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 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Determining the fate and transport of septic-tank effluent in the southern area of Warren subbasin, California

Residents and businesses in Yucca Valley, CA rely currently on septic tanks to treat their wastewater. The local water district, Hi-Desert Water District (HDWD), is planning to construct a sewer system and wastewater treatment plant, initially serving the West, Midwest, Mideast, Northeast, and East hydrogeologic units of the Warren subbasin.

Date published: December 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Sonoma Valley Surface Water/Groundwater-Flow Model

Sonoma County faces potential changes in surface-water availability, including potential impacts on water quality in response to changing land use, increasing population, and climate change.

Contacts: Tracy Nishikawa
Date published: December 18, 2018
Status: Active

Water-Level, Water-Quality and Land-Subsidence Studies in the Mojave River and Morongo Groundwater Basins

Groundwater has been the primary source of domestic, agricultural, and municipal water supplies in the southwestern Mojave Desert, California, since the early 1900s. The population of the Mojave River and Morongo groundwater basins has grown rapidly during the last several decades, increasing from an estimated population of almost 273,000 in 1990 (...

Date published: December 18, 2018
Status: Completed

Pesticide Studies in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay Estuary

The objectives of this specific study are to characterize the mixtures of current-use pesticides and pesticide degradates entering the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta from its two main river sources over a period of 12 consecutive months. 

Contacts: James Orlando
Date published: December 17, 2018
Status: Completed

Delta sediment measurements to support numerical modeling of turbidity

The purpose of the proposed work is to collect data that will support the development, calibration, and validation of numerical models of sediment transport and turbidity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. 

Contacts: Scott A Wright
Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Assessing the Feasibility of Artificial Recharge and Storage and the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Insitu Arsenic Removal in the Antelope Valley, California

Project Update - 8/2/2011: Water having an arsenic concentration of 30 micrograms per liter was infiltrated from a test pond beginning in December, 2010. After water moved downward through the unsaturated zone, arsenic concentrations in ...

Contacts: Tracy Nishikawa
Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Additional characterization of the impact of suction dredging, South Yuba River – Humbug Creek

The potential impacts of suction dredging on water quality remain largely undetermined, especially with regard to trace metals including Hg. Several State of California regulatory agencies have expressed concerns that suction dredging may cause deleterious impacts with regard to turbidity and Hg contamination in downstream areas.

Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Determination of Mercury Loads for Cache Creek Settling Basin Inflow and Outflows and Related Investigations

Mercury (Hg), a legacy pollutant from mining of mercury deposits in the Coast Ranges as well as gold deposits in the Sierra Nevada, has contaminated surface waters throughout northern . Methylmercury (MeHg) is an organic form of Hg that bioaccumulates in food webs to elevated concentrations that threaten ecological health and human health through consumption of sport fish. 

Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

Water-resources study of Fort Irwin National Training Center

The U.S. Army at Fort Irwin National Training Center (NTC) obtains all of its potable water supply from Irwin, Langford, and Bicycle Basins within the base boundaries. Groundwater pumping, since as early as 1941, has resulted in water-level declines in all of these basins and the disposal of treated wastewater in the Irwin Basin has resulted in elevated nitrate concentrations in some wells in...

Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Modeling in support of development of biocriteria for wadeable California streams and rivers

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) of California has initiated a process to develop biological objectives for wadeable freshwater streams and rivers for the entire state.

Contacts: Larry Brown
Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

San Antonio Creek Water Availability

Located in Santa Barbara County, California, the San Antonio Creek Groundwater Basin is a rural agricultural area that is reliant on local water supplies, predominantly groundwater. Because of the growth of irrigated agriculture in the area, water demands have increased significantly, taxing local groundwater supplies. Groundwater resources are also used to supply local inhabitants, as well as...

Contacts: Geoff Cromwell
Date published: December 13, 2018
Status: Active

Continuous Global Positioning System (CGPS) Stations

Measurements of elevations, aquifer-system compaction, and water levels are used to improve our understanding of the processes responsible for land-surface elevation changes. Elevation or elevation-change measurements are fundamental to monitoring land subsidence, and have been measured by using continuous GPS (CGPS) measurements and campaign global positioning system (GPS) surveying. ...

Contacts: Michelle Sneed