Nevada Water Science Center

Publications

Publications produced by the Nevada Water Science Center are listed below. Older publications may not be available in electronic form yet. If a Nevada Water Science Center publication that you would like to view isn't listed below, please send email to  GS-W-NVpublic-info@ usgs.gov.

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Year Published: 2021

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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Year Published: 2020

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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Year Published: 2020

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.

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Year Published: 2020

Li and Ca enrichment in the Bristol Dry Lake brine compared to brines from Cadiz and Danby Dry Lakes, Barstow-Bristol Trough, California, USA

Relatively few discharging playas in western United States extensional basins have high concentrations of lithium (Li) and calcium (Ca) in the basin-center brines. However, the source of both these ions is not well understood, and it is not clear why basins in close proximity within the same extensional trough have notably different concentrations...

Rosen, Michael R.; Stillings, Lisa L.; Kane, Tyler; Campbell, Kate M.; Vitale, Matthew; Spanjers, Ray

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Year Published: 2020

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

A comparison of groundwater sampling technologies, including passive diffusion sampling, for radionuclide contamination

Using traditional high-flow purge methods for long-term water quality monitoring of deep groundwater wells can be expensive, affect contaminant migration, and produce excessive volumes of discharge water that can be difficult to manage. The use of low-flow pumping methods and depth discrete bailers (DDBs) can reduce the cost of sampling deep...

Frus, Rebecca J.; Imbrigiotta, Thomas
Frus, Rebecca J., Imbrigiotta, Thomas, E., 2020, A comparison of groundwater sampling technologies, including passive diffusion sampling, for radionuclide contamination, Waste Management Symposium Proceedings.

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Year Published: 2020

Groundwater characterization and effects of pumping in the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system, Nevada and California, with special reference to Devils Hole

Groundwater flow and development were characterized in four groundwater basins of the Death Valley regional flow system in Nevada and California with calibrated, groundwater-flow models. Natural groundwater discharges in the Furnace Creek, Lower Amargosa, and Saratoga Spring areas were defined and distributed consistently with a revised...

Halford, Keith J.; Jackson, Tracie R.
Halford, K.J., and Jackson, T.R., 2020, Groundwater characterization and effects of pumping in the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system, Nevada and California, with special reference to Devils Hole: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1863, 178 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1863.

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Year Published: 2019

Analysis of aquifer framework and hydraulic properties of Lovelock Valley, Lovelock, Nevada

Multiple aquifer tests were conducted in Lovelock, Nevada, to determine hydraulic conductivity and storage properties to be used with the numerical groundwater flow model of the lower Humboldt River Basin while accounting for the influence of surface features with a modeling component. The numerical model will ultimately provide the Nevada...

Nadler, Cara
Nadler, C., 2020, Analysis of aquifer framework and hydraulic properties of Lovelock Valley, Lovelock, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1133, 48 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191133.

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Year Published: 2019

Managed aquifer recharge in snow-fed river basins: What, why and how?

What does climate change mean for snow-fed river basins?Climate change poses unique challenges in snow-fed river basins across the western United States because the majority of water supply originates as snow (Dettinger, Udall, & Georgakakos, 2015). In the Sierra Nevada, recent observations include changes in snow accumulation and snowmelt,...

Sterle, Kelley; Kitlasten, Wesley; Morway, Eric D.; Niswonger, Richard G.; Singletary, Loretta

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Year Published: 2019

Estimation of groundwater flow through Yucca Flat based on a multiple-well aquifer test at well ER-6–1–2 main, Nevada National Security Site, southern Nevada

The rate of groundwater flow past underground nuclear testing areas in Yucca Flat at the Nevada National Security Site, southern Nevada, was estimated using results from the ER-6-1-2 main multiple-well aquifer test (MWAT), done during February 5–July 23, 2004. Drawdowns in 13 observation wells were evaluated from pumping in well ER-6-1-2 main and...

Jackson, Tracie R.; Halford, Keith J.
Jackson, T.R., and Halford, K.J., 2019, Estimation of groundwater flow through Yucca Flat based on a multiple-well aquifer test at well ER-6–1–2 main, Nevada National Security Site, southern Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5038, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195038.

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Year Published: 2019

Evaluation of groundwater-flow models for estimating drawdown from proposed groundwater development in Tule Desert, Nevada

At the request of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing with this open-file report (OFR) a previously unpublished review and comparison of two numerical models for Tule Desert, Nevada. The original review was performed in spring 2013, and only minor editorial revisions were made in the current (2019)...

Halford, Keith J.
Halford, K., 2019, Evaluation of groundwater-flow models for estimating drawdown from proposed groundwater development in Tule Desert, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1091, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191091.

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Year Published: 2019

Uncertainty of reference pixel soil moisture averages sampled at SMAP core validation sites

Despite extensive efforts to maximize ground coverage and improve upscaling functions within core validation sites (CVS) of the NASA Soil Moisture Active/Passive (SMAP) mission, spatial averages of point-scale soil moisture observations often fail to accurately capture the true average of the reference pixels. Therefore, some level of pixel-scale...

Chen, Fan; Crow, W.T; Cosh, M.H.; Colliander, A.; Asanuma, J.; Berg, A.; Bosch, D.D.; Caldwell, Todd; Holifield-Collins, C.; Martínez-Fernández, J.; McNairn, H.; Starks, P.J.; Su, Z.; Walker, J.P.