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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: December 10, 2018
Status: Active

Forecasting Total Dissolved Solids Concentrations of Groundwater from the Lower Colorado Water Supply Project

The All-American Canal (AAC) in southern Imperial County, California, has historically been unlined, resulting in substantial losses to seepage. In 2006, the Imperial Irrigation District (IID), under a contract with the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), initiated a project to build a concrete-lined canal parallel to 23 miles of the earthen AAC. Construction was completed in...

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Completed

Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Loads Modeling in the Chino Basin

The Santa Ana River in Southern California is the primary water supply for approximately 2 million people. The main constituent of regulatory concern is pathogens that have impaired the use of waters for the beneficial uses of warm freshwater habitat and noncontact water recreation. Pathogen loadings from the tributary watershed flows into lakes and streams leading into the Santa Ana River....

Contacts: John Izbicki
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Spirit Leveling

Elevation or elevation-change measurements are fundamental to monitoring land subsidence, and have been measured by using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR), continuous GPS (CGPS) measurements, campaign global positioning system (GPS) surveying, and spirit-leveling surveying. The most precise measurements tend to be made using spirit-leveling surveys and extensometers. 

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Contacts: Michelle Sneed
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR)

Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) is an effective way to measure changes in land surface altitude. InSAR makes high-density measurements over large areas by using radar signals from Earth-orbiting satellites to measure changes in land-surface altitude at high degrees of measurement resolution and spatial detail (Galloway and others, 2000).

Synthetic Aperture...

Contacts: Michelle Sneed
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Completed

Sedimentation in the Lower Laguna-Mark West Drainage

The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) and the San Francisco District office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CORPS) have identified issues associated with sedimentation in the lower Laguna de Santa Rosa and Mark West Creek in Sonoma County. Human activities in the watershed over the last 200 years have accelerated erosion and sediment delivery to the Laguna reducing the water storage...

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Subsidence in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is part of the San Francisco Estuary, home to a diverse flora and fauna, including several threatened and endangered species, has a large area of prime farmland, and serves as the hub of California's freshwater-delivery system that moves water from the wet north to the dry southern part of the State.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Western Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the Western Great Basin Province 5018:

 

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

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

Scoping Study of Los Angeles River-Arroyo Seco Confluence Park

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) is considering plans for developing a new park at the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco. These plans include removing channel lining and creating a temporary lake using an inflatable rubber dam. Before implementing the plan, a wide array of scientific and engineering issues must be addressed. The U.S. Geological...

Contacts: Michael T Land
Date published: December 4, 2018
Status: Active

Biogeochemistry of the Critical Zone: Origin and Fate of Organic Matter

Changing temperature, precipitation, and land use intensification has resulted in global soil degradation. The accompanying loss of soil organic matter (SOM) decreases important soil health services. Soil organic matter is a major global pool of carbon; if SOM can be increased, soils can mitigate elevated atmospheric CO2. However, there are major knowledge gaps in SOM persistence....

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Date published: January 1, 2019

Magnetotelluric data from Mountain Pass, CA, 2015

This dataset consists of 65 magnetotelluric (MT) stations collected in 2015 near Mountain Pass, California. The U.S. Geological Survey acquired these data to create a regional conductivity model near the Mountain Pass mine. This work is in support of characterizing mineral deposits.

Date published: January 1, 2019

Transgressive Contours--Punta Gorda to Point Arena, California

This part of DS 781 presents data for the transgressive contours of the Punta Gorda to Point Arena, California, region. The vector data file is included in the "TransgressiveContours_PuntaGordaToPointArena.zip," which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/P9PNNI9H.
As part of the USGS's California State Waters Mapping Project, a 50-m...

