Water Resources

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Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—San Antonio River Basin (Bexar County, Tex.)

Suspended sediment and nutrients from greater San Antonio can affect instream ecological health of the San Antonio River and ultimately impact Gulf of Mexico bays and estuaries. Real-time monitoring in urban and rural parts of the river basin may provide a glimpse into the importance of urban sediment and nutrient sources. Real-time sensors provide a tool to better understand and manage water...

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Patapsco Watershed (Baltimore, Md. region)

Several watersheds in the Baltimore region have elevated PCB loads in tidal waters. Local jurisdictions are responsible for reducing PCB loading from their watersheds. The USGS is embarking on a pilot study in the Patapsco watershed that will help determine sources of PCBs and will demonstrate innovative monitoring and analysis techniques for more efficient use of mitigation resouces.

Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Middle Blue River Basin (Kansas City, Mo.)

Reconnecting people and water is an increasingly important goal in many urban areas. Parks, urban trails, boat ramps, and urban agriculture all are ways that an urban population can interact with nature and improve quality of life.  USGS is participating in gathering the information that will make these projects possible.

Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

National Water-Quality Project Sampling Methods

USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) studies require analyses of stream and bed-sediment samples for major ions, nutrients, sediments, and organic contaminants that are consistent across time and space. Procedures have been designed specifically to produce...

Contacts: Barbara Mahler
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

SPARROW: Attributes for NHDPlus Catchments (Version 1.1) for the Conterminous United States

The national databases used in USGS SPARROW models are available for download. Attributes from the NHDPlus data set, such as climate, geology, soils, land cover, hydrologic variables, physical characteristics, chemicals, and nutrients, are available for all catchments in the  digital stream networks (1:500K scale).

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

SPARROW: Attributes for MRB_E2RF1 Catchments by Major River Basins in the Conterminous United States

The national databases used in USGS SPARROW models are available for download. Attributes from the RF1 data set, such as climate, geology, soils, land cover, hydrologic variables, physical characteristics, chemicals, and nutrients, are available for all catchments in the digital stream networks (1:100K scale).

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Archived

Regional SPARROW Model Assessments of Streams and Rivers

SPARROW (Spatially Referenced Regressions On Watershed attributes) models have been developed for seven large regions of the conterminous United States. Results from the models can be used to compare nutrient sources and watersheds that contribute elevated nutrient loads to downstream receiving waters.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Archived

Changes in Nutrient and Sediment Concentrations in Streams and Rivers of the United States, 1993-2003

This archived site contains information about the USGS study of trends and changes in total phosphorus concentrations, total nitrogen concentrations, streamflow, phosphorus and nitrogen loading from manure and fertilizer, and nitrogen loading from atmospheric deposition in streams and rivers across the nation from 1993 to 2003.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

USGS Groundwater News

The latest groundwater science and news from the U.S. Geological Survey, issued monthly since May 2017.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Handheld Thermal Imaging Cameras for Groundwater/Surface-Water Interaction Studies

USGS scientists are using high-resolution handheld thermal imaging cameras in groundwater/surface-water interaction studies and other investigations. These cameras are used to quickly locate and characterize thermal anomalies in streams, lakes, and adjacent structures. Variations in temperature can be used to track the heat carried by flowing water, such groundwater discharge into a stream....

Contacts: Martin A Briggs
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

What does groundwater have to do with ice in Alaska?

USGS scientists are working alongside university researchers in Alaska to understand how groundwater and permafrost conditions change over time due to seasonal variations and climate change. Changes in permafrost can pose a threat to built infrastructure (like roads, homes, and pipelines) and to valued ecological resources that provide important habitats for wildlife.

Contacts: Martin A Briggs
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing Technology Demonstration and Evaluation Project

Fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS) is an emerging technology that has promise for characterizing estuary-aquifer and stream-aquifer interaction and for identifying transmissive fractures in bedrock boreholes.

Attribution: Water Resources