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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: January 1, 2018

Survey of major and trace elements in stormwater runoff from across the United States, 2016 to 2017.

This study focuses on providing a broad-scale assessment of composition of water chemistry in urban stormwater runoff. The stormwater runoff is a source of recharge to groundwater by Green Infrastructure (GI) practices or it may become a source of recharge to groundwater to reduce stormwater volumes to surface waters or augment groundwater supply. The chemical composition of the stormwater r...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

MODFLOW 2005 data sets for the simulation of potential increased inundation in flood-prone regions of Southeast Florida in response to climate and sea-level changes in Broward County, Florida, 2060-69

Two transient surface-water/groundwater models were developed to study the potential for increased
inundation and flooding in eastern Broward County due to changes in future climate and sea-level rise.
These models were constructed by using a modified version of MODFLOW 2005, with the surface-water
system represented by using the surface-water routing process (SWR1) and a new...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

MODFLOW-NWT model used to assess groundwater availability in the uppermost principal aquifer systems of the Williston structural basin, United States and Canada

A three-dimensional groundwater flow model was developed to characterize groundwater resources
the uppermost principal aquifers in the Williston structural basin in parts of Montana, North Dakota, and
South Dakota in the United States and of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada as part of a detailed
assessment of the groundwater availability of the area. The uppermost...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Toxicity Data for Groundwater Contaminated by Petroleum Hydrocarbons near Bemidji, MN (2016)

Management of petroleum-impacted waters by monitored natural attenuation (MNA) requires an understanding of the toxicology of both the original compounds released as well as the transformation products formed during natural breakdown. Here, we report data from a groundwater plume consisting of a mixture of crude oil compounds and transformation products resulting from a crude-oil release in...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

FTS RSS Temperature Test 2, John C. Stennis Space Center, Jun 2016

Two identical Radar Stage Sensors from Forest Technology Systems, were evaluated to determine if they are suitable for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydrologic data collection. The sensors were evaluated in laboratory conditions to evaluate the distance accuracy of the sensor over the manufacturer’s specified operating temperatures and distance to water ranges. Laboratory results we

Date published: January 1, 2018

Metabolism estimates for 356 U.S. rivers (2007-2017): 2b. Site catchment boundaries

This dataset provides shapefile outlines of the catchments contributing to sites where metabolism was or could have been estimated. The format is a shapefile for all sites combined (.shp, .shx, .dbf, and .prj files). This dataset is part of a larger data release of metabolism model inputs and outputs for 356 streams and rivers across the United States (https...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Shallow Sediment Geochemical Data for the Cache Creek Settling Basin, Yolo County, California, 2010–17

This dataset includes shallow surface sediment (top 0–2 cm interval) constituent concentration data (primarily) and microbial methylmercury production potential rate data (limited) collected from the Cache Creek Settling Basin (CCSB), Yolo County, California, between April 2010 and July 2017. The dataset includes up to 706 observations (including field replicates%2

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Datasets and metadata for estimates of nitrate loads and yields from groundwater to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed based on land use and geology

This USGS data release contains datasets, metadata, and figures associated with estimating nitrate loads and yields from groundwater to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed based on land use and geology. There are three shapefiles with associated metadata and figures representing the shapefiles: • Catchments_GWcontribN.shp: NHDPlus catchment estimates of groundwater contri

Date published: January 1, 2018

SEAWAT model used to evaluate water management issues in the Santa Barbara and Foothill groundwater basins, California

The city of Santa Barbara, in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) California Water Science Center,
developed a three-dimensional density-dependent groundwater-flow and solute-transport model (the Santa Barbara
Flow and Transport Model, or SBFTM), based on an existing groundwater-flow model, to simulate seawater intrusion
into the Santa Barbara basin under

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

MODFLOW-NWT groundwater flow model used to evaluate groundwater flow in the Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, Central Nebraska, Phase Three: U.S. Geological Survey data release

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) refined the spatial and temporal discretization
of a previously modeled area (Phase 1: https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2008/5143/ and
Phase 2: https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5149/) which focused on a 30,000-square-mile
area of the High Plains...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Hyperspectral image data from the Deschutes River near Bend, OR, July 26, 2016

Hyperspectral image data from the Deschutes River near Bend, OR, were acquired on July 26, 2016 to support research on remote sensing of rivers, particularly retrieval of water depth, and to facilitate efforts to characterize habitat for amphibians, primarily the Oregon Spotted Frog. These data were collected by the Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI) 1500H manufactured

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

FTS RSS Field Test, Wolf River, 2016

Two identical Radar Stage Sensors from Forest Technology Systems, were evaluated to determine if they are suitable for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydrologic data collection. The sensors were evaluated in laboratory conditions to evaluate the distance accuracy of the sensor over the manufacturer’s specified operating temperatures and distance to water ranges. Laboratory results we