Water Resources

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Date published: January 13, 2017
Status: Completed

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network

A wide range of activities have the potential to contaminate groundwater. In addition, several naturally-occurring constituents can limit the suitability of groundwater for some uses. The State of Wyoming has established rules and programs to protect groundwater quality, as well as agencies to implement the rules and programs. The Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network (WGQMN) is one...

Contacts: Gregory K Boughton , Nicole Twing, Cheryl Nelson
Date published: December 31, 2016
Status: Completed

Water Resources Discipline Research Seminar Series

The Water Resources Discipline (predecessor of the Water Mission Area) Research Seminar Series hosted a wide range of speakers on a diverse array of water research topics.  Archived videos of many seminars are available for viewing.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: December 3, 2016
Status: Active

Erosion and Invasive Saltcedar

Formation of arroyos in the late 1800s greatly increased erosion across the southwestern United States. Since the 1930s, however, this erosion has decreased, partly because of bank stabilization by introduced saltcedar. With Isleta Pueblo Indian Nation, the Aquatic Systems Branch developed a new sediment dating method using saltcedar tree rings. We applied the method in a landmark study of...

Date published: October 26, 2016
Status: Active

Economics and Ecosystem Services

Federal policymakers and land managers are accountable to the public for how they use public resources and for the outcomes of policy and management decisions. Through a variety of economic analyses and custom modeling, SEA economists evaluate how investments and management decisions affect individuals, local communities, and society as a whole.

Date published: August 29, 2016

Ecological Responses to Fish Reclamation Treatments

Piscicides have been used in Rocky Mountain stream and lakes to restore native fish populations. In the last two decades concerns over piscicide effects to non-target organisms, primarily aquatic invertebrates, has increased. Although piscicides have been used for more than 70 years the impact to invertebrate assemblages has not been well studied and is largely unknown. Given the importance a...

Date published: August 12, 2016

Potential Toxicity of Multiple Metals Associated with PGE Deposits

Water quality and aquatic life standards that are set by Federal and state regulatory agencies are used to evaluate the quality of our nation’s water and the health of aquatic ecosystems. These standards currently are based on hardness of the water and are determined for single metals, not for mixtures of metals that are typically found in natural systems. Metal mixtures can potentially be...

Date published: April 28, 2016

Water Availability and Use Science Program

The Water Availability and Use Science Program (WAUSP) fulfills the Water Resources Mission Area's objectives to provide comprehensive water availability and use science to the Nation

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 20, 2016

Streams, Lakes and Reservoirs

Science to observe, analyze, and understand the movement and condition of surface water.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 20, 2016

Quality of Water Resources

Science to monitor and evaluate biological, chemical, and environmental factors affecting water quality.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 20, 2016

Groundwater, Aquifers, and Wells

Science to discover and describe the location, condition, and behavior of water in the ground.

Date published: April 14, 2016

Water Cycle Diagram for Schools

Learn about water! As part of the USGS's Water Science School, we have created a water-cycle diagram for schools and "kids" of all ages, from 5-105. Our diagram is available in over 20 languages. We also offer an interactive diagram which allows you to "...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 14, 2016
Status: Completed

WaterSMART: Improving Tools for Assessing and Forecasting Ecological Responses to Hydrologic Alteration

WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) is a program of the Department of the Interior that focuses on improving water conservation and helping water-resource managers make sound decisions about water use.