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USGS currently operates hundreds of data collection sites in Nevada for acquiring information on surface water, groundwater, water quality, and precipitation.

Drought in Nevada

Drought in Nevada

Ongoing drought, in Nevada and across the West, will require scientists to develop new ideas and techniques for measuring, monitoring, modeling, and managing water resources.

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Floods in Nevada

Floods in Nevada

The lowest annual average precipitation and one of the fastest growing populations in the United States contribute to a tendency for both the general public and land-use planners to underestimate flood hazards in Nevada.

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Date published: May 26, 2021

Soil sample data for four uranium mine sites, Mohave County, Arizona, April and November 2018

This U.S. Geological Survey data release is a spreadsheet containing soil-profile measurements of ambient spring and fall water-potential and water-content conditions, and physical and chemical properties for four mine sites, Mohave County, Arizona, April and November 2018.

Date published: May 21, 2021

Trace of the lower Las Vegas Wash study area, 2017

This vector line dataset represents the lower Las Vegas Wash study area. Surface-water trace was digitized onscreen from Landsat8 and ESRI World Imagery. The trace is used in an accompanying surface-water study to evaluate discharge gains and losses at selected locations in the Lower Las Vegas Wash.

Date published: May 18, 2021

MODFLOW-2005 and PEST models used to simulate the 2016 carbonate-rock aquifer test and characterize hydraulic properties of carbonate-rock and basin-fill aquifers near Long Canyon, Goshute Valley, northeastern Nevada

A three-dimension groundwater-flow model (MODFLOW-2005) was developed to improve understanding of groundwater flow and pumping effects near the Long Canyon Mine in Goshute Valley, northeastern Nevada.

Date published: April 27, 2021

From Snow to Flow

A majority of the water in the western U.S. comes from snowmelt, but changes in the timing, magnitude, and duration of snowmelt can alter water availability downstream. This data visualization story explores what changing snowmelt means for water in the West, and how new USGS efforts can advance snow science by modeling snowpack and snowmelt dynamics and linking these results to streamflow....

Date published: March 24, 2021

Geospatial data for Gumboot Lake extents from the report Effects of ground-water development on the water regimen of Paradise Valley, Humboldt County, Nevada, 1949-1968 and Hydrologic Reconnaissance of the Tributary Areas

This USGS data release consists of polygons representing Gumboot Lake extents from the report Effects of ground-water development on the water regimen of Paradise Valley, Humboldt County, Nevada, 1949-1968 and Hydrologic Reconnaissance of the Tributary Areas (Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Water Resources Bulletin 39).

Date published: February 18, 2021

SEAWAT code used to couple MODFLOW and MT3DMS models, and supplemental data used to simulate groundwater flow and tritium transport from the HANDLEY underground nuclear test, Pahute Mesa, southern Nevada

Three-dimensional numerical models were used to determine the permeable pathways between the HANDLEY underground nuclear test and downgradient boreholes ER-20-12 and PM-3, Pahute Mesa, southern Nevada.

Date published: October 16, 2020

Pebble Count Data for Delineation of Flood-Inundation Areas in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This comma-separated values (CSV) file includes the results of five Wohlman-style pebble counts (Wolman, 1954), collected in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, on March 2, 2017. Pebble counts were performed to determine the size of channel bed particles and evaluate channel roughness to be input into a one-dimensional hydraulic model.

Date published: October 16, 2020

Digital Terrain Model from a Terrestrial Laser Scanner Survey in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This zip file contains a digital terrain model represented by a triangulated irregular network (TIN) derived from filtered ground observations collected by terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, July 12-14, 2016.

Date published: October 16, 2020

Static Reference Points for a Terrestrial Laser Scanner Survey in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This point shapefile represents four static reference locations collected by single-baseline Online Positioning User Service – Static (OPUS-S) global navigations satellite system (GNSS) surveys in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, from July 12-14, 2016. Surveys were completed at three Federal Highway Administration benchmarks (FHWA) and

Date published: October 16, 2020

Filtered Ground Observations from a Terrestrial Laser Scanner Survey in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This point shapefile represents ground observations collected by terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) surveys in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, from July 12-14, 2016, and filtered of extraneous data from features such as vegetation, fences, power lines, and atmospheric interference using an iterative process in I-Site Studio. The resulting 122,

Date published: October 16, 2020

Flood-Inundation Areas in Grapevine Canyon Near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

This polygon shapefile represents estimated flood-inundation areas in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park. Estimates of the 4, 2, 1, 0.5, and 0.2 percent annual exceedance probability (AEP) flood streamflows (previously known as the 25, 50, 100, 250, and 500-year floods) were computed from regional flood regression equations. The estimated