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.

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

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Date published: January 18, 2021

Data for the development of a new method for dynamically estimating exposure time for turbulent flow measurements

The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) involves providing reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation?s water resource. New techniques that aid in achieving this mission are important, especially those that allow USGS to do so more accurately or cost-effectively.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: December 15, 2020

Passive seismic depth to bedrock data collected along headwater stream corridors in the Neversink River watershed, NY, USA

The Neversink River watershed (above the Neversink Reservoir) has been a focus of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research regarding stream geochemistry, acidification, and ecology dynamics for decades. In 2019, the Water Mission Area Next Generation Water Observing Systems Program augmented the existing stream gage network there, including instrumentation to specifically characterize various...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: December 4, 2020

Storm Summary Timelapse Dashboard (SSTL)

Many USGS water-resource monitoring sites have webcams installed to allow remote visibility of current water and environmental conditions, identify technical issues, verify remote measurements, and gather data for visual analyses. The Storm Summary Timelapse Dashboard (SSTL) displays many of these active webcams and provides access to still-frame images and timelapse videos of recent...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: December 3, 2020

Water science and management in the Delaware River Basin (data visualization story)

The Delaware River supports thriving ecosystems and drinking water for 16 million people. How water is shared, and the quality of that water, has been the focus of decades of inter-state discussion, negotiation, and research. This data visualization story uses streamflow, salinity, and temperature to show how new USGS science and monitoring can inform water management in this age of...

Date published: November 20, 2020

Nitrogen sources to and export from the Chesapeake Bay watershed, 1950 to 2050

This U.S. Geological Survey data release contains datasets that combine past data with future projections of nitrogen sources and nitrogen export to the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the years 1950-2050.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 12, 2020

Aqueous and Solid Phase Chemistry of Sequestration and Re-oxidation of Chromium in Experimental Microcosms with Sand and Sediment from Hinkley, CA

Cr(VI) contaminated groundwater at Hinkley is undergoing bioremediation using added ethanol as a reductant in a volume of the aquifer defined as the In-situ Reduction Zone (IRZ). This treatment effectively reduces Cr(VI) to Cr(III) which is rapidly sequestered by sorption to aquifer particle surfaces and by co-precipitation within iron or manganese bearing minerals forming in plac

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 9, 2020

How Wildfires Threaten U.S. Water Supplies

The 2020 fire season provided stark evidence that wildfires are changing the landscape of America. But when a forest burns, the impacts on water supply and quality last long after the flames go out. Learn more about how wildfires threaten U.S. water supplies – and what we can do to adapt to the complex impacts of hotter and bigger fires.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 29, 2020

Geophysical and direct groundwater data collected on Palmyra Atoll to study fresh/saline groundwater interfaces from 2008 to 2019

The surface ecology of small ocean islands is directly linked to subsurface fresh water resources, which exist in the form of soil water and fresh groundwater lenses. The management of threaten plant species such as the tree Pisonia grandis needs to consider the spatial and temporal dynamics of groundwater lenses, particularly in a time of climate change. The Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife R...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 27, 2020

Data from Decadal Change in Groundwater Quality Web Site, 1988-2018

Evaluating Decadal Changes in Groundwater Quality: Groundwater-quality data were collected from 5,000 wells between 1988-2001 (first decadal sampling event) by the National Water-Quality Assessment Project. Samples are collected in groups of 20-30 wells with similar characteristics called networks. About 1,500 of these wells in 67 networks were sampled again approximately 10 years later

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 23, 2020

NHD-RC: Extension of NHDPlus Version 2.1 with high-resolution river corridor attributes

This hybrid medium-resolution national hydrography dataset with river corridor attributes (NHD-RC) for the conterminous United States (CONUS) was created by merging lentic and lotic attributes from the high-resolution NHDPlus (U.S. Geological Survey, 2020) into the medium-resolution NHDPlus Version 2.1 (U.S. Geological Survey, 2016). NHD-RC includes attributes from an addition

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 22, 2020

Mercury and selenium chemical characteristics and speciation data of bird, fish, and earthworm tissues

Birds (Clark’s grebe , Aechmophorus clarkii; Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri), fish (Peacock bass, Cichla temensis, Cichla monoculus; Pescada, Plagioscion squamosissimus) and earthworms were analyzed for selenium, total mercury, and methyl mercury c oncentration and mercury speciation. A Clark’s grebe was collected from Lake Berryessa (Califor

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 16, 2020

Surface geophysical data for characterizing shallow, discontinuous frozen ground near Fort Yukon, Alaska

The distribution of permafrost in cold regions is subject to temporal and spatial changes influenced by climate, landscape disturbance, and ecosystem succession. Remote sensing from airborne and satellite platforms is increasing our understanding of landscape-scale permafrost distribution, but typically lacks the resolution to characterize finer-scale processes and phenomena, which are of

Attribution: Water Resources