Water Resources


Browse the list below for news, announcements, events, project updates, and other information related to the Water Resources Mission Area.

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Date published: July 1, 2020

Integrated Water Science Basin selection kicks off new era of water-resource assessments

The USGS has identified 36 major river basins—2 in each of 18 regions of the conterminous U.S.—as finalists for intensive study by new USGS Water Resources Mission Area programs. From the finalists, 10 will be selected to be an Integrated Water Science (IWS) Basin.  The ranking process is described in a new article in the journal...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: June 25, 2020

Plan Your Next River Trip to Explore the Great Outdoors From Your Computer Using Streamer

Streamer is an online mapping application for exploring downstream and upstream along America’s rivers and streams.

Date published: June 24, 2020

Pavement is contributing sediment to urban streams

Dirt, sand, and other particulate material on parking lots and streets is washing off into urban streams, reports a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey Regional Stream Quality Assessment. The study used novel particle tracers to determine that particles washed from pavement made up...

Date published: June 19, 2020

Great Outdoors Month: Exploring the Waters

Now that June is upon us, it’s Great Outdoors Month! So why not stream some Nature instead of Netflix? Speaking of streams, maybe you’re thinking of going kayaking, canoeing or tubing on a nearby river. Just go with the flow!

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: June 18, 2020

Updated Information on Locations of Domestic Well Use

A new USGS geonarrative illustrates where domestic (private) wells are located and how many people are using them, based on the results of a 2019 USGS study. A domestic well typically supplies water to single household. Nearly 40 million people in the United States rely on a domestic (private) well for their drinking-...

Date published: June 8, 2020

USGS fills a knowledge gap for radionuclide occurrence in groundwater

Using recently developed and sensitive laboratory methods, the USGS has documented where the radionuclides lead-210 and polonium-210 occur in principal aquifers of the U.S. used for drinking-water supply, reports a ...

Date published: June 3, 2020

Larger than average hypoxic area expected for Gulf of Mexico

High spring rainfall, river discharge, nutrient loads into Gulf major contributors to size

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: May 27, 2020

The USGS is Ready to Respond During the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, and the U.S. Geological Survey is prepared to provide science that can help guide efforts to protect lives and property if a major storm makes landfall this season.

Date published: May 21, 2020

USGS Crews Measure Major Flooding in Lower Michigan

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on the Tittabawassee River in Midland, Michigan, following a heavy rainfall event.

Date published: May 19, 2020

A comprehensive assessment of fluoride in groundwater

Fluoride occurs commonly in groundwater used for drinking, but typically at concentrations less than the drinking-water standard for human health, reports a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. In fact, fluoride concentrations in most drinking-water wells sampled were below the optimal concentration recommended to prevent tooth...

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.