Basic hydrologic data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and archiving are major parts of the California Water Science Center program. 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.
Cuurrent California Streamflow Conditions map depicts streamflow conditions as a percentile, which is computed from the period of record for the current day of the year.
Current California Streamflow Conditions
Real-time streamflow data from automated equipment, representing the most current hydrologic conditions.
WaterWatch displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States.
USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper
Shows real-time current California conditions including surface-water, groundwater, spring sites, atmospheric sites and more.
California Active Groundwater Level Network contains water levels and well information from more than 20,000 wells that have been measured by the USGS or USGS cooperators at least once within the past 13 months.
NWIS: Groundwater Data for California
The Groundwater database consists of records of wells, springs, test holes, tunnels,drains, and excavations. Available information includes groundwater level data, well depth, aquifer, and more.
Groundwater Watch groups related wells and data from active well networks reported in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), and provides basic statistics about the water-level data collected by USGS water science centers for Cooperative and Federal Programs, and from data supplied to us by our customers through cooperative agreements.
California Coastal Basin Aquifers
National aquifers, or principal aquifers of the United States, are defined as regionally extensive aquifers or aquifer systems that have the potential to be used as a source of potable water.
Southern California Basin Network
State and local "networks" are defined by Water Science Centers as a way to group specific collections of wells. These "networks" have a variety of criteria including political divisions, principle aquifers, cooperators, and water management districts.
NWIS Surface-Water Data offers hydrographs, by site, for temperature, discharge, gage height, and specific conductance.
NWIS: Surface-Water Data for California
The Surface Water database consists of records of current streamflow conditions, historical observations, daily data, peak-flow data, and field measurements from streamgages across California.
Maps California streamgage sites and compares real-time streamflow to historical streamflow for the day of the year.
Runoff Estimates for California
Monthly and Annual excess precipitation discharge estimates for California, including historical comparisons.
Water-Quality Watch provides streamflow (through WaterWatch), water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrate measurements.
NWIS: Water-Quality Data for California
At selected surface-water and groundwater sites, the USGS maintains instruments that continuously record physical and chemical characteristics of the water including pH, specific conductance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and percent dissolved-oxygen saturation. Supporting data such as air temperature and barometric pressure are also available at some sites.
Data from automated field equipment representing the most current hydrologic water quality conditions.
Site Inventory for California
The Site Inventory System contains and provides access to inventory information about sites at stream reaches, wells, test holes, springs, tunnels, drains, lakes, reservoirs, ponds, excavations, and water-use facilities.
Excerpt from Water Resources Data California Water Year 2003 showing the location of USGS discharge and water-quality stations in Ventura County for Water Year 2003.
Historical Water Data for California
Hydrologic Data Reports for Water Years 1961 thourgh 2013, including surface and groundwater data, water quality data, and basin schematics.
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Training information and guidelines for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensees and other cooperating agencies for the preparation of furnished data records.Furnished Data Guidelines