Nebraska Water Science Center

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Photo of Sandhills Lake
June 25, 2005

Wetlands in the Nebraska Sandhills typically are at the groundwater and surface water interface. You are essentially seeing the groundwater level in the area. 

Photo of Platte River near Alda, Nebraska at sunset
November 6, 2006

Platte River near Alda, Nebraska at sunset, Nov. 6, 2006.

Photo of Steve Peterson making a stream discharge measurement.
November 15, 2006

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center Elkhorn-Loup Model project chief, Steve Peterson, making a stream discharge measurement. The project collected hundreds of discharge measurements in 2006 to determine base flow in the study area.

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August 19, 2007

Hydrologists with the Nebraska Water Science Center use geophysics to unlock the groundwater mystery in eastern Nebraska. Because the area was a dumping ground for glacial till when the glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago, the groundwater resources are hard to quantify with more traditional surveying techniques such as test-hole drilling. Geophysics uses electromagnetic waves to take a "CAT Scan" of the Earth via helicopter, allowing scientists to see where water-bearing units are likely to be located beneath the Earth's surface and providing a less expensive way to survey this geologically complex terrain.

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December 28, 2008

Bob Swanson, the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center's Director, introduces you to the Nebraskast podcast series

January 20, 2009

Dwain Curtis talks about the benefits of the National Water Information System (NWIS) database.

February 1, 2009

Steve Peterson talks about the ELM ground-water model.

Photo of scientist measuring groundwater levels at night.
April 3, 2009

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center hydrologist, Greg Steele, collecting groundwater level measurements at night during an aquifer test.

May 5, 2009

USGS Hydrologist Jill Frankforter discusses recent findings from a new USGS study on contamination in water drawn from domestic wells. She also discusses how the findings for Nebraska compared to the nation.

June 25, 2009

USGS Scientists Jim Cannia and Jared Abraham discuss the use of geophysics, a powerful new tool, in water resources studies in Nebraska

October 19, 2009

USGS Scientists Jim Cannia and Jared Abraham discuss the use of geophysics, a powerful new tool, in water resources studies in Nebraska

March 3, 2010

We talk with Jason Lambrecht of the Nebraska Water Science Center to talk about a common problem this time of year, ice jams.

May 24, 2010

NEWSC Director Bob Swanson talks with Rachael Hoagland about the Center's foray into social media as another means to communicate water science to the public and others.

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May 24, 2010

NEWSC Director Bob Swanson talks with Rachael Hoagland about the Center's foray into social media as another means to communicate water science to the public and others.

November 14, 2010

USGS Associate Director Jason Lambrecht talks about WaterAlert, a new USGS notification system used by managers, recreators, and many others.

July 31, 2011

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center Associate Director Richard "Rick" Wilson describes the reasons for and extent of the flooding on the Missouri River in 2011, the risks associated with the flooding, and the work the USGS is doing on the river to characterize the amount of scour and other potential damage resulting from the flood waters.

March 31, 2012

USGS Scientists Steve Peterson describes the groundwater availability study and its ability to help water-resources managers make the most informed decisions possible for the sustainability of the resource.

Photo of the Platte River near South Bend, Nebraska
May 29, 2012

Platte River from the observation tower near South Bend, Nebraska.

November 8, 2012

Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, Robert Swanson, discusses how the drought of 2012 unfolded in Nebraska, the fallout, and what put this drought in a class with other major droughts during the past 100 years.

March 11, 2013

Severe weather season is upon us. Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, Robert Swanson, and National Weather Service Hydrologist David Pearson discuss tools to stay connected and the importance of having a safety plan in the event of severe weather.

Photo of sunflowers blooming in the Nebraska Sandhills
August 22, 2013

During the summer of 2013, the Nebraska Sandhills exhibited a unusually significant sunflower emergence probably triggered by environmental conditions from the preceeding 2012 drought. Also, the Eastern Red Cedar is a particularly agressive invasive species which has become well established in Nebraska.

Photo of the Dismal River Valley south of Thedford
August 22, 2013

This view is looking south to the Dismal River from the U.S. Highway 83 scenic overlook south of Thedford, Nebraska.

Photo of the Dismal River valley in Nebraska Sandhills
August 22, 2013

The Dismal River valley is far from "dismal." Set in the Nebraska Sandhills, this idyllic river is relatively unaffected by humans and a popular recreational river in the state. The invasive species Eastern Red Cedar has become well established in Nebraska.

Instrumented tile drain at edge of field.
2014 (approx.)

Tile drain in eastern Nebraska equipped with monitoring instruments.

Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.
2014 (approx.)

Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.

Hydrologic technician making an ice-affected stream discharge measurement.
January 19, 2017

Hydrologic Technician, James Albrecht, from the North Platte Field Office making a measurement of discharge under ice using a Flowtracker acoustic velocity meter on a top-setting wading rod.  The string going across the picture is a tagline, used for measuring distance across the channel so that he can note the location of the ice hole he is working in.  Typically, the technician will drill about 25 holes across the channel to get a cross section of depths and velocities, which are used to compute the measurement of discharge.

Ice jam at Ponca Creek at Verdel, NE, February 15, 2017
February 15, 2017

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center hydrologic technician, Nathan Shultz, collecting depth and velocity data at the USGS streamgaging station 06453600 Ponca Creek at Verdel, Nebraska during an ice jam on February 15, 2017.