Nevada Water Science Center


Our Nevada 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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Featured Science

Featured Science

Quantifying Seepage Losses on the Truckee Canal, Derby Dam to Lahontan Reservoir

Canal Seepage


Date published: October 15, 2021

Fall 2021 Nevada Water Science Center Newsletter

The Nevada Water Science Center has experienced many changes over the last few months. In an effort to keep all of our valued stakeholders up-to-date, please read our Fall 2021 newsletter.

Date published: May 28, 2021

Temporary Office Automation Clerk Position Open

Temporary Office Automation Clerk needed for Nevada Water Science Center, Carson City.

Date published: May 24, 2021

Temporary Laborer Position Open

Temporary laborer needed for Nevada Water Science Center, Carson City Office move.


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Permeable groundwater pathways and tritium migration patterns from the HANDLEY underground nuclear test, Pahute Mesa, Nevada

The HANDLEY nuclear test was detonated at about 2,700 feet below the water table on March 26, 1970, in Pahute Mesa, south-central Nevada. Measured tritium concentrations in boreholes ER-20-12 and PM-3 indicate that a shallow tritium plume has migrated more than 1 mile (mi) downgradient from the HANDLEY test within a semi-perched aquifer and deeper...

Jackson, Tracie R.
Jackson, T.R., 2021, Permeable groundwater pathways and tritium migration patterns from the HANDLEY underground nuclear test, Pahute Mesa, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5032, 49 p.,

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Use of the MODFLOW 6 water mover package to represent natural and managed hydrologic connections

The latest release of MODFLOW 6, the current core version of the MODFLOW groundwater modeling software, debuted a new package dubbed the “mover” (MVR). Using a generalized approach, MVR facilitates the transfer of water among any arbitrary combination of simulated features (i.e., pumping wells, stream, drains, lakes, etc.) within a MODFLOW 6...

Morway, Eric D.; Langevin, Christian D.; Hughes, Joseph D.

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Developing a strategy for the national coordinated soil moisture monitoring network

Soil moisture is a critical land surface variable, affecting a wide variety of climatological, agricultural, and hydrological processes. Determining the current soil moisture status is possible via a variety of methods, including in situ monitoring, remote sensing, and numerical modeling. Although all of these approaches are rapidly evolving,...

Cosh, Micheal; Caldwell, Todd; Baker, Bruce M.; Bolton, John D.; Edwards, Nathan; Goble, Peter; Hofman, Heather; Ochsner, Tyson; Quiring, Steven; Schalk, Charles W.; Skumanich, Marina; Svoboda, Mark; Woloszyn, Molly