of hexavalent chromium in groundwater aquifers near Hinkley, California. Most data associated with the background study are available through the National Water Information System (NWIS) website, and GeoLog Locator.

Date published: April 20, 2021

Petaluma Model GIS Data

This data release contains 3 land use shapefiles (years 1959, 1979, and 1986) and 1 model grid shapefile for the Petaluma River Watershed in California.

Date published: April 13, 2021

Water Quality Samples for USGS 11092450 LOS ANGELES R A SEPULVEDA DAM CA

Water-quality data collected for various parameters at USGS monitoring site 11092450 (Los Angeles River at Sepulveda Dam).

Date published: April 12, 2021

Basin Characterization Model (BCMv8) monthly recharge and runoff for the Anza-Cahuilla Groundwater Basin, California

This dataset provides monthly and average annual long-term estimates (water years 1981-2010) of gridded recharge and runoff from water years 1896-2018 for the Anza-Cahuilla Groundwater Basin in southern California. Gridded data are available in flat ASCII files (*.asc) in the NAD83 California Teale Albers projection.

Date published: April 6, 2021

Data sets for: Sampling for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) by the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP)

The U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment-Priority Basin Project (USGS GAMA-PBP) collected samples to be analyzed for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from domestic and public supply wells from May 2019 to September 2020.

Date published: April 5, 2021

Historical groundwater and produced water chemistry data compiled for the San Ardo Oil Field and vicinity, Monterey County, central California

This digital dataset includes 255 samples from 41 groundwater wells and 271 samples of produced water from 143 sites (including 101 wells) located within 3 miles of the San Ardo Oil Field in Monterey County, central California. Historical geochemistry data were compiled from multiple data sources for selected water-quality indicators, major and minor ions, nutrients, and trace elements.

Date published: March 22, 2021

Pesticide detections in streams throughout the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range using passive samplers from 2017 to 2019

This dataset was produced from analyzing Affinisep SDB-RPS, Affinisep HLB, and Restek Resprep C18 disks that were deployed with the use of Chemcatcher� passive sampling devices. Silicone bands were also deployed and used for exploring economical methods of sampling for pesticides in surface water.

Date published: March 9, 2021

Mud logs from the Oxnard Oil Field, Ventura County, California

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) compiled and digitized mud logs from oil and gas wells in the Oxnard Oil Field area.

Date published: March 9, 2021

Fluid levels in the Oxnard Oil Field, Ventura County, California

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), compiled Fall 2017 fluid level elevation data from idle oil and gas wells in the Oxnard Oil Field to estimate vertical hydraulic head difference between oil production and overlying groundwater aquifer zones.