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

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.
Attribution: Water Resources

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Year Published: 2022

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

Streamflow—Water year 2020

The maps and graphs in this summary describe national streamflow conditions for water year 2020 (October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020) in the context of streamflow ranks relative to the 91-year period of water years 1930–2020. Annual runoff in the Nation’s rivers and streams during water year 2020 (11.10 inches) was higher than the long-term (...

Jian, Xiaodong; Wolock, David M.; Lins, Harry F.; Henderson, Ronald J.; Brady, Steven J.
Jian, X., Wolock, D.M., Lins, H.F., Henderson, R.J., and Brady, S.J., 2021, Streamflow—Water year 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3046, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213046.

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Year Published: 2021

A machine learning approach to modeling streamflow with sparse data in ungaged watersheds on the Wyoming Range, Wyoming, 2012–17

Scant availability of streamflow data can impede the utility of streamflow as a variable in ecological models of aquatic and terrestrial species, especially when studying small streams in watersheds that lack streamgages. Streamflow data at fine resolution and broad extent were needed by collaborators for ecological research on small streams in...

McShane, Ryan R.; Eddy-Miller, Cheryl A.
McShane, R.R., and Eddy-Miller, C.A., 2021, A machine learning approach to modeling streamflow with sparse data in ungaged watersheds on the Wyoming Range, Wyoming, 2012–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5093, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215093.

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Year Published: 2021

Precipitation-runoff processes in the Merced River Basin, Central California, with prospects for streamflow predictability, water years 1952–2013

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), has constructed a new spatially detailed Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) model for the Merced River Basin, California, which is a tributary of the San Joaquin River in California. Operated through an Object User Interface (OUI) with...

Koczot, Kathryn M.; Risley, John C.; Gronberg, JoAnn M.; Donovan, John M.; McPherson, Kelly R.
Koczot, K.M., Risley, J.C., Gronberg, J.M., Donovan, J.M., and McPherson, K.R., 2021, Precipitation-runoff processes in the Merced River Basin, Central California, with prospects for streamflow predictability, water years 1952–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5150, 61 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205150.

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Year Published: 2021

Occurrence, fate, and transport of aerially applied herbicides to control invasive buffelgrass within Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District, Arizona, 2015–18

The spread of the invasive and fire-adapted buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris L.) threatens desert ecosystems by competing for resources, increasing fuel loads, and creating wildfire connectivity. The Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park addressed this natural resource threat with the use of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs). In 2010,...

Paretti, Nicholas V.; Beisner, Kimberly R.; Gungle, Bruce W.; Meyer, Michael T.; Kunz, Bethany K.; Hermosillo, Edyth; Cederberg, Jay R.; Mayo, Justine P.
Paretti, N.V., Beisner, K.R., Gungle, B., Meyer, M.T., Kunz, B.K., Hermosillo, E., Cederberg, J.R., and Mayo, J.P., 2021, Occurrence, fate, and transport of aerially applied herbicides to control invasive buffelgrass within Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District, Arizona, 2015–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5039, 65 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215039.

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Year Published: 2021

Critical aquifer overdraft accelerates degradation of groundwater quality in California’s Central Valley during drought

Drought-induced pumpage has precipitated dramatic groundwater-level declines in California’s Central Valley over the past 30 years, but the impacts of aquifer overdraft on water quality are poorly understood. This study coupled over 160,000 measurements of nitrate from ∼6,000 public-supply wells with a 30-year reconstruction of groundwater levels...

Levy, Zeno; Jurgens, Bryant; Burow, Karen R.; Voss, Stefan; Faulkner, Kirsten; Arroyo-Lopez, Jose Alfredo; Fram, Miranda S.

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Year Published: 2021

Using regional watershed data to assess water-quality impairment in the Pacific Drainages of the United States

Two datasets containing the first complete estimates of reach-scale nutrient, water use, dissolved oxygen, and pH conditions for the Pacific drainages of the United States were created to help inform water-quality management decisions in that region. The datasets were developed using easily obtainable watershed data, most of which have not been...

Wise, Daniel R.
Wise, D.R., 2021, Using regional watershed data to assess water-quality impairment in the Pacific Drainages of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5087, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215087.

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Year Published: 2021

Comparison of passive and pumped sampling methods for analysis of groundwater quality, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2019

A plume of ethylene dibromide (EDB) dissolved in groundwater extends northeast from the Bulk Fuels Facility on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The leading edge of the EDB plume is upgradient from several water-supply wells. In 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility...

Travis, Rebecca E.; Wilkins, Kate
Travis, R.E., and Wilkins, K., 2021, Comparison of passive and pumped sampling methods for analysis of groundwater quality, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5074, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215074.

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Year Published: 2021

Geohydrology and water quality of the stratified-drift aquifers in West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys, Newfield, Tompkins County, New York

From 2011 to 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Town of Newfield and the Tompkins County Planning Department, performed a study of the stratified-drift aquifers in the West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys in Newfield, Tompkins County, New York. Both confined and unconfined aquifers were identified, mostly in the...

Fisher, Benjamin N.; Heisig, Paul M.; Kappel, William M.
Fisher, B.N., Heisig, P.M., and Kappel, W.M., 2021, Geohydrology and water quality of the stratified-drift aquifers in West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys, Newfield, Tompkins County, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5064, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215064.

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Year Published: 2021

Estimates of water use associated with continuous oil and gas development in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico, 2010–19

In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey started a topical study to quantify water use in areas of continuous oil and gas (COG) development. The first phase of the study was completed in 2019 and analyzed the Williston Basin. The second phase of the study analyzed the Permian Basin using the same techniques and approaches used for the Williston Basin...

Valder, Joshua F.; McShane, Ryan R.; Thamke, Joanna N.; McDowell, Jeremy S.; Ball, Grady P.; Houston, Natalie A.; Galanter, Amy E.
Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Thamke, J.N., McDowell, J.S., Ball, G.P., Houston, N.A., and Galanter, A.E., 2021, Estimates of water use associated with continuous oil and gas development in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico, 2010–19: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5090, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215090.

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Hydrologic conditions in Kansas, water year 2020

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies, maintains a long-term network of hydrologic monitoring stations in Kansas. This network included 219 real-time streamgages, 12 real-time reservoir-level monitoring stations, and 20 groundwater monitoring stations in water year (WY) 2020. A WY is a 12-month period...

Davis, Chantelle
Davis, C., 2021, Hydrologic conditions in Kansas, water year 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3045, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213045.