The USGS California Water Science Center is heavily involved in the measurement of flow and water quality parameters in the San Francisco Estuary, with support from many partner agencies. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), through the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) is one of those agencies. This article describes the resulting efforts and methodologies and provides examples of some of the uses of the data sets for science and management interests.
The DWR/IEP-funded flow and water quality network provides high resolution data in both space and time, over a large portion of the San Francisco Estuary. This measurement network has evolved over the preceding decades, and proven invaluable for both management and science interests, with particular relevance to water supply and endangered species issues. Presented below are a summary of the measurement network, some of the methods being utilized, and some interesting conditions that became evident during the recent drought that spanned Water Years (WY) 2013-2016, and the wet WY2017 (water year spans Oct 1-Sept 30).
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||State of the network: Long-term, high-frequency flow and water quality data in the San Francisco Estuary, California|
|Series title||Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) Newsletter|
|Publisher||California Department of Water Resources|
|Contributing office(s)||California Water Science Center|
|Other Geospatial||San Francisco Bay Estuary|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|