California Water Science Center

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Evaluation of land subsidence and ground failures at Bicycle Basin, Fort Irwin National Training Center, California, 1992–2017

Groundwater has been pumped in the Bicycle Basin at Fort Irwin National Training Center since the 1960s, and the amount pumped has generally increased since the 1990s. After a large crack (approximately 0.5-kilometer long) formed at the surface of Bicycle Lake playa during 2005–06 in the area used as an aircraft runway, a...

Densmore, Jill; Ellett, Kevin M.; Sneed, Michelle; Brandt, Justin T.; Howle, James F.; Morita, Andrew Y.; Borela, Rodrigo; Bobet, Antonio; Thayer, Daniel C.
Densmore, J.N., Ellett, K.M., Sneed, M., Brandt, J.T., Howle, J.F., Morita, A.Y., Borela, R., Bobet, A., and Thayer, D.C., 2019, Evaluation of land subsidence and ground failures at Bicycle Basin, Fort Irwin National Training Center, California, 1992–2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5015, 93 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195015.

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Groundwater quality in shallow aquifers in the western Mojave Desert, California

Groundwater provides more than 40 percent of California’s drinking water. To protect this vital resource, the State of California created the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program. The Priority Basin Project (PBP) of the GAMA Program provides a comprehensive assessment of the State’s groundwater quality and increases public...

Groover, Krishangi D.; Goldrath, Dara A.
Groover, K.D., and Goldrath, D.A., 2019, Groundwater quality in shallow aquifers in the western Mojave Desert, California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3033, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193033.

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Dam effects on bedload transport on the upper Santa Ana River, California, and implications for native fish habitat

Dams disrupt the flow of water and sediment and thus have the potential to affect the downstream geomorphic characteristics of a river. Though there are some well‐known and common geomorphic responses to dams, such as bed armouring, the response downstream from any particular dam is dependent on local conditions. Herein, we investigate the...

Wright, Scott A.; Minear, J Toby

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Turbidity current observations in a large reservoir following a major wildfire

Turbidity currents are generated when denser river water plunges and flows along the bottom of a lake, reservoir, or ocean. The plunging and downstream movement are driven by density differences due to temperature and/or suspended sediment, and currents have been observed to move slowly over long distances. This study presents observations of...

Wright, Scott A.; Marineau, Mathieu D.

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The importance of groundwater flow to the formation of modern thrombolitic microbialites

Modern microbialites are often located within groundwater discharge zones, yet the role of groundwater in microbialite accretion has yet to be resolved. To understand relationships between groundwater, microbialites, and associated microbial communities, we quantified and characterized groundwater flow and chemistry in active thrombolitic...

Warden, John; Coshell, Lee; Rosen, Michael R.; Breecker, Daniel O.; Ruthrof, Katinka X.; Omelon, Christopher R.

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Aluminum- and iron-based coagulation for in-situ removal of dissolved organic carbon, disinfection byproducts, mercury and other constituents from agricultural drain water

Agricultural production on wetland soils can be significant sources of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), disinfection byproduct precursors, mercury and nutrients to downstream water bodies and accelerate land subsidence. Presented as a potential solution for in-situ water quality improvement and land subsidence mitigation, chemically enhanced...

Bachand, Sandra M.; Kraus, Tamara E. C.; Stern, Dylan; Ling Liang, Yan; Horwath, William R.; Bachand, Philip A. M.

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Groundwater quality in the Sacramento Metropolitan shallow aquifer, California

The Sacramento metropolitan (SacMetro) study unit covers approximately 3,250 square kilometers of the Central Valley along the eastern edge of the northern and southern ends of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, respectively. Groundwater withdrawals supply a significant portion of the water-resource needs of the region. In the southern...

Bennett V, George L.
Bennett, G.L. V, 2019, Groundwater quality in the Sacramento Metropolitan shallow aquifer, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1047, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191047.

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Strontium isotopes reveal ephemeral streams used for spawning and rearing by an imperiled potamodromous cyprinid--Clear Lake hitch Lavinia exilicauda chi

Identification of habitats responsible for the successful production and recruitment of rare migratory species is a challenge in conservation biology. Here, a tool was developed to assess life stage linkages for the threatened potamodromous cyprinid Clear Lake hitch Lavinia exilicauda chi. Clear Lake hitch undertake migrations from Clear Lake...

Feyrer, Frederick; Whitman, George; Young, Matthew; Johnson, Rachel C.

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Methane emissions from groundwater pumping in the USA

Atmospheric methane accumulation contributes to climate change, hence quantifying methane emissions is essential to assess and model the impacts. Here we estimate methane emissions from groundwater pumping in the Los Angeles Basin (LAB), north-eastern Pennsylvania, and the Principal aquifers of the USA using the average concentrations of methane...

Kulongoski, Justin T.; McMahon, Peter B.

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User’s manual for the Draper climate-distribution software suite with data‑evaluation tools

Development of a time series of spatially distributed climate data is an important step in the process of developing physically based environmental models requiring distributed inputs of climate data beyond what is available from observations collected at climate stations. To prepare inputs required for model-mapping units across the study area,...

Donovan, John M.; Koczot, Kathryn M.
Donovan, J.M., and Koczot, K.M., 2019, User’s manual for the Draper climate-distribution software suite with data‑evaluation tools: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 7-C22, 55 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm7C22.

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Carbon accumulation and vertical accretion in a restored vs. historic salt marsh in southern Puget Sound, Washington, United States

Few comparisons exist between vertical accretion (VA) and carbon accumulation rates (CARs), in restored vs. historic (i.e., reference) marshes. Here we compare these processes in a formerly diked, sparsely vegetated, restored salt marsh (Six Gill Slough, SG), whose surface is subsided relative to the tidal frame, to an adjacent, relatively...

Drexler, Judith Z.; Woo, Isa; Fuller, Christopher C.; Nakai, Glynnis

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Toxicokinetics of imidacloprid-coated wheat seeds in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) and an evaluation of hazard

Birds are potentially exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides by ingestion of coated seeds during crop planting. Adult male Japanese quail were orally dosed with wheat seeds coated with an imidacloprid (IMI) formulation at either 0.9 mg/kg body weight (BW) or 2.7 mg/kg BW (~3 and 9% of IMI LD50 for Japanese quail, respectively) for 1 or 10 days....

Bean, Thomas G.; Gross, Michael S.; Karouna-Renier, Natalie K.; Henry, Paula F. P.; Schultz, Sandra L.; Hladik, Michelle; Kuivila, Kathryn; Rattner, Barnett A.