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The Southwest Region includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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Date published: June 7, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Highway 50, California - Yearly Information

Yearly summaries of past precipitation, movement, and ground water pressures (for the water year beginning October 1). These can be viewed by opening each year's summary graph.

Date published: June 7, 2018
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2013 Springs Fire, Ventura County, California

Recent Conditions

A rain gage was installed in November 2015 and is used to monitor:

Data is updated every 60 minutes.

Contacts: Dennis Staley, Jason Kean, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Highway 50, California - Report

Mark E. Reid, and Richard G. LaHusen, 1998, Real-time Monitoring of Active Landslides Along Highway 50, El Dorado County: adapted from: California Geology, v.51, n.3, p.17-20

Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Highway 50, California

Real-time Data

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Eldorado National Forest, has installed monitoring instruments on the Cleveland Corral landslide that has the potential to affect Highway 50. Data from these instruments are used to detect changes in local conditions including

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Contacts: Mark Reid
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

2009 Station Fire, Dunsmore Canyon, Glendale, California

Recent Conditions

Instruments are used to monitor and detect changes in local conditions, including:

Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

2009 Station Fire, Arroyo Seco, Pasadena, California

Recent Conditions

Instruments are used to monitor and detect changes in local conditions, including:

Date published: June 5, 2018
Status: Active

Post-Fire Flooding and Debris Flow

Fast-moving, highly destructive debris flows triggered by intense rainfall are one of the most dangerous post-fire hazards. The risk of floods and debris flows after fires increases due to vegetation loss and soil exposure. Cases of sudden and deadly debris flow are well documented along the western United States, particularly in ...

Date published: June 5, 2018
Status: Active

Water Quality after a Wildfire

About half of the water supply in the southwestern United States is supplied by water from forests, which generally yield higher quality water than any other source. Approximately 80 percent of the freshwater resources in the U.S. originate on forested land, and more than 3,400 public drinking-water systems are located in watersheds containing national forest lands (USDA, 2006). More than 12...

Date published: May 23, 2018
Status: Active

Rangeland Ecosystem Services

The Rangeland Ecosystem Services research described below is conducted and managed under the USGS Applied Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing project and partners.

Date published: May 23, 2018
Status: Active

Applied Landscape Ecology and Remote Sensing

We focus on landscape studies of natural and working lands, in particular coastal and inland wetlands and rangelands. We quantify ecosystem benefits, find areas vulnerable to future change, and identify potential for climate mitigation and resilience. We conduct research by scaling field measurements to the regional, state and national scale with remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and...

Date published: May 10, 2018
Status: Active

Land Treatment Exploration Tool

The Land Treatment ExplorationTool provides a practical resource for managers who are planning restoration and rehabilitation actions on public lands. The tool generates a variety of spatial products while being user friendly for all levels of GIS expertise, even to those with little or no experience.

Date published: May 8, 2018
Status: Active

Rare Earth Element Deposits in the Southeast Mojave Desert

In an effort to better understand domestic resource potential, the USGS is investigating the genetic relationship between rare earth element deposits at Mountain Pass, California and Music Valley (Pinto Mountains, California) and extend these studies across a 130-km long belt of alkaline Proterozoic rocks in the southeast Mojave Desert. Such a combined study would significantly improve our...

Contacts: David Ponce
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Date published: December 18, 2018

Drought & Surface Water in California

Careful observation and analysis of the movement and condition of surface water is essential for understanding this resource, especially during times of drought. The California Water Science Center uses a network of more than 500 streamgages to collect real-time data on surface water at locations across the state.

Date published: December 18, 2018

San Antonio Creek Valley Hydrologic Monitoring

In order to understand the integrated hydrologic systems in the San Antonio Creek Valley, many different types of data are being gathered from both the surface water and groundwater system. Learn about these data types and explore them with the interactive map.

