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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: 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
Date published: October 7, 2020

Seepage meter efficiency in highly permeable settings source data (2020)

Efficiency of seepage meters, long considered a fixed property associated with the meter design, is not constant in highly permeable sediments. Instead, results from this study indicate that efficiency varies substantially with seepage-bag fullness, duration of bag attachment, depth of meter insertion into the sediments, and seepage velocity. Efficiency also varies substantially in

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 1, 2020

Water quality and gas fluxes of streams and lakes in Interior Alaska (ABoVE project)

This product consists of multiple tabular datasets and associated metadata of water quality information related to rivers, streams, and lakes in the Yukon River watershed between 2014 and 2018. This data release is apart of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funded Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) and is an assessment of water quality, quantity,

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 29, 2020

Long-term hydrological and biological data from Williams and Shingobee Lakes, north-central Minnesota

The Shingobee Headwaters Aquatic Ecosystem Project is a long-term, multi-disciplinary monitoring and research study of a 28-square-kilometer headwaters watershed in north-central Minnesota that began in 1978. Emphasis is on processes related to hydrology, limnology, geochemistry, and watershed ecology and the land-water and atmosphere-water interfaces. Lakes are a substantial focus and

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 23, 2020

A Two-Year Water-Column Time Series of Geochemical Data During a Limnological Shift in Mono Lake, California, 2017-2018

Mono Lake is a hypersaline (~85 ppt), alkaline (pH 9.8), closed-basin lake located in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, USA (38°N, 119°W). Water enters the lake primarily from snowmelt and exits by evaporation (~1 m/yr). This hydrological condition, plus weathering reactions in the lake’s tributaries, produce the uniquely high s

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 4, 2020

Data for food matrix reference materials for hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur stable isotope-ratio measurements

An international project developed, quality-tested, and measured isotope−delta values of 10 new food matrix reference materials (RMs) for hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur stable isotope-ratio measurements to support food authenticity testing and food provenance verification. These new RMs, USGS82 to USGS91, will enable users to normalize measurements of s

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 3, 2020

Laboratory data to assess the effect of nanoparticle size and natural organic matter composition on the bioavailability of platinum nanoparticles to a model freshwater invertebrate species

Data collected in a series of laboratory experiments conducted with the model freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis exposed to dissolved platinum (Pt), or polyvinylpyrrolidone coated platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) of five different nominal hydrodynamic diameters in the presence (or absence) of natural organic matter (NOM) are presented in this data release. Files include 1) a dat

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: August 17, 2020

Gages Through the Ages (data visualization story)

The USGS has been measuring streamflow since 1889. Explore how USGS streamgages have been supporting our Nation's changing water-resource needs and priorities for 130 years in an interactive data visualization story.

Date published: August 11, 2020

Selenium concentrations in food webs of Lake Koocanusa in the vicinity of Libby Dam (MT) and the Elk River (BC) as the basis for applying ecosystem-scale modeling, 2008-2018

This Data Release presents multi-agency data for selenium concentrations in ecosystem media that includes water column, suspended particulate material, zooplankton, invertebrates, and fish. Because the data are compiled from multiple sources, the significant figures used to report contaminant concentrations and other metrics may not be internally consistent. These data will serve as the

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: August 6, 2020

Eddy covariance measurements of ET, CO2 and Energy Fluxes, and, ancillary data for the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge West site

This dataset includes the following measurements made over a xeric tall grass prairie in the southwest portion of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in 2011 and 2012: 1) half hourly eddy covariance measurements of latent heat flux (evapotranspiration) and fluxes of carbon dioxide and sensible heat, and friction velocity (U star) 2) half hour averages of solar and net radiati

Attribution: Water Resources