Nevada Water Science Center

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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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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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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.

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Trends in nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment concentrations and loads in streams draining to Lake Tahoe, California, Nevada, USA

Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake of the eastern Sierra Nevada in California and Nevada, has 63 tributaries that are sources of nutrients and sediment to the lake. The Tahoe watershed is relatively small, and the surface area of the lake occupies about 38% of the watershed area (1313 km2). Only about 6% of the watershed is urbanized or...

Domagalski, Joseph L.; Morway, Eric D.; Alvarez, Nancy L.; Hutchins, Juliet; Rosen, Michael R.; Coats, Robert

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Emerging and historical contaminants detected in desert rodents collected near a low‐level radioactive waste site

In an effort to determine contaminant presence, concentrations, and movement from a low‐level radioactive waste (LLRW) burial disposal site to ecosystems in the surrounding area, a study was developed to assess concentrations of per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and tritium. To complete this assessment...

Cleary, Ryan S.; Karnjanapiboonwong, Adcharee; Thompson, William A.; Lasee, Steven J.; Sabbiah, Seenivasan; Kauble, Ronald; Andraski, Brian J.; Anderson, Todd A.

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Year Published: 2020

Early warning pesticide monitoring in Nevada’s surface waters

A pesticide is a substance, or mixture of substances, used to kill or control insects, weeds, plant diseases, and other pest organisms. Commercial pesticide applicators, farmers, and homeowners apply about 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides annually to agricultural land, non-crop land, and urban areas throughout the United States. Although intended...

Huntington, Jena M.; Entz, Derek C.; Thodal, Carl E.
Huntington, J.M., Entz, D.C., and Thodal, C.E., 2020, Early warning pesticide monitoring in Nevada’s surface waters: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3070, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203070.

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Soil moisture product validation good practices protocol, version 1.0

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) included soil moisture in the list of Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) to express its important role in Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycle. Soil moisture has a major impact on agriculture, land surface hydrology, weather, and climate forecasting. This document is a community-based effort to provide...

Montzka, Carsten; Cosh, Michael H.; Camacho, Fernando; Nickeson, Jaime; Montzka, Carsten; Cosh, Michael H.; Bayat, Bagher; Al Bitar, Ahmad; Berg, Aaron; Bindlish, Rajat; Bogena, Heye Reemt; Bolton, John D.; Cabot, Francois; Caldwell, Todd; Chan, Steven; Colliander, Andreas; Wade Crow; Das, Narendra; De Lannoy, Gabrielle; Dorigo, Wouter; Evett, Steven R.; Gruber, Alexander; Hahn, Sebastian; Jagdhuber, Thomas; Jones, Scott F.; Kerr, Yann; Kim, Seungbum; Koyama, Christian; Kurum, Mehmed; Lopez-Baeza, Ernesto; Mattia, Francesco; McColl, Kaighin A.; Mecklenburg, Susanne; Mohanty, Binayak; O´Neill, Peggy; Or, Dani; Pellarin, Thierry; Petropoulos, George P.; Piles, Maria; Reichle, Rolf H.; Rodriguez-Fernandez, Nemesio; Rüdiger, Christoph; Scanlon, Tracy; Schwartz, Robert C.; Spengler, Daniel; Srivastava, Prashant K.; Suman, Swati; van der Schalie, Robin; Wagner, Wolfgang; Wegmüller, Urs; Wigneron, Jean-Pierre; Camacho, Fernando; Nickeson, Jaime
Montzka, C., M. Cosh, B. Bayat, A. Al Bitar, A. Berg, R. Bindlish, H. R. Bogena, J. D. Bolten, F. Cabot, T. Caldwell, S. Chan, A. Colliander, W. Crow, N. Das, G. De Lannoy, W. Dorigo, S. R. Evett, A. Gruber, S. Hahn, T. Jagdhuber, S. Jones, Y. Kerr, S. Kim, C. Koyama, M. Kurum, E. Lopez-Baeza, F. Mattia, K. McColl, S. Mecklenburg, B. Mohanty, P. O´Neill, D. Or, T. Pellarin, G. P. Petropoulos, M. Piles, R. H. Reichle, N. Rodriguez-Fernandez, C. Rüdiger, T. Scanlon, R. C. Schwartz, D. Spengler, P. Srivastava, S. Suman, R. van der Schalie, W. Wagner, U. Wegmüller, J.-P. Wigneron, F. Camacho, and J. Nickeson (2020): Soil Moisture Product Validation Good Practices Protocol Version 1.0. In: C. Montzka, M. Cosh, J. Nickeson, F. Camacho (Eds.): Good Practices for Satellite Derived Land Product Validation (p. 123), Land Product Validation Subgroup (WGCV/CEOS), doi:10.5067/doc/ceoswgcv/lpv/sm.001.