Date published: January 1, 2019

Structure-from-motion point cloud of Mud Creek, Big Sur, California, 2018-01-29

Presented here is a point cloud collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) using an oblique plane-mounted camera system, covering the area of the Mud Creek landslide on California State Route 1 (SR1), Mud Creek, Big Sur, California. Point cloud is referenced to previously published lidar data and contains RGB information as well as XYZ. Point cloud coordinates are in NAD83 UT

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 ocean-currents projections: 20-year storm in San Francisco County

This data contains maximum model-derived ocean currents (in meters per second) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scen

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 wave-hazard projections: 1-year storm in Santa Barbara County

This data contains maximum model-derived significant wave height (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scenar

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 ocean-currents projections: 100-year storm in San Luis Obispo County

This data contains maximum model-derived ocean currents (in meters per second) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scen

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 water-level projections: average conditions in San Mateo County

This data contains model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projecti

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood depth and duration projections: 1-year storm in San Luis Obispo County

This data contains maximum depth of flooding (cm) in the region landward of the present-day shoreline for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-le

Date published: January 1, 2019

Faults--Punta Gorda to Point Arena, California

This part of DS 781 presents data for the faults of the Punta Gorda to Point Arena, California, region. The vector data file is included in the "Faults_PuntaGordaToPointArena.zip," which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/P9PNNI9H.
Faults in the Punta Gorda and Point Arena region are identified on seismic-reflection data based on...

Date published: January 1, 2019

Structure-from-motion point cloud of Mud Creek, Big Sur, California, 1967-10-18

Presented here is a point cloud produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from historical U.S. Air Force vertical aerial imagery, covering the area of the Mud Creek landslide on California State Route 1 (SR1), Mud Creek, Big Sur, California. The point cloud is referenced to previously published lidar data and contains RGB information as well as XYZ. Point cloud coordinates are

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 water-level projections: average conditions in San Francisco County

This data contains model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
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 sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projecti

Date published: January 1, 2019

Faults—Point Sur to Point Arguello, California

This part of DS 781 presents data for the faults of the Point Sur to Point Arguello, California, region. The vector data file is included in the “Faults_PointSurToPointArguello.zip,” which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/P97CZ0T7.
Faults in the Point Sur to Point Arguello region are identified on seismic-reflection data based on...

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Effects of stock use and backpackers on water quality in wilderness in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, USA

During 2010-2011, a study was conducted in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) to evaluate the influence of pack animals (stock) and backpackers on water quality in wilderness lakes and streams. The study had three main components: (1) a synoptic survey of water quality in wilderness areas of the parks, (2) paired water-quality...

Clow, David W.; Forrester, Harrison; Miller, Benjamin; Roop, Heidi; Sickman, James O.; Ryu, Hodon; Santo Domingo, Jorge
Effects of stock use and backpackers on water quality in wilderness in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, USA; 2013; Article; Journal; Environmental Management; Clow, David W.; Forrester, Harrison; Miller, Benjamin; Roop, Heidi; Sickman, James O.; Ryu, Hodon; Santo Domingo, Jorge

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Whole-body concentrations of elements in three fish species from offshore oil platforms and natural areas in the Southern California Bight, USA

There is concern that offshore oil platforms off Southern California may be contributing to environmental contaminants accumulated by marine fishes. To examine this possibility, 18 kelp bass (Paralabrax clathratus Girard, 1854), 80 kelp rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens Jordan and Gilbert, 1880), and 98 Pacific sanddab (Citharichthys sordidus Girard,...

Love, Milton S.; Saiki, Michael K.; May, Thomas W.; Yee, Julie L.
Whole-body concentrations of elements in three fish species from offshore oil platforms and natural areas in the Southern California Bight, USA; 2013; Article; Journal; Bulletin of Marine Science; Love, Milton S.; Saiki, Michael K.; May, Thomas W.; Yee, Julie L.

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Infrequent triggering of tremor along the San Jacinto Fault near Anza, California

We examine the conditions necessary to trigger tremor along the San Jacinto fault (SJF) near Anza, California, where previous studies suggest triggered tremor occurs, but observations are sparse. We investigate the stress required to trigger tremor using continuous broadband seismograms from 11 stations located near Anza, California. We examine 44...

Wang, Tien-Huei; Cochran, Elizabeth S.; Agnew, Duncan Carr; Oglesby, David D.
Infrequent triggering of tremor along the San Jacinto Fault near Anza, California; 2013; Article; Journal; Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America; Wang, Tien-Huei ; Cochran, Elizabeth S.; Agnew, Duncan ; Oglesby, David D.

