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: 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.


Date published: January 8, 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 Monday, Jan. 9 at a USGS streamgage location below Friant Dam, a streamflow site with significance to the San Juan River Restoration Project.

Date published: October 27, 2016

California Flood Preparedness Week

This week is California Flood Preparedness week, and local, state, and federal agencies are reminding Californians to be aware and be prepared for potential potential flooding hazards as we enter the rainy season.

Date published: October 17, 2016

Scientists Assess 100 years of Los Angeles Groundwater Replenishment

A new study offers the most sophisticated analyses to date on how Los Angeles-area groundwater supplies are replenished. The analyses provide water managers with a clearer understanding of the sources and amount of available groundwater in the region – information that is important for planning and management of the vital resource.

Date published: September 30, 2016

USGS Science Goes Overseas

Randall (Randy) Hanson, a long-time Research Hydrologist with the California Water Science Center, delivered a keynote speech today at an international science workshop in Paris, France. Hanson discussed how water managers can apply the USGS-developed groundwater-flow model, MODFLOW-OWHM, to better...