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: 2011

Data network, collection, and analysis in the Diamond Valley flow system, central Nevada

Future groundwater development and its effect on future municipal, irrigation, and alternative energy uses in the Diamond Valley flow system are of concern for officials in Eureka County, Nevada. To provide a better understanding of the groundwater resources, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Eureka County, commenced a multi-phase...

Knochenmus, Lari A.; Berger, David L.; Moreo, Michael T.; Smith, J. LaRue
Data network, collection, and analysis in the Diamond Valley flow system, central Nevada; 2011; OFR; 2011-1089; Knochenmus, Lari A.; Berger, David L.; Moreo, Michael T.; Smith, J. LaRue

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Effects of natural and human factors on groundwater quality of basin-fill aquifers in the southwestern United States-conceptual models for selected contaminants

As part of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program, the Southwest Principal Aquifers (SWPA) study is building a better understanding of the factors that affect water quality in basin-fill aquifers in the Southwestern United States. The SWPA study area includes four principal aquifers of the United States: the...

Bexfield, Laura M.; Thiros, Susan A.; Anning, David W.; Huntington, Jena M.; McKinney, Tim S.
Effects of natural and human factors on groundwater quality of basin-fill aquifers in the southwestern United States-conceptual models for selected contaminants; 2011; SIR; 2011-5020; Bexfield, Laura M.; Thiros, Susan A.; Anning, David W.; Huntington, Jena M.; McKinney, Tim S.

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Potential effects of groundwater pumping on water levels, phreatophytes, and spring discharges in Spring and Snake Valleys, White Pine County, Nevada, and adjacent areas in Nevada and Utah

Assessing hydrologic effects of developing groundwater supplies in Snake Valley required numerical, groundwater-flow models to estimate the timing and magnitude of capture from streams, springs, wetlands, and phreatophytes. Estimating general water-table decline also required groundwater simulation. The hydraulic conductivity of basin fill and...

Halford, Keith J.; Plume, Russell W.
Potential effects of groundwater pumping on water levels, phreatophytes, and spring discharges in Spring and Snake Valleys, White Pine County, Nevada, and adjacent areas in Nevada and Utah; 2011; SIR; 2011-5032; Halford, Keith J.; Plume, Russell W.

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210Po in Nevada groundwater and its relation to gross alpha radioactivity

Polonium-210 (210Po) is a highly toxic alpha emitter that is rarely found in groundwater at activities exceeding 1 pCi/L. 210Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells in Lahontan Valley in Churchill County in northern Nevada, United States, ranged from 0.01 ± 0.005 to 178 ± 16 pCi/L with a median activity of 2.88 pCi/L. Wells with high...

Seiler, R.L.
210Po in Nevada groundwater and its relation to gross alpha radioactivity; 2011; Article; Journal; Groundwater; Seiler, R. L.

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Biogeochemical factors affecting the presence of 210Po in groundwater

The discovery of natural 210Po enrichment at levels exceeding 500 mBq/L in numerous domestic wells in northern Nevada, USA, led to a geochemical investigation of the processes responsible for its mobilization. 210Po activities in 63 domestic and public-supply wells ranged from below 1 mBq/L to 6590 ± 590 mBq/L, among the highest reported levels in...

Seiler, R.L.; Stillings, L.L.; Cutler, N.; Salonen, L.; Outola, I.
Biogeochemical factors affecting the presence of 210Po in groundwater; 2011; Article; Journal; Applied Geochemistry; Seiler, R. L.; Stillings, L. L.; Cutler, N.; Salonen, L.; Outola, I.

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The influence of irrigation water on the hydrology and lake water budgets of two small arid-climate lakes in Khorezm, Uzbekistan

Little is known regarding the origins and hydrology of hundreds of small lakes located in the western Uzbekistan province of Khorezm, Central Asia. Situated in the Aral Sea Basin, Khorezm is a productive agricultural region, growing mainly cotton, wheat, and rice. Irrigation is provided by an extensive canal network that conveys water from the Amu...

Scott, J.; Rosen, Michael R.; Saito, L.; Decker, D.L.
The influence of irrigation water on the hydrology and lake water budgets of two small arid-climate lakes in Khorezm, Uzbekistan; 2011; Article; Journal; Journal of Hydrology; Scott, J.; Rosen, M. R.; Saito, L.; Decker, D. L.

