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

Ice jam at Ponca Creek at Verdel, NE, 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. 

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

Ice-affected stream discharge measurement.

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

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Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.
September 28, 2014

Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.

Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.

Instrumented tile drain at edge of field.
September 26, 2014

Tile drain in eastern Nebraska equipped with monitoring instruments.

Tile drain in eastern Nebraska equipped with monitoring instruments.

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

The Dismal River on U.S. Highway 83 south of Thedford, Nebr.

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

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

Sunflowers blooming in the Nebraska Sandhills

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 in Nebraska Sandhills
August 22, 2013

The Dismal River valley just off of Highway 83 south of Thedford, Nebr

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.

USGS
March 11, 2013

Severe Weather Awareness Week

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.

USGS
November 8, 2012

The Effects of the 2012 Drought in Nebraska

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.

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

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

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

USGS
March 31, 2012

Groundwater Avail. Study: One of most productive aquifers in world

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.

July 31, 2011

USGS Activities During Missouri River Flooding 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.