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Age and condition of juvenile catostomids in Clear Lake Reservoir, California

Executive Summary Although infrequent recruitment of new individuals into the adult spawning populations of Lost River suckers (Deltistes luxatus) and shortnose suckers (Chasmistes brevirostris) limits recovery of these species in Upper Klamath Lake, it is not clear that populations are recruitment limited in Clear Lake Reservoir (hereafter Clear...

Burdick, Summer M.; Rasmussen, Josh

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Geometry and earthquake potential of the shoreline fault, central California

The Shoreline fault is a vertical strike‐slip fault running along the coastline near San Luis Obispo, California. Much is unknown about the Shoreline fault, including its slip rate and the details of its geometry. Here, I study the geometry of the Shoreline fault at seismogenic depth, as well as the adjacent section of the offshore Hosgri fault,...

Hardebeck, Jeanne L.
Geometry and earthquake potential of the shoreline fault, central California; 2013; Article; Journal; Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America; Hardebeck, Jeanne L.

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The Regional Salmon Outmigration Study--survival and migration routing of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta during the winter of 2008-09

Juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) emigrating from natal tributaries of the Sacramento River may use a number of migration routes to navigate the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (hereafter called “the Delta”), each of which may influence their probability of surviving. We applied a mark-recapture model to data from acoustically...

Romine, Jason G.; Perry, Russell W.; Brewer, Scott J.; Adams, Noah S.; Liedtke, Theresa L.; Blake, Aaron R.; Burau, Jon R.
The Regional Salmon Outmigration Study--survival and migration routing of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta during the winter of 2008-09; 2013; OFR; 2013-1142; Romine, Jason G.; Perry, Russell W.; Brewer, Scott J.; Adams, Noah S.; Liedtke, Theresa L.; Blake, Aaron R.; Burau, Jon R.

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Low footwall accelerations and variable surface rupture behavior on the Fort Sage Mountains fault, northeast California

The Fort Sage Mountains fault zone is a normal fault in the Walker Lane of the western Basin and Range that produced a small surface rupture (<20  cm) during an ML 5.6 earthquake in 1950. We investigate the paleoseismic history of the Fort Sage fault and find evidence for two paleoearthquakes with surface displacements much larger than those...

Briggs, Richard W.; Wesnousky, Steven G.; Brune, James N.; Purvance, Matthew D.; Mahan, Shannon
Low footwall accelerations and variable surface rupture behavior on the Fort Sage Mountains fault, northeast California; 2013; Article; Journal; Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America; Briggs, Richard W.; Wesnousky, Steven G.; Brune, James N.; Purvance, Matthew D.; Mahan, Shannon A.

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Adjusting survival estimates for premature transmitter failure: A case study from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

In telemetry studies, premature tag failure causes negative bias in fish survival estimates because tag failure is interpreted as fish mortality. We used mark-recapture modeling to adjust estimates of fish survival for a previous study where premature tag failure was documented. High rates of tag failure occurred during the Vernalis Adaptive...

Holbrook, Christopher M.; Perry, Russell W.; Brandes, Patricia L.; Adams, Noah S.

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Late quaternary slip-rate variations along the Warm Springs Valley fault system, northern Walker Lane, California-Nevada border

The extent to which faults exhibit temporally varying slip rates has important consequences for models of fault mechanics and probabilistic seismic hazard. Here, we explore the temporal behavior of the dextral‐slip Warm Springs Valley fault system, which is part of a network of closely spaced (10–20 km) faults in the northern Walker Lane (...

Gold, Ryan; dePolo, Craig; Briggs, Richard W.; Crone, Anthony; Goss, John

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Assessment of juvenile coho salmon movement and behavior in relation to rehabilitation efforts in the Trinity River, California, using PIT tags and radiotelemetry

Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) is federally listed as a threatened species. The Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) is rehabilitating the Trinity River to restore coho salmon (coho) and other salmonid populations. In order to evaluate the...

