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The Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) is committed to providing reliable, unbiased scientific information about Nevada's water resources to the public, cooperators, and stakeholders. To provide this information, we operate widespread data collection networks as well as conduct water-science research covering a wide range of scientific issues throughout Nevada and adjacent states.

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Evaluation of Streamflow Depletion Related to Groundwater Withdrawal, Humboldt River Basin

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News

Date published: January 7, 2020

Jill Frankforter selected as Nevada Water Science Center Director

New Nevada Water Science Center Director

Date published: November 7, 2019

USGS Nevada Water Science Center Presentation

On November 7, 2019, the USGS Nevada Water Science Center presented to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Date published: October 4, 2019

Stakeholder meeting for Upper and Middle Carson River basins

On September 30, 2019, the USGS Nevada Water Science Center invited stakeholders to hear the provisional results of two numerical models for the Upper and Middle Carson River Basins. This was an opportunity for stakeholders to provide comments on this work prior to publication. Review comments can be sent to Kip Allander until October 18, 2019.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Estimation of groundwater flow through Yucca Flat based on a multiple-well aquifer test at well ER-6–1–2 main, Nevada National Security Site, southern Nevada

The rate of groundwater flow past underground nuclear testing areas in Yucca Flat at the Nevada National Security Site, southern Nevada, was estimated using results from the ER-6-1-2 main multiple-well aquifer test (MWAT), done during February 5–July 23, 2004. Drawdowns in 13 observation wells were evaluated from pumping in well ER-6-1-2 main and...

Jackson, Tracie R.; Halford, Keith J.
Jackson, T.R., and Halford, K.J., 2019, Estimation of groundwater flow through Yucca Flat based on a multiple-well aquifer test at well ER-6–1–2 main, Nevada National Security Site, southern Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5038, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195038.

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Evaluation of groundwater-flow models for estimating drawdown from proposed groundwater development in Tule Desert, Nevada

At the request of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing with this open-file report (OFR) a previously unpublished review and comparison of two numerical models for Tule Desert, Nevada. The original review was performed in spring 2013, and only minor editorial revisions were made in the current (2019)...

Halford, Keith J.
Halford, K., 2019, Evaluation of groundwater-flow models for estimating drawdown from proposed groundwater development in Tule Desert, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1091, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191091.

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Uncertainty of reference pixel soil moisture averages sampled at SMAP core validation sites

Despite extensive efforts to maximize ground coverage and improve upscaling functions within core validation sites (CVS) of the NASA Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) mission, spatial averages of point-scale soil moisture observations often fail to accurately capture the true average of the reference pixels. Therefore, some level of pixel-scale...

Chen, Fan; Crow, W.T; Cosh, M.H.; Colliander, A.; Asanuma, J.; Berg, A.; Bosch, D.D.; Caldwell, Todd; Holifield-Collins, C.; Martínez-Fernández, J.; McNairn, H.; Starks, P.J.; Su, Z.; Walker, J.P.