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:  Sally House, Science Communications, at (916) 698-0270.

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Date published: October 19, 2017

Wildfires, Water, and CAWSC Science

California's landscape is prone to drought and warmer climates. The recent drought lasted five years (2011 – early 2017), bringing with it many environmental issues including the increased prevalence, severity, and duration of wildfires. While there used to be a distinct "wildfire season" in California, the threat of wildfire is no longer restricted to a single season.

Date published: August 23, 2017

Water Science in the Lake Tahoe Basin

Lake Tahoe currently attracts almost 3 million visitors a year. After the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, it became a major tourist attraction, which resulted in increased development and an influx of motorized watercraft to the lake. Damage to the lake became noticeable with a reduction in lake clarity. This catalyzed a movement to use science and regional planning to reduce human...

Date published: July 31, 2017

Harvesting Earthquake Fault Slip f­rom Laser Images of Napa's Vineyards

A new U.S. Geological Survey-led study suggests that earthquake-related deformation just below the Earth's surface can be quite different from how it is expressed at the surface.

Date published: July 20, 2017

Electromagnetic Surveys in the Sky and on Land Give a View of What’s Below Earth’s Surface

Electromagnectic surveying is helping the California Water Science Center to study geology and groundwater throught California.

Date published: June 12, 2017

Mercury's Lasting Legacy: Measuring Contamination in Cache Creek

USGS scientists collect samples to test for a range of water-quality constituents, especially mercury levels, in the Cache Creek Settling Basin.

Date published: May 4, 2017

American Wetlands Month

May marks the annual observance of American Wetlands Month, a month dedicated to celebrating one of nature’s most productive ecosystems.

Date published: April 6, 2017

Earthquake Early Warning: Vital for City Transit

Although no one can reliably predict earthquakes, today’s technology is advanced enough to rapidly detect seismic waves as an earthquake begins, calculate the maximum expected shaking, and send alerts to surrounding areas before damage can occur. This technology is known as “earthquake early warning” (EEW).

Date published: March 16, 2017

Extensometer Hunters: Searching for Long-Lost Technologies in San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the U.S. Geological Survey. Its weeklong mission: to explore strange new locations, to seek out abandoned scientific technologies, to boldly go where no scientist has gone before (at least in a few decades).

Date published: March 13, 2017

Water managers explore new strategies to protect fish in California’s Bay Delta

The water in the Delta arrives primarily from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, supplying water for more than 22 million people. This water source supports California’s trillion-dollar economy—the sixth largest in the world—and its $27 billion agricultural industry.

Date published: March 6, 2017

National Groundwater Awareness Week: Sustainable Groundwater Management in California

The National Groundwater Association has declared this week, March 5-11, as National Groundwater Awareness Week.

Date published: January 27, 2017

Winter Weather in California Keeps CAWSC Field Crews Busy

For many Californians a wet and snowy winter means keeping dry inside and avoiding dangerous roads. For field crews at the U.S. Geological Survey California Water Science Center (CAWSC), however, wet weather means piling on safety gear and chasing storms to make real-time high-flow and flood measurements at swollen rivers, creeks, and waterways throughout the state.

Date published: January 10, 2017

Reporters: Accompany a USGS field crew as they monitor stream flow and flooding

The U.S. Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center is hosting a media event Wednesday, Jan. 11 at a USGS streamgage location about 7 miles north of Santa Cruz, California. A hydrologist will be available for interviews as field crews collect streamflow data.