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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, 2017

Coefficient-based consistent mapping of imperviousness in the conterminous U.S. at 60-m resolution for 1974, 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012

Anthropogenic impervious surfaces affect hydrology, water quality, and ecological health and are widely studied. Previous studies have been limited, however, by a lack of consistent representation of imperviousness nationally as a time series prior to 2001. This product presents estimated imperviousness at 60-meter spatial resolution, for the time periods 1974, 1982, 1992, 2002%

Date published: January 1, 2017

Input data of WRTDS models to determine trends in the sediment loads of Coastal Plain rivers

This USGS data release represents the input data, R script, and output data for WRTDS analyses used to identify trends in suspended sediment loads of Coastal Plain streams and rivers in the eastern United States.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Lithologic characterization of cores from boreholes 83BR-89BR collected from the mudstone aquifer underlying the Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, NJ

This data set presents the lithologic interpretation of rock cores from boreholes 83BR-89BR collected from the mudstone aquifer underlying the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), West Trenton, NJ. Continuous core from these boreholes was collected and visually interpreted to identify characteristics of the depositional environment of the mudstone. Three types of mudstone were identified:

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Model data for pore network modeling of the electrical signature of solute transport in dual-domain media, U.S. Geological Survey data release: U.S. Geological Survey data release

Pore network simulations were performed to investigate the electrical geophysical
signature of solute-transport in dual-domain media. This data release includes model
results, source code, and laboratory data used in the accompanying paper, as
explained in the upper-level "readme" file.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Stream restoration constrains fine particle retention within the hyporheic zone of urban streams

Stream restoration goals include reducing erosion and increasing hyporheic exchange to promote biogeochemical processing and improve water quality. Suspended fine particles (<100 µm) exchange with transient storage areas near and within streambeds and banks. Fine particle deposition and retention directly impact carbon and nutrient cycling by supporting benthic and hyporheic metaboli

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Yukon River Basin, Active Layer Network: Active Layer Depth Measurements

This dataset includes active layer depth measurements made annually at Active Layer Networks across the Yukon River Basin in Alaska and Canada. Active layer depth measurements are made using a calibrated metal rod pushed into the soil until permafrost is reached. Each network location consists of a 45 meter by 45 meter grid, measurements are made annually at the time of maximum active layer...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Water-quality and streamflow datasets used in the Weighted Regressions on Time, Discharge, and Season (WRTDS) models to determine trends in the Nation’s rivers and streams, 1972-2012 (input)

In 1991, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began a study of more than 50 major river basins across the Nation as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) project of the National Water-Quality Program. One of the major goals of the NAWQA project is to determine how water-quality conditions change over time. To support that goal, long-term consistent and comparable monitor

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Pesticides in Weekly Water Samples from the NAWQA Midwest Stream Quality Assessment (2013)

Dissolved pesticides were measured in weekly water samples from 100 wadeable streams across eleven states in the Midwestern U.S. during May-August, 2013, as part of the Midwest Stream Quality Assessment study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project. Of the 100 stream sites, 12 were urban indicator sites and the remaining 8

Date published: January 1, 2017

Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs, MT (YYCR)

Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs, MT (YYCR) Sample Collection: Samples were collected near the USGS stream gage 06191500 (Latitude 45°06'43.63", Longitude 110°47'37.20" NAD83). At the time of collection, all waters samples were filtered through a syringe filter (0.45-micrometer). Two splits of the filtered water were retained for chemical analyses,

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Firehole River near Old Faithful, WY (YFOF)

Firehole River near Madison Junction (YFIR), Yellowstone National Park Sample Collection: Samples were collected near the USGS stream gage 06036905 (Latitude 44°37'12.66", Longitude 110°51'48.61" NAD83). At the time of collection, all waters samples were filtered through a syringe filter (0.45-micrometer). Two splits of the filtered water were retained

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

MODPATH particle-tracking analysis of groundwater flow and travel times to the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary and streams within the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor watershed, New Jersey

A groundwater-flow model that was previously developed by the U. S. Geological Survey of
Ocean County, N.J. (https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165035) was used in an analysis of groundwater
flow in the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer system and deeper confined aquifers that underlie the
Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor (BB-LEH) watershed...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Conterminous U.S. mapping of household income at the block group scale adjusted for cost-of-living for the period 2013-2014

Household income is a potential predictor for a number of environmental influences, for example, application of urban pesticides. This product is a U.S. conterminous mapping of block group income derived from the 2010-2014 Census American Community Survey (ACS), adjusted by a 2013 county-level Cost-of-Living index obtained from the Council for Community and Economic Research. The resul