Lake and Reservoir Science in Texas - Overview

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Texas has more than 200 major lakes and reservoirs. The USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) collects data and has science projects at many of these reservoirs. Visit the links below for more information on our data and science.

Water-quality monitoring station on Lake Houston

Water-quality monitoring station on Lake Houston. 

LAKE AND RESERVOIR SCIENCE CAPABILITIES

TXWSC has expertise in lake and reservoir science applications, including, but not limited to: 

  • Surveying gain and loss of storage
  • Surveying lakes and reservoirs using bathymetry
  • Modeling watersheds
  • Monitoring storage and elevation
  • Assessing nutrient and major ion occurrence, distribution, and concentration in waters
  • Collecting and analyzing water-quality data
  • Monitoring for invasive species
  • Providing qualitative information regarding surface-water and groundwater exchanges
  • Estimating recharge to groundwater using statistical regression techniques 
  • Monitoring water-quality, streamflow, and water height in real time

 

Find out more about TXWSC surface-water science expertise in this printable information sheet.

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CURRENT LAKE AND RESERVOIR CONDITIONS

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TXWSC collects water-surface elevation and(or) reservoir storage data for more than 150 sites. Water-quality data also are collected at many lakes and reservoirs and can be explored and downloaded through the USGS National Water Information System Website (NWISweb).

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Current Lake and Reservoir Conditions   

Combined Streamflow and Lakes    

Water Quality

 

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has specific information about conservation pool elevation, current storage and percent full for major Texas reservoirs on their website: Water Data for Texas

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CURRENT LAKE AND RESERVOIR SCIENCE

 

Collecting water-quality samples for cyanotoxin analysis in Texas

Collecting water-quality samples for cyanotoxin analysis in Texas.

Invasive Species

Zebra Mussel Monitoring in North Texas

 

Surface-Water/Groundwater Interaction

Investigation of Preferential Groundwater Seepage in the Ellenburger – San Saba Aquifer Using Geoelectric Measurements

Hydrologic Monitoring of Medina and Diversion Lakes, San Antonio Area

 

Water Quality

Cyanobacteria Methods

Dallas Lake Nutrient Survey

Water-Quality Monitoring of the Lake Houston Watershed