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Year Published: 2018

Shoreline erosion at selected areas along Lake Sharpe on the Lower Brule Reservation in South Dakota, 1966–2015

The Lower Brule Reservation in central South Dakota is losing land because of shoreline erosion along Lake Sharpe, a reservoir on the Missouri River, which has caused detrimental effects for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe including losses of cultural sites, recreation access points, wildlife habitat, irrigated cropland, and landmass. To better...

Thompson, Ryan F.; Stamm, John F.
Thompson, R.F., and Stamm, J.F., 2018, Shoreline erosion at selected areas along Lake Sharpe on the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota, 1966–2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5058, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185058.

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Year Published: 2018

Construction and calibration of a groundwater-flow model to assess groundwater availability in the uppermost principal aquifer systems of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada

The U.S. Geological Survey developed a groundwater-flow model for the uppermost principal aquifer systems in the Williston Basin in parts of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States and parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada as part of a detailed assessment of the groundwater availability in the area. The assessment was...

Davis, Kyle W.; Long, Andrew J.
Davis, K.W., and Long, A.J., 2018, Construction and calibration of a groundwater-flow model to assess groundwater availability in the uppermost principal aquifer systems of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5158, 70 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175158.

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Year Published: 2018

Model methodology for estimating pesticide concentration extremes based on sparse monitoring data

This report describes a new methodology for using sparse (weekly or less frequent observations) and potentially highly censored pesticide monitoring data to simulate daily pesticide concentrations and associated quantities used for acute and chronic exposure assessments, such as the annual maximum daily concentration. The new methodology is based...

Vecchia, Aldo V.
Vecchia, A.V., 2018, Model methodology for estimating pesticide concentration extremes based on sparse monitoring data: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5159, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175159.

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Year Published: 2018

Delineation of the hydrogeologic framework of the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, using airborne electromagnetic data

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, began developing a groundwater-flow model of the Big Sioux aquifer in 2014 that will enable the City to make more informed water management decisions, such as delineation of areas of the greatest specific yield, which is crucial for locating municipal wells....

Valseth, Kristen J.; Delzer, Gregory C.; Price, Curtis V.
Valseth, K.J., Delzer, G.C., and Price, C.V., 2018, Delineation of the hydrogeologic framework of the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, using airborne electromagnetic data: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3393, 2 sheets, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3393.

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Year Published: 2018

Conceptual model to assess water use associated with the life cycle of unconventional oil and gas development

As the demand for energy increases in the United States, so does the demand for water used to produce many forms of that energy. Technological advances, limited access to conventional oil and gas accumulations, and the rise of oil and gas prices resulted in increased development of unconventional oil and gas (UOG) accumulations. Unconventional oil...

Valder, Joshua F.; McShane, Ryan R.; Barnhart, Theodore B.; Sando, Roy; Carter, Janet M.; Lundgren, Robert F.
Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Barnhart, T.B., Sando, R., Carter, J.M., and Lundgren, R.F., 2018, Conceptual model to assess water use associated with the life cycle of unconventional oil and gas development: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5027, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185027.

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Year Published: 2018

Modeling drivers of phosphorus loads in Chesapeake Bay tributaries and inferences about long-term change

Causal attribution of changes in water quality often consists of correlation, qualitative reasoning, listing references to the work of others, or speculation. To better support statements of attribution for water-quality trends, structural equation modeling was used to model the causal factors of total phosphorus loads in the Chesapeake Bay...

Ryberg, Karen R.; Blomquist, Joel D.; Sprague, Lori A.; Sekellick, Andrew J.; Keisman, Jennifer L.
Ryberg, K.R., Blomquist, J.D., Sprague, L.A., Sekellick, A.J., and Keisman, J., 2018, Modeling drivers of phosphorus loads in Chesapeake Bay tributaries and inferences about long-term change: Science of The Total Environment, v. 616–617, p. 1423–1430, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.173.

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Year Published: 2018

Hydrogeologic framework and groundwater conditions of the Ararat Basin in Armenia

Armenia is a landlocked country located in the mountainous Caucasus region between Asia and Europe. It shares borders with the countries of Georgia on the north, Azerbaijan on the east, Iran on the south, and Turkey and Azerbaijan on the west. The Ararat Basin is a transboundary basin in Armenia and Turkey. The Ararat Basin (or Ararat Valley) is...

Valder, Joshua F.; Carter, Janet M.; Medler, Colton J.; Thompson, Ryan F.; Anderson, Mark T.
Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., Medler, C.J., Thompson, R.F., and Anderson, M.T., 2018, Hydrogeologic framework and groundwater conditions of the Ararat Basin in Armenia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5163, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175163.

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Year Published: 2017

Application of paleoflood surveys for the southern Black Hills of South Dakota

Flood-frequency analyses for the Black Hills area have especially large uncertainties and are especially important for planning purposes because of a history of extremely large and damaging floods, such as the extreme floods of June 9–10, 1972. Geology, topography, and climatology are additional complicating factors for flood-frequency...

Driscoll, Daniel G.
Driscoll, D.G., 2017, Application of Paleoflood Surveys for the Southern Black Hills of South Dakota: South Dakota Department of Transportation Office of Research study 2010-04, 21 p.

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Year Published: 2017

Runoff and water-quality characteristics of three Discovery Farms in North Dakota, 2008–16

Agricultural producers in North Dakota are aware of concerns about degrading water quality, and many of the producers are interested in implementing conservation practices to reduce the export of nutrients from their farms. Producers often implement conservation practices without knowledge of the water quality of the runoff from their farm or if...

Galloway, Joel M.; Nustad, Rochelle A.
Galloway, J.M., and Nustad, R.A., 2017, Runoff and water-quality characteristics of three Discovery Farms in North Dakota, 2008–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5124, 68 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175124.

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Year Published: 2017

Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

The Williston Basin, which includes parts of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States, has been a leading domestic oil and gas producing area. To better understand the potential effects of energy development on environmental resources in the Williston Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Bureau of...

Post van der Burg, Max; Vining, Kevin C.; Frankforter, Jill D.
Post van der Burg, Max, Vining, K.C., Frankforter, J.D., eds., 2017, Potential effects of energy development on environmental resources of the Williston Basin in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5070–A–D, variously paged, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175070.

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Year Published: 2017

Structural equation model of total phosphorus loads in the Red River of the North Basin, USA and Canada

Attribution of the causes of trends in nutrient loading is often limited to correlation, qualitative reasoning, or references to the work of others. This paper represents efforts to improve causal attribution of water-quality changes. The Red River of the North basin provides a regional test case because of international interest in the reduction...

Ryberg, Karen R.
Ryberg, K.R., 2017, Structural equation model of total phosphorus loads in the Red River of the North Basin, USA and Canada: Journal of Environmental Quality, v. 46, no. 5, p. 1072-1080, https://doi.org/10.2134/jeq2017.04.0131

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Year Published: 2016

Streamflow data

Streamflow data are vital for a variety of water-resources issues, from flood warning to water supply planning. The collection of streamflow data is usually an involved and complicated process. This chapter serves as an overview of the streamflow data collection process. Readers with the need for the detailed information on the streamflow data...

Wiche, Gregg J.; Holmes, Robert R.
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