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: 2016

Delineation of the Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley groundwater basin, Nevada

This report delineates the Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley (PMOV) groundwater basin, where recharge occurs, moves downgradient, and discharges to Oasis Valley, Nevada. About 5,900 acre-feet of water discharges annually from Oasis Valley, an area of springs and seeps near the town of Beatty in southern Nevada. Radionuclides in groundwater beneath Pahute...

Fenelon, Joseph M.; Halford, Keith J.; Moreo, Michael T.
Fenelon, J.M., Halford, K.J., and Moreo, M.T., 2016, Delineation of the Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley groundwater basin, Nevada (ver. 1.1, May 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5175, 40 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155175.

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Year Published: 2015

Evaluating connection of aquifers to springs and streams, Great Basin National Park and vicinity, Nevada

Federal agencies that oversee land management for much of the Snake Range in eastern Nevada, including the management of Great Basin National Park by the National Park Service, need to understand the potential extent of adverse effects to federally managed lands from nearby groundwater development. As a result, this study was developed (1) to...

Prudic, David E.; Sweetkind, Donald S.; Jackson, Tracie R.; Dotson, K. Elaine; Plume, Russell W.; Hatch, Christine E.; Halford, Keith J.
Prudic, D.E, Sweetkind, D.S., Jackson, T.R., Dotson, K.E., Plume, R.W., Hatch, C.E., and Halford, K.J. 2015, Evaluating connection of aquifers to springs and streams, Great Basin National Park and vicinity, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1819, 188 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/pp1819.

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Year Published: 2015

Hydrologic data for the Walker River Basin, Nevada and California, water years 2010–14

Walker Lake is a threatened and federally protected desert terminal lake in western Nevada. To help protect the desert terminal lake and the surrounding watershed, the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Geological Survey have been studying the hydrology of the Walker River Basin in Nevada and California since 2004. Hydrologic data collected for this...

Pavelko, Michael T.; Orozco, Erin L.
Pavelko, Michael T., and Orozco, Erin L., 2015, Hydrologic data for the Walker River Basin, Nevada and California, water years 2010–14: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 967, 17 p., plus appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds967.

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Year Published: 2015

Hydrogeology and sources of water to select springs in Black Canyon, south of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona

Springs in Black Canyon of the Colorado River, directly south of Hoover Dam in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona, are important hydrologic features that support a unique riparian ecosystem including habitat for endangered species. Rapid population growth in areas near and surrounding Black Canyon has caused concern among...

Moran, Michael J.; Wilson, Jon W.; Beard, L. Sue
Moran, M.J., Wilson, J.W., and Beard, L.S., 2015, Hydrogeology and sources of water to select springs in Black Canyon, south of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada and Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5130, 61 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155130.

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Year Published: 2015

Discharge, suspended sediment, bedload, and water quality in Clear Creek, western Nevada, water years 2010-12

Clear Creek is a small stream that drains the eastern Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, flows roughly parallel to the U.S. Highway 50 corridor, and discharges to the Carson River near Carson City, Nevada. Historical and ongoing development in the drainage basin is thought to be affecting Clear Creek and its sediment-transport characteristics. A...

Huntington, Jena M.; Savard, Charles S.
Huntington, J.M., and Savard, C.S., 2015, Discharge, suspended sediment, bedload, and water quality in Clear Creek, western Nevada, water years 2010–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5124, 39 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155124.

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Year Published: 2015

Global patterns and environmental controls of perchlorate and nitrate co-occurrence in arid and semi-arid environments

Natural perchlorate (ClO4−) is of increasing interest due to its wide-spread occurrence on Earth and Mars, yet little information exists on the relative abundance of ClO4− compared to other major anions, its stability, or long-term variations in production that may impact the observed distributions. Our objectives were to evaluate the occurrence...

