Drought, Drinking Water and Natural Environments

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This short video is one of a series of four total shorts highlighting USGS water science in California's Delta region. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the hub of the state's water system. Water quality touches on all aspects of life. Teams of U.S. Geological Survey scientists along with their partners monitor water quality and identify sources of pollution and potential solutions. They sample from boats and along shorelines and conduct continuous on-site monitoring within river channels and Delta sloughs and they drill into aquifers to monitor the quality of groundwater. 
 

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Image Dimensions: 1280 x 720

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Length: 00:02:34

Location Taken: Sacramento, CA, US

Transcript

Narrator: 
Clean water is essential to life.  Contaminated water can make people sick. 

Water with too much salt or chemicals can cause crops to fail. 

Fish and wildlife can suffer and even die from bad water.

Communities,  industry and nature all depend on clean water.

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California  is the heart of the state's freshwater system.  

During droughts, when river flows are low, saltwater from San Francisco Bay poses a threat to water quality.  

Tides carry salt water toward the Delta twice a day.
 
If salt water gets too far into the Delta, it will be difficult to get it back out. 

Other sources threaten water quality in the Delta during California's severe droughts because less water in the Delta's rivers means higher concentrations of contaminants from sewage treatment 
facilities and from agricultural and urban run-off. 

At risk are fragile natural habitats fisheries including salmon. 
 
More contaminants in drinking water mean greater effort and cost to water treatment facilities to keep it safe for people. 
    
Addressing these problems requires rigorous monitoring and research by a variety of experts.

Teams of U.S. Geological Survey scientists along with their partners monitor water quality and identify sources of pollution and potential solutions. 

They sample from boats and along shorelines and conduct continuous on-site monitoring within river channels and Delta sloughs and they drill into aquifers to monitor the quality of groundwater. 

Water operators depend on all of these data to protect water quality and to ensure that we have clean drinking water. 

Science is vital to all water users in California. 

Want to know more about how California's droughts affect natural environments and drinking waterfor people?  

Why not start with science.