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.

USGS Water Data for the Nation

USGS Water Data for the Nation

Access to water data collected at approximately 1.9 million sites

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Water Quality Portal

Water Quality Portal

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

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Date published: March 4, 2019

Geolog Locator

The USGS GeoLog Locator is a web-based tool for storage and retrieval of borehole-geophysical logs and related data files.

Date published: March 3, 2019

Geo Data Portal

The Geo Data Portal (GDP) provides access to numerous datasets, including gridded data for climate and land use. Datasets can be subsetted or summarized before download using several algorithms, and these algorithms can also be applied to other datasets hosted elsewhere.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Maria's Water Footprint

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, bringing with it a mix of high winds and extreme rainfall. Watch this map animate Hurricane Maria's path, the cumulative precipitation the storm dropped on the island, and the impact of rainfall on river gage height. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Irma's Water Footprint

Hurricane Irma, the most intense hurricane observed in the Atlantic in the last decade, approached the west coast of Florida on September 10th, 2017. This map animates the hurricane's path, cumulative precipitation, and its impact on river gage height.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Harvey's Water Footprint

Hurricane Harvey approached the U.S. Gulf coast on August 25, 2017. This map shows the hurricane's impact on precipitation and streamflow.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Matthew's Water Footprint

Hurricane Matthew approached the southeastern U.S. coast on October 7, 2016. This is a data visualization that shows the hurricane's impact on precipitation and streamflow.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Florence's Water Footprint

Watch Florence move through the Carolinas in this data visualization and see USGS streamgage measurements spike as the storm’s extreme rainfall leads to intense flooding. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Shifts in Fish Habitat Under Climate Change

Lakes in Wisconsin are getting warmer, and fish communities are changing as a result. This interactive visualization explores water temperature, fish populations, and potential changes based on several future water temperature scenarios. 

Date published: March 3, 2019

Microplastics in our Nation's Waterways

Microplastics, plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in diameter, are a contaminant of emerging concern in aquatic environments. This interactive visualization explores classifications and potential sources of microplastics in the Great Lakes.

Date published: March 3, 2019

Drought in the Colorado River Basin - Insights Using Open Data

Since 2000, the Colorado River Basin has been experiencing a historic, extended drought that has impacted regional water supply and other resources, such as hydropower, recreation, and ecologic services. This visualization is part of a multi-agency effort to showcase the usefulness of open data by exploring the current 16-year drought and its effects on the Colorado River Basin.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

California Drought, Visualized with Open Data

The State of California is experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record, which has implications for citizens of California and beyond. This website graphically visualizes these data to help understand the effect of drought on rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Changes in imperviousness for U.S. urban areas, 1974-2012

This product consists of two sets of imperviousness calculations for 3,535 urban areas and urban clusters in the conterminous United States. Imperviousness is given as the percent of the area covered by impervious surfaces, such as roads, buildings, or parking lots.

Attribution: Water Resources