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Putting flow-ecology relationships into practice: A decision-support system to assess fish community response to water-management scenarios
Year Published: 2017

Putting flow-ecology relationships into practice: A decision-support system to assess fish community response to water-management scenarios

This paper presents a conceptual framework to operationalize flow–ecology relationships into decision-support systems of practical use to water-resource managers, who are commonly tasked with balancing multiple competing socioeconomic and environmental priorities. We illustrate this framework with a case study, whereby fish community responses to various water-management scenarios were predicted...

Cartwright, Jennifer M.; Caldwell, Casey; Nebiker, Steven; Knight, Rodney
Cartwright, J.; Caldwell, C.; Nebiker, S.; Knight, R., 2017, Putting Flow-Ecology Relationships into Practice: A Decision-Support System to Assess Fish Community Response to Water-Management Scenarios. Water: 9(3), 196
Water resources of the Southern Hills regional aquifer system, southeastern Louisiana
Year Published: 2017

Water resources of the Southern Hills regional aquifer system, southeastern Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of groundwater in the 10 parishes overlying the Southern Hills regional aquifer system of Louisiana (fig. 1) is critical for water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. Information on the availability,...

White, Vincent E.
White, V.E., 2017, Water resources of the Southern Hills regional aquifer system, southeastern Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3010, <br>6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173010.
Water resources of Iberia Parish, Louisiana
Year Published: 2017

Water resources of Iberia Parish, Louisiana

IntroductionInformation concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-resource management. This fact sheet summarizes the availability, past and current use, use trends, and water quality from groundwater and surface-water sources in the parish for water managers, parish residents, and others to assist in stewardship of this vital...

White, Vincent E.; Prakken, Lawrence B.
White, V.E., and Prakken, L.B., 2017, Water resources of Iberia Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3100, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163100.
Water resources of Concordia Parish, Louisiana
Year Published: 2017

Water resources of Concordia Parish, Louisiana

IntroductionInformation concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Concordia Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. Information on the availability, past and current use, use trends, and water...

White, Vincent E.
White, V.E., 2017, Water resources of Concordia Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3099, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163099.
Water resources of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Year Published: 2017

Water resources of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana

IntroductionInformation concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. Information on the availability, past and current use, use trends, and water...

White, Vincent E.
White, V.E., 2017, Water resources of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3101, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163101.
Measuring urban water conservation policies: Toward a comprehensive index
Year Published: 2017

Measuring urban water conservation policies: Toward a comprehensive index

This article (1) discusses existing efforts to measure water conservation policies (WCPs) in the United States (U.S.); (2) suggests general methodological guidelines for creating robust water conservation indices (WCIs); (3) presents a comprehensive template for coding WCPs; (4) introduces a summary index, the Vanderbilt Water Conservation Index (VWCI), which is derived from 79 WCP observations...

Hess, David; Wold, Christopher; Worland, Scott C.; Hornberger, George M.
Characterization of peak streamflows and flood inundation of selected areas in Louisiana from the August 2016 flood
Year Published: 2017

Characterization of peak streamflows and flood inundation of selected areas in Louisiana from the August 2016 flood

Heavy rainfall occurred across Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi in August 2016 as a result of a slow-moving area of low pressure and a high amount of atmospheric moisture. The storm caused major flooding in the southern portions of Louisiana including areas surrounding Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Flooding occurred along the rivers such as the Amite, Comite, Tangipahoa, Tickfaw, Vermilion,...

Watson, Kara M.; Storm, John B.; Breaker, Brian K.; Rose, Claire E.
Watson, K.M., Storm, J.B., Breaker, B.K., and Rose, C.E., 2017, Characterization of peak streamflows and flood inundation of selected areas in Louisiana from the August 2016 flood: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5005, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175005.
A rare Uroglena bloom in Beaver Lake, Arkansas, spring 2015
Year Published: 2016

A rare Uroglena bloom in Beaver Lake, Arkansas, spring 2015

A combination of factors triggered a Uroglena volvox bloom and taste and odor event in Beaver Lake, a water-supply reservoir in northwest Arkansas, in late April 2015. Factors contributing to the bloom included increased rainfall and runoff containing increased concentrations of dissolved organic carbon, followed by a stable pool, low nutrient concentrations, and an expansion of lake surface area...

William R. Green and Brad Hufhines
Hydrogeologic framework bottom elevations and thicknesses of Permian, Upper Pennsylvanian, Lower Pennsylvanian, and Mississippian units in the Appalachian Plateaus Physiographic Province
Year Published: 2016

Hydrogeologic framework bottom elevations and thicknesses of Permian, Upper Pennsylvanian, Lower Pennsylvanian, and Mississippian units in the Appalachian Plateaus Physiographic Province

As part of the U.S. Geological Survey Water Availability and Use Science Program study of Appalachian Plateaus aquifers, bottom elevations and thicknesses were determined for Permian, Upper Pennsylvanian, Lower Pennsylvanian, and Mississippian hydrogeologic framework units in the Appalachian Plateaus, covering parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee,...

