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: October 30, 2018

Current Streamflow and Water-Quality Monitoring at Select Sites in the Animas and San Juan River Basins, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

The USGS monitors current streamflow and water-quality conditions at various sites in the Animas and San Juan River Basins in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, including areas below the Gold King Mine release area. These streamgages provide continuous data on streamflow and select water-quality constituents including specific conductance, water temperature, pH, and turbidity.

Date published: October 5, 2018

Increasing chloride in rivers of the conterminous U.S. and linkages to potential corrosivity and lead action level exceedances in drinking water

This study analyzed long-term trends (1992–2012) and the current status (2010–2015) of chloride, chloride-sulfate, and the Larson Ratio to investigate the short and long-term temporal variability in potential corrosivity of US streams and rivers.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 5, 2018

U.S. Geological Survey GAGES-II time series data from consistent sources of land use, water use, agriculture, timber activities, dam removals, and other historical anthropogenic influences

 This product is a series of ten datasets containing tabular data from historical time series sources for the 9,067 conterminous United States sites in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geospatial Attributes of Gages for Evaluating Streamflow II (GAGES-II) dataset. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 28, 2018

Regional Stream Quality Assessment Results Viewer

The Regional Stream Quality Assessment is a part of the National Water Quality Assessment project.  The Results Viewer allows the user to visualize the water quality factors assessed, including total nitrogen, total phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, pesticide toxicity, sediment contaminants, pyrethroid pesticides, riparian buffers, fine sediment, and fish and macroinvertebrate...

Date published: September 28, 2018

Regional Stream Quality Assessment: Data Downloader

The Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA) is a part of the National Water Quality Assessment project.  The data downloader provides access to the water quality data that were assessed as a part of the RSQA study by region, state, and county.

Date published: September 26, 2018

Water Budgets Across the United States

In this data visualization, you can see how three major components of the water budget vary across the conterminous US. Precipitation is incoming rain and snow; evapotranspiration is outgoing evaporation from soil and water bodies and transpiration through plants; and runoff is excess water that makes its way to lakes and rivers through streams and spring discharges. 

Date published: September 21, 2018

Ancillary Data Related to Nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay—Data Supporting Structural Equation Modeling of Nutrient Loads

This data release provides ancillary data that describe potential nutrient sources and processes for total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) annual loads for 84 water-quality sites within the Chesapeake Bay. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 17, 2018

Natural Monthly Flow Estimates for the Conterminous United States, 1950-2015

This metadata record describes monthly estimates of natural stream flows for greater than 2.5 million stream reaches, defined by the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) Version 2.0, in the conterminous United States for the period 1950-2015.

Date published: July 23, 2018

USGS Louisiana Publications

USGS Publications in Louisiana

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Date published: July 5, 2018

Key Findings for Scenario-Based Assessment for Hurricanes

Percentage of sandy beaches very likely (probability > 0.9) to experience erosion associated with collision, overwash, and inundation during category 1-5 hurricane landfall.

Date published: July 5, 2018

Oblique Aerial Photography Viewer

Obique photos offer a unique perspective of the coast. Features such as beach erosion or accretion, dune erosion and overwash can all be clearly characterized in this imagery. It also documents coastal infrastructure, as well as the damage that infrastructure may incur as the result of an impacting hurricane. 

Date published: July 5, 2018

USGS SWaTH Network

SWaTH is a system of flood-hardened, real-time telemetered tide gages, rapid deployment gages, and storm tide sensors deployed in integrated network configurations along the Northeastern Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Maine.