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: 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...

Date published: September 9, 2016

A Day in the Life: Groundwater Sampling in Jurupa Valley

The buzzing of an alarm clock marks the start of another day in the field for California Water Science Center scientists Mike Wright, David Dillon, and Josh Johnson. The scientists rub the sleep out of their eyes, wolf down breakfast from the motel lobby, and hit the road. By 7 a.m., the temperature is already approaching 80 degrees and climbing in Jurupa Valley – and it's only April.

Date published: September 2, 2016

Research Opportunities at Federal Agencies on the Sacramento State Campus

The first presentation in the Geology-Ecology-Environmental Science Colloquium Series for Fall 2016 will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 4:30pm in Mondocino 1015 on the Sacramento State campus.

Date published: August 31, 2016

Back to School: USGS Hydrologist Talks Water Science with Local 5th Graders

Facing a room full of 5th graders is no easy task, made even harder by the difficult job of attempting to explain the water cycle, aquifer systems, and groundwater in an age-appropriate, engaging, informative way. That was the mission David Dillon, California Water Science Center Hydrologist, attempted on a recent visit to Maude Price Elementary School in Downey, California.

Date published: July 29, 2016

Cross-border waters: USGS, UNESCO, and guidelines for transboundary groundwater management

The old adage goes "there are only three things you can count on. Death, taxes, and transboundary water laws." Okay, well that might not necessarily be the saying, but it rings true in water resource management, just as much as the other two are part of life.

Date published: May 4, 2016

Study Links Contamination in Southern California Streams to 2009 Station Fire

Elevated levels of trace metals such as iron, lead, nickel and zinc were found in streams of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles, California, at water-quality levels higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

Date published: April 11, 2016

Methane from Some Wetlands May Lower Benefits of Carbon Sequestration

Methane emissions from restored wetlands may offset the benefits of carbon sequestration a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests. 

Date published: March 25, 2016

California Water Science Center Talks Water Quality with Orange County Kids

California Water Science Center scientist teach water quality issues to Orange County students