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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: 2021

Assessment of streamflow and water quality in the Upper Yampa River Basin, Colorado, 1992–2018

The Upper Yampa River Basin drains approximately 2,100 square miles west of the Continental Divide in north-western Colorado. There is a growing need to understand potential changes in the quantity and quality of water resources as the basin is undergoing increasing land and water development to support growing municipal, industrial, and...

Day, Natalie K.
Day, N.K., 2021, Assessment of streamflow and water quality in the Upper Yampa River Basin, Colorado, 1992–2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5016, 45 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215016.

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Analysis of Escherichia coli, total recoverable iron, and dissolved selenium concentrations, loading, and identifying data gaps for selected 303(d) listed streams, Grand Valley, western Colorado, 1980–2018

Tributaries to the Colorado River in the Grand Valley in western Colorado (segment COLCLC13b) have been placed on the State of Colorado 303(d) list as impaired for Escherichia coli (E. coli), total recoverable iron, and dissolved selenium. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Control Division is required to...

Miller, Lisa D.; Gidley, Rachel G.; Day, Natalie K.; Thomas, Judith C.
Miller, L.D., Gidley, R.G., Day, N.K., and Thomas, J.C., 2021, Analysis of Escherichia coli, total recoverable iron, and dissolved selenium concentrations, loading, and identifying data gaps for selected 303(d) listed streams, Grand Valley, western Colorado, 1980–2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021-5053, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215053.

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Beyond streamflow: Call for a national data repository of streamflow presence for streams and rivers in the United States

Observations of the presence or absence of surface water in streams are useful for characterizing streamflow permanence, which includes the frequency, duration, and spatial extent of surface flow in streams and rivers. Such data are particularly valuable for headwater streams, which comprise the vast majority of channel length in stream networks,...

Jaeger, Kristin; Hafen, Konrad; Dunham, Jason B.; Fritz, Ken M.; Kampf, Stephanie K.; Barnhart, Theodore B.; Kaiser, Kendra E.; Sando, Roy; Johnson, Sherri L; McShane, Ryan R.; Dunn, Sarah Beth

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Developing a strategy for the national coordinated soil moisture monitoring network

Soil moisture is a critical land surface variable, affecting a wide variety of climatological, agricultural, and hydrological processes. Determining the current soil moisture status is possible via a variety of methods, including in situ monitoring, remote sensing, and numerical modeling. Although all of these approaches are rapidly evolving,...

Cosh, Micheal; Caldwell, Todd; Baker, Bruce M.; Bolton, John D.; Edwards, Nathan; Goble, Peter; Hofman, Heather; Ochsner, Tyson; Quiring, Steven; Schalk, Charles W.; Skumanich, Marina; Svoboda, Mark; Woloszyn, Molly

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Untargeted lipidomics for determining cellular and sub-cellular responses in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) liver cells following exposure to complex mixtures in U.S. streams

Surface waters often contain a variety of chemical contaminants potentially capable of producing adverse outcomes in both humans and wildlife due to impacts from industrial, urban, and agricultural activity. Here, we report the results of a zebrafish liver (ZFL) cell-based lipidomics approach to assess the potential ecotoxicological effects of...

Zhen, Huajun; Teng, Quincy; Mosley, Jonathan D; Collette, Timothy W.; Yue, Yang; Bradley, Paul; Ekman, Drew R.

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Tracking the source of metals to the San Juan River

IntroductionThe San Juan River is a major water source for communities in the Four Corners Region of the United States (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah) and is a vital source of water for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA) periodically samples surface water on the Navajo Nation and has found that some...

Blake, Johanna M.; Chavarria, Shaleene B.; Matherne, Anne-Marie
Blake, J.M., Chavarria, S.B., and Matherne, A.M., 2021, Tracking the source of metals to the San Juan River: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3029, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213029.

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Use of dissolved oxygen monitoring to evaluate phosphorus loading in Connecticut streams, 2015–18

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) has developed an interim phosphorus reduction strategy to establish water-quality-based phosphorus limits in nontidal freshwaters for industrial and municipal water pollution control facilities. A recommendation in the strategy included the addition of diurnal dissolved...

Izbicki, Brittney; Morrison, Jonathan
Izbicki, B., and Morrison, J., 2021, Use of dissolved oxygen monitoring to evaluate phosphorus loading in Connecticut streams, 2015–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5024, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215024.

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Sediment concentrations and loads upstream from and through John Redmond Reservoir, east-central Kansas, 2010–19

Streambank erosion and reservoir sedimentation are primary concerns of resource managers in Kansas and throughout many regions of the United States and negatively affect flood control, water supply, and recreation. The Cottonwood and upper Neosho Rivers drain into John Redmond Reservoir, and since reservoir completion in 1964, there has been...

Kramer, Ariele R.; Peterman-Phipps, Cara L.; Mahoney, Matthew D.; Lukasz, Bradley S.
Kramer, A.R., Peterman-Phipps, C.L., Mahoney, M.D., and Lukasz, B.S., 2021, Sediment concentrations and loads upstream from and through John Redmond Reservoir, east-central Kansas, 2010–19: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5037, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215037.

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Surface flow velocities from space: Particle image velocimetry of satellite video of a large, sediment-laden river

Conventional, field-based streamflow monitoring in remote, inaccessible locations such as Alaska poses logistical challenges. Safety concerns, financial considerations, and a desire to expand water-observing networks make remote sensing an appealing alternative means of collecting hydrologic data. In an ongoing effort to develop non-contact...

Legleiter, Carl J.; Kinzel, Paul J.
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Amplified impact of climate change on fine-sediment delivery to a subsiding coast, Humboldt Bay, California

In Humboldt Bay, tectonic subsidence exacerbates sea-level rise (SLR). To build surface elevations and to keep pace with SLR, the sediment demand created by subsidence and SLR must be balanced by an adequate sediment supply. This study used an ensemble of plausible future scenarios to predict potential climate change impacts on suspended-sediment...

Curtis, Jennifer; Flint, Lorraine E.; Stern, Michelle A.; Lewis, Jack; Klein, Randy D.

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Use of the smeltCam as an efficient fish sampling alternative within the San Francisco Estuary

Resource managers often rely on long-term monitoring surveys to detect trends in biological data. However, no survey gear is 100% efficient, and many sources of bias can be responsible for detecting or not detecting biological trends. The SmeltCam is an imaging apparatus developed as a potential sampling alternative to long-term trawling gear...

Huntsman, Brock; Feyrer, Frederick; Young, Matthew

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Overview and methodology for a study to identify fecal contamination sources using microbial source tracking in seven embayments on Long Island, New York

Between June 2018 and July 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey collaborated with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to analyze water quality in seven embayments on Long Island, New York, for a study to examine fecal contamination using microbial source tracking. This report documents the approach, methodology, and quality-...

Tagliaferri, Tristen N.; Fisher, Shawn C.; Kephart, Christopher M.; Cheung, Natalie; Reed, Ariel P.; Welk, Robert J.
Tagliaferri, T.N., Fisher, S.C., Kephart, C.M., Cheung, N., Reed, A.P., and Welk, R.J., 2021, Overview and methodology for a study to identify fecal contamination sources using microbial source tracking in seven embayments on Long Island, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5033, 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215033.