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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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Current water conditions in Florida and Puerto Rico

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We provide current and historical surface-water, groundwater, water quality, water use, and ecological data in various formats.

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Date published: October 7, 2020

USGS Deploying Storm Tide Sensors Along Gulf Coast for Hurricane Delta

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision-makers before, during and after Hurricane Delta, visit the USGS Hurricane Delta page at www.usgs.gov/delta.  

Date published: October 7, 2020

Bridging the Language Barrier During the Puerto Rico Earthquake

What happens when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Puerto Rico and the public needs critical information? How does a mostly English-speaking science agency reach a mostly Spanish-speaking public?

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Year Published: 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

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.

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Flow characteristics and salinity patterns in tidal rivers within the northern Ten Thousand Islands, southwest Florida, water years 2007–19

Freshwater flow to the Ten Thousand Islands (TTI) estuary has been altered by the construction of the Tamiami Trail and construction of features in the now defunct Southern Golden Gate Estates development. This development included four associated canals that combine into the Faka Union Canal, which discharges into the TTI estuary. The Picayune...

Booth, Amanda C.; Knight, Travis M.
Booth, A.C., and Knight, T.M., 2021, Flow characteristics and salinity patterns in tidal rivers within the northern Ten Thousand Islands, southwest Florida, water years 2007–19: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5028, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215028.