Stream Science Capabilties

Science Center Objects

Texas has 16 river basins and more than 15 major rivers and more than 100 secondary streams. These rivers and streams play a vital role for communities and ecosystems across Texas by providing water for drinking, recreation, and irrigation; recharging aquifers; and transporting sediment and nutrients.The USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) collects data and has science projects at several all of these streams and their watersheds. Visit the links below for more information on our data and science.

Stream Science

TXWSC has expertise in a wide variety of stream science applications, including, but not limited to: 

  • Monitoring
    • Real-Time Stream Gages
    • Acoustic Discharge Measurements
  • Hydrologic studies
    • Hydraulic Analysis
    • Basin Characteristics 
    • Flow Duration Analysis 
    • Statistical analyses
  • Availability & Use
    • Assessment and tabulation of water budgets and water use

Current Stream Science

Development of a Groundwater-Flow Model to Estimate the Potential Effects on Streamflow from Nearby Wells

Pecos River Watershed Salinity Study

Upper Rio Grande Basin Focus Area Study

Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone Surface-water and Groundwater Interaction

San Antonio River Sediment and Water Monitoring

Surface-water and Groundwater Interaction in Hamilton Creek

Red River Focus Area Study

National Water-Quality Assessment Project in Texas

Nutrient and Sediment Variability in the Lower San Jacinto River

InFRM Flood Inundation Mapping

Hydrologic Trends Analysis on selected Texas streams

Post Hurricane Harvey Assessment

Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone Runoff

Coastal Sediment Monitoring and Modeling

Bandera Flood Early Warning Tool


    Streamflow Data

    USGS has been collecting streamflow data in Texas since 1889. The first office was established in 1915 in Austin with a network of 18 streamflow-gaging stations. Today, TXWSC collects real-time (continuously monitored) data at more than 750 stream & lake stations. USGS data is stored in the USGS National Water Information System and is available to the public through the online portal, NWISweb. The TXWSC Cyber Innovation Branch has developed several web mapping applications to assist users in finding the data they need:

    The Texas Water Dashboard shows real-time data in context with current weather and hazard conditions. Water On-The-Go is a mobile application which uses your current location to show the streamgages and data closest to your location.