Date published: December 17, 2018

Central Valley: Drought Indicators

During the recent droughts of 2007-2010 and 2012-2017, groundwater pumping has increased from the combined effects of the drought and land-use changes, re-initiating land subsidence. In order to document historical subsidence and monitor continued changes, the USGS has gathered and interpreted data from a variety of sources.

Date published: December 17, 2018

Benchmark Site Data | San Joaquin Valley, CA

These 5 northern benchmarks in the San Joaquin Valley are where the largest magnitude of subsidence was recently measured using repeat surveys. That doesn't mean these locations are where the largest magnitude of subsidence occurred, just where it's been measured. The southernmost benchmark in this set is where the largest magnitude was historically measured using repeat surveys.

Date published: December 17, 2018

Compaction | Data from Central Valley, CA Extensometers

Aquifer-system compaction has been monitored at selected locations for various periods with borehole extensometers by different agencies, including the USGS, DWR, SLDMWA, and CCID, and by Luhdorff and Scalmanini Consulting Engineers.  This dataset contains compaction data for 23 extensometers across California's Central Valley.

Date published: December 17, 2018

Continuous Global Positioning System (CGPS) Stations

The CGPS data were obtained from the UNAVCO Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) network of continuously operating GPS stations. The PBO is the geodetic component of UNAVCO, a consortium of research institutions whose focus is measuring vertical and horizontal plate boundary deformation across the North American and Pacific Plates in the western U.S. using high-precision measurement techniques....

Date published: December 17, 2018

InSAR | Central Valley Areas of Interest

The InSAR technique uses two SAR scenes of the same area taken at different times which are then processed together to produce maps called interferograms that show relative land-surface-elevation change between the two SAR acquisition dates. This Areas of Interest dataset is where InSAR data has been interpreted to produce a time-history of subsidence in the Central Valley, CA.

Date published: December 14, 2018

Water Quality Sites, San Bernardino County, CA

List of USGS sites in San Bernardino County, CA that have water quality data samples.  Data is on the USGS National Water Information System database.

Date published: December 14, 2018

NWIS Real-time Groundwater and Surface Water Data for San Bernardino County, CA

Links to real-time groundwater and surface water data for USGS sites in San Bernardino County.  All data links are to the USGS National Water Information System online database.

Date published: December 13, 2018

Lower Colorado River Hydrologic Monitoring Network

The Lower Colorado Monitoring Network, located along the All-American Canal in Imperial County, California, is a series of groundwater-level and water-quality wells, as well as streamgages and micro-gravity sites. This interactive map displays the sites and provides links to the most current data.

Date published: December 6, 2018

Downloadable Data for Western Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for Western Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 30, 2018

Downloadable Data for Los Angeles Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for Los Angeles Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

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Life history and ecological characteristics of the Santa Ana sucker, Catostomus santaanae

This study was conducted to document the life history and ecological characteristics of the Santa Ana sucker, Catostomus santaanae, within its native range in southern California. Electrofishing surveys were conducted at 3-month intervals from December 1998 to December 1999 at one site on the San Gabriel River and two sites on...

Saiki, Michael K.; Martin, Barbara A.; Knowles, Glen W.; Tennant, Patrick W.

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Relation between mortality of prickly sculpin and diurnal extremes in water quality at Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California

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Martin, B.A.; Saiki, M. K.; Fong, D.
Relation between mortality of prickly sculpin and diurnal extremes in water quality at Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California; 2007; Article; Journal; California Fish and Game; Martin, B. A.; Saiki, M. K.; Fong, D.

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Mineralogy and Morphology of Amphiboles Observed in Soils and Rocks in El Dorado Hills, California

From the Executive Summary: At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has conducted an independent study of amphiboles in rocks and soils in the El Dorado Hills, California, area. The purpose of this study is to investigate specific issues regarding the presence of 'naturally occurring...

