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Our Dakota Water Science Center priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices.

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Current Dakota Water Conditions

Current Dakota Water Conditions

Explore real-time Dakota streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions and access data with our interactive map.

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Science at DWSC

Science at DWSC

The Dakota Water Science Center collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on North and South Dakota's water resources.

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News

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: April 8, 2019

Public Invitation: Learn the Latest on Your Water Resources in the Dakotas

News media and the public are invited to a free meeting about critical South Dakota-area water issues on Thursday, April 11, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Date published: April 5, 2019

Media Advisory: USGS Crews Measure Record Flooding in Fargo

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding in and near Fargo, North Dakota? Please contact Dave Ozman, Marisa Lubeck or Chris Laveau.

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Stratigraphic units of shallow unconsolidated deposits in Deadwood, South Dakota, delineated by real-time kinematic surveys

The City of Deadwood, South Dakota, has been working on a new archeological investigation in preparation for economic growth and expansion within the city limits, through the Deadwood Historic Preservation Office. During the excavation process, buried artifacts and historical features from the late 1800s have been uncovered. The stratigraphy of...

Tatge, Wyatt S.; Medler, Colton J.; Eldridge, William G.; Valder, Joshua F.
Tatge, W.S., Medler, C.J., Eldridge, W.G., and Valder, J.F., 2020, Stratigraphic units of shallow unconsolidated deposits in Deadwood, South Dakota, delineated by real-time kinematic surveys: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3459, pamphlet 7 p., 1 sheet, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3459.

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Water-quality trends for selected sites and constituents in the international Red River of the North Basin, Minnesota and North Dakota, United States, and Manitoba, Canada, 1970–2017

A comprehensive study to evaluate water-quality trends, while considering natural hydroclimatic variability, in the Red River of the North Basin and assess water-quality conditions for the Red River of the North crossing the international boundary near Emerson, Manitoba, Canada (the binational site), was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in...

Nustad, Rochelle A.; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Nustad, R.A., and Vecchia, A.V., 2020, Water-quality trends for selected sites and constituents in the international Red River of the North Basin, Minnesota and North Dakota, United States, and Manitoba, Canada, 1970–2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5079, 75 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205079.

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Small basin annual yield and percentage of snowmelt runoff in North Dakota, 1931–2016

The North Dakota hydrology manual prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, presents methodologies primarily used for developing hydrology for onfarm conservation practices, watershed projects, Resource Conservation and Development project measures, and river basin studies. The manual includes data necessary for...

Williams-Sether, Tara; Wheeling, Spencer L.
Williams-Sether, T., and Wheeling, S.L., 2020, Small basin annual yield and percentage of snowmelt runoff in North Dakota, 1931–2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5144, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195144.