Water Resources

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This list of Water Resources Mission Area publications includes both official USGS publications and journal articles authored by our scientists. A searchable database of all USGS publications can be accessed at the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2022

Populations using public-supply groundwater in the conterminous U.S. 2010; Identifying the wells, hydrogeologic regions, and hydrogeologic mapping units

Most Americans receive their drinking water from publicly supplied sources, a large portion of it from groundwater. Mapping these populations consistently and at a high resolution is important for understanding where the resource is used and needs to be protected. The results show that 269 million people are supplied by public supply, 107 million...

Johnson, Tyler D.; Belitz, Kenneth; Kauffman, Leon J.; Watson, Elise; Wilson, John T.

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Post-fire temporal trends in soil-physical and -hydraulic properties and simulated runoff generation: Insights from different burn severities in the 2013 Black Forest Fire, CO, USA

Burn severity influences on post-fire recovery of soil-hydraulic properties controlling runoff generation are poorly understood despite the importance for parameterizing infiltration models. We measured soil-hydraulic properties of field-saturated hydraulic conductivity (Kfs), sorptivity (S), and wetting front potential (ψf) for four years after...

Ebel, Brian A.; Moody, John A.; Martin, Deborah A.

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Evaluation of ELISA for the analysis of imidacloprid in biological matrices: Cross-reactivities, matrix interferences, and comparison to LC-MS/MS

Imidacloprid is among the most used pesticides worldwide and there are toxicity concerns for nontarget organisms. Accurate and sensitive methods are necessary to quantitate imidacloprid concentrations in biological matrices to better understand their fate and effects. Here we evaluated an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit for...

Gross, Michael S.; Woodward, Emily; Hladik, Michelle

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Year Published: 2021

Water Resources Research Act Program—Current status, development opportunities, and priorities for 2020–30

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) Program connects our Nation’s academic capital to the USGS mission by delivering university-based research, outreach, and education services to our citizens. For more than 50 years, the WRRA Program has invested in local, State, and regionally focused water-related research;...

Donohue, Mary J.; Greene, Earl A.; Lerner, Darren T.
Attribution: Water Resources
Donohue, M.J., Greene, E.A., and Lerner, D.T., 2021, Water Resources Research Act Program—Current status, development opportunities, and priorities for 2020–30: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1488, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1488.

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The water quality of selected streams in the Catskill and Delaware water-supply watersheds in New York, 1999–2009

From October 1, 1999, through September 30, 2009, water-quality samples were collected, and discharge was measured at 13 streamgages within the Catskill and Delaware watersheds of the New York City water supply system. The Catskill and Delaware watersheds supply about 90 percent of the water needed by 9 million customers. On average, 59 water-...

McHale, Michael R.; Siemion, Jason; Murdoch, Peter S.
McHale, M.R., Siemion, J., and Murdoch, P.S., 2021, The water quality of selected streams in the Catskill and Delaware water-supply watersheds in New York, 1999–2009: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5049, 48 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205049.

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Numerical modeling of groundwater flow in the crystalline-rock aquifer in the vicinity of the Savage Municipal Water-Supply Well Superfund site, Milford, New Hampshire

In 2010, tetrachloroethylene (PCE), a chlorinated volatile organic compound, was detected in groundwater from deep (more than 300 feet below land surface) fractures in monitoring wells tapping a crystalline-rock aquifer. The aquifer underlies the Milford-Souhegan glacial-drift aquifer, a high water-producing aquifer, and the Savage Municipal Water...

Harte, Philip T.
Harte, P.T., 2021, Numerical modeling of groundwater flow in the crystalline-rock aquifer in the vicinity of the Savage Municipal Water-Supply Well Superfund site, Milford, New Hampshire: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5137, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205137.

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Turbidity–suspended-sediment concentration regression equations for monitoring stations in the upper Esopus Creek watershed, Ulster County, New York, 2016–19

Upper Esopus Creek is the primary tributary to the Ashokan Reservoir, part of the New York City water-supply system. Elevated concentrations of suspended sediment and turbidity in the watershed of the creek are of concern for the system.Water samples were collected through a range of streamflow and turbidity at 14 monitoring sites in the upper...

