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 6, 2018
Status: Completed

Inundation Area '06 New Year's Flood in the Laguna-Mark West Drainage

The Laguna de Santa Rosa, located in Sonoma County, California, flows into Mark West Creek, which drains into the Russian River. The Laguna-Mark West drainage is the largest drainage contributing to the Russian River, encompassing approximately 21% of the total Russian River basin. Runoff from precipitation in headwater areas enters fast-flowing creeks that transport water and sediment...

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Assessment of environmental impacts of mercury treatability test using suction dredging, South Yuba River

The goals of the BLM suction dredging treatability study are to (1) assess the effectiveness of suction dredging in removing mercury from the environment and (2) assess potential impacts of suction dredging with regard to discharging mercury-contaminated suspended sediment to the aquatic environment.

Contacts: Jacob A Fleck
Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Completed

Ecosystem Engineers: Impacts of Invasive Aquatic Vegetation on the Delta’s Critical Ecosystems

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) is home to a diverse community of plants and animals and is the hub of California’s freshwater delivery system. The Delta supplies water for over 25 million Californians and supports millions of acres of farming, commercial and sport fishing, shipping and ports, and recreational boating.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Completed

Mercury and Dissolved Organic Matter in Delta Wetlands

Between 1860 and 1914, hydraulic mining activities sent more than 800,000,000 cubic yards of mercury-laden sediment into the Delta altering the landscape, water flows, and contributing to the leveeing and reclamation of the Delta's marshes. Transport of mercury from historic mining areas continues today. The sedimentary supply of mercury to the Delta and in Delta sediments (cinnabar,...

Date published: December 4, 2018
Status: Completed

Management Tools For The Hydrologic Model Of Santa Clara Valley, California

Groundwater flow model of the Santa Clara Valley.

Date published: December 4, 2018
Status: Completed

Sources of Disinfection Byproduct-forming Material in the State Water Project

Water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta contains high concentrations of disinfection byproduct-forming (DBP-forming) materials when treated for potable use. DBPs form when dissolved organic compounds (DOC) in water react with disinfectants such as chlorine and ozone during the water-treatment process. The amount of DBPs that form is a function of the amount and source of the DOC, both of...

Date published: December 4, 2018
Status: Active

Geohydrologic Study of the Central and West Coast Basins of Los Angeles County

Using the new information, along with the recently acquired seismic reflection data, USGS scientists and co-workers have been able to develop a much more detailed understanding of the stratigraphy and structure of the Central and West Coast Basins.

Date published: December 3, 2018
Status: Active

A Non-Point Source Of Contaminants To The Estuarine Food Web: Mobilized Particles From The Intertidal Zone

The San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Bay-Delta) region is a highly urbanized and contaminated estuary with a valuable commercial and recreational fishery (Nichlos et al., 1986; SFEI, 2004). Many fish and birds in the San Francisco Estuary exhibit high levels of contaminants (metals and organic pollutants), which have been shown to affect their behavior and reproductive...

Contacts: Jacob A Fleck
Date published: November 28, 2018
Status: Active

Warren Subbasin Groundwater Recharge

The Hi Desert Water District (HDWD) provides water service to about 10,000 customers in the areas of Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and some unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. The study area is the 19 square mile Warren subbasin of the Morongo groundwater basin (approximately 100 miles east of Los Angeles, California).

Date published: November 28, 2018
Status: Completed

Estimating Groundwater Withdrawals and Consumptive Use for Principal Aquifers

The USGS works in cooperation with local, State, and Federal agencies to compile and disseminate data on the Nation's water use. The annual water-use estimates are reported at the county, State, and national levels and provide fundamental input to regional hydrologic models. These estimates commonly represent the largest stresses in most aquifers and are needed by local managers to steward the...

Date published: November 26, 2018
Status: Completed

Methylmercury cycling and export from agricultural and natural wetlands in the Yolo Bypass

The purpose of the work conducted by the USGS California Water Science Center is to help guide Yolo Wildlife Area management practices by identifying the relationships between management effects on dissolved organic matter properties and the resulting role of dissolved organic matter in mercury methylation and biotic uptake measured by the cooperating USGS scientists. The information gathered...

Contacts: Jacob A Fleck
Date published: November 26, 2018
Status: Completed

Investigation of Linkages Between Management Practices Used in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Rice Production and Loads of Dissolved Organic Matter and Disinfection Byproduct Precursors

The primary objective of this study is to expand our current understanding of how to manage rice production in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in a manner that minimizes loads of water quality contaminants to Delta waters.

Contacts: Jacob A Fleck