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: 2021

Widespread use of the nitrification inhibitor nitrapyrin: Assessing benefits and costs to agriculture, ecosystems, and environmental health

Agricultural production and associated applications of nitrogen (N) fertilizers have increased dramatically in the last century, and current projections to 2050 show that demands will continue to increase as the human population grows. Applied in both organic and inorganic fertilizer forms, N is an essential nutrient in crop productivity....

Woodward, Emily; Edwards, Thea Margaret; Givens, Carrie E; Kolpin, Dana W.; Hladik, Michelle

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Three-dimensional distribution of residence time metrics in the glaciated United States using metamodels trained on general numerical models

Residence time distribution (RTD) is a critically important characteristic of groundwater flow systems; however, it cannot be measured directly. RTD can be inferred from tracer data with analytical models (few parameters) or with numerical models (many parameters). The second approach permits more variation in system properties but is used less...

Starn, J. Jeffrey; Kauffman, Leon J.; Carlson, Carl S.; Reddy, James E.; Fienen, Michael N.
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Eroding Cascadia—Sediment and solute transport and landscape denudation in western Oregon and northwestern California

Riverine measurements of sediment and solute transport give empirical basin-scale estimates of bed-load, suspended-sediment, and silicate-solute fluxes for 100,000 km2 of northwestern California and western Oregon. This spatially explicit sediment budget shows the multifaceted control of geology and physiography on the rates and processes of...

O'Connor, Jim E.; Mangano, Joseph F.; Wise, Daniel R.; Roering, Joshua R.

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Multiple co-occurring and persistently detected cyanotoxins and associated cyanobacteria in adjacent California lakes

The global proliferation of toxin producing cyanobacterial blooms has been attributed to a wide variety of environmental factors with nutrient pollution, increased temperatures, and drought being three of the most significant. The current study is the first formal assessment of cyanotoxins in two impaired lakes, Canyon Lake and Lake Elsinore, in...

Howard, Meredith D. A.; Kudela, Raphael M.; Hayashi, Kendra; Tatters, Avery O.; Caron, David A.; Theroux, Susanna; Oehrle, Stuart; Roethler, Miranda; Donovan, Ariel; Loftin, Keith; Laughrey, Zachary

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Trends in groundwater levels in and near the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, water years 1956–2017

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, completed a study to characterize water-level fluctuations in observation wells to examine driving factors that affect water levels in and near the Rosebud Indian Reservation, which comprises all of Todd County. The study investigates concerns regarding potential...

Valseth, Kristen J.; Driscoll, Daniel G.
Valseth, K.J., and Driscoll, D.G., 2021, Trends in groundwater levels in and near the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, water years 1956–2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5119, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205119.

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Statistical methods for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

This report documents statistics for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM). The U.S. Geological Survey developed SELDM and the statistics documented in this report in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to indicate the risk for...

Granato, Gregory E.; Spaetzel, Alana B.; Medalie, Laura
Granato, G.E., Spaetzel, A.B., and Medalie, L., 2021, Statistical methods for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5136, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205136.

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Water-resource management monitoring needs, State of Hawai‘i

In cooperation with the State of Hawai‘i Commission on Water Resource Management and in collaboration with the University of Hawaiʻi Water Resources Research Center, the U.S. Geological Survey developed a water-resource monitoring program—a rainfall, surface-water, and groundwater data-collection program—that is required to meet State needs for...

Cheng, Chui Ling; Izuka, Scot K.; Kennedy, Joseph; Frazier, Abby G. ; Giambelluca, Thomas W.
Cheng, C.L., Izuka, S.K., Kennedy, J.J., Frazier, A.G., and Giambelluca, T.W., 2021, Water-resource management monitoring needs, State of Hawai‘i: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020-5115, 114 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205115.

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Measuring U.S. Federal Agency progress toward implementation of alternative methods in toxicity testing

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended to Congress that federal agencies establish a workgroup through ICCVAM to propose metrics for assessing progress on the development and promotion of alternative methods. This document describes the recommendations of the ICCVAM Metrics Workgroup.

Gordon, John D.; Clarke, Carol; Johnson, Matthew; Reinke, Emily N.; Rattner, Barnett A.; Hwang, Steve; Craig, Evisabel; Lowit, Anna; Brown, Paul; Davis-Bruno, Karen L.; Crusan, Annabelle; Fitzpatrick, Suzanne; Kang, Jueichuan; Levis, Robin; Mendrick, Donna L.; Merrill, Jill; Berridge, Brian; Casey, Warren; Kleinstreuer, Nicole; Watson, Harold

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Isotopic composition of natural and synthetic chlorate (δ18O, Δ17O, δ37Cl, 36Cl/Cl): Methods and initial results

Natural chlorate (ClO3−) is widely distributed in terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments. To improve understanding of the origins and distribution of ClO3−, we developed and tested methods to determine the multi-dimensional isotopic compositions (δ18O, Δ17O, δ37Cl, 36Cl/Cl) of ClO3− and then applied the methods to samples of...

Jackson, W Andrew; Brundrett, Meaghan; Böhlke, John K.; Hatzinger, Paul B.; Mroczkowski, Stanley J.; Sturchio, Neil C.
Attribution: Water Resources

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Using heat to trace vertical water fluxes in sediment experiencing concurrent tidal pumping and groundwater discharge

Heat has been widely applied to trace groundwater‐surface water exchanges in inland environments, but it is infrequently applied in coastal sediment where head oscillations induce periodicity in water flux magnitude/direction and heat advection. This complicates interpretation of temperatures to estimate water fluxes. We investigate the...

LeRoux, N; Kurylyk, B.; Briggs, Martin A.; Irvine, D.; Tamborski, J; Bense, V. F.
Attribution: Water Resources

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Mapping the global threat of land subsidence

Subsidence, the lowering of Earth's land surface, is a potentially destructive hazard that can be caused by a wide range of natural or anthropogenic triggers but mainly results from solid or fluid mobilization underground. Subsidence due to groundwater depletion (1) is a slow and gradual process that develops on large time scales (months to years...

Herrera, Gerardo; Ezquerro, Pablo; Tomás, Roberto; Béjar-Pizarro, Marta; López-Vinielles, Juan; Rossi, Mauro; Mateos, Rosa M.; Carreón-Freyre, Dora; Lambert, John; Teatini, Pietro; Cabral-Cano, Enrique; Erkens, Gilles; Galloway, Devin; Hung, Wei-Chia; Kakar, Najeebullah; Sneed, Michelle; Tosi, Luigi; Wang, Hanmei; Ye, Shujun

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Effects-based monitoring of bioactive chemicals discharged to the Colorado River before and after a municipal wastewater treatment plant replacement

Monitoring of the Colorado River near the Moab, Utah, wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) outflow has detected pharmaceuticals, hormones, and estrogen-receptor (ER)-, glucocorticoid receptor (GR)-, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ)-mediated biological activities. The aim of the present multi-year study was to assess...

Cavallin, J.E.; Battaglin, William A.; Beihoffer, Jon; Blackwell, Bradley D.; Bradley, Paul; Cole, AR; Ekman, Drew R.; Hofer, R; Kinsey, J; Keteles, Kristen; Weissinger, R; Winkelman, Dana L.; Villeneuve, Daniel L.