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Date published: February 20, 2020

Kentucky Drought Condition Monitor

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana WSC/Kentucky Agricultural Development Board choose four parameters to monitor drought: precipitation, streamflow, groundwater level, and crop moisture index. These parameters are frequently used by the Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Plan (2008) as indicators of the four stages of drought: drought advisory, moderate drought, severe drought, and extreme...

Date published: January 22, 2020

Videos collected for Image Velocimetry at Boneyard Creek at Urbana, IL from 2017 to 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey is testing deployments of continuous Large-Scale particle Image Velocimetry (LSPIV) streamgaging stations in areas with flashy flow regimes to measure streamflow during flood events. Videos were collected for the purpose of LSPIV streamflow analysis at a stage-discharge streamgaging station in a small, flashy urban stream in Urbana, Illinois, USA (Boneyard C

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 10, 2020

YRCC Technical Advisory Committee meeting notes for 04/09/2019

These are the notes from the April 9, 2019 Yellowstone River Compact Commission Technical Advisory Committee meeting in Sheridan, WY.

Date published: January 9, 2020

Determination of the effect of temperature (Q10) on rates of oxygen consumption in surface sediments collected from Ashumet Pond on Cape Cod, MA (2016)

This data release presents results from a laboratory study designed to measure the effect of temperature on rates of oxygen consumption within lake-bottom surface sediments at 0- to 5-cm depth. Sediment and lake water samples were collected June 8, 2016 from the South site in Ashumet Pond, Cape Cod, MA, where lake water recharges to the aquifer. Samples were shipped to Boulder, CO for l

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 8, 2020

Surface-Water Geochemistry of Mercury, Methylmercury, Nutrients, and other Constituents in Clear Lake, Lake County, California, July 2019

Clear Lake is a 180 km2 freshwater lake located in the California Coast Range, approximately 120 km northwest of Sacramento. The lake supports a wide variety of fish and bird species and is a very popular sport-fishing destination. However, fish consumption advisories associated with mercury (Hg) contamination exist for several popular recreational species. The lake is comprised of three

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2020

Gardner River near Mammoth, 5 km downstream from site number 06191000

Sample and Specific Conductance Monitoring Site Downstream from the USGS stream gage 06191000 (Latitude N 45°1'2.4", Longitude W 110°41'37.2", NAD83). Monitoring equipment installed approximately four kilometers downstream of USGS stream gage 06191000 on the left bank. The Gardner River is not well mixed at the USGS stream gage 06191000 because the gage is positioned jus

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2020

MODFLOW-NWT groundwater flow model used to evaluate groundwater availability with five forecast scenarios in the Northern High Plains Aquifer in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming

This groundwater flow model used a previously developed three-dimensional groundwater flow model
(https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165153) was used to assess future groundwater availability in the
Northern High Plains aquifer in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. In this
groundwater flow model, a modified...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2020

Spot temperature measurements collected along the Quashnet River, Mashpee/Falmouth MA

Heat is used as a tracer for a variety of physical hydrogeological process. For ongoing studies related to groundwater/surface water exchange, temperatures of streambed sediment along the bank, in drainage ditches, and in the river were measured using handheld thermal infrared (FLIR Systems, Inc) cameras and thermocouple (Digi-Sense, Inc) probes. Thermal surveys of the Quashne

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2020

Fall River, 2.5 kilometers downstream from site number 13046995

Sample and Specific Conductance Monitoring Site Approximately 2.5 kilometers downstream from the USGS stream gage 13046995 (Latitude N 44°03'43", Longitude W 111°09'07", NAD83). Methods Specific Conductance Data An In-Situ Aqua Troll 100 Data Logger was used to measure and store specific conductance measurements. Specific conductance measurements were made every 15 m

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2020

GFLOW model files used to generate probabilistic waste-water plume extents and contributing areas to supply wells for a proposed waste-water infiltration lagoon scenario, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin.

This data release contains files for three scenarios of an analytic element (GFLOW) groundwater
flow model with particle-tracking that were developed in cooperation with the Lac du Flambeau
Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Indian Health Service to map the probablistic plume extent
for a proposed waste-water infiltration lagoon, along with maps to delineate the area...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2020

MODFLOW-2005 Groundwater Flow Model to Simulate Predevelopment Groundwater Flow in the Eastern Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates

A numerical groundwater flow model using MODFLOW-2005 was developed to examine
predevelopment groundwater flow in eastern Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates.
The model was calibrated to conditions before the 1960s, the period before modern
pumping began. The model was used to evaluate the regional water budget and 4
potential recharge scenarios. This USGS data...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2020

SUTRA model used to evaluate groundwater availability in central Molokai, Hawaii

A three-dimensional, variable-density solute-transport model (SUTRA) was developed
to evaluate the effects of nine selected withdrawal/recharge scenarios on salinity of
groundwater and discharge of freshwater to the nearshore environment of central
Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi. The model was constructed using water-level and salinity data
available for the period from 1940 to

Attribution: Water Resources