Message from the Texas Water Science Center Director


Welcome to USGS Texas Water Science Center!

Tim Raines, Texas Water Science Center Director

We provide information to managers, scientists, and the general public needed to understand and make informed decisions about water resources in Texas. This website is your access to a wide variety of USGS water information about Texas; including current and historical data, interpretive reports, interactive tools, press releases, photos, videos, and more!  If you manage water resources in Texas, or are interested in information about water supplies, or the quantity or quality of our groundwater, reservoirs, and streams, then you have come to the right place.

The Texas Water Science Center is one of a network of USGS water science centers that provide water information across the Nation. The mission of the USGS Texas Water Science Center is to collect high-quality hydrologic data and conduct objective scientific studies for Texans on the quantity, quality, and availability and use of surface- and groundwater resources within the great state of Texas.

We employ more than 160 dedicated scientists, technicians, and operational personnel that have a collective responsibility to execute our mission and commitment to high professional standards for collection and dissemination of water- and earth-resources data, resource-assessment studies, and related research.  Much of our science is planned and conducted in cooperation with approximately 150 municipalities, river authorities, groundwater districts, and State and other federal agencies to address specific needs for hydrologic data and interpretations.

The USGS Texas Water Science Center has nine locations located in Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Ft. Worth, Houston, Lubbock, San Angelo, San Antonio, and Wichita Falls. These offices are geographically distributed to respond to hydrologic events and to interact with cooperating agencies and organizations throughout Texas.

If you would like more information, please contact us by email at or by phone at 512-927-3500.  If you’d like to talk with someone or partner with us, please call or email me at


Timothy H. Raines, P.E.


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