Siemion, Jason; Bonville, Donald B.; McHale, Michael R.; Antidormi, Michael R.
Siemion, J., Bonville, D.B., McHale, M.R., and Antidormi, M.R., 2021, Turbidity–suspended-sediment concentration regression equations for monitoring stations in the upper Esopus Creek watershed, Ulster County, New York, 2016–19: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1065, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211065.

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Year Published: 2021

Depth of groundwater used for drinking-water supplies in the United States

Groundwater supplies 35 percent of drinking water in the United States. Mapping the quantity and quality of groundwater at the depths used for potable supplies requires an understanding of locational variation in the characteristics of drinking-water wells (depth and open interval). Typical depths of domestic- and public-drinking-water supply...

Degnan, James R.; Kauffman, Leon J.; Erickson, Melinda L.; Belitz, Kenneth; Stackelberg, Paul E.
Degnan, J.R., Kauffman, L.J., Erickson, M.L., Belitz, K., and Stackelberg, P.E., 2021, Depth of groundwater used for drinking-water supplies in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5069, 69 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215069.

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Year Published: 2021

Documentation and mapping of flooding from the January and March 2018 nor’easters in coastal New England

In January and March 2018, coastal Massachusetts experienced flooding from two separate nor’easters. To put the January and March floods into historical context, the USGS computed statistical stillwater elevations. Stillwater elevations recorded in January 2018 in Boston (9.66 feet relative to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988) have an...

Lombard, Pamela J.; Olson, Scott A.; Sturtevant, Luke P.; Kalmon, Rena D.
Lombard, P.J., Olson, S.A., Sturtevant, L.P., and Kalmon, R.D., 2021, Documentation and mapping of flooding from the January and March 2018 nor’easters in coastal New England: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5109, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215109.

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Year Published: 2021

Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase gene, and cyanotoxin occurrence among selected large river sites of the conterminous United States, 2017–18

The U.S. Geological Survey measured cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase genes, and cyanotoxins at 11 river sites throughout the conterminous United States in a multiyear pilot study during 2017–19 through the National Water Quality Assessment Project to better understand the occurrence of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in large inland and coastal...

Zuellig, Robert E.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Stelzer, Erin A.; Loftin, Keith A.; Rosen, Barry H.
Zuellig, R.E., Graham, J.L., Stelzer, E.A., Loftin, K.A., and Rosen, B.H., 2021, Cyanobacteria, cyanotoxin synthetase gene, and cyanotoxin occurrence among selected large river sites of the conterminous United States, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5121, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215121.

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Year Published: 2021

Factors affecting uncertainty of public supply, self-supplied domestic, irrigation, and thermoelectric water-use data, 1985–2015—Evaluation of information sources, estimation methods, and data variability

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water-Use Program is responsible for compiling and disseminating the Nation's water-use data. Working in cooperation with local, State, and Federal agencies, the USGS has collected and published national water-use estimates every 5 years, beginning in 1950. These water-use data may vary because of actual changes...

Luukkonen, Carol L.; Belitz, Kenneth; Sullivan, Samantha L.; Sargent, Pierre
Luukkonen, C.L., Belitz, K., Sullivan, S.L., and Sargent, P., 2021, Factors affecting uncertainty of public supply, self-supplied domestic, irrigation, and thermoelectric water-use data, 1985–2015—Evaluation of information sources, estimation methods, and data variability: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5082, 78 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215082.

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Year Published: 2021

Depths inferred from velocities estimated by remote sensing: A flow resistance equation-based approach to mapping multiple river attributes at the reach scale

Remote sensing of flow conditions in stream channels could facilitate hydrologic data collection, particularly in large, inaccessible rivers. Previous research has demonstrated the potential to estimate flow velocities in sediment-laden rivers via particle image velocimetry (PIV). In this study, we introduce a new framework for also obtaining...

Legleiter, Carl J.; Kinzel, Paul J.
Attribution: Water Resources