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

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2017 OK Gov Water Conf
October 3, 2017

The US Geological Survey is scheduled to present three talks and three posters at the thirty-eighth annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium in Norman, Oklahoma, October 31-November 1.

Satellite captured image of the rapidly intensifying storm, Harvey
September 6, 2017

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

Year Published: 2017

Hydrogeology and simulated groundwater flow and availability in the North Fork Red River aquifer, southwest Oklahoma, 1980–2013

On September 8, 1981, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board established regulatory limits on the maximum annual yield of groundwater (343,042 acre-feet per year) and equal-proportionate-share (EPS) pumping rate (1.0 acre-foot per acre per year) for the North Fork Red River aquifer. The maximum annual yield and EPS were based on a hydrologic...

Smith, S. Jerrod; Ellis, John H.; Wagner, Derrick L.; Peterson, Steven M.
Smith, S.J., Ellis, J.H., Wagner, D.L., and Peterson, S.M., 2017, Hydrogeology and simulated groundwater flow and availability in the North Fork Red River aquifer, southwest Oklahoma, 1980–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5098, 107 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175098.

Year Published: 2017

Bathymetric surveys of the Neosho River, Spring River, and Elk River, northeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Missouri, 2016–17

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.; Ashworth, Chad E.; Smith, S. Jerrod
Hunter, S.L., Ashworth, C.E., and Smith, S.J., 2017, Bathymetric surveys of the Neosho River, Spring River, and Elk River, northeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Missouri, 2016–17 (ver. 1.1, October 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5101, 59 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175101.

Year Published: 2017

Bathymetry and capacity of Shawnee Reservoir, Oklahoma, 2016

Shawnee Reservoir (locally known as Shawnee Twin Lakes) is a man-made reservoir on South Deer Creek with a drainage area of 32.7 square miles in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. The reservoir consists of two lakes connected by an equilibrium channel. The southern lake (Shawnee City Lake Number 1) was impounded in 1935, and the northern lake (Shawnee...

Ashworth, Chad E.; Smith, S. Jerrod; Smith, Kevin A.
Ashworth, C.E., Smith, S.J., and Smith, K.A., 2017, Bathymetry and capacity of Shawnee Reservoir, Oklahoma, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3374, 1 sheet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3374.