Groundwater quality in the Santa Barbara Coastal Plain, California

Fact Sheet 2016-3058
Prepared in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board
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Groundwater provides more than 40 percent of California’s drinking water. To protect this vital resource, the State of California established the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program. The Priority Basin Project of the GAMA Program provides a comprehensive assessment of the State’s groundwater quality and increases public access to groundwater-quality information. The Santa Barbara Coastal Plain is one of the study units.

Suggested Citation

Davis, T.A., and Belitz, Kenneth, 2016, Groundwater Quality in the Santa Barbara Coastal Plain, California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016-3058, 4 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • The Santa Barbara Study Unit
  • Overview of Water Quality
  • Results: Groundwater Quality in the Santa Barbara Study Unit
  • Benchmarks for Evaluating Groundwater Quality
  • Factors that Affect Groundwater Quality
  • Priority Basin Assessments

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Groundwater quality in the Santa Barbara Coastal Plain, California
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2016-3058
DOI 10.3133/fs20163058
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) California Water Science Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Santa Barbara Study Unit
Online Only (Y/N) N
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