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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

Thermal image time series from rivers in Alaska, September 18-20, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey collected thermal image time series from five rivers in Alaska September 18-20, 2016, to support research on remote sensing of river discharge. The image time series were acquired from bridges across the Knik, Matanuska, Chena, and Salcha Rivers and Montana Creek using a FLIR SC8340 mid-infrared (3-5 microns) camera operated at a rate of 10 frames/secon

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Yellowstone River at Yellowstone Lake Outlet (YYFB)

Yellowstone River at Yellowstone Lake Outlet (YYFB), Yellowstone National Park Sample Collection: Samples were collected near the USGS stream gage 06186500 (Latitude 44°34'01.53", Longitude 110°22'49.46" 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 r

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Datasets from Groundwater-Quality Data from the National Water-Quality Assessment Project, January through December 2014 and Select Quality-Control Data from May 2012 through December 2014

Groundwater-quality data were collected from 559 wells as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Project of the U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Program from January through December 2014. The data were collected from four types of well networks: principal aquifer study networks, which assess the quality of groundwater used for public water supply; land-use study network...

Date published: January 1, 2017

Example data from MoisturEC: a new R program for moisture content estimation from electrical conductivity data

This dataset includes example data used for demonstration of the moisturEC program. This includes inverted electrical resistivity data, model resolution from the inversion, point moisture information, and conductivity-saturation calibration information. The data are from a field site in Coventry, CT outfitted with five, Decagon 5TE moisture probes, arranged along a 28 m transect at

Date published: January 1, 2017

Chaco Canyon 1930s and 2000 geospatial data

A study of arroyo evolution in northern New Mexico (Friedman and others, 2015) assessed geomorphic change in the Chaco Wash arroyo from the 1930s to 2000. As part of this study, in October 2000 a trench was excavated across the arroyo bottom and a high-precision (Real-time kinematic) GPS survey was conducted. GPS survey data were used to georeference a 1930s topographic map and to ide

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Average annual rates of evapotranspiration, quick-flow runoff, and recharge for the CONUS, 2000-2013

This dataset includes 800m resolution long-term average estimates of the distribution of incoming precipitation and groundwater-sourced irrigation into contributions to the evapotranspiration (ET), quick-flow runoff, and effective recharge water budget components over the 2000-2013 time period, as well as annual estimates for the individual years. It also includes other data supporting

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Pesticide concentration and streamflow datasets used to evaluate pesticide trends in the Nation’s rivers and streams, 1992-2012 (output)

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 monitoring has...

Date published: January 1, 2017

MODFLOW-NWT model used to evaluate effects of complexity on head and flow calibration in the Fox-Wolf-Peshtigo watersheds, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey data release.

This data release contains three groundwater-flow models of northeastern Wisconsin,
USA, that were developed with differing levels of complexity to provide a framework for
subsequent evaluations of the effects of process-based model complexity on estimates
of groundwater age distributions for withdrawal wells and streams. Preliminary
assessments, which focused on the...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2017

Invertebrate Community Metrics from Imidacloprid Mesocosms

To investigate the effects of imidacloprid on natural stream communities under controlled conditions, experimental streams were dosed with imidacloprid at concentrations ranging from 0.061 to 220 micrograms per liter (µg/L) for a period of 10 days. Natural stream macroinvertebrate communities were obtained from the Cache La Poudre River (Larimer County, CO) by colonizing trays

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

Table of standard atomic weights of the elements 2015

Standard atomic weights of the elements 2015

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