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Our Nebraska 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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News

Date published: March 21, 2019

Media Advisory: USGS Measures Record Flooding Across Nebraska

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they measure flood impacts? Please contact Marisa Lubeck or Jason Lambrecht to coordinate.

Date published: February 27, 2018

Reservoir Sediment Can be Used as Fracking Proppant

Instead of requiring costly dredging to remove sediment buildup behind water reservoirs and diversions, sediment from reservoirs in the Missouri River Basin could actually be used as fracking proppant feedstock, also known as frac sand, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Continuous turbidity data used to compute constituent concentrations in the South Loup River, Nebraska, 2017–18

The South Loup River in central Nebraska has been impaired by bacteria since at least 2004, which has resulted in the river not meeting its intended use as a recreational waterway. As part of a strategy for reducing the bacterial load in the river, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Lower Loup Natural Resources District, made...

Rus, David L.; Densmore, Brenda K.
Rus, D.L., and Densmore, B.K., 2021, Continuous turbidity data used to compute constituent concentrations in the South Loup River, Nebraska, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5120, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215120.

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Year Published: 2021

Altitude of the potentiometric surface in the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2020

The purpose of this report is to present a potentiometric-surface map for the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer (MRVA). The source data for the map were groundwater-altitude data from wells measured manually or continuously generally in spring 2020 and from the altitude of the top of the water surface measured generally on April 9, 2020,...

McGuire, Virginia L.; Seanor, Ronald C.; Asquith, William H.; Strauch, Kellan R.; Nottmeier, Anna M.; Thomas, Judith C.; Tollett, Roland W.; Kress, Wade H.
McGuire, V.L., Seanor, R.C., Asquith, W.H., Strauch, K.R., Nottmeier, A.M., Thomas, J.C., Tollett, R.W., and Kress, W.H., 2021, Altitude of the potentiometric surface in the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3478, 5 sheets, includes 14-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3478.

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Year Published: 2021

Groundwater quality and age of secondary bedrock aquifers in the glaciated portion of eastern Nebraska, 2016–18

The Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA) project was initiated in 2006 to assist water managers by developing a hydrogeologic framework and water budget for the glaciated portion of eastern Nebraska. Within the ENWRA area, the primary groundwater sources for municipal, domestic, and irrigation water needs are provided by withdrawals...

Hobza, Christopher M.; Flynn, Amanda T.
Hobza, C.M., and Flynn, A.T., 2021, Groundwater quality and age of secondary bedrock aquifers in the glaciated portion of eastern Nebraska, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5055, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215055.