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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: January 12, 2017

StreamStats Provides New Information for Montana

Helpful new information for anyone designing structures over or near water, managing water distribution, or interested in the flow of local streams.

Date published: October 14, 2015

Birds in the Bakken: Oil Development Can Affect Critical Habitat

Many grassland bird species in the Bakken shale region, including some seriously declining populations, are displaced from their habitats as a result of oil and gas development, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Date published: January 8, 2014

Low Concentrations of De-icing Chemicals Reaching Jackson Hole Groundwater

Low concentrations of chemicals commonly used at airports for de-icing planes were detected in samples of groundwater collected from the Snake River alluvial aquifer beneath the Jackson Hole Airport.

Publications

Year Published: 2019

Changes in microbial communities and associated water and gas geochemistry across a sulfate gradient in coal beds: Powder River Basin, USA

Competition between microbial sulfate reduction and methanogenesis drives cycling of fossil carbon and generation of CH4 in sedimentary basins. However, little is understood about the fundamental relationship between subsurface aqueous geochemistry and microbiology that drives these processes. Here...

Schweitzer, Hannah; Ritter, Daniel; McIntosh, Jennifer; Barnhart, Elliott; Cunningham, Alfred B.; Vinson, David; Orem, William H.; Fields, Matthew W.

Year Published: 2018

Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada

The Williston Basin contains important oil and gas resources for the Nation. Freshwater supplies are limited in this semiarid area, and oil and gas development can require large volumes of freshwater. Groundwater is the primary source of water for many water users in the Williston Basin, so to better understand these resources, the U.S. Geological...

Thamke, Joanna N.; Long, Andrew J.; Davis, Kyle W.
Thamke, J.N., Long, A.J., and Davis, K.W., 2018, Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3046, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183046.

Year Published: 2018

Groundwater availability of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada

Executive SummaryThe Williston Basin of the Northern Great Plains is a sedimentary basin—a geologic bowl-like structure filled with layered sedimentary rocks dating as far back as the Paleozoic age. The basin, which is nationally important for the production of energy resources, spans Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States,...

Long, Andrew J.; Thamke, Joanna N.; Davis, Kyle W.; Bartos, Timothy T.
Long, A.J., Thamke, J.N., Davis, K.W., and Bartos, T.T., 2018, Groundwater availability of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1841, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1841.