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Year Published: 2020

Simulated effects of pumping in the Death Valley Regional Groundwater Flow System, Nevada and California—Selected management scenarios projected to 2120

Declining water levels and reduced natural discharge at springs, seeps, and phreatophyte areas primarily are the result of decades of groundwater development in the Death Valley regional flow system, in Nevada and California. A calibrated groundwater-flow model was used to simulate potential future effects of groundwater pumping on water levels...

Nelson, Nora C.; Jackson, Tracie R.
Nelson, N.C., and Jackson, T.R., 2020, Simulated effects of pumping in the Death Valley Regional Groundwater Flow System, Nevada and California—Selected management scenarios projected to 2120: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5103, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205103.

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Delineation of flood-inundation areas in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley National Park, California

On October 18, 2015, a large flood caused considerable damage in Grapevine Canyon near Death Valley Scotty Historic District, in Death Valley National Park, California. Significant channel changes had limited the applicability of previously created flood-inundation maps to current conditions. Predicted flood-inundation maps for Scotty’s Castle...

Morris, Christopher M.; Welborn, Toby L.; Minear, J. Toby
Morris, C.M., Welborn, T.L., and Minear, J.T., 2020, Delineation of flood-inundation areas in Grapevine Canyon near Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley National Park, California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5082, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205082.

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Rethinking a groundwater flow system using a multiple-tracer geochemical approach: A case study in Moab-Spanish Valley, Utah

The Glen Canyon Group Aquifer (GCGA) is the sole source of public water supply for the city of Moab, Utah, a domestic and international tourist destination. Population and tourism growth are likely to target the GCGA for future water resources, but our analysis indicates that additional withdrawals would likely be sourced from groundwater storage...

Gardner, Philip M.; Nelson, Nora C.; Heilweil, Victor M.; Solder, John E.; Solomon, Douglas K.

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Estimates of groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration, Stump Spring and Hiko Springs, Clark County, southern Nevada, 2016–18

This report documents methodology and results of a study that estimated groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration (GWET) from phreatophytic vegetation in two desert riparian areas with ephemeral spring discharge in Clark County, southern Nevada. The phreatophytes consisted primarily of western honey mesquite [Prosopis glandulosa var. ...

Moreo, Michael T.; Buto, Susan G.; Smith, David W.; Nelson, Nora C.
Moreo, M.T., Buto, S.G., Smith, D.W., and Nelson, N.C., 2020, Estimates of groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration, Stump Spring and Hiko Springs, Clark County, southern Nevada, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5075, 39 p., https://doi.org/ 10.3133/ sir20205075.

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Hydrologic monitoring networks in the Death Valley Regional Flow System, Nye County, Nevada and Inyo County, California

IntroductionWater is an important resource in the arid southwest region of the United States where there is a limited supply of surface water and groundwater. In the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system (DVRFS) in southern Nevada and eastern California, groundwater is the main source of supply for agricultural, commercial, and domestic...

Reiner, Steven R.; Elliott, Peggy E.; Earp, Katherine J.; Belcher, Wayne R.
Reiner, S.R., Elliott, P.E., Earp, K.J., and Belcher, W.R., 2020, Hydrologic monitoring networks in the Death Valley Regional Flow System, Nye County, Nevada and Inyo County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3018, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203018.