Continuing data collection and analysis are vital to efficient development and management of water resources. To insure that water managers have adequate information on conditions and trends, data-collection programs must be evaluated and updated periodically. Changes in population, land use, and agricultural practices may increase the demand for water, so that effective water management and supporting data collection become even more critical. Consideration of cost effectiveness, however, means that every site must count, and redundancy must be minimized. Water resources management and monitoring are ever-changing, and periodic reevaluation is a necessary part of this process. This report presents an evaluation of precipitation, surface-water, and ground-water monitoring networks in the northern Salinas River drainage basin of Monterey County, California. This report is third in a series of reports prepared in cooperation with the Monterey County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (MCFCWCD). The phase 1 report (Showalter and Hoffard, 1986) covers the southern Salinas River drainage basin, the phase 2 report covers the north county and coastal areas of Monterey County (W.E. Templin, P.E. Smith, and R.C. Schluter, U.S. Geological Survey, written commun., 1989), and this report (phase 3) covers the northern Salinas River drainage basin.