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Fact Sheet 2013–3037

USGS Science at Work in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary

By Michelle K. Shouse and Dale A. Cox

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The San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta form one of the largest estuaries in the United States. The “Bay-Delta” system provides water to more than 25 million California residents and vast farmlands, as well as key habitat for birds, fish, and other wildlife. To help ensure the health of this crucial estuary, the U.S. Geological Survey, in close cooperation with partner agencies and organizations, is providing science essential to addressing societal issues associated with water quantity and quality, sediment transportation, environmental contamination, animal health and status, habitat restoration, hazards, ground subsidence, and climate change.

First posted November 19, 2013

For additional information, contact:
USGS Pacific Region
Office of the Regional Director
CSUS-Placer Hall, Suite 5000
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6129

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Suggested citation:

Shouse, M.K., and Cox, D.A., 2013, USGS Science at Work in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3037, 6 p.,

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