Oklahoma Water Science Center

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Year Published: 2011

Changes in Selected Metals Concentrations from the Mid-1980s to the Mid-2000s in a Stream Draining the Picher Mining District of Oklahoma

After abandonment in the late 1960s, the Picher mining district of Oklahoma, once the largest source of lead and zinc in the world, continued to be affected by severe environmental degradation, with scattered subsidence and abundant toxic metals such as cadmium and lead seeping from flooded underground mine workings and seeping and running off...

Andrews, William J.; Masoner, Jason R.

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Year Published: 2011

Potentiometric surface in the Central Oklahoma (Garber-Wellington) aquifer, Oklahoma, 2009

A study of the hydrogeology of the Central Oklahoma aquifer was started in 2008 to provide the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) hydrogeologic data and a groundwater flow model that can be used as a tool to help manage the aquifer. The 1973 Oklahoma water law requires the OWRB to do hydrologic investigations of Oklahoma's aquifers (termed '...

Mashburn, Shana L.; Magers, Jessica
Potentiometric surface in the Central Oklahoma (Garber-Wellington) aquifer, Oklahoma, 2009; 2011; SIM; 3147; Mashburn, Shana L.; Magers, Jessica

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Year Published: 2010

Methods for estimating the magnitude and frequency of peak streamflows for unregulated streams in Oklahoma

Peak-streamflow regression equations were determined for estimating flows with exceedance probabilities from 50 to 0.2 percent for the state of Oklahoma. These regression equations incorporate basin characteristics to estimate peak-streamflow magnitude and frequency throughout the state by use of a generalized least squares regression analysis....

Lewis, Jason M.
Methods for estimating the magnitude and frequency of peak streamflows for unregulated streams in Oklahoma; 2010; SIR; 2010-5137; Lewis, Jason M.

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Year Published: 2010

Trends in base flow, total flow, and base-flow index of selected streams in and near Oklahoma through 2008

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, investigated trends in base flow, total flow, and base-flow index of selected streams in Oklahoma and evaluated possible causes for trends. Thirty-seven streamflow-gaging stations that had unregulated or moderately regulated streamflow were selected for trend...

Esralew, Rachel A.; Lewis, Jason M.
Trends in base flow, total flow, and base-flow index of selected streams in and near Oklahoma through 2008; 2010; SIR; 2010-5104; Esralew, Rachel A.; Lewis, Jason M.

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Year Published: 2010

A Reconnaissance of selected organic compounds in streams in tribal lands in Central Oklahoma, January-February 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey worked in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma on two separate reconnaissance projects carried out concurrently. Both projects entailed the use of passive samplers as a sampling methodology to investigate the detection of selected organic compounds at stream sites...

Becker, Carol J.
A Reconnaissance of selected organic compounds in streams in tribal lands in Central Oklahoma, January-February 2009; 2010; SIR; 2010-5110; Becker, Carol J.

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Year Published: 2010

Nutrient concentrations, loads, and yields in the Eucha-Spavinaw Basin, Arkansas and Oklahoma, 2002-09

The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, uses Lake Eucha and Spavinaw Lake in the Eucha-Spavinaw Basin in northwestern Arkansas and northeastern Oklahoma for public water supply. The city has spent millions of dollars over the last decade to eliminate taste and odor problems in the drinking water from the Eucha-Spavinaw system, which may be attributable to...

Esralew, Rachel A.; Tortorelli, Robert L.
Nutrient concentrations, loads, and yields in the Eucha-Spavinaw Basin, Arkansas and Oklahoma, 2002-09; 2010; SIR; 2010-5119; Esralew, Rachel A.; Tortorelli, Robert L.

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Year Published: 2010

A comparison of methods for estimating open-water evaporation in small wetlands

We compared evaporation measurements from a floating pan, land pan, chamber, and the Priestley-Taylor (PT) equation. Floating pan, land pan, and meteorological data were collected from June 6 to July 21, 2005, at a small wetland in the Canadian River alluvium in central Oklahoma, USA. Evaporation measured with the floating pan compared favorably...

Masoner, Jason R.; Stannard, David I.

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Year Published: 2010

Methods for estimating flow-duration and annual mean-flow statistics for ungaged streams in Oklahoma

Flow statistics can be used to provide decision makers with surface-water information needed for activities such as water-supply permitting, flow regulation, and other water rights issues. Flow statistics could be needed at any location along a stream. Most often, streamflow statistics are needed at ungaged sites, where no flow data are available...

Esralew, Rachel A.; Smith, S. Jerrod
Methods for estimating flow-duration and annual mean-flow statistics for ungaged streams in Oklahoma; 2010; SIR; 2009-5267; Esralew, Rachel A.; Smith, S. Jerrod

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Year Published: 2009

Water Use in Oklahoma 1950-2005

Comprehensive planning for water resources development and use in Oklahoma requires a historical perspective on water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, summarized the 1950-2005 water-use information for Oklahoma. This report presents 1950-2005 estimates of freshwater withdrawal for water...

Tortorelli, Robert L.
Water Use in Oklahoma 1950-2005; 2009; SIR; 2009-5212; Tortorelli, Robert L.

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Year Published: 2009

Challenges in design and construction of a large multi-cell passive treatment system for ferruginous lead-zinc mine waters

Artesian discharges of net alkaline, ferruginous waters from abandoned underground lead-zinc mines cause considerable surface water degradation at the Tar Creek Superfund Site, part of the historic Tri-State Mining District of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Two perennial borehole discharges, identified as the lowest elevation mine water discharge...

Nairn, Robert W.; Beisel, T.; Thomas, Robert C.; LaBar, Julie A.; Strevett, Keith A. ; Fuller, Daniel; Strosnider, William H.; Andrews, William J.; Bays, James; Knox, Robert C.

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Year Published: 2009

Statistical Summaries of Streamflow in and near Oklahoma Through 2007

Statistical summaries of streamflow records through 2007 for gaging stations in Oklahoma and parts of adjacent states are presented for 238 stations with at least 10 years of streamflow record. Streamflow at 120 of the stations is regulated for specific periods. Data for these periods were analyzed separately to account for changes in streamflow...

Lewis, Jason M.; Esralew, Rachel A.
Statistical Summaries of Streamflow in and near Oklahoma Through 2007; 2009; SIR; 2009-5135; Lewis, Jason M.; Esralew, Rachel A.

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Year Published: 2009

Summary of surface-water quality data from the Illinois River Basin in Northeast Oklahoma, 1970-2007

The quality of streams in the Illinois River Basin of northeastern Oklahoma is potentially threatened by increased quantities of wastes discharged from increasing human populations, grazing of about 160,000 cattle, and confined animal feeding operations raising about 20 million chickens. Increasing numbers of humans and livestock in the basin...

Andrews, William J.; Becker, Mark F.; Smith, S. Jerrod; Tortorelli, Robert L.
Summary of Surface-Water Quality Data from the Illinois River Basin in Northeast Oklahoma, 1970-2007; 2009; SIR; 2009-5182; Andrews, William J.; Becker, Mark F.; Smith, S. Jerrod; Tortorelli, Robert L.