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This multimedia gallery represents a collection of high-quality images, videos, webcams, posters, presentations, and documents produced by the Water Resources Mission Area.

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Image shows a USGS storm tide sensor attached to a pier
September 10, 2018

USGS Storm-Tide Sensor for Hurricane Florence

A USGS storm-tide sensor, deployed in advance of Hurricane Florence's landfall. The sensors are housed in vented steel pipes a few inches wide and about a foot long. They are being installed on bridges, piers, and other structures that have a good chance of surviving the storm.

The information the sensors collect will help define the depth and duration of a storm

Open containers of prescription medications and pills spilled out
September 5, 2018

Prescription medication

Hormones and pharmaceuticals, widely used for treatment of humans, domestic animals, and livestock, have the potential to enter the environment, including groundwater. In 2009, nearly 70% of Americans took at least one prescription drug, and more than half took 2 or more. Annually, billions of prescriptions are filled

A coral worn smooth with a badly eroded base
August 28, 2018

Erosion has taken a toll on this Keys coral

A reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary with little living coral and extensive bioerosion. Photo taken under research permit number FKNMS-2016-085-A1. Credit: USGS, Ilsa Kuffner.

Before and after views of a water fall.  First shows light flow of water over the falls, the second shows heavy flow.
August 23, 2018

Impact of Hurricane Lane on Wailuku River

Two views from the Rainbow Falls overlook, downstream of the Wailuku River streamgage near Hilo, Hawaii. The image on the left shows a typical base flow of about 35 cubic feet per second (cfs). The image on the right shows the early impact of Hurricane Lane with a flow of about 26,000 cfs taken at 8:35 a.m. HST, August 23, 2018. This U.S. Geological Survey streamgage has

Two divers use a tripod and drill to take a coral core
August 21, 2018

USGS scientists drill a coral core in the Florida Keys

Research Oceanographer Lauren Toth and student volunteer Liz Whitcher drill a coral-reef core from a reef off Key West, Florida, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo taken under research permit FKNMS-2015-058. Credit: Anastasios Stathakopoulos, USGS.

August 17, 2018

Overview of Indirect Measurements - Survey Requirements

This video provides an overview of the different indirect measurement methods used by the USGS, as well as a brief description of what you'll need to survey for each. 

USGS Contract Scientist Taking Water Sample
August 16, 2018

USGS Contract Scientist Taking Water Sample

Todd Preston, USGS contract scientist, collecting a surface-water sample from a Prairie Pothole wetland.

Attribution: Water Resources
USGS scientists on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, AZ
August 9, 2018

USGS scientists on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, AZ

USGS scientists on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, AZ

Photo of scientists operating small drone in the field
August 9, 2018

Using drones to study groundwater

Did you know that plants can help us understand what is happening underground? Studying plants in an area can sometimes provide information about soil conditions, water availability, and water quality. In this photo, USGS Oregon Water Science Center hydrologists Brandon Overstreet and Gabe Gordon are using a small

Grand Canyon bank Erosion.
August 9, 2018

Grand Canyon bank Erosion.

Comparing 2009 vs 2014 Bank surface after erosion, Grand Canyon AZ.