Water Resources

Publications

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.

Search Pubs Warehouse

Filter Total Items: 17,150
Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Exploring the factors controlling the error characteristics of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission discharge estimates

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission will measure river width, water surface elevation, and slope for rivers wider than 50-100 m. SWOT observations will enable estimation of river discharge by using simple flow laws such as the Manning-Strickler equation, complementing in-situ streamgages. Several discharge...

Frasson, Renato; Durand, Michael T.; Lanier, Kevin; Gleason, Colin; Andreadis, Konstantinos; Hageman, Mark; Dudley, Robert; Bjerklie, David M.; Oubanas, Hind; Garambois, Pierre-André; Malaterre, Pierre-Olivier; Lin, Peirong; Pavelsky, Tamlin M.; Monnier, Jerome; Binkerhoff, Craig; David, Cedric H.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Evaporation from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, 2010–2019

Evaporation-rate estimates at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, were based on eddy covariance and available energy measurements from March 2010 through April 2019 at Lake Mead and May 2013 through April 2019 at Lake Mohave. The continuous data needed to compute monthly evaporation were collected from floating-platform and land-based...

Earp, Katherine J.; Moreo, Michael T.
Earp, K.J., and Moreo, M.T., 2021, Evaporation from Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, Nevada and Arizona, 2010–2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1022, 36 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211022.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Periphyton biomass and community compositions as indicators of water quality in the Lower Grand River hydrologic unit, Missouri and Iowa, 2011–18

Biological communities, including periphyton, are continuously affected by chemical, physical, and other biological factors, and the health of these communities can reflect the overall health of the aquatic system. A diverse community is more robust, and communities with lower richness and evenness often indicate a degraded community dominated by...

Krempa, Heather M.
Krempa, H.M., 2021, Periphyton biomass and community compositions as indicators of water quality in the Lower Grand River hydrologic unit, Missouri and Iowa, 2011–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5012, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215012.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Hydraulic conductivity can no longer be considered a fixed property when quantifying flow between groundwater and surface water

No abstract available.

Rosenberry, Donald O.; Engesgaard, Peter; Hatch, Christine E.
Attribution: Water Resources

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Hydraulic characterization of carbonate-rock and basin-fill aquifers near Long Canyon, Goshute Valley, northeastern Nevada

Understanding groundwater flow and pumping effects near pending mining operations requires accurate subsurface hydraulic characterization. To improve conceptual models of groundwater flow and development in the complex hydrogeologic system near Long Canyon Mine, in northwestern Goshute Valley, northeastern Nevada, the U.S. Geological Survey...

Garcia, C. Amanda; Halford, Keith J.; Gardner, Philip M.; Smith, David W.
Garcia, C.A., Halford, K.J., Gardner, P.M., and Smith, D.W., 2021, Hydraulic characterization of carbonate-rock and basin-fill aquifers near Long Canyon, Goshute Valley, northeastern Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5021, 99 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215021.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Associations between private well water and community water supply arsenic concentrations in the conterminous United States

Geogenic arsenic contamination typically occurs in groundwater as opposed to surface water supplies. Groundwater is a major source for many community water systems (CWSs) in the United States (US). Although the US Environmental Protection Agency sets the maximum contaminant level (MCL enforceable since 2006: 10 μg/L) for arsenic in CWSs, private...

Spaur, Maya; Lombard, Melissa; Ayotte, Joseph D.; Harvey, David; Bostick, Benjamin; Chillrud, Steven; Navas-Acien, Ana; Nigra, Anne E

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Time-domain electromagnetic soundings and passive-seismic measurements for delineation of saline groundwater in the Genesee Valley-fill aquifer system, western New York, 2016–17

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, used noninvasive surface geophysics in the investigation of the distribution of saline groundwater in the valley-fill aquifer system of the Genesee River Valley near the former Retsof salt mine in western New York. In 1994, the Retsof salt...

Williams, John H.; Kappel, William M.; Johnson, Carole D.; White, Eric A.; Heisig, Paul M.; Lane, Jr., John W.
Williams, J.H., Kappel, W.M., Johnson, C.D., White, E.A., Heisig, P.M., and Lane, J.W., Jr., 2021, Time-domain electromagnetic soundings and passive-seismic measurements for delineation of saline groundwater in the Genesee valley-fill aquifer system, western New York, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5008, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215008.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Assessment of wave attenuation, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion during winter storms by living shoreline structures in Gandys Beach, New Jersey

This study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and Northeastern University in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. This report summarizes field investigation and analysis of waves, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion along the Gandys Beach, New Jersey, salt marsh vegetated...

Wang, Hongqing; Capurso, William D.; Chen, Qin; Zhu, Ling; Niemoczynski, Lukasz; Snedden, Gregg
Wang, H., Capurso, W., Chen, Q., Zhu, L., Niemoczynski, L., and Snedden, G., 2021, Assessment of wave attenuation, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion during winter storms by living shoreline structures in Gandys Beach, New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1040, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211040.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Water-quality, bed-sediment, and invertebrate tissue trace-element concentrations for tributaries in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana, October 2018–September 2019

Water, bed sediment, and invertebrate tissue were sampled in streams from Butte to near Missoula, Montana, as part of a monitoring program in the Clark Fork Basin. The sampling program was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to characterize aquatic resources in the Clark Fork Basin...

Clark, Gregory D.; Hornberger, Michelle I.; Hepler, Eric J.; Cleasby, Thomas E.; Heinert, Terry L.
Clark, G.D., Hornberger, M.I., Hepler, E.J., Cleasby, T.E., and Heinert, T.L., 2021, Water-quality, bed-sediment, and invertebrate tissue trace-element concentrations for tributaries in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana, October 2018–September 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1027, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211027.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

West-wide drought analysis

This chapter describes analyses of the variability and characteristics of drought for historical and future projected climate conditions across the Western United States. The analyses are performed using the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI; Palmer, 1965) to define drought events. The advantage of using PDSI to define droughts is that it...

Gangopadhyay, Subhrendu; McCabe, Gregory J.; Pruitt, Tom; House, Brandon
Attribution: Water Resources

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project, North Carolina—Summary of monitoring activities, quality assurance, and data, October 2017–September 2019

Surface-water supplies are important sources of drinking water for residents in the Triangle area of North Carolina, which is located within the upper Cape Fear and Neuse River Basins. Since 1988, the U.S. Geological Survey and a consortium of local governments have tracked water-quality conditions and trends in several of the area’s water-supply...

Pfeifle, Cassandra A.; Cain, Jessica L.; Rasmussen, Ryan B.
Pfeifle, C.A., Cain, J.L., and Rasmussen, R.B., 2021, Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project, North Carolina—Summary of monitoring activities, quality assurance, and data, October 2017–September 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1020, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211020.

Publication Thumbnail
Year Published: 2021

Nitrogen and phosphorus loads from groundwater to Lake Spokane, Spokane, Washington, October 2016–October 2019

Shallow nearshore groundwater and estimates of groundwater seepage were collected at 21 locations along the north and south shores of Lake Spokane beginning in October 2016 and ending in October 2019. Nitrate plus nitrite concentrations in nearshore groundwater ranged from <0.04 to 7.60 milligrams of nitrogen per liter. Nearshore groundwater...

Sheibley, Richard W.; Foreman, James R.
Sheibley, R.W., and Foreman, J.R., 2021, Nitrogen and phosphorus loads from groundwater to Lake Spokane, Spokane, Washington, October 2016–October 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5023, 34 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215023.