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About the Louisiana Water Science Center

Office Locations

What We Do

Data Collection

Database Capabilities

We operate local and statewide networks to collect high-quality data that define natural and human-induced hydrologic conditions.

We analyze hydrologic processes through investigations and research to increase understanding of important water-resource issues and to promote informed decision making.

We maintain real-time and historical data bases and publish peer-reviewed interpretive and data reports to disseminate unbiased hydrologic information.

To assure that our work is relevant and useful, we form partnerships with Federal, State, and local agencies, and other public organizations.

Funding for the Louisiana Water Science Center comes from a variety of sources, including direct Federal appropriations, other Federal agencies, and a cooperative program that allows the Louisiana Water Science Center to partially match funding with state and local agencies. Information concerning USGS products and services can be obtained from:

Louisiana Water Science Center Phone: (225) 298-5481

Louisiana Water Science Center Director

Information requests

Water Resources of Louisiana home page

The Louisiana WSC home page provides direct access to current and historical USGS streamflow data, a bibliography of Louisiana Water Science Center reports, and much more about USGS operations in the state of Louisiana.

Analytical Techniques

The Louisiana Water Science Center uses state-of-the-art as well as traditional methods that include quality assurance and quality control:

  • Watershed modeling
  • Flood and low-flow frequency analysis
  • Sediment and chemical load determination
  • Aquifer testing
  • Aquatic testing
  • Aquatic community analysis
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Acoustic doppler velocity measurements
  • Ground-water age dating
  • Surface and borehole geophysics
  • Evapotranspiration analysis
  • Ground-water recharge modeling
  • Solute-transport modeling
  • Geochemical modeling
  • Ground-water flow modeling
  • Water, sediment, and tissue analysis

Water-quality samples are collected and analyzed for a wide range of constituents, including major inorganics, nutrients, trace elements, dissolved gases, pesticides, isotopes, organic solvents, petrochemicals, and biological indicators.