Groundwater Quality in Shallow Aquifers in the Western Mojave Desert, California

Fact Sheet 2019-3033
Prepared in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board
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  • Document: Report (1 MB pdf)
  • Data Release: Data Release - Groundwater-Quality Data in the Mojave Basin Shallow Aquifer Study Unit, 2018: Results from the California GAMA Priority Basin Project
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Groundwater provides more than 40 percent of California’s drinking water. To protect this vital resource, the State of California created the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program. The Priority Basin Project (PBP) of the GAMA Program provides a comprehensive assessment of the State’s groundwater quality and increases public access to groundwater-quality information. One GAMA-PBP study unit is in the western part of the Mojave Desert, where shallow aquifers provide drinking water for many rural households.

Suggested Citation

Groover, K.D., and Goldrath, D.A., 2019, Groundwater quality in shallow aquifers in the western Mojave Desert, California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3033, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Groundwater quality in shallow aquifers in the western Mojave Desert, California
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2019-3033
DOI 10.3133/fs20193033
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center
Description Report: 4 p.; Data Release
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Western Mojave Desert
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