Meeker, G.P.; Lowers, H.A.; Swayze, G.A.; Van Gosen, B. S.; Sutley, S.J.; Brownfield, I.K.
Mineralogy and Morphology of Amphiboles Observed in Soils and Rocks in El Dorado Hills, California; 2006; OFR; 2006-1362; Meeker, G. P.; Lowers, H. A.; Swayze, G. A.; Van Gosen, B. S.; Sutley, S. J.; Brownfield, I. K.

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Physical properties of two core samples from Well 34-9RD2 at the Coso geothermal field, California

The Coso geothermal field, located along the Eastern California Shear Zone, is composed of fractured granitic rocks above a shallow heat source. Temperatures exceed 640 ?F (~338 ?C) at a depth of less than 10000 feet (3 km). Permeability varies throughout the geothermal field due to the competing processes of alteration and mineral precipitation,...

Morrow, C.A.; Lockner, D.A.
Physical properties of two core samples from Well 34-9RD2 at the Coso geothermal field, California; 2006; OFR; 2006-1230; Morrow, C. A.; Lockner, D. A.

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Subsurface structure of the East Bay Plain ground-water basin: San Francisco Bay to the Hayward fault, Alameda County, California

The area of California between the San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, Santa Clara Valley, and the Diablo Ranges (East Bay Hills), commonly referred to as the 'East Bay', contains the East Bay Plain and Niles Cone ground-water basins. The area has a population of 1.46 million (2003 US Census), largely distributed among several cities, including...

Catchings, R.D.; Borchers, J.W.; Goldman, M.R.; Gandhok, G.; Ponce, D.A.; Steedman, C.E.
Subsurface structure of the East Bay Plain ground-water basin: San Francisco Bay to the Hayward fault, Alameda County, California; 2006; OFR; 2006-1084; Catchings, R. D.; Borchers, J. W.; Goldman, M. R.; Gandhok, G.; Ponce, D. A.; Steedman, C. E.

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Seismic constraints and coulomb stress changes of a blind thrust fault system, 2: Northridge, California

We review seismicity, surface faulting, and Coulomb stress changes associated with the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake. All of the observed surface faulting is shallow, extending meters to tens of meters below the surface. Relocated aftershocks reveal no seismicity shallower than 2 km depth. Although many of the aftershocks lie along the...

Stein, Ross S.; Lin, Jian
Seismic constraints and coulomb stress changes of a blind thrust fault system, 2: Northridge, California; 2006; OFR; 2006-1158; Stein, Ross S.; Lin, Jian

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Seismic constraints and coulomb stress changes of a blind thrust fault system, 1: Coalinga and Kettleman hills, California

This report reviews the seismicity and surface ruptures associated with the 1982-1985 earthquake sequence in the Coalinga region in California, and the role of Coulomb stress in triggering the mainshock sequence and aftershocks. The 1982-1985 New Idria, Coalinga, and Kettleman Hills earthquakes struck on a series of west-dipping, en echelon blind...

Lin, Jian; Stein, Ross S.
Seismic constraints and coulomb stress changes of a blind thrust fault system, 1: Coalinga and Kettleman hills, California; 2006; OFR; 2006-1149; Lin, Jian; Stein, Ross S.

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Digital database of recently active traces of the Hayward Fault, California

The purpose of this map is to show the location of and evidence for recent movement on active fault traces within the Hayward Fault Zone, California. The mapped traces represent the integration of the following three different types of data: (1) geomorphic expression, (2) creep (aseismic fault slip),and (3) trench exposures. This publication is...

Lienkaemper, James J.
Lienkaemper, J.J., 2006, Digital Database of Recently Active Traces of the Hayward Fault, California (ver. 1.1, November 2008): U.S Geological Survey Data Series 177, https://doi.org/10.3133/ds177.

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Maps of quaternary deposits and liquefaction susceptibility in the Central San Francisco Bay Region, California

This report presents a map and database of Quaternary deposits and liquefaction susceptibility for the urban core of the San Francisco Bay region. It supercedes the equivalent area of U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-444 (Knudsen and others, 2000), which covers the larger 9-county San Francisco Bay region. The report consists of (1) a...

