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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.

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Date published: March 19, 2021

Geo-referenced orthophotographs of the Snow River, Alaska, acquired September 1, 2018

This data release consists of orthophotographs of the Snow River in Alaska acquired on September 1, 2018. The orthophotographs were produced from images obtained using a Hasselblad A6D-100C 100 megapixel digital mapping camera deployed within a pod mounted on the landing gear of a Robinson R44 helicopter.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 18, 2021

Wetland Water Quality Data for West Twin Creek, AK, Allequash Creek, WI, and Big Thompson River, CO, 2013-2019

This dataset includes discrete water quality and discharge data for three streams that flow through wetlands. There are two measurement and sampling locations on each stream: one immediately upstream from the wetland and one immediately downstream from the wetland.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 15, 2021

Biomass accrual and trace-element concentrations in water and periphytic algae at select locations in the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers, Montana, 2015.

The U.S. Geological Survey monitored algal biomass accrual and concentrations of metals and other trace elements in stream water and periphytic algae at 3-4 day intervals over a 2-week period at 3 locations within the upper and middle portions of the mining-impacted Clark Fork River, Montana, and at one location on the relatively unimpacted Blackfoot River tributary.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 8, 2021

Priority Ecosystem Science Program: benthic community and bivalve metrics data in Grizzly Bay and San Pablo Bay (2019-20)

Sediments and sediment transport influence the physical habitat and the ecology of the San Francisco Bay estuary. Bed sediments provide habitat for benthic organisms and the transport of sediment transports nutrients and contaminants throughout the San Francisco Bay.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2021

Field measurements of flow depth and optical image sequences acquired from the Salcha River, Alaska, on July 25, 2019

This data release includes field measurements of flow depth and optical image sequences acquired from the Salcha River in Alaska on July 25, 2019.  These data were used to develop and test a spectrally based remote sensing technique for estimating water depth from passive optical image data.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 25, 2021

Data Release for Evaluation of Six Methods for Correcting Bias in Estimates from Ensemble Tree Machine Learning Regression Models

Ensemble-tree machine learning (ML) regression models can be prone to systematic bias: small values are overestimated and large values are underestimated. Additional bias can be introduced if the dependent variable is a transform of the original data.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 21, 2021

Regional flood skew for parts of the mid-Atlantic region (hydrologic unit 02) in eastern New York and Pennsylvania

This data release contains annual peak-flow data through the 2013 water year, specification and output files from flood-frequency analysis of the annual peak-flow data in USGS PeakFQ software, a GIS shapefile of the basin polygons with attributes of site information, basin characteristics, results of flood-frequency analysis, and results of B-WLS/B-GLS analysis of skewness of the annual peak...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 10, 2021

Water quality of samples collected in the Russian River Watershed (2017-2019)

The Russian River watershed is an important resource for drinking water and recreation. Sonoma Water relies on the Russian River to provide drinking water to over 620,000 Sonoma County and Marin, CA residents. Nearly 1 million visitors enjoy numerous recreational opportunities on the Russian River annually.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 3, 2021

Modeled Stream Metabolism in Boulder Creek near Boulder, CO (2016 - 2018)

The data presented here was collected adjacent to USGS stream gage 06730200 and includes both observed and modeled values. Dissolved oxygen, dissolved carbon dioxide, stream depth, water temperature, and light intensity were collected via passive water quality sensors.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 2, 2021

Groundwater chemistry in the Lower East Rift Zone and summit of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai'i

Chemical and isotopic analyses are reported for water samples collected from water supply wells, a geothermal well in the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant, a hot spring in the Puna District, a research well on the summit of Kilauea Volcano, and a water catchment in the headquarters area of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 29, 2021

Surface Water Flow Trends in the Nation's Streams and Rivers

Changes in streamflow conditions can affect infrastructure, water supply, and ecosystems. The IWAAs Surface Water Flow Trends mapper provides access to information about long-term changes in low flows, mean flows, and peak flows. View national trends for the last 100, 75, or 50 years, or calculate trend values for a custom time period at an individual site.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 29, 2021

Remotely sensed bathymetry and field measurements from the Colorado River near Lees Ferry, Arizona, September 23, 2019

To support an investigation of the feasibility of measuring river bathymetry using a polarizing lidar sensor, lidar and field measurements were collected on the Colorado River near Lees Ferry, Arizona on September 23, 2019.

Attribution: Water Resources