USGS California Water Science Center water programs in California

Fact Sheet 2005-3046



California is threatened by many natural hazards—fire, floods, landslides, earthquakes. The State is also threatened by longer-term problems, such as hydrologic effects of climate change, and human-induced problems, such as overuse of ground water and degradation of water quality. The threats and problems are intensified by increases in population, which has risen to nearly 36.8 million. For the USGS California Water Science Center, providing scientific information to help address hazards, threats, and hydrologic issues is a top priority. To meet the demands of a growing California, USGS scientific investigations are helping State and local governments improve emergency management, optimize resources, collect contaminant-source and -mobility information, and improve surface- and ground-water quality. USGS hydrologic studies and data collection throughout the State give water managers quantifiable and detailed scientific information that can be used to plan for development and to protect and more efficiently manage resources. The USGS, in cooperation with state, local, and tribal agencies, operates more than 500 instrument stations, which monitor streamflow, ground-water levels, and surface- and ground-water constituents to help protect water supplies and predict the threats of natural hazards. The following are some of the programs implemented by the USGS, in cooperation with other agencies, to obtain and analyze information needed to preserve California's environment and resources.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title USGS California Water Science Center water programs in California
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2005-3046
DOI 10.3133/fs20053046
Edition Online only
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State California
Scale 24000
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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