Jackson, W Andrew; Böhlke, John K.; Andraski, Brian J.; Fahlquist, Lynne S.; Bexfield, Laura M.; Eckardt, Frank D.; Gates, John B.; Davila, Alfonso F.; McKay, Christopher P.; Rao, Balaji; Sevanthi, Ritesh; Rajagopalan, Srinath; Estrada, Nubia; Sturchio, Neil C.; Hatzinger, Paul B.; Anderson, Todd A.; Orris, Greta J.; Betancourt, Julio L.; Stonestrom, David A.; Latorre, Claudio; Li, Yanhe; Harvey, Gregory J.
Jackson, W.A., Böhlke, J.K., Andraski, B.J., Fahlquist, L., Bexfield, L., Eckardt, F.D., Gates, J.B., Davila, A.F., McKay, C.P., Rao, B., Sevanthi, R., Rajagopalan, S., Estrada, N., Sturchio, N.C., Hatzinger, P.B., Anderson, T.A., Orris, G., Betancourt, J., Stonestrom, D., Latorre, C., Li, Y., and Harvey, G.J., 2015, Global patterns and environmental controls of perchlorate and nitrate co-occurrence in arid and semi-arid environments. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 164, p. 502-522, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.05.016

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Year Published: 2015

A new temperature profiling probe for investigating groundwater-surface water interaction

Measuring vertically nested temperatures at the streambed interface poses practical challenges that are addressed here with a new discrete subsurface temperature profiling probe. We describe a new temperature probe and its application for heat as a tracer investigations to demonstrate the probe's utility. Accuracy and response time of temperature...

Naranjo, Ramon C.; Robert Turcotte
Naranjo, R. C., and R. Turcotte (2015), A new temperature profiling probe for investigating groundwater-surface water interaction, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2015WR017574

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Year Published: 2015

Mixing effects on nitrogen and oxygen concentrations and the relationship to mean residence time in a hyporheic zone of a riffle-pool sequence

Flow paths and residence times in the hyporheic zone are known to influence biogeochemical processes such as nitrification and denitrification. The exchange across the sediment-water interface may involve mixing of surface water and groundwater through complex hyporheic flow paths that contribute to highly variable biogeochemically active zones....

Naranjo, Ramon C.; Niswonger, Richard G.; Clinton Davis
Naranjo, R. C., Niswonger, R. G. and Davis, C. (2015), Mixing effects on nitrogen and oxygen concentrations and the relationship to mean residence time in a hyporheic zone of a riffle-pool sequence. Water Resour. Res. doi:10.1002/2014WR016593

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Year Published: 2015

Multimodel analysis of anisotropic diffusive tracer-gas transport in a deep arid unsaturated zone

Gas transport in the unsaturated zone affects contaminant flux and remediation, interpretation of groundwater travel times from atmospheric tracers, and mass budgets of environmentally important gases. Although unsaturated zone transport of gases is commonly treated as dominated by diffusion, the characteristics of transport in deep layered...

Green, Christopher T.; Walvoord, Michelle Ann; Andraski, Brian J.; Striegl, Robert G.; Stonestrom, David A.
Green, C. T., M. A. Walvoord, B. J. Andraski, R. G. Striegl, and D. A. Stonestrom (2015), Multimodel analysis of anisotropic diffusive tracergas transport in a deep arid unsaturated zone, Water Resour. Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016055.

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Year Published: 2014

Collaborative modelling and integrated decision support system analysis of a developed terminal lake basin

A terminal lake basin in west-central Nevada, Walker Lake, has undergone drastic change over the past 90 yrs due to upstream water use for agriculture. Decreased inflows to the lake have resulted in 100 km2 decrease in lake surface area and a total loss of fisheries due to salinization. The ecologic health of Walker Lake is of great...

Niswonger, Richard G.; Allander, Kip K.; Jeton, Anne E.

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Year Published: 2014

Steady-state numerical groundwater flow model of the Great Basin carbonate and alluvial aquifer system

This report describes the construction, calibration, evaluation, and results of a steady-state numerical groundwater flow model of the Great Basin carbonate and alluvial aquifer system that was developed as part of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Census Initiative to evaluate the nation’s groundwater availability. The study area...

Brooks, Lynette E.; Masbruch, Melissa D.; Sweetkind, Donald S.; Buto, Susan G.
Brooks, L.E., Masbruch, M.D., Sweetkind, D.S., and Buto, S.G., 2014, Steady-state numerical groundwater flow model of the Great Basin carbonate and alluvial aquifer system: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5213, 124 p., 2 pl. http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145213.