Water Resources

Data and Tools

The USGS Water Resources Mission Area provides water information that is fundamental to national and local economic well-being, protection of life and property, and effective management of the Nation’s water resources. Below, find data and tools relevant to a wide range of water resources and conditions including streamflow, groundwater, water quality, and water use and availability.

USGS Water Data for the Nation

USGS Water Data for the Nation

Access to water data collected at approximately 1.9 million sites

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Water Quality Portal

Water Quality Portal

Water quality data from state, federal, tribal, and local agencies

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Date published: August 22, 2019

Delaware River Dashboard

The USGS is piloting its Next Generation Water Observing System in the Delaware River Basin. The Delaware River Dashboard shows provisional real-time water data collected at USGS observation stations in context with weather-related data from other public sources.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: August 9, 2019

Fauquier County Groundwater Recharge

A Soil-Water-Balance (SWB) model (Westenbroek and others, 2010) was developed to estimate the mean annual water budget for the period 1996 through 2015 and the annual water budget for a drought-year in 2001. This application allows the display and...

Date published: June 11, 2019

Drought Streamflow Probabilities in Northeast Region

Maximum likelihood logistic regression is used to estimate drought probabilities for selected Northeast region streams. Winter streamflows are used to estimate the chance of hydrologic drought during summer months. Hydrologic drought streamflow probabilities for July, August, and September are provided 5 to 11 months in advance. This application allows the display and query of drought...

Date published: June 11, 2019

Delaware River Basin Monitoring-Site Mapper

The Water-Monitoring-Site Mapper is an interactive map of the Delaware River Basin next-generation integrated water observing system with locations from the USGS National Water Information System. Piloting the NextGen water observing system in the Delaware River Basin provides an opportunity to support innovative modern water prediction and decision support systems in a complex river system....

Date published: April 2, 2019

Flood Event Viewer - Montana June 2018 Flood Rocky Mountain Front

The USGS WY-MT Water Science Center provided discharge measurements and high water mark (HWM) flagging for the June 2018 flooding along Elk Creek in Augusta, Montana.

Date published: March 5, 2019

WaterWatch (surface water)

WaterWatch displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States, including flood and droughts. Real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Date published: March 5, 2019

Groundwater Watch

Groundwater Watch displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and historical groundwater data from wells and springs across the United States. Groundwater Watch groups related wells and data from active well networks and provides basic statistics about the water-level data collected by the USGS and from data supplied to us from partners through cooperative agreements.

Date published: March 5, 2019

WaterQualityWatch

WaterQualityWatch provides access to real-time water-quality data collected at more than 2,000 stream sites throughout the United States, including streamflow, water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrate.

Date published: March 5, 2019

WaterNow

The USGS WaterNow service lets users receive current conditions for USGS water-data-collection stations on demand via email or cell-phone text message. The user sends an email or text message containing a USGS current-conditions gaging site number, and will quickly receive a reply with the station's most recent data for one or more of its monitored parameters.

Date published: March 5, 2019

WaterAlert

The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies.

Date published: March 5, 2019

NWIS Current Water Data (Real-Time Data)

The USGS provides real-time or near-real-time conditions water data at sites across the Nation. Current data typically are recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events.

Date published: March 5, 2019

USGS Mobile Water Data

The USGS Mobile Water Data site highlights USGS current conditions water data in a mobile-friendly website, allowing users to monitor conditions at a favorite river or stream or locate nearby monitoring locations. All USGS current conditions water data is available.