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Media Advisory: Accompany a USGS Field Crew as they Measure Stream Flow and Flooding in Storm-Affected Areas of Northern California
Released: 12/11/2014 6:43:07 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Laurel  Rogers 1-click interview
Phone: 619-980-6527

Donyelle Davis 1-click interview
Phone: 626-202-2393



What: The U.S. Geological Survey is hosting three media availabilities on Friday, Dec. 12 at high-water areas on the Russian River near Geyserville, Calif.; the Sacramento River at Delta, Calif; and Cache Creek near Yolo, Calif. A hydrologist will be available for interviews as field crews collect data. Media are welcomed to film as USGS scientists perform these important operations.

Topic: Press are invited to join U.S. Geological Survey scientists and field technician crews who are measuring stream flow and flooding after heavy rainfall from the storm that moved into northern California on Dec. 10. The data collected are used by the National Weather Service, the California Office of Emergency Services, and other federal, state, and local to safeguard people and property by preparing for and responding to flooding and debris-flow hazards.

Where and When: These are the general locations and times where crews will be measuring. Please contact Laurel Rogers or Donyelle Davis for detailed location information and condition updates. Contact info is provided above.

  Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8 a.m.

  Friday, December 12, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Location: Cache Creek near Yolo, Calif. 

  Friday, December 12, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Note: Water-quality samples will also be collected nearby as part of the USGS Cache Creek Mercury Studies Program. Hydrologists will be available for interview for this activity.

More Information: USGS scientists are collecting streamflow data that are vital for protection of life, property and the environment. There are about 500 USGS-operated streamgages in California that measure water levels and streamflow. When flooding occurs, USGS crews make discharge measurements to verify the data USGS provides to federal, state, and local agencies, as well as to the public.

USGS real-time maps of flood and high flow conditions for California may be accessed online.

For more than 125 years, the USGS has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across the United States. The information is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk, and for recreational activities.

Access current flood and high flow conditions across the country by visiting the USGS WaterWatch website. Receive instant, customized updates about water conditions in your area via text message or email by signing up for USGS WaterAlert. See where floodwaters go by following a stream trace at Streamer. View water data on your mobile device. Learn how a USGS streamgage works.


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