California Water Science Center


In this section you will find California Water Science Center news and events. If you are with a media outlet and are requesting information please contact:  Laurel Rogers, Science Communications Chief, at 619-225-6104.

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Date published: October 15, 2019

The Ups and Downs of Groundwater Levels after the July 2019 Ridgecrest, CA Earthquakes

Effects from the two July 2019 Ridgecrest, CA earthquakes were observed in several USGS continuous groundwater-level monitoring sites in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Date published: September 23, 2019

USGS Science at Work in the San Francisco Bay Estuary

In an article written for the Interagency Ecological Program for the San Francisco Estuary, Dr. Paul Work and Dr. Maureen Downing-Kunz, of the California Water Science Center, provide examples of the work being done to measure water flow and quality in the San Francisco Estuary.

Below is the article in its entirety.

Date published: September 10, 2019

The CAWSC is Hiring a Hydrologic Field Assistant!


Do you get excited about working outdoors? Do you enjoy creative problem solving? Would you like to work part to full time in a challenging position that could lead to incredible career opportunities?

Date published: August 2, 2019

California Water Science Center Scientists Will Discuss Their Research on Drinking Water Sources at the 2019 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona

The annual meeting of the Geological Society of America supports the geological community in the scientific discovery, communication, and application of geoscience knowledge. This year’s meeting will feature 28 short courses and workshops, 6 Pardee Symposia, and 201 topical sessions and symposia, as well as other networking and learning opportunities.  

Date published: June 6, 2019

Comparing Restored vs. Historic Salt Marshes

California Water Science Center Research Hydrologist Dr. Judith Drexler and others have published an article in the journal Restoration Ecology, observing the progress of a restored salt marsh in southern Puget Sound, Washington.

Date published: May 17, 2019

California Water Science Center Scientists Present at 2019 Federal Interagency Conference

California Water Science Center (CAWSC) hydrologists Joseph Hevesi, Scott Wright, Alexandra Etheridge, Mathieu Marineau, and Michelle Stern will discuss their research at the 2019 Federal Interagency Sedimentation and Hydrologic Modeling (SEDHYD) Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Date published: May 2, 2019

California Water Science Center Hydrologist Receives Award for Intervention Training

California Water Science Center Hydrologist, Alexandra (Alex) Etheridge will receive an excellence in leadership award at this year’s USGS Honor Awards Ceremony, to be held on May 7, 2019...

Date published: April 22, 2019

USGS Participates in Earth Day Festivities on Alcatraz Island

On April 20th, the USGS California Water Science Center (CAWSC) participated in annual Earth Day festivities on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. Involvement in the event included science presentations on the island, demonstrating the ongoing research of the USGS Estuarine Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport team based in Sacramento.

Date published: March 15, 2019

Scientists Present Bay-Delta Research at 2019 Interagency Ecological Program Workshop

Earlier this month, over 40 scientists from the California Water Science Center attended the 2019 Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) Workshop in Folsom, California. 

Date published: January 14, 2019

Effects of Water Treatment on Neonicotinoids (insecticides) and drinking water quality: Study results published

This month California Water Science Center Scientist Dr. Michelle Hladik and others published an article on water treatment processes and their effects on neonicotinoid pesticides and the potential health threats they pose.

Date published: November 20, 2018

Low-flying Helicopter in Southern San Joaquin Valley Surveying Groundwater and Geology

A low-flying helicopter under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board, has begun collecting and recording geophysical measurements for purpose of groundwater salinity and aquifer mapping.

Date published: October 2, 2018

USGS Hydrologist Interviewed about Fire Effects on Water Quality, and on Debris Flow

As part of an article on the effects of wildfires on the health of infants, Santa Rosa Press Democrat reporter, Guy Kovner, interviewed Scott Wright, USGS research hydrologist, about water quality degradation, runoff, and debris flow issues related to wildfire.