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Current Wyoming-Montana Water Conditions

Current Wyoming-Montana Water Conditions

Explore Wyoming-Montana real-time streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions and access data with our interactive map.

Current Conditions

Geospatial Research and Development to Understand Hydrologic Processes

Geospatial Research and Development to Understand Hydrologic Processes

Geospatial data, such as remote sensing images and map based information, provide an opportunity to evaluate hydrologic systems with a spatially continuous data set.

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News

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Date published: April 11, 2019

Salinity Cycles in Lower Colorado River Caused by Precipitation Patterns in Upper Basin

A new study shows that mysterious cycles in salinity in the lower Colorado River are a result of precipitation patterns in the headwaters of the upper basin more than a thousand river miles away. The salinity levels generally repeat about every 10 years.

Date published: March 18, 2019

Mercury Concentrations in Lake Powell Higher in Side Canyons

Mercury concentrations within Lake Powell are highest in side canyons within the lower portion of the reservoir, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. This finding is part of a study to better understand why mercury concentrations in striped bass are higher in the lower part of the reservoir.

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Water-quality, bed-sediment, and invertebrate tissue trace-element concentrations for tributaries in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana, October 2017–September 2018

Water, bed sediment, and invertebrate tissue were sampled in streams from Butte to near Missoula, Montana, as part of a monitoring program in the Clark Fork Basin. The sampling program was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to characterize aquatic resources in the Clark Fork Basin...

Clark, Gregory D.; Hornberger, Michelle I.; Cleasby, Thomas E.; Heinert, Terry L.; Turner, Matthew A.
Clark, G.D., Hornberger, M.I., Cleasby, T.E., Heinert, T.L., and Turner, M.A., 2020, Water-quality, bed-sediment, and invertebrate tissue trace-element concentrations for tributaries in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana, October 2017–September 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1067, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201067.

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Water-quality, bed-sediment, and invertebrate tissue trace-element concentrations for tributaries in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana, October 2017–September 2018

Water, bed sediment, and invertebrate tissue were sampled in streams from Butte to near Missoula, Montana, as part of a monitoring program in the Clark Fork Basin. The sampling program was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to characterize aquatic resources in the Clark Fork Basin...

Clark, Gregory D.; Hornberger, Michelle I.; Cleasby, Thomas E.; Heinert, Terry L.; Turner, Matthew A.
Clark, G.D., Hornberger, M.I., Cleasby, T.E., Heinert, T.L., and Turner, M.A., 2020, Water-quality, bed-sediment, and invertebrate tissue trace-element concentrations for tributaries in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana, October 2017–September 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1067, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201067.

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Quantification of trace element loading in the upper Tenmile Creek drainage basin near Rimini, Montana, September 2011

The principle sources of trace elements entering upper Tenmile Creek, Montana, during September 2011, four trace metals and the metalloid arsenic, were identified and quantified by combining and analyzing streamflow data determined from tracer injection with trace-element concentrations and related water-quality data determined from synoptic...

Cleasby, Tom; Eldridge, Sara L. Caldwell
Cleasby, T., and Eldridge, S.L.C., 2020, Quantification of trace element loading in the upper Tenmile Creek drainage basin near Rimini, Montana, September 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5126, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195126.