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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: April 2, 2020

Permafrost Mapping in Two Wetland Systems North of the Tanana River in Interior Alaska 2014, Survey Information

Surface-based 2D electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys were used to investigate the distribution of permafrost at wetland sites on the alluvial plain north of the Tanana River, 20 km southwest of Fairbanks, Alaska, in June and September 2014. The sites contained habitat types characteristic of interior Alaska, including thermokarst bog, forested permafrost plateau, and

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 2, 2020

Permafrost Mapping in Two Wetland Systems North of the Tanana River in Interior Alaska 2014, ERT Data Inversions

Surface-based 2D electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) surveys were used to investigate the distribution of permafrost at wetland sites on the alluvial plain north of the Tanana River, 20 km southwest of Fairbanks, Alaska, in June and September 2014. The sites contained habitat types characteristic of interior Alaska, including thermokarst bog, forested permafrost plateau, and

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 23, 2020

Biogeochemical Data for Mercury and other Constituents in Surface Sediment and Deep Cores from the Hells Canyon Reservoir Complex, Idaho and Oregon 2014-2018

The Hells Canyon Complex (HCC) is comprised of a series of three consecutive reservoirs (Brownlee, Oxbow, and Hells Canyon) along a 145 km reach of the Snake River bordered by Idaho to the east and Oregon to the west. Due to concerns regarding mercury (Hg) contamination within the HCC, in cooperation with Idaho Power Company, the U.S. Geological Survey has been leading an inve

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 17, 2020

National Water Model V2.0 retrospective for selected NWIS gage locations (1993-2018)

This dataset contains modeled hourly streamflow in cubic meters per second at each of about eighteen thousand selected operational and water-quality stream gage locations. It was assembled from publicly available retrospective V2.0 National Water Model outputs. The streamflow variable was extracted from model output files and the data were reshaped to optimize read performance. The stream gage...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 16, 2020

Using wildland fire tracer molecules to investigate fire frequency and vegetative combustion sources archived in the Juneau Icefield of Alaska

The past decade includes some of the most extensive boreal forest fires in the historical record. Environmental drivers include warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, desiccation of thick organic soil layers, and increased ignition frequency from lightning. Wildland fires produce smoke aerosols that can travel thousands of kilometers, before blanketing the surfaces on whic

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 5, 2020

Time to ponding estimates from Green-Ampt infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Colorado Front Range, USA

This product is a Model Archive for Green-Ampt method infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Boulder Creek watershed, in the Colorado Front Range, USA. The models contained in this archive simulate infiltration and consequent runoff generation through 7 years of recovery following a wildfire in 2010. These simulations provide insight to changes in the timing of runoff generation that...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 5, 2020

Runoff coefficient estimates from Green-Ampt infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Colorado Front Range, USA

This product is a Model Archive for Green-Ampt method infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Boulder Creek watershed, in the Colorado Front Range, USA. The models contained in this archive simulate infiltration and consequent runoff generation through 7 years of recovery following a wildfire in 2010. These simulations provide insight to changes in the timing of runoff generation that...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 5, 2020

Ponded infiltration estimates from Green-Ampt infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Colorado Front Range, USA

This product is a Model Archive for Green-Ampt method infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Boulder Creek watershed, in the Colorado Front Range, USA. The models contained in this archive simulate infiltration and consequent runoff generation through 7 years of recovery following a wildfire in 2010. These simulations provide insight to changes in the timing of runoff generation that...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 5, 2020

Soil hydraulic properties for Green-Ampt infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Colorado Front Range, USA

This product is a Model Archive for Green-Ampt method infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Boulder Creek watershed, in the Colorado Front Range, USA. The models contained in this archive simulate infiltration and consequent runoff generation through 7 years of recovery following a wildfire in 2010. These simulations provide insight to changes in the timing of runoff generation that...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 5, 2020

Green-Ampt infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Colorado Front Range, USA

This product is a Model Archive for Green-Ampt method infiltration modeling following wildfire in the Boulder Creek watershed, in the Colorado Front Range, USA. The models contained in this archive simulate infiltration and consequent runoff generation through 7 years of recovery following a wildfire in 2010. These simulations provide insight to changes in the timing of runoff generation that...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 4, 2020

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 4, 2020

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.