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Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Date published: September 20, 2019

USGS Mobile Water Quality Sensor on Mississippi River Boat

U.S. Geological Survey expands its network of water-quality sensors to include the American Queen Steamboat as she travels the entire length of the Mississippi River collecting nutrient levels and water-quality data along the way.  (Image Courtesy: Iowa Public Radio, Iowa City, Iowa, limited use USGS only)

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Year Published: 2021

Precipitation-driven flood-inundation mapping of the Little Blue River at Grandview, Missouri

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Grandview, Missouri, assessed flooding of the Little Blue River at Grandview resulting from varying precipitation magnitudes and durations and expected land-cover changes. The precipitation scenarios were used to develop a library of flood-inundation maps that included a 3.5-mile...

Heimann, David C.; Voss, Jonathon D.; Rydlund, Jr., Paul H.
Heimann, D.C., Voss, J.D., and Rydlund, P.H., Jr., 2021, Precipitation-driven flood-inundation mapping of the Little Blue River at Grandview, Missouri: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5068, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215068.

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Two-dimensional hydraulic analyses of Joachim Creek, De Soto, Missouri

A two-dimensional hydraulic model; water-surface profiles; and digital maps of water-surface elevation, velocities, and water depths were developed for a 6.7-mile reach of Joachim Creek within and near the city of De Soto, Missouri. Water-surface profiles were generated for the 10-, 4-, 2-, 1-, and 0.2-percent annual exceedance probability (10-,...

Hix, Kyle D.; Rydlund, Jr., Paul H.; Heimann, David C.
Hix, K.D., Rydlund, P.H., and Heimann, D.C., 2021, Two-dimensional hydraulic analyses of Joachim Creek, De Soto, Missouri: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5058, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215058.

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Incorporating water quality analysis into navigation assessments as demonstrated in the Mississippi River Basin

A description of historical and ambient water quality conditions is often required as part of navigational studies. This paper describes a series of tools developed by the USGS that can aid navigation managers in developing water quality assessments. The tools use R, a statistical software program, and provide methods to retrieve historical...

Kleiss, Barbara; Murphy, Jennifer C.; Mayne, Casey M.; Allgeier, Jake P.; Edmondson, Amanda B.; Ginsberg, Katrina C.; Jones, Keaton E.; Lauth, Timothy J.; Moe, Emily L.; Murphy, Julie W.; Allison, Mead