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The CFWSC has an active presence in support of hydrologic research and monitoring across the Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands region.  We look forward to expanding our work with partner organizations throughout this region and identifying new projects of mutual interest relevant to our water-resources. For questions related to water resources, please feel free to: 

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Date published: November 29, 2021

USGS Virtual Science Career Event

Have you ever wondered what it takes to pursue a career with the U.S. Geological Survey? Join us Thursday, January 27th, 2022 to learn about the science career opportunities offered at the USGS in Florida and the Caribbean. 

Date published: September 7, 2021

Southeast Region (SER) Science Workshop: Identifying Science to Meet Administration Priorities and the Needs of Our Stakeholders

The fourth annual SER Science Workshop, held virtually July 13-16, 2021, addressed four administration priorities – underserved communities, tribal engagement, conserving 30% of our lands and waters by 2030, and tackling the climate crisis. 

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Development of regression equations for the estimation of the magnitude and frequency of floods at rural, unregulated gaged and ungaged streams in Puerto Rico through water year 2017

The methods of computation and estimates of the magnitude of flood flows were updated for the 50-, 20-, 10-, 4-, 2-, 1-, 0.5-, and 0.2-percent chance exceedance levels for 91 streamgages on the main island of Puerto Rico by using annual peak-flow data through 2017. Since the previous flood frequency study in 1994, the U.S. Geological Survey has...

Ryan, Patrick J.; Gotvald, Anthony J.; Hazelbaker, Cody L.; Veilleux, Andrea G.; Wagner, Daniel M.
Ryan, P.J., Gotvald, A.J., Hazelbaker, C.L., Veilleux, A.G., and Wagner, D.M., 2021, Development of regression equations for the estimation of the magnitude and frequency of floods at rural, unregulated gaged and ungaged streams in Puerto Rico through water year 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5062, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215062.

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Evaluation of actual evapotranspiration rates from the Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) model in Florida and parts of Alabama and Georgia, 2000–17

Evapotranspiration (ET) is the water-vapor flux transported from the surface of the Earth into the atmosphere and is the sum of surface water directly evaporated and subsurface water transpired by plants. ET rates are commonly estimated by using potential or reference ET, which might differ from actual ET rates. Actual evapotranspiration (ETa)...

Sepúlveda, Nicasio
Sepúlveda, N., 2021, Evaluation of actual evapotranspiration rates from the Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) model in Florida and parts of Alabama and Georgia, 2000–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5072, 66 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215072.

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Estimated water withdrawals and use in Puerto Rico, 2015

Water withdrawals and use in Puerto Rico for 2015 were estimated at 2,372 million gallons per day (Mgal/d), which was 21 percent less than withdrawals and use for 2010. The 2015 total water withdrawal and use estimates were the lowest since 1990 and coincided with a substantial decline of 25 percent in saline-water withdrawals for thermoelectric-...

Molina-Rivera, Wanda L.; Irizarry-Ortiz, Michelle M.
Molina-Rivera, W.L., and Irizarry-Ortiz, M.M., 2021, Estimated water withdrawals and use in Puerto Rico, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1060, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211060.