Chase, Robert; Hemphill, Nina; Beeman, John; Juhnke, Steve; Hannon, John; Jenkins, Amy M.
Assessment of juvenile coho salmon movement and behavior in relation to rehabilitation efforts in the Trinity River, California, using PIT tags and radiotelemetry; 2013; Article; Journal; Environmental Biology of Fishes; Chase, Robert ; Hemphill, Nina ; Beeman, John ; Juhnke, Steve ; Hannon, John ; Jenkins, Amy M.

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Effect of brook trout removal from a spawning stream on an adfluvial population of Lahontan cutthroat trout

Independence Lake (Nevada and Sierra counties, California) harbors the only extant native population of Lahontan cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii henshawi in the Truckee River system and one of two extant adfluvial populations in the Lahontan basin. The persistence of this population has been precarious for more than 50 years, with spawning...

Scoppettone, G. Gary; Rissler, Peter H.; Shea, Sean P.; Somer, William
Effect of brook trout removal from a spawning stream on an adfluvial population of Lahontan cutthroat trout; 2012; Article; Journal; North American Journal of Fisheries Management; Scoppettone, G. Gary; Rissler, Peter H.; Shea, Sean P.; Somer, William

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Selenium in aquatic biota inhabiting agricultural drains in the Salton Sea Basin, California

Resource managers are concerned that water conservation practices in irrigated farmlands along the southern border of the Salton Sea, Imperial County, California, could increase selenium concentrations in agricultural drainwater and harm the desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius), a federally protected endangered species. As part of a broader...

Saiki, Michael K.; Martin, Barbara A.; May, Thomas W.

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June 27, 2019

PubTalk 06/2019 — USGS Fire Science

Title: USGS Fire Science: Understanding why wildlands burn and what can be done about it

  • Wildfires are expensive, dangerous, and have massive impacts on people and ecosystems, yet ecosystems evolved with wildland fire. 
  • USGS fire scientists help understand what factors affect wildland fire occurrence, intensity, spread, and effects. 
  • What can
red and white round buoys strung across the blue water of the California Aqueduct
June 26, 2019

California Aqueduct, San Joaquin Valley

The California Aqueduct flowing near Huron, CA in the San Joaquin Valley.  This spot is near one of several USGS land subsidence monitoring stations in the San Joaquin Valley. Land subsidence has reduced the conveyance capacity of the Aqueduct and other water

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at river's edge, a laptop displays graphs (foreground) while a hydrologist wades in the water with equipment (background)
June 26, 2019

Measuring Stream Discharge with Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler

The USGS maintains and monitors hundreds of streamgages across California, as well as across the Nation. Nearly all data collected by the USGS is made public and most in near real-time. Cities can use the data for flood mitigation and water supply. Understanding the amount of water flowing in the watersheds all across America is essential to everything we do, as water is

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Sample being analyzed in a sealed quartz cuvette on the Aqualog.
June 19, 2019

Samples being analyzed on the Aqualog spectrometer

Samples being analyzed in a sealed quartz cuvette on the Aqualog spectrophotometer

USGS scientist samples an ocean sediment core
June 19, 2019

Sediment Cores Reveal the History of the Pacific Ocean

USGS scientist Summer Praetorius collects samples from an ocean sediment core in the Pacific Ocean Paleoclimatology Lab at Menlo Park, CA. The sediment core is from Tanner Basin, located about 200 miles due west of San Diego in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This area is the southern-most extension of the California Current upwelling system, which brings cold nutrient-rich

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A woman kneels in a grassy area while taking a mud sample from the ground and placing it in a bag.
June 19, 2019

Wildfire history in the mud

Marine geochemist Renee Takesue collects a sample of exposed mud in a marsh near Sonoma Creek, California. She will look here and in nearby San Pablo Bay for chemicals from the 2017 Nuns Wildfire that can harm wildlife. The stormy winter of 2018 may have transported these contaminants from the Sonoma Creek watershed into San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This

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Barnstead e-pure organic free water filtration system in Trace Metals Lab
June 19, 2019

Barnstead e-pure organic free water filtration system in Trace Metals

Barnstead e-pure organic free water filtration system in Trace Metals Lab

A boat carrying lots of equipment motors out of a yacht harbor, waters are calm, engines churn up the water at the stern.
June 11, 2019

PCMSC research vessel Parke Snavely departs for deployment

The PCMSC research vessel R/V Parke Snavely heads out of the Vallejo Marina on June 11, 2019 to deploy instrument frames in Grizzly Bay for the ERO19 study.