Ladd, David E.
Ladd, D.E., 2016, Hydrogeologic framework bottom elevations and thicknesses of Permian, Upper Pennsylvanian, Lower Pennsylvanian, and Mississippian units in the Appalachian Plateaus Physiographic Province: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7ZW1J1Q.
Characterization of Peak Streamflows and Flood Inundation of Selected Areas in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi from Flood of March 2016
Year Published: 2016

Characterization of Peak Streamflows and Flood Inundation of Selected Areas in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi from Flood of March 2016

Heavy rainfall occurred across Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi in March 2016 as a result of a slow-moving southward dip in the jetstream, funneling tropical moisture into parts of the Gulf Coastal States and the Mississippi River Valley. The storm caused major flooding in the northwestern and southeastern parts of Louisiana and in eastern Texas. Flooding also occurred in the...

Brian K. Breaker, Kara M. Watson, Paul A. Ensminger, John B. Storm, and Claire E. Rose
Benson, M.A., and Dalrymple, Tate, 1967, General field and office procedures for indirect measurements: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 3, chap. Al, 30 p. [Also available at http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/twri03A1.] Cohn, T.A., Lane, W.L., and Baier, W.G., 1997, An algorithm for computing moments-based flood quantile estimates when historical flood information is available: Water Resources Research, v. 33, no. 9, p. 2089–2096. Cohn, T.A., Lane, W.L., and Stedinger, J.R., 2001, Confidence intervals for Expected Moments Algorithm flood quantile estimates: Water Resources Research, v. 37, no. 6, p. 1695–1706. Di Liberto, Tom, 2016, “Maya Express” behind Gulf Coast soaking, accessed August 5, 2016, at https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/maya-express-behind-gulf-coast-soaking. Durre, Imke, Squires, M.F., Vose, RS., Arguez, A., Applequist, S. and Yin, X., 2012, Computational procedures for the 1981–2010 normals—Precipitation, snowfall, and snow depth: National Climatic Data Center Report, 10 p. Fenneman, N.M., 1946, Physical divisions of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey map, scale 1:7,000,000, 1 sheet. Heal, E.N., and Breaker, B.K., 2016, Flood inundation extent and depth in selected areas of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi in March 2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7T43R6C. Koenig, T.A., Bruce, J.L., O’Connor, J.E., McGee, B.D., Holmes, R.R., Jr., Hollins, Ryan, Forbes, B.T., Kohn, M.S., Schellekens, M.F., Martin, Z.W., and Peppler, M.C., 2016, Identifying and preserving high-water mark data: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 3, chap. A24, 47 p. [Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/tm3A24.] Musser, J.W., Watson, K.M., Painter, J.A., and Gotvald, A.J., 2016, Flood-inundation maps of selected areas affected by the flood of October 2015 in central and coastal South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016 –1019, 81 p. [Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161019.] National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), 2016a, accessed August 2, 2016, at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/events. National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), 2016b, accessed on August 2, 2016, at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201603. R Core Team, 2016, R: A language and environment for statistical computing: R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria. Rantz, S.E., and others, 1982a, Measurement and computation of streamflow: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2175, v. 1, 284 p. [Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/wsp/wsp2175/pdf/WSP2175_vol1a.pdf.] Rantz, S.E., and others, 1982b, Measurement and computation of streamflow: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2175, v. 2, 631 p. [Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/wsp/wsp2175/pdf/WSP2175_vol2a.pdf.] Turnipseed, D.P., and Sauer, V.B., 2010, Discharge measurements at gaging stations: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods book 3, chap. A8, 87 p. [Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/tm3-a8/.] Veilleux, A.G., Cohn, T.A., Flynn, K.M., Mason, R.R., Jr., and Hummel, P.R., 2014, Estimating magnitude and frequency of floods using the PeakFQ 7.0 program: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3108, 2 p. [Also available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3108/.] Wagner, D.M., Krieger, J.D., and Veilleux, A.G., 2016, Methods for estimating annual exceedance probability discharges for streams in Arkansas, based on data through water year 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5081, 136 p. [Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165081.] Weather Channel, 2016, accessed August 5, 2016, at https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/historic-south-flooding-march-2016. Wood, S.N., 2004, Stable and efficient multiple smoothing parameter estimation for generalized additive models: Journal of the American Statistical Association, v. 99, p. 673–686. Wood, S.N., 2011, Fast stable restricted maximum likelihood and marginal likelihood estimation of semiparametric generalized linear models: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, v. 73, p. 3–36.
Hydrogeology and hydrologic conditions of the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system
Year Published: 2016

Hydrogeology and hydrologic conditions of the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system

The hydrogeology and hydrologic characteristics of the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system were characterized as part of ongoing U.S. Geological Survey efforts to assess groundwater availability across the Nation. The need for such a study in the Ozark Plateaus physiographic province (Ozark Plateaus) is highlighted by increasing demand on groundwater resources by the 5.3 million people of the Ozark...

Hays, Phillip D.; Knierim, Katherine J.; Breaker, Brian K.; Westerman, Drew A.; Clark, Brian R.
Hays, P.D., Knierim, K.J., Breaker, Brian, Westerman, D.A., and Clark, B.R., 2016, Hydrogeology and hydrologic conditions of the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5137, 61 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165137.
Groundwater withdrawal rates from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010
Year Published: 2016

Groundwater withdrawal rates from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010

Groundwater is an often overlooked freshwater resource compared to surface water, but groundwater is used widely across the United States, especially during periods of drought. If groundwater models can successfully simulate past conditions, they may be used to evaluate potential future pumping scenarios or climate conditions, thus providing a valuable planning tool for water-resource managers...

Knierim, Katherine J.; Nottmeier, Anna M.; Worland, Scott C.; Westerman, Drew A.; Clark, Brian R.