The U.S. Geological Survey, California Water Science Center provides reliable, impartial, foundational data and scientific analysis to address water issues facing California today. We conduct hydrologic monitoring and investigative studies in partnership with Federal, State, and local agencies to assist them in managing California's water resources.
Hydrologic data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and archiving are essential to identifying and understanding water resources challenges, and developing sustainable future solutions. 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. We operate approximately 500 streamgages and monitor nearly 3,000 groundwater wells.
Our team of hydrologists, geologists, ecologists, biologists, chemists, modelers, geographers, data specialists, and technicians are conducting over 100 interdisciplinary studies addressing specific challenges presented by California's complex water landscape.
Statewide, water managers from federal, state, and local agencies are using CAWSC science to approach planning their SGMA-compliant water management techniques. We form partnerships with these agencies, water districts, and other public organizations to find out what the historical and current state of California's water quality, availability, and usage is, and can help water managers understand the potential future effects of different planning scenarios.Partner with us >>