Texas Water Science Center

Publications

Scientific reports, journal articles, or general interest publications by USGS scientists in the Texas Water Science Center are listed below. Publications span from 1898 to the present.

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Coal-tar pavement sealants might substantially increase children's PAH exposures

Dietary ingestion has been identified repeatedly as the primary route of human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), seven of which are classified as probable human carcinogens (B2 PAHs) by the U.S. EPA. Humans are exposed to PAHs through ingestion of cooked and uncooked foods, incidental ingestion of soil and dust, inhalation of...

Williams, E. Spencer; Mahler, Barbara; Van Metre, Peter C.
Coal-tar pavement sealants might substantially increase children's PAH exposures; 2012; Article; Journal; Environmental Pollution; Williams, E. Spencer; Mahler, Barbara J.; Van Metre, Peter C.

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PAH volatilization following application of coal-tar-based pavement sealant

Coal-tar-based pavement sealants, a major source of PAHs to urban water bodies, have recently been identified as a source of volatile PAHs to the atmosphere. We tracked the volatilization of PAHs for 1 year after application of a coal-tar-based pavement sealant by measuring gas-phase PAH concentrations above the pavement surface and solid-phase...

Van Metre, Peter C.; Majewski, Michael S.; Mahler, Barbara; Foreman, William T.; Braun, Christopher L.; Wilson, Jennifer T.; Burbank, Teresa L.
PAH volatilization following application of coal-tar-based pavement sealant; 2012; Article; Journal; Atmospheric Environment; Van Metre, Peter C.; Majewski, Michael S.; Mahler, Barbara J.; Foreman, William T.; Braun, Christopher L.; Wilson, Jennifer T.; Burbank, Teresa L.

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Volatilization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from coal-tar-sealed pavement

Coal-tar-based pavement sealants, a major source of PAHs to urban water bodies, are a potential source of volatile PAHs to the atmosphere. An initial assessment of volatilization of PAHs from coal-tar-sealed pavement is presented here in which we measured summertime gas-phase PAH concentrations 0.03 m and 1.28 m above the pavement surface of seven...

Van Metre, Peter C.; Majewski, Michael S.; Mahler, Barbara; Foreman, William T.; Braun, Christopher L.; Wilson, Jennifer T.; Burbank, Teresa L.
Volatilization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from coal-tar-sealed pavement; 2012; Article; Journal; Chemosphere; Van Metre, Peter C.; Majewski, Michael S.; Mahler, Barbara J.; Foreman, William T.; Braun, Christopher L.; Wilson, Jennifer T.; Burbank, Teresa L.

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Hydrogeology and simulation of groundwater flow and land-surface subsidence in the northern part of the Gulf Coast aquifer system, Texas, 1891-2009

In cooperation with the Harris–Galveston Subsidence District, Fort Bend Subsidence District, and Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, the U.S. Geological Survey developed and calibrated the Houston Area Groundwater Model (HAGM), which simulates groundwater flow and land-surface subsidence in the northern part of the Gulf Coast...

Kasmarek, Mark C.
Hydrogeology and simulation of groundwater flow and land-surface subsidence in the northern part of the Gulf Coast aquifer system, Texas, 1891-2009; 2012; SIR; 2012-5154; Kasmarek, Mark C.

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Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat and PAHs: implications for the environment, human health, and stormwater management

Coal-tar-based sealcoat products, widely used in the central and eastern U.S. on parking lots, driveways, and even playgrounds, are typically 20-35% coal-tar pitch, a known human carcinogen that contains about 200 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds. Research continues to identify environmental compartments—including stormwater...

Mahler, Barbara; Van Metre, Peter C.; Crane, Judy L.; Watts, Alison W.; Scoggins, Mateo; Williams, E. Spencer
Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat and PAHs: implications for the environment, human health, and stormwater management; 2012; Article; Journal; Environmental Science and Technology; Mahler, Barbara J. ; Van Metre, Peter C. ; Crane, Judy L. ; Watts, Alison W. ; Scoggins, Mateo ; Williams, E. Spencer

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Floods in Central Texas, September 7-14, 2010

Severe flooding occurred near the Austin metropolitan area in central Texas September 7–14, 2010, because of heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Hermine. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District, determined rainfall amounts and annual exceedance probabilities for...

Winters, Karl E.
Floods in Central Texas, September 7-14, 2010; 2012; Article; Journal; Texas Water Journal; Winters, Karl E.

