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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: 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.

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).

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

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

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Discharge data collection and analysis and implications for surface-water/groundwater interactions in the lower Las Vegas Wash, Clark County, Nevada, 2016–18

The lower Las Vegas Wash represents the terminal surface drainage for the Las Vegas Valley in southern Nevada. In 1997, high concentrations of perchlorate were found in seeps contributing to discharge in this area and traced to an industrial byproduct from manufacturing operations in the mid-1900s at the nearby Basic Magnesium, Incorporated, plant...

Wilson, Jon W.
Wilson, J.W., 2021, Discharge data collection and analysis and implications for surface-water/groundwater interactions in the lower Las Vegas Wash, Clark County, Nevada, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5034, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215034.

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Evaporation from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, 2010–2019

Evaporation-rate estimates at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, were based on eddy covariance and available energy measurements from March 2010 through April 2019 at Lake Mead and May 2013 through April 2019 at Lake Mohave. The continuous data needed to compute monthly evaporation were collected from floating-platform and land-based...

Earp, Katherine J.; Moreo, Michael T.
Earp, K.J., and Moreo, M.T., 2021, Evaporation from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, 2010–2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1022, 36 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211022.