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.

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Year Published: 2020

Mitigating land subsidence in the Coachella Valley, California, USA: An emerging success story

Groundwater has been a major source of agricultural, municipal, and domestic water supply since the early 1920s in the Coachella Valley, California, USA. Land subsidence, resulting from aquifer-system compaction and groundwater-level declines, has been a concern of the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) since the mid-1990s. As a result, the...

Sneed, Michelle; Brandt, Justin T.

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Detection and measurement of land subsidence and uplift using interferometric synthetic aperture radar, San Diego, California, USA, 2016–2018

Land subsidence associated with groundwater-level declines is stipulated as an “undesirable effect” in California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and has been identified as a potential issue in San Diego, California, USA. The United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Sweetwater Authority, and the City of San Diego, undertook a...

Brandt, Justin T.; Sneed, Michelle; Danskin, Wesley R.

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Design and methods of the California stream quality assessment (CSQA), 2017

During 2017, as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Project, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted the California Stream Quality Assessment to investigate the quality of streams in the Central California Foothills and Coastal Mountains ecoregion, United States. The goal of the California Stream Quality Assessment study was to assess the...

May, Jason T.; Nowell, Lisa H.; Coles, James F.; Button, Daniel T.; Bell, Amanda H.; Qi, Sharon L.; Van Metre, Peter C.
May, J.T., Nowell, L.H., Coles, J.F., Button, D.T., Bell, A.H., Qi, S.L., and Van Metre, P.C., 2020, Design and methods of the California stream quality assessment, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1023, 88 p.,

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Biofilms provide new insight into pesticide occurrence in streams and links to aquatic ecological communities

Streambed sediment is commonly analyzed to assess occurrence of hydrophobic pesticides and risks to aquatic communities. However, stream biofilms also have the potential to accumulate pesticides and may be consumed by aquatic organisms. To better characterize risks to aquatic life, the U.S. Geological Survey Regional Stream Quality Assessment...

Mahler, Barbara; Schmidt, Travis S.; Nowell, Lisa H.; Qi, Sharon L.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Hladik, Michelle; Carlisle, Daren; Munn, Mark D.; May, Jason
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Acoustic Sediment Estimation Toolbox (ASET): A software package for calibrating and processing TRDI ADCP data to compute suspended-sediment transport in sandy rivers

Quantifying suspended-sediment transport is critical for a variety of disciplines related to the management of water resources. However, the number of gauging stations and monitoring networks in most rivers around the world is insufficient to improve understanding of river dynamics and support water resource management decisions. This is mainly...

Dominguez Ruben, Lucas Gerardo; Szupiany, Ricardo; Latosinski, Francisco; Lopez Weibel, Cecilia; Wood, Molly S.; Boldt, Justin A.

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Inferring surface flow velocities in sediment-laden Alaskan rivers from optical image sequences acquired from a helicopter

The remote, inaccessible location of many rivers in Alaska creates a compelling need for remote sensing approaches to streamflow monitoring. Motivated by this objective, we evaluated the potential to infer flow velocities from optical image sequences acquired from a helicopter deployed above two large, sediment-laden rivers. Rather than artificial...

Legleiter, Carl J.; Kinzel, Paul J.
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PFAS in the environment

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working with Federal, State, and local partners to monitor and evaluate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the State’s groundwater and surface waters. PFAS are synthetic chemicals with widespread commercial and industrial use that can take a very long time to break down in the environment...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, PFAS in the environment: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 197, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip197.

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Microplastics

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working with Federal, State, and local partners to monitor and evaluate microplastics in our lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic, some-times so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. The USGS is taking an active role in monitoring and assessing our...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Microplastics: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 196, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip196.

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Updated study reporting levels (SRLs) for trace-element data collected for the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program Priority Basin Project, October 2009–October 2018

Groundwater samples have been collected in California as part of statewide investigations of groundwater quality conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey for the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Priority Basin Project (PBP) since 2004. The GAMA-PBP is being conducted in cooperation with the California State Water Resources...

Bennett V, George L.
Bennett, G.L. V, 2020, Updated study reporting levels (SRLs) for trace-element data collected for the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program Priority Basin Project, October 2009–October 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5034, 24 p., https://doi.org/​10.3133/​sir20205034.

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Passive sampling of groundwater wells for determination of water chemistry

IntroductionPassive groundwater sampling is defined as the collection of a water sample from a well without the use of purging by a pump or retrieval by a bailer (Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council [ITRC], 2006; American Society for Testing and Materials [ASTM], 2014). No purging means that advection of water is not involved in...

Imbrigiotta, Thomas E.; Harte, Philip T.
Imbrigiotta, T.E., and Harte, P.T., 2020, Passive sampling of groundwater wells for determination of water chemistry: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, chap. 8, section D, book 1, 80 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm1d8.

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Benthic vertical hydraulic gradients in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2017

Groundwater piezometers and lake stilling wells were deployed as paired sets at 10 locations in Upper Klamath Lake in south-central Oregon from May to October 2017 to measure hydraulic heads in and beneath the lake. Continuous water-level data from piezometers and stilling wells were then used to calculate the vertical hydraulic gradient (VHG)...

Corson-Dosch, Nicholas
Corson-Dosch, N.T., 2020, Benthic vertical hydraulic gradients in Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5029, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205029.

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Characterization of water-quality and bed-sediment conditions in Currituck Sound, North Carolina, prior to the Mid-Currituck Bridge construction, 2011–18

The North Carolina Turnpike Authority plans to improve transportation in the Currituck Sound area by constructing a two-lane bridge—the Mid-Currituck Bridge—across Currituck Sound from the mainland to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The results of the final environmental impact statement for the project indicate potential water-quality and...

Harden, Stephen L.; Fitzgerald, Sharon A.; Wagner, Chad R.; Bristow, Emilia L.; Loftin, Keith A.; Rosen, Barry H.
Harden, S.L., Fitzgerald, S.A., Wagner, C.R., Bristow, E.L., Loftin, K.A., and Rosen, B.H., 2020, Characterization of water-quality and bed-sediment conditions in Currituck Sound, North Carolina, prior to the Mid-Currituck Bridge construction, 2011–18: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1031, 67 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201031. [Supersedes USGS Open-File Report 2015–1208.]