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Welcome to the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center (OKWSC) website. The OKWSC collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on Oklahoma's water resources. We strive to provide relevant hydrologic data and meet the changing needs of partners.

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Current conditions

View real-time surface-water conditions for Oklahoma.

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Science highlights

The OKWSC is currently working on a number of numerical groundwater simulation projects throughout the state.

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News

Date published: May 24, 2019

Media Advisory: USGS Crews Measure Record Flooding in Oklahoma

Reporters: Do you want to Accompany USGS Scientists as they Measure Record Flooding in Oklahoma? Please Contact Heidi Koontz or Jason Lewis.

Date published: September 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Response

USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center staff are assisting the Texas Water Science Center with streamflow measurements and high-water mark determinations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  This information is vital for future flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Urban stormwater: An overlooked pathway of extensive mixed contaminants to surface and groundwaters in the United States

Increasing global reliance on stormwater control measures to reduce discharge to surface water, increase groundwater recharge, and minimize contaminant delivery to receiving waterbodies necessitates improved understanding of stormwater-contaminant profiles. A multi-agency study of organic and inorganic chemicals in urban stormwater from 50 runoff...

Masoner, Jason R.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Bradley, Paul M.

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Capacity and area of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, northeastern Oklahoma, 2009

In February 2017, the Grand River Dam Authority filed to relicense the Pensacola Hydroelectric Project with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The predominant feature of the Pensacola Hydroelectric Project is Pensacola Dam, which impounds Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees (locally called Grand Lake) in northeastern Oklahoma. Identification of...

Hunter, Shelby L.; Labriola, Laura G.
Hunter, S.L., and Labriola, L.G., 2019, Capacity and area of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, northeastern Oklahoma, 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5040, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195040.

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Summary of climatic, geographic, geologic, and available hydrologic data and identification of data gaps for the Black Bear Creek watershed of the Pawnee Nation Tribal Jurisdictional Area, Oklahoma

The Pawnee Nation is compiling a comprehensive water-management plan for the Pawnee Nation Tribal Jurisdictional Area in north-central Oklahoma. One of the first steps needed in preparing such a plan is a summary and analysis of available hydrologic data and reports that have been published for the area. In phase I of a three-phase, watershed-...

Varonka, Matthew S.
Varonka, M.S., 2019, Summary of climatic, geographic, geologic, and available hydrologic data and identification of data gaps for the Black Bear Creek watershed of the Pawnee Nation Tribal Jurisdictional Area, Oklahoma: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5043, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195043.