The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California’s water. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the state’s people, and to protect, restore and enhance the natural and human environments.
DWR Chief Engineer Eric Santos at the helm of the San Carlos, DWR’s 56-foot research vessel, sails the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay system monitoring conditions and collecting water quality samples. DWR biologists and water quality technicians on board assure DWR’s compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board’s water quality standards, monitor phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthos and keep an eye on such things as algae blooms. Built in San Diego, the San Carlos has navigated Delta waters since 1976.
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