Texas Water Science Center

Water Availability

Against a backdrop of constant cycles of extreme hydrologic conditions ranging from oppressive droughts to life-threatening floods, the water-resource landscape of Texas is undergoing constant change.  Demands on water resources are increasing because of changes related to population growth, energy demands, agricultural practices, and other human-related activities.  The USGS Texas Water Science Center is involved in a wide variety of programs for collecting hydrologic data and scientific information to help water managers effectively address water-resources issues across the state. 

 

Water Availability Overview
These overviews summarize the science, capabilities, and research activities for each topic.
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2015 USGS Water Use data

Filter Total Items: 17
Date published: August 30, 2019
Status: Active

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Monitoring and Assessment Program Development

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and USGS will jointly lead the development of foundational components for Gulf region-wide monitoring.

Date published: August 20, 2018
Status: Completed

Biological Resources in Big Bend National Park

The USGS Texas Water Science Center provided Big Bend National Park with a comprehensive assessment of the status of instream and riparian-zone biological resources along with information and tools needed by Park staff to address the effects of continued low flows and water-quality degradation of the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park. 

Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Texas Water Dashboard

The Texas Water Dashboard is a web mapping application that presents U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) real-time stream, lake, reservoir, precipitation, and well data in Texas in context with current weather and hazard conditions. Real-time measurements from over 750 USGS observation stations in Texas are accessible from the map viewer, along with complementary map layers such as current...

Contacts: Daniel Pearson
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Graphing Water Information System (GWIS) JavaScript API

A new JavaScript library, called GWIS (Graphing Water Information System), can create time-series plots of information measured at U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic data collection sites across the US. Developed by the USGS Texas Water Science Center, the user-friendly...

Contacts: Daniel Pearson
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Texas Gulf Coast Groundwater and Land Subsidence Program

The Texas Gulf Coast Groundwater and Land Subsidence Program web application illustrates how groundwater, sediment compaction, and land-elevation change are related in the Houston-Galveston region in Texas. The new app was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey Texas Water Science Center and is available at https://txpub.usgs...

Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

GWWebFlow

GWWebFlow is a browser-based groundwater model viewer designed to allow users to easily explore model inputs and outputs for published and approved USGS models. It currently supports the MODFLOW family of models, including MODFLOW2005, MODFLOW-NWT, MT3DMS and SEAWAT.

Contacts: Daniel Pearson
Date published: May 30, 2018
Status: Active

Water Quality Monitoring of Arundo Cane Removal Treatment

The USGS Texas Water Science Center is evaluating the water-quality effects of certain herbicides used in Arundo cane eradication along the Rio Grande from Del Rio downstream to the confluence with Sycamore Creek (approximately 10 miles), along which the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) will be conducting cane eradication using herbicides.

Contacts: Cassi L Crow
Date published: May 29, 2018
Status: Active

Upper Rio Grande Basin Focus Area Study

USGS is undertaking a 3-year study of water use, availability, and change in the Upper Rio Grande Basin in one of several national “Focus Area Studies” in the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART initiative. The Upper Rio Grande study area runs 670 miles from its headwaters in Colorado through New Mexico and northern Mexico to Ft....

Contacts: Natalie Houston
Date published: May 29, 2018
Status: Active

Red River Focus Area Study

The USGS is undertaking a 3-year study of water use, availability, and change in the Red River basin in one of several national “Focus Area Studies” in the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART initiative . The Red River basin covers more than 93,000 square miles in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana with a...

Date published: May 29, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrologic Monitoring of Medina and Diversion Lakes, San Antonio Area

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the San Antonio Water System, began a study to refine previously derived estimates of groundwater outflows from Medina and Diversion Lakes in south-central Texas near San Antonio.

Date published: May 29, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrogeologic Atlas for Fort Bliss

Successful long term stewardship of Fort Bliss lands includes managing traditional hydrologic resources such as surface water and groundwater resources and increasingly, geologic resources such as geothermal reservoirs and deep well injection locations. The USGS Texas Water Science Center is developing a garrison-wide hydrogeologic atlas that describes the hydrology and hydrogeology of Fort...