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Simulation of streamflow, evapotranspiration, and groundwater recharge in the middle Nueces River watershed, south Texas, 1961-2008

The U.S. Geological Survey—in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District; City of Corpus Christi; Guadalupe–Blanco River Authority; San Antonio River Authority; and San Antonio Water System— configured, calibrated, and tested a watershed model for a study area consisting of about 7,726 square miles of...

Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Wehmeyer, Loren L.
Simulation of streamflow, evapotranspiration, and groundwater recharge in the middle Nueces River watershed, south Texas, 1961-2008; 2012; SIR; 2012-5136; Dietsch, Benjamin J.; Wehmeyer, Loren L.

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Streamflow gains and losses and selected water-quality observations in five subreaches of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo del Norte from near Presidio to Langtry, Texas, Big Bend area, United States and Mexico, 2006

Few historical streamflow and water-quality data are available to characterize the segment of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo del Norte (hereinafter Rio Grande) extending from near Presidio to near Langtry, Texas. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, collected water-...

Raines, Timothy H.; Turco, Michael J.; Connor, Patrick J.; Bennett, Jeffery B.
Streamflow gains and losses and selected water-quality observations in five subreaches of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo del Norte from near Presidio to Langtry, Texas, Big Bend area, United States and Mexico, 2006; 2012; SIR; 2012-5125; Raines, Timothy H.; Turco, Michael J.; Connor, Patrick J.; Bennett, Jeffery B.

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A conceptual model of the hydrogeologic framework, geochemistry, and groundwater-flow system of the Edwards-Trinity and related aquifers in the Pecos County region, Texas

A conceptual model of the hydrogeologic framework, geochemistry, and groundwater-flow system of the Edwards-Trinity and related aquifers, which include the Pecos Valley, Igneous, Dockum, Rustler, and Capitan Reef aquifers, was developed as the second phase of a groundwater availability study in the Pecos County region in west Texas. The first...

Bumgarner, Johnathan R.; Stanton, Gregory P.; Teeple, Andrew ; Thomas, Jonathan V.; Houston, Natalie A.; Payne, Jason ; Musgrove, MaryLynn
A conceptual model of the hydrogeologic framework, geochemistry, and groundwater-flow system of the Edwards-Trinity and related aquifers in the Pecos County region, Texas; 2012; SIR; 2012-5124; Bumgarner, Johnathan R.; Stanton, Gregory P.; Teeple, Andrew P.; Thomas, Jonathan V.; Houston, Natalie A.; Payne, Jason D.; Musgrove, MaryLynn

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Mapping socio-environmentally vulnerable populations access and exposure to ecosystem services at the U.S.-Mexico borderlands

Socio-environmental vulnerable populations are often unrepresented in land-use planning yet have great potential for loss when exposed to changes in ecosystem services. Administrative boundaries, cultural differences, and language barriers increase the disassociation between land-use management and marginalized populations living in the U.S....

Norman, Laura M.; Villarreal, Miguel L.; Lara-Valencia, Francisco; Yuan, Yongping; Nie, Wenming; Wilson, Sylvia; Amaya, Gladys; Sleeter, Rachel
Mapping socio-environmentally vulnerable populations access and exposure to ecosystem services at the U.S.-Mexico borderlands; 2012; Article; Journal; Applied Geography; Norman, Laura M.; Villarreal, Miguel L.; Lara-Valencia, Francisco ; Yuan, Yongping ; Nie, Wenming ; Wilson, Sylvia ; Amaya, Gladys ; Sleeter, Rachel

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Sound data management as a foundation for natural resources management and science

Effective decision making is closely related to the quality and completeness of available data and information. Data management helps to ensure data quality in any discipline and supports decision making. Managing data as a long-term scientific asset helps to ensure that data will be usable beyond the original intended application. Emerging issues...

Burley, Thomas E.
Sound data management as a foundation for natural resources management and science; 2012; FS; 2011-3038; Burley, Thomas E.

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Estimation of streamflow gains and losses in the lower San Antonio River watershed, south-central Texas, 2006-10

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the San Antonio River Authority, the Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District, and the Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District, investigated streamflow gains and losses during 2006-10 in the lower San Antonio River watershed in south-central Texas. Streamflow gains and losses...

Lizarraga, Joy S.; Wehmeyer, Loren L.
Estimation of streamflow gains and losses in the lower San Antonio River watershed, south-central Texas, 2006-10; 2012; SIR; 2012-5073; Lizarraga, Joy S.; Wehmeyer, Loren L.