Nevada Water Science Center
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 BasinFind out more
USGS model simulations suggest that Walker Lake will rise by as much as 15 to 18 feet this year, the most in a single year in recorded history.
You are invited to join USGS scientists and field technician crews as they collect discharge measurements in rainfall-affected areas.
A new computer model allows water managers to better manage water distribution.
Shrubland carbon sink depends upon winter water availability in the warm deserts of North America
Global-scale studies suggest that dryland ecosystems dominate an increasing trend in the magnitude and interannual variability of the land CO2 sink. However, such model-based analyses are poorly constrained by measured CO2 exchange in open shrublands, which is the most common global land cover type, covering ∼14% of Earth’s surface. Here...Biederman, Joel A. ; Scott, Russell L.; John A. Arnone; Jasoni, Richard L. ; Litvak, Marcy E.; Moreo, Michael T.; Papuga, Shirley A.; Ponce-Campos, Guillermo E.; Schreiner-McGraw, Adam P. ; Vivoni, Enrique R.
Evaluation of bias associated with capture maps derived from nonlinear groundwater flow models
The impact of groundwater withdrawal on surface water is a concern of water users and water managers, particularly in the arid western United States. Capture maps are useful tools to spatially assess the impact of groundwater pumping on water sources (e.g., streamflow depletion) and are being used more frequently for conjunctive management of...Nadler, Cara; Allander, Kip K.; Pohll, Greg; Morway, Eric; Naranjo, Ramon C.; Huntington, Justin
Long-term trends of surface-water mercury and methylmercury concentrations downstream of historic mining within the Carson River watershed
The Carson River is a vital water resource for local municipalities and migratory birds travelling the Pacific Flyway. Historic mining practices that used mercury (Hg) to extract gold from Comstock Lode ore has left much of the river system heavily contaminated with Hg, a practice that continues in many parts of the world today. Between 1998 and...Morway, Eric; Thodal, Carl E.; Marvin-DiPasquale, Mark C.