California Water Science Center

Measuring and Monitoring

Basic hydrologic data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and archiving are major parts of the California Water Science Center program. Streamflow data, for example, are used for flood and water-supply forecasts, planning and design, river regulation, streamflow statistics, and research investigations. Much of the data are available on a near-real-time basis by satellite telemetry.

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Date published: December 29, 2016
Status: Completed

Analysis of Factors Causing Mercury Impairment in Water Bodies of the Sierra Nevada, California

The SWRCB has requested assistance from the USGS in analyzing the factors that control Hg concentrations in fish tissue in the Sierra Nevada. Specifically, the SWRCB wants to know whether Hg and (or) MeHg in bed sediment and (or) suspended sediment could be potentially useful in the future as a 303(d) listing criteria. The SWRCB has requested that the USGS perform an analysis of existing data...

Date published: December 29, 2016
Status: Completed

Improved Monitoring of Water Quality and Pelagic Organism Decline in the Delta with Continuous In Situ Sensor Measurements

Newly-developed, commercially-available sensors permit real-time collection of water quality data that may help identify ecosystem processes that affect the health of pelagic food webs in the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta. In particular, the simultaneous measurement of nutrients, organic matter and algal abundance along with the basic water quality variables such as temperature and salinity...

Contacts: Brian Pellerin
Date published: December 23, 2015
Status: Active

Estimating Natural Flows for Hydrologic Reference Streams

Scientists develop metrics of expected hydrological conditions at ungaged sites throughout Callifornia 

Date published: January 1, 2015
Status: Active

Understanding Influences on Habitat Quality for Delta Smelt and Other Imperiled Fish Populations

USGS scientists work to provide information needed to evaluate the efficacy of ongoing U.S. Burueau of Reclamation water management efforts in Bay-Delta.

Date published: August 4, 2014
Status: Completed

California Water Use, 2010

In 2010, Californians withdrew an estimated total of 38 billion gallons of water per day, compared with 46 billion gallons per day in 2005.

Contacts: Justin Brandt
Date published: August 27, 2012
Status: Active

Central Valley Hydrologic Model (CVHM)

In an effort to aid water managers in understanding how water moves through the aquifer system, predicting water-supply scenarios, and addressing issues related to water competition, the USGS developed a new hydrologic modeling tool, the Central Valley Hydrologic Model (CVHM). The CVHM is an extensive, detailed three-dimensional (3D) computer model of the hydrologic system of the Central...

Contacts: Claudia C Faunt
Date published: September 20, 2011
Status: Completed

New Methods to Measure Reservoir Storage Capacity and Sedimentation in Loch Lomond Reservoir

A new method of measuring the storage capacity and sedimentation of Loch Lomond Reservoir, Santa Cruz shows promise to help water managers more effectively assess changes in water-storage capacity in similar basins with steep, narrow drainages in mountainous terrain. The method employs a combination of bathymetric scanning using multibeam-sidescan sonar, and topographic surveying using laser...

Date published: May 6, 2009
Status: Completed

Sources of Microbial Contamination at Public Beaches, Santa Barbara

The focus of this study is on analysis of existing hydrologic, chemical, and microbiological data; collection of surface-water and shallow ground-water hydrologic, chemical, and microbiological data; and characterization of dissolved organic carbon composition.

Contacts: John Izbicki