The U.S. Geological Survey collected water-quality samples from 3,056 sites between May 2004 and March 2021 for the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP). The GAMA-PBP is a cooperative project with the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The primary objectives of the GAMA-PBP are: (1) to assess the quality of groundwater resources used for public and domestic drinking water supplies, (2) to develop understanding of the natural and anthropogenic processes controlling groundwater quality and changes in groundwater quality, and (3) to improve the availability and usefulness of groundwater quality information to public. This data release publishes site type information and a generalized use category for the sites. The dataset comprises 2,973 wells, 81 springs, and 2 other types of sites. The generalized use category is partially derived from, but is not equivalent to, the use of site and use of water fields from the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) data archive. Of the 2,826 wells and springs from which water is withdrawn for use, 1,643 are classified as production (includes sites used for public, commercial, industrial, institution, and desalination water supplies), 903 as domestic, 263 as irrigation, and 17 as other water supply uses. Of the remaining sites, 221 are classified as observation wells, 7 are wells and springs from which water is withdrawn and not used, and 2 are other types of sites. GAMA-PBP data are also served to the public through the SWRCB's GAMA Groundwater Information System (GAMAGIS), along with data from other federal, state, and local agency sources, and the generalized use categories in this data release are compatible with the use categories in SWRCB GAMAGIS. Prior to publication of this data release, SWRCB GAMAGIS classified all GAMA-PBP sites as "municipal", which resulted in erroneous characterization of approximately half of the sites. The generalized classification provided in this data release greatly improves the accuracy of site characterization, while still complying with Federal policies concerning release of location information for some types of sites.
|Title||Water use information for sites sampled by the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP), 2004-2021|
|Authors||Sylvia V Stork, Miranda S. Fram|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||California Water Science Center|