Witter, Robert C.; Knudsen, Keith L.; Sowers, Janet M.; Wentworth, Carl M.; Koehler, Richard D.; Randolph, Carolyn E.; Brooks, Suzanna K.; Gans, Kathleen D.
Maps of Quaternary Deposits and Liquefaction Susceptibility in the Central San Francisco Bay Region, California; 2006; OFR; 2006-1037; Witter, Robert C.; Knudsen, Keith L.; Sowers, Janet M.; Wentworth, Carl M.; Koehler, Richard D.; Randolph, Carolyn E.; Brooks, Suzanna K.; Gans, Kathleen D.

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USGS science in Menlo Park -- a science strategy for the U.S. Geological Survey Menlo Park Science Center, 2005-2015

In the spring of 2004, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Menlo Park Center Council commissioned an interdisciplinary working group to develop a forward-looking science strategy for the USGS Menlo Park Science Center in California (hereafter also referred to as "the Center"). The Center has been the flagship research center for the USGS in the...

Brocher, Thomas M.; Carr, Michael D.; Halsing, David L.; John, David A.; Langenheim, Victoria E.; Mangan, Margaret T.; Marvin-DiPasquale, Mark C.; Takekawa, John Y.; Tiedeman, Claire

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April 18, 2018

HayWired Scenario - Movie

The HayWired earthquake scenario, led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), anticipates the impacts of a hypothetical magnitude-7.0 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. The fault is along the east side of California’s San Francisco Bay and is among the most active and dangerous in the United States, because it runs through a densely urbanized and interconnected region. 

Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GCMS) used for pesticide analysis
April 4, 2018

Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GCMS) used for pesticide analysis

Organic Chemistry Research Laboratory — Sacramento, California. Gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer - GCMS

Map of California showing the sections of the coast where the USGS has generated computer models of storm impacts.
April 2, 2018

CoSMoS Implementation versions

The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future SLR scenarios, as well as long-term shoreline change and cliff retreat.  Resulting projections for future climate scenarios (sea-level rise and storms) provide

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View from the sky of a marsh labeled with sample locations.
April 2, 2018

Little Holland Tract and Liberty Island sample locations, 2014-2017

Sediment sampling locations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California near Little Holland Tract and Liberty Island, 2014 to 2017

Comparison maps indicating short or long times available for earthquake shaking arrival times
March 31, 2018

Earthquake Alerts: Early and Often? Or Possibly Late?

The choice when issuing earthquake warnings is to: 1) issue alerts for weak shaking and potentially provide long warning times, but risk sending alerts for the many events that do not go on to produce damaging ground shaking, or 2) issue alerts only when ground shaking is expected to be damaging, with the tradeoff that the alert will be sent much later, reducing the

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A coastline with trees on the beach berm on left, two people looking out at two jet skis, waves are gentle, sun is gleaming.
March 28, 2018

Nearshore survey of San Ysidro Creek

Two USGS scientists operate personal watercraft equipped with sonar and GPS along the beachfront off San Ysidro Creek, near Fernald Point in Montecito, California. They will use the data collected to create bathymetric (depth) maps. Collecting these data on a seasonal basis over many years provides a detailed picture of how the coastline reacts to changes in waves and

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Two women stand together smiling on a boat wearing life jackets and sun hats with other safety gear.
March 27, 2018

Fieldwork in the Delta

Shruti Khanna (left, California Department of Fish and Wildlife) and Judy Drexler (USGS California Water Science Center) on the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center’s research vessel Parke Snavely during fieldwork in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

An object of two circular pieces of mixed materials are partially covered with mud and plant debris.
March 27, 2018

Instrument package for river data collection

Patches of dark sand cling to an instrument package that collected data for approximately two weeks at the Mokelumne River site—evidence that currents at the site were strong enough to carry sand, which is heavier than mud, probably during elevated river flows following two storms in the watershed.

