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: 2020

Application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) to simulate near-native streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande Basin

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) is widely used to simulate the effects of climate, topography, land cover, and soils on landscape-level hydrologic response and streamflow. This study developed, calibrated, and assessed a PRMS model that simulates near-native or naturalized streamflow conditions in the Upper...

Chavarria, Shaleene B.; Moeser, C. David; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.
Chavarria, S.B., Moeser, C.D., and Douglas-Mankin, K.R., 2020, Application of the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) to simulate near-native streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5026, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205026.

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Assessment of restorative maintenance practices on the infiltration capacity of permeable pavement

Permeable pavement has the potential to be an effective tool in managing stormwater runoff through retention of sediment and other contaminants associated with urban development. The infiltration capacity of permeable pavement declines as more sediment is captured, thereby reducing its ability to treat runoff. Regular restorative maintenance...

Danz, Mari; Selbig, William R.; Buer, Nicolas

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Regional hydrostratigraphic framework of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and vicinity, New Jersey, in the context of perfluoroalkyl substances contamination of groundwater and surface water

A study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force, to describe the regional hydrostratigraphy of shallow aquifers and confining units underlying Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) and vicinity, New Jersey, in the context of contamination of groundwater and surface water by per- and polyfluoroalkyl...

Fiore, Alex R.
Fiore, A.R., 2020, Regional hydrostratigraphic framework of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and vicinity, New Jersey, in the context of perfluoroalkyl substances contamination of groundwater and surface water: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1134, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191134.

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Methods of collection and quality assessment of arsenic data in well-water supplies in Maine, 2001–2 and 2006–7

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, assessed the chemical characteristics and the occurrence, distribution, and oxidation state of inorganic arsenic in drinking water from selected domestic well-water supplies in Maine in 2001–2...

Culbertson, Charles W.; Caldwell, James M.; Schalk, Luther F.; Manassaram, Deana; Backer, Lorraine C.; Smith, Andrew E.
Culbertson, C.W., Caldwell, J.M., Schalk, L.F., Manassaram, D., Backer, L.C., and Smith, A.E., 2020, Methods of collection and quality assessment of arsenic data in well-water supplies in Maine, 2001–2 and 2006–7: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1125, 11 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1125.

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Riverbank stability assessment of lower Osage River during hydro-peak flow events: the lower Osage River case (Missouri, USA)

The fluctuation of water level downstream from dams due to hydropower flow releases can negatively affect riverbank stability. This research aims to investigate riverbank instability resulting from the outflow variation of hydropower plants, using Bagnell Dam and the lower Osage River (Missouri, USA) as the basis of analysis. The effects of the...

Mohammed-Ali, Wesam; Mendoza, Cesar; Holmes, Robert R.
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Statistical methods in water resources

This text began as a collection of class notes for a course on applied statistical methods for hydrologists taught at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Training Center. Course material was formalized and organized into a textbook, first published in 1992 by Elsevier as part of their Studies in Environmental Science series. In 2002, the...

Helsel, Dennis R.; Hirsch, Robert M.; Ryberg, Karen R.; Archfield, Stacey A.; Gilroy, Edward J.
Attribution: Water Resources
Helsel, D.R., Hirsch, R.M., Ryberg, K.R., Archfield, S.A., and Gilroy, E.J., 2020, Statistical methods in water resources: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 4, chapter A3, 458 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm4a3. [Supersedes USGS Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations, book 4, chapter A3, version 1.1.]

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Mercury in fish from streams and rivers in New York State: Spatial patterns, temporal changes, and environmental drivers

Mercury (Hg) concentrations in freshwater fish across the state of New York frequently exceed guidelines considered harmful to humans and wildlife, but statewide distribution and temporal changes are not well known for the state’s streams and rivers. We analyzed existing data to describe recent spatial patterns, identify key environmental drivers...

Riva-Murray, Karen; Richter, Wayne; Razavi, N Roxanna; Burns, Douglas A.; Cleckner, Lisa B; Burton, Mark; George, Scott D.; Freehafer, Douglas A.