A man wearing a straw hat checks the equipment mounted on a tripod frame.
June 10, 2019

Tripod preparation for ERO19

Lukas Winkler-Prins checks on the frame setup on June 10, 2019.  This tripod has an RBR CTD, an RBR bursting pressure sensor, an RBR optical backscatter sensor, a LISST-200X, an altimeter, and two Nortek ADVs + Seapoint optical backscatter sensors, which will reveal information about water temperature and salinity, wave height and period, total suspended sediment

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May 30, 2019

PubTalk 5/2019 - Rodgers Creek Fault

Title: New Mapping of the Rodgers Creek Fault: It's longer and more complex than we thought

  • Remote sensing technology reveals surface traces of the fault covered by trees and buildings.
  • Greater fault length and linkages to neighboring faults make larger earthquakes possible. 
  • Fault complexity has implications for hazards from ground shaking
map of San Diego county depicting the area studied by the San Diego Hydrogeology project
May 16, 2019

San Diego Hydrogeology | Project Study Area

Location of the study area for the San Diego Hydrogeology project, and location of the major coastal river basins in San Diego County (San Dieguito River, San Diego River, Sweetwater River, Otay River, and Tijuana River).

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Clark's Grebe at Thermalito Afterbay, CA
January 24, 2017

A new study published in PLOS ONE demonstrates that current conservation planning efforts for waterbird habitat in the Central Valley can likely compensate for habitat loss through the middle of the century.

Scientist collects samples from a temporary wooden platform in a New Jersey salt marsh
January 24, 2017

If coastal salt marshes are like savings accounts, with sediment as the principal, all eight Atlantic and Pacific coast salt marshes studied are "in the red," researchers found.

head shot of man
January 19, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Guy Gelfenbaum as the new director of their Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California Gelfenbaum succeeds Dr. Robert Rosenbauer who held the position for the past six years. Rosenbauer is retiring to a Scientist Emeritus position.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers, which include parts of Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and adjacent states, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Man in orange safety suit and helmet, and thumb up,  standing while riding a personal watercraft
January 12, 2017

On January 13, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will be working on the beach in Santa Cruz at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River. Using a sonar-equipped boat and personal watercraft, they will be surveying the beach and the nearby ocean bottom to compile a three-dimensional map of how the beach changed during storms that struck this week.

USGS: Science for a changing world
January 10, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center is hosting a media event Wednesday, Jan. 11 at a USGS streamgage location about 7 miles north of Santa Cruz, California. A hydrologist will be available for interviews as field crews collect streamflow data.

 

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January 8, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center is hosting a media event Monday, Jan. 9 at a USGS streamgage location below Friant Dam, a streamflow site with significance to the San Juan River Restoration Project.

A man sits at a desk in front of a computer monitor and keyboard, pointing to the image and talking.
December 30, 2016

USGS scientists and their coauthors from the California Coastal Records Project have found a way to use historical aerial photographs not just to see evidence of coastal erosion, but to accurately measure how much has occurred over time.

Nevada Earthquake Swarm December 28, 2016...
December 28, 2016

Three jolting earthquakes occurred in the wee hours this morning near Hawthorne NV, with two M5.7 events and a M5.5 occurring between the hours of 12:18 AM PST and 1:13 AM PST.

One woman explaining something to another who is listening and smiling.
December 15, 2016

Interior Secretary talks with USGS geophysicist Stephanie Ross

December 13 - 14, 2016 Long Valley Caldera earthquake swarm recorde...
December 14, 2016

A short-lived earthquake swarm occurred overnight under the Long Valley Caldera in eastern California about 4 km (2.5 mi) ESE of the town of Mammoths Lakes. The swarm does not appear to be related to increased volcanic unrest.

Image: AGU Fall Meeting Street Pedestrians
December 8, 2016

Their days often start with breakfast meetings and end with working dinners. They give presentations to hundreds of their peers, debate fine points in crowded poster halls, and catch up with colleagues in long refreshment lines.

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