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Understanding Submarine Groundwater Discharge and Its Influence on California Coastal Water Quality


Submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) is a mechanism for bringing nonpoint source pollution to the coast. This is particularly true in areas where urban or agricultural practices pollute groundwater. This project sought to understand some of the effects of SGD on coastal water quality at Stinson Beach in Marin County, a community in which residents’ wastewater is treated on-site via septic systems.

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