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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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See current streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions with this new map interface to USGS data.

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Featured Science

Featured Science

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

Canal Seepage

News

Date published: April 20, 2021

Vacancy: Multiple GS3-GS7 Hydrologic Technician positions in Southern and Northern Nevada Networks

Postions are based in Carson City, NV and Henderson, NV.  Positions are full time temporary service positions not-to-exceed 1 year and may be extended for up to one additional year without competition. The positions are with the Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada Networks Units. The recruitment period is short (April 19, 2021 to April 23, 2021).

Date published: October 1, 2020

Invasive Mussel Species Impacts the Food Web in Lake Mead

In an article for the journal Science of the Total Environment, USGS scientists and others discuss the impact of invasive quagga mussels on the ecosystem of Lake Mead located on the border of Arizona and Nevada. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Peak streamflow determinations in Nevada: A cooperative program with the USGS and Nevada Department of Transportation

BackgroundFloods are one of the most costly and frequent natural disasters in Nevada. For example, the 1997 New Year’s flood has been estimated to have caused more than $1 billion in damage across northern Nevada (Truckee River Flood Management Authority, 2017). In 2014, more than 2 miles of Interstate 15 in southern Nevada was heavily damaged by...

Schmidt, Kurtiss
Schmidt, K., 2021, Peak streamflow determinations in Nevada: A cooperative program with the USGS and Nevada Department of Transportation: U.S. Geological Survey, Fact Sheet 2021-3015, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213015.

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Year Published: 2021

Evaluation of streamflow extent and hydraulic characteristics of a restored channel at Soldier Meadows, Black Rock Desert–High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, Nevada

The Soldier Meadows spring complex provides habitat for the desert dace, an endemic and threatened fish. The spring complex has been altered with the construction of irrigation ditches that remove water from natural stream channels. Irrigation ditches generally provide lower quality habitat for the desert dace. Land and wildlife management...

Morris, Christopher M.
Morris, C.M., 2021, Evaluation of streamflow extent and hydraulic characteristics of a restored channel at Soldier Meadows, Black Rock Desert–High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5143, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205143.

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Year Published: 2021

Groundwater flow conceptualization of the Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley Groundwater Basin, Nevada—A synthesis of geologic, hydrologic, hydraulic-property, and tritium data

This report provides a groundwater-flow conceptualization that integrates geologic, hydrologic, hydraulic-property, and radionuclide data in the Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley (PMOV) groundwater basin, southern Nevada. Groundwater flow in the PMOV basin is of interest because 82 underground nuclear tests were detonated, most near or below the water...

Jackson, Tracie R.; Fenelon, Joseph M.; Paylor, Randall L.
Jackson, T.R., Fenelon, J.M., and Paylor, R.L., 2021, Groundwater flow conceptualization of the Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley Groundwater Basin, Nevada—A synthesis of geologic, hydrologic, hydraulic-property, and tritium data: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5134, 100 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205134.