Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Education

The USGS provides a wide array of educational resources for teachers and students of earth science. The Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center also shares our science knowledge locally through community outreach activities and classroom visits. For more information, please contact our Communications Specialist, Cheryl Eddy Miller, at 307-775-9167.

Salish Kootenai College and U.S. Geological Survey partnership—Enhancing student opportunities and professional development

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Date published: July 30, 2021
Status: Active

How low is the streamflow? Using historical streamflow data to give perspective on current conditions (July 19-25, 2021)

Many streamgages in Wyoming and Montana are recording streamflow that is very low for the date.  The primary reason for these low streamflow is the current drought in both States.

Date published: November 20, 2020
Status: Active

From Gage to Page: A Look Into How USGS Helps You Know the Flow

Knowing the streamflow of a river is important for many. For example, irrigators need to know how the water can be allocated to fields, boaters need to know if the river is safe to float, and municipalities need to know how much supply will be at their intakes.

Date published: November 19, 2020
Status: Active

Hydro-terms visualized

A picture can be worth a thousand words, so we’ll let the pictures help us do the talking:

Date published: October 2, 2020
Status: Active

Creating the Rating Curve

The rating curve is a relation between stage (river level) and streamflow (discharge). Each stream channel is different and, because the stage-discharge relation is a function of the streambed material and geometry, each rating curve will be unique to that site and a particular period of time.

Date published: October 2, 2020
Status: Active

Establishing a Streamgage

Streamgages are structures that house equipment that measures and records stream stage and other parameters before transmitting that data to centralized computers via satellites.

Date published: October 2, 2020
Status: Active

Measuring Streamflow

Accurately measuring streamflow at each visit to the site is critical to streamgaging. The correct equipment for each stream during different seasons ensures the highest quality data are collected each time.