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Waste isolation and contaminant migration - Tools and techniques for monitoring the saturated zone-unsaturated zone-plant-atmosphere continuum

In 1976 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began studies of unsaturated zone hydrology next to the Nation’s first commercial disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) near Beatty, NV. Recognizing the need for long-term data collection, the USGS in 1983 established research management areas in the vicinity of the waste-burial facility...

Nicholson, T.J.; Arlt, H.D.; Andraski, Brian J.; Stonestrom, David A.

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Year Published: 2010

Early invasion population structure of quagga mussel and associated benthic invertebrate community composition on soft sediment in a large reservoir

In 2007 an invasive dreissenid mussel species, Dreissena bugensis (quagga mussel), was discovered in Lake Mead reservoir (AZ–NV). Within 2 years, adult populations have spread throughout the lake and are not only colonizing hard substrates, but also establishing in soft sediments at depths ranging from 1 to >100 m. Dreissena bugensis size class...

Wittmann, Marion E.; Chandra, Sudeep; Caires, Andrea; Denton, Marianne; Rosen, Michael R.; Wong, Wai Hing; Teitjen, Todd; Turner, Kent; Roefer, Peggy; Holdren, G. Chris
Early invasion population structure of quagga mussel and associated benthic invertebrate community composition on soft sediment in a large reservoir; 2010; Article; Journal; Lake and Reservoir Management; Wittmann, Marion E.; Chandra, Sudeep ; Caires, Andrea ; Denton, Marianne ; Rosen, Michael R.; Wong, Wai Hing; Teitjen, Todd ; Turner, Kent ; Roefer, Peggy ; Holdren, G. Chris

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Importance of benthic production to fish populations in Lake Mead prior to the establishment of quagga mussels

Limnologists recently have developed an interest in quantifying benthic resource contributions to higher-level consumers. Much of this research focuses on natural lakes with very little research in reservoirs. In this study, we provide a contemporary snapshot of the food web structure of Lake Mead to evaluate the contribution of benthic resources...

Umek, John; Chandra, Sudeep; Rosen, Michael; Wittmann, Marion; Sullivan, Joe; Orsak, Erik
Importance of benthic production to fish populations in Lake Mead prior to the establishment of quagga mussels; 2010; Article; Journal; Lake and Reservoir Management; Umek, John ; Chandra, Sudeep ; Rosen, Michael ; Wittmann, Marion ; Sullivan, Joe ; Orsak, Erik

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Conceptual understanding and groundwater quality of selected basin-fill aquifers in the Southwestern United States

The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program of the U.S. Geological Survey has been conducting a regional analysis of water quality in the principal aquifer systems in the southwestern United States (hereinafter, “Southwest”) since 2005. Part of the NAWQA Program, the objective of the Southwest Principal Aquifers (SWPA) study is to...

Thiros, Susan A.; Bexfield, Laura M.; Anning, David W.; Huntington, Jena M.
Conceptual understanding and groundwater quality of selected basin-fill aquifers in the Southwestern United States; 2010; PP; 1781; Thiros, Susan A.; Bexfield, Laura M.; Anning, David W.; Huntington, Jena M.

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Characterization of geologic deposits in the vicinity of US Ecology, Amargosa Basin, southern Nevada

Multiple approaches have been applied to better understand the characteristics of geologic units exposed at the surface and buried at depth in the vicinity of US Ecology (USE), a low-level commercial waste site in the northern Amargosa Desert, Nevada. Techniques include surficial geologic mapping and interpretation of the subsurface using borehole...

Taylor, Emily M.
Characterization of geologic deposits in the vicinity of US Ecology, Amargosa Basin, southern Nevada; 2010; SIR; 2010-5134; Taylor, Emily M.

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Database of groundwater levels and hydrograph descriptions for the Nevada Test Site area, Nye County, Nevada

A database containing water levels measured from wells in and near areas of underground nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site since 1941 was developed. The database provides information for each well including well construction, borehole lithology, units contributing water to the well, and general site remarks. Water-level information provided...

Elliott, Peggy E.; Fenelon, Joseph M.
Elliott, P.E., and Fenelon, J.M., 2010, Database of groundwater levels and hydrograph descriptions for the Nevada Test Site area, Nye County, Nevada (ver. 10.0, February 2020): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 533, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds533.