Two people hold onto a large metal tripod with instruments suspended from a cable as they guide it into the water.
March 19, 2018

Deploying tripod in the Delta

USGS physical scientist Cordell Johnson, at left, and USGS research oceanographer Jessie Lacy, both from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, guide a tripod with instruments into the waters of the Mokelumne River near the confluence with the San Joaquin River. The Mokelumne is part of the vast Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in California, located east of San

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A woman and a man stand on the stern of a boat wearing safety gear, man is pressing on a piece of equipment.
March 19, 2018

Gomex sediment corer preparation

Dan Powers (USGS PCMSC) and Rachel Marcuson (USGS PCMSC) prepare to deploy a Gomex sediment corer from the R/V Snavely in the Mokulumne River near confluence of San Joaquin River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, CA.

A small boat sits on calm waters with trees in the distance, and a cloudy sky.
March 14, 2018

Mokelumne River survey

Mokelumne River near confluence with the San Joaquin River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, CA, looking downstream, with Cordell Johnson (USGS PCMSC) and Rachel Allen (USGS PCMSC) collecting data from the R/V Fast Eddy.

A small boat sits on calm waters with trees in the distance, and a cloudy sky.
March 14, 2018

Mokelumne River survey

Mokelumne River near confluence with the San Joaquin River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, CA, looking downstream, with Cordell Johnson (USGS PCMSC) and Rachel Allen (USGS PCMSC) collecting data from the R/V Fast Eddy.

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Image: Female Golden Eagle with GPS-GSM Transmitter
April 8, 2015

Golden eagles in the Mojave Desert travel farther, to different areas, and at different times of the year than previously understood, according to research by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners from other federal agencies, academia and the private sector. 

Screenshot of the Upper Klamath Basin Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring website.
April 3, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey recently launched the Upper Klamath Basin Collaborative Groundwater Monitoring  website to provide information on groundwater conditions in the upper Klamath Basin.

Plot of earthquakes in Mount Shasta region greater than M1.0 from A...
April 3, 2015

Since February 19, 2015 an ongoing series of small earthquakes has been occurring approximately 5 miles southeast of the summit of Mount Shasta, near the Clear Creek Trailhead on a regional, unnamed fault at about 3-5 miles depth.

Updated 2015 version of the El Capitan, California quadrangle with orthoimage turned off
April 1, 2015

Several of the 2,798 new US Topo quadrangles for California now display public trails along with segments of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Also the new maps now show improved data layers such as public land survey information, map symbol redesign, enhanced railroad information and new road source data.

Image: Happy Cows in Happy Flowers
March 25, 2015

Grassland habitats on rangelands in California’s Central Valley and surrounding foothills could decline by as much as 37 percent by 2100 due to changes in land use and climate, according to new scientific projections by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: San Jose Earthquakes' Avaya Stadium
March 20, 2015

Where better to install a new earthquake sensor than in the new home of the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer team? 

3D perspective view of the likelihood that each region of California will experience a magnitude 6.7 within 30 years
March 10, 2015

A new California earthquake forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades. 

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March 5, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey scientists who study trends in climate change will be presenting the results from new studies at a workshop held in Pacific Grove, Calif., March 8 – 11, 2015. 

USGS science for a changing world logo
February 19, 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif.— A paper published today in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas production in the United States.

2014 South Napa Earthquake in California
January 28, 2015

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MENLO PARK, Calif. (KGO) -- 

Five months after the South Napa earthquake, scientists gathered on Wednesday at the U.S. Geological Survey to talk about what they're learning from it and what it means for the next big one here in the Bay Area.

A screenshot of the Walker Basin Hydro Mapper homepage shows current Walker River Basin conditions.
January 14, 2015

The newly released web-based Walker Basin Hydro Mapper aims to provide real-time visualization of streamflow, and waterbody stage and volume in the Walker River Basin.