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Flooding on the south Loup River at Arnold, Nebr.
August 18, 2017

Recent storms in north-central and northeast Nebraska have caused high flows in several rivers, streams and creeks. 

High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
June 16, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

USGS: Science for a changing world
February 13, 2017

Water-level changes from 2002 to 2015 were examined in wells screened in the High Plains aquifer within the Republican River Basin and the results are now available in a new U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map.

Publications

Year Published: 2017

Flood-inundation maps for the Meramec River at Valley Park and at Fenton, Missouri, 2017

Two sets of digital flood-inundation map libraries that spanned a combined 16.7-mile reach of the Meramec River that extends upstream from Valley Park, Missouri, to downstream from Fenton, Mo., were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District,...

Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Sappington, Jacob N.
Dietsch, B.J., and Sappington, J.N., 2017, Flood-inundation maps for the Meramec River at Valley Park and at Fenton, Missouri, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5116, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175116.

Year Published: 2017

Brackish groundwater and its potential to augment freshwater supplies

Secure, reliable, and sustainable water resources are fundamental to the Nation’s food production, energy independence, and ecological and human health and well-being. Indications are that at any given time, water resources are under stress in selected parts of the country. The large-scale development of groundwater resources has caused declines...

Stanton, Jennifer S.; Dennehy, Kevin F.
Stanton, J.S., and Dennehy, K.F., 2017, Brackish groundwater and its potential to augment freshwater supplies: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3054, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173054.

Year Published: 2017

Water-level and recoverable water in storage changes, High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2015 and 2013–15

The High Plains aquifer underlies 111.8 million acres (about 175,000 square miles) in parts of eight States—Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Water-level declines began in parts of the High Plains aquifer soon after the beginning of substantial irrigation with groundwater in the aquifer area (about...

McGuire, Virginia L.
McGuire, V.L., 2017, Water-level and recoverable water in storage changes, High Plains aquifer, predevelopment to 2015 and 2013–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5040, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175040.