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Precipitation runoff modeling system (PRMS) as part of an integrated hydrologic model for the Osage Nation, northeastern Oklahoma, 1915–2014

Executive SummaryThe Osage Nation lacks a comprehensive tribal water plan to describe the quality and quantity of water resources in the Osage Nation, a 2,304-square-mile (mi2) area of rolling pastures, tallgrass prairie, and mixed woodlands in northeastern Oklahoma. A tribal water plan can be used to help manage the sustainable development of...

Hevesi, Joseph A.; Hanson, Randall T.; Masoner, Jason R.
Hevesi, J.A., Hanson, R.T., and Masoner, J.R., 2019, Precipitation runoff modeling system (PRMS) as part of an integrated hydrologic model for the Osage Nation, northeastern Oklahoma, 1915–2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5030, 142 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195030.

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Quantifying trends in arsenic, nitrate, and dissolved solids from selected wells in Utah

Groundwater makes up a primary portion of the water supply in many parts of Utah, with annual withdrawals estimated at more than 1,000,000 acre-feet per year. Increases to groundwater withdrawal and land use may negatively impact water availability. Ensuring availability of clean water requires understanding how water quality has changed over time...

Miller, Olivia L.
Miller, O.L., 2020, Quantifying trends in arsenic, nitrate, and dissolved solids from selected wells in Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5047, 80 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205047.

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Local to landscape-level controls of water fluxes through Hawaiian forests: Effects of invasive animals and plants on soil infiltration capacity across substrate and moisture gradients

Given the potential effect of invasive plants and animals to water fluxes through forests, the invasive-driven degradation of native ecosystems is a topic of great concern for many downstream land and water managers. The infiltration rate determines the partitioning between runoff and infiltration into soil in Hawaiian forests and beyond. Thus, to...

Fortini, Lucas B.; Leopold, Christina; Perkins, Kimberlie; Chadwick, Oliver A.; Yelenik, Stephanie G.; Jacobi, James D.; Bishaw, Kaiena; Gregg, Makani; Rosa, Sarah N.
Fortini, L. B., C. Leopold, K. Perkins, O. Chadwick, S. Yelenik, J. Jacobi, K. Bishaw, II, M. Gregg, and S. Rosa. 2020. Local to landscape-level controls of water fluxes through Hawaiian forests: Effects of invasive animals and plants on soil infiltration capacity across substrate and moisture gradients. Hawai`i Cooperative Studies Unit Technical Report HCSU-TR095, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, Hilo. Available: http://hdl.handle.net/10790/5282.

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Representing the function and sensitivity of coastal interfaces in Earth system models

Along coastal interfaces, components of the Earth system interact to regulate ecosystem functions and Earth’s climate. Between the land and ocean, diverse coastal ecosystem types transform, store, and transport material. A dynamic two-way exchange of energy and matter is driven by hydrological and marine processes such as river and groundwater...

Ward, Nicholas; Megonigal, J. Patrick; Bond-Lamberty, Ben; Bailey, Vanessa; Butman, David; Canuel, Elizabeth; Diefenderfer, Heida; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Goni, Miguel; Graham, Emily B.; Hopkinson, Charles; Khangaonkar, Tarang; Langley, Adam; McDowell, Nate; Myers-Pigg, Allison; Neumann, Rebecca; Osburn, Christopher; Price, Rene; Rowland, Joel; Sengupta, Aditi; Simard, Marc; Thornton, Peter E.; Tzortziou, Maria; Vargas, Rodrigo; Weisenhorn, Pamela; Windham-Myers, Lisamarie
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Evaluating the potential role of bioactive chemicals on the distribution of invasive Asian carp upstream and downstream from river mile 278 in the Illinois waterway

Two non-native carp species have invaded the Illinois Waterway and are a threat to Great Lakes ecosystems. Poor water quality in the upper Illinois Waterway, may be a factor contributing to the stalling of the carp population front near river mile 278. In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey collected 4 sets of water samples from two sites upstream...

Battaglin, William A.; Duncker, James J.; Terrio, Paul J.; Bradley, Paul; Barber, Larry; DeCicco, Laura A.