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Drought in Nevada

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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: July 29, 2016

Groundwater discharge area for Diamond Valley, Central Nevada, 1968

This dataset represents "phreatophyte areas" mapped as part of an analysis of irrigation pumping in Diamond Valley, Nevada published in 1968. The data were digitized for comparison with mapping of groundwater discharge areas done in 2011 as part of a groundwater study in these valleys published in 2016.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Groundwater discharge areas for Antelope, Kobeh, and Monitor Valleys, Central Nevada, 1964

This dataset represents "phreatophyte areas" mapped as part of a groundwater reconnaissance effort in four valleys in central Nevada and published in 1964. The data were digitized for comparison with mapping of groundwater discharge areas done in 2011 as part of a groundwater study in these valleys published in 2016.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Groundwater-level change contours for the Lahontan Valley shallow aquifer near Fallon, Nevada, 1992-2012

These contours represent water level change in the shallow aquifer in Lahontan Valley from 1992 - 2012 based on depth-to-groundwater measurements made in 73 wells in 1992 and 2012, with limited measurements made in 2013. Measurements collected in 2013 were used to develop the contours only in limited cases where the measurement well was being pumped or was inaccessible in 2012. Water-level...

Date published: January 1, 2016

Groundwater-level and groundwater-level change contours for the Lahontan Valley shallow aquifer near Fallon, Nevada, 2012

This USGS data release consists of two geospatial datasets. One dataset contains contours representing water levels based on depth-to-groundwater measurements made at 98 wells in July of 2012 in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon, NV. The second dataset contains contours representing water level change in the shallow aquifer in Lahontan Valley from 1992 - 2012 based on depth-to-groundwater...

Date published: January 1, 2016

Groundwater-level contours for the Lahontan Valley shallow aquifer near Fallon, Nevada, 2012

These contours represent water levels based on depth-to-groundwater measurements made at 98 wells in July of 2012 in the Lahontan Valley near Fallon, NV. Water level measurements collected before or after July of 2012 were included only in cases where the well was being pumped or was inaccessible in July 2012. The contours were developed to compare with 1992 water level altitude contoured by...

Date published: October 22, 2015

Evaporation data from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, March 2010 through April 2015

Evaporation data from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. USGS and Bureau of Reclamation are cooperating on a multi-phase study to improve 24-Month Study model projections by improving monthly estimates of evaporation from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. 

Date published: October 22, 2015

Evaporation data from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, March 2010 through April 2015

Evaporation rates were measured at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nev. as part of a multi-phase evaporation study. This USGS data includes evaporation data from March 2010 through April 2015 for Lake Mead and from May 2013 through April 2015 for Lake Mohave.

Date published: October 1, 2015

Evaporation data from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, March 2010 through April 2015

Evaporation rates were measured at Lake Mead from March 2010 through February 2012 for phase 1 of an evaporation study (Moreo and Swancar, 2013). Phase 2 of the study (March 2012 through September 2017) continues evaporation measurements at Lake Mead and begins evaporation measurements at another lower Colorado River Basin reservoir, Lake Mohave. Eddy covariance is the primary measure

Date published: October 2, 2014

Evapotranspiration units for Dixie Valley, Churchill County, Nevada

This data set was created as part of a U.S. Geological Survey study, done in cooperation with Bureau of Reclamation. The intended uses of this data set include, but are not limited to, natural resource modeling, mapping, and visualization applications.

Date published: October 2, 2014

Temperature Normalized Enhanced Vegetation Index for Dixie Valley, Churchill County, Nevada

The Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) was calculated for 10 Landsat 5 Thematic mapper scenes and combined with brightness temperature in an effort to reduce confounding (high) EVI values resulting from forbes and cheat grass in sparsely vegetated areas, and biological soil crusts from bare soil to densely vegetated areas.

Date published: April 10, 2014

Geospatial Dataset of Agricultural Lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin, 2007 - 10

This dataset represents the extent and spatial distribution of irrigated agricultural lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin for 2007-10. The boundaries in this dataset were modified from data developed by state and local agencies in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. 

Date published: December 14, 2011

Data to Accompany the Regional Potentiometric-Surface Map of the Great Basin Carbonate and Alluvial Aquifer System in Snake Valley and Surrounding Areas, Juab, Millard, and Beaver Counties, Utah and White Pine and Lincoln Counties, Nevada

Water-level measurements from 190 wells were used to develop a potentiometric-surface map of the east-central portion of the regional Great Basin carbonate and alluvial aquifer system in and around Snake Valley, eastern Nevada and western Utah. The map area covers approximately 9,000 square miles in Juab, Millard, and Beaver Counties, Utah, and White Pine and Lincoln Counties, Nevada.