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

Aquatic-terrestrial linkages control metabolism and carbon dynamics in a mid-sized, urban stream influenced by snowmelt

Freshwater streams can exchange nutrients and carbon with the surrounding terrestrial environment through various mechanisms including physical erosion, flooding, leaf drop, and snowmelt. These aquatic-terrestrial interactions are crucial in carbon mobilization, transformation, ecosystem productivity, and have important implications for the role...

Reed, Ariel P.; Stets, Edward G.; Murphy, Sheila F.; Mullins, Emily
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Year Published: 2021

Critical aquifer overdraft accelerates degradation of groundwater quality in California’s Central Valley during drought

Drought-induced pumpage has precipitated dramatic groundwater-level declines in California’s Central Valley over the past 30 years, but the impacts of aquifer overdraft on water quality are poorly understood. This study coupled over 160,000 measurements of nitrate from ∼6,000 public-supply wells with a 30-year reconstruction of groundwater levels...

Levy, Zeno; Jurgens, Bryant; Burow, Karen R.; Voss, Stefan; Faulkner, Kirsten; Arroyo-Lopez, Jose Alfredo; Fram, Miranda S.

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Using regional watershed data to assess water-quality impairment in the Pacific Drainages of the United States

Two datasets containing the first complete estimates of reach-scale nutrient, water use, dissolved oxygen, and pH conditions for the Pacific drainages of the United States were created to help inform water-quality management decisions in that region. The datasets were developed using easily obtainable watershed data, most of which have not been...

Wise, Daniel R.
Wise, D.R., 2021, Using regional watershed data to assess water-quality impairment in the Pacific Drainages of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5087, 29 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215087.

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Comparison of passive and pumped sampling methods for analysis of groundwater quality, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2019

A plume of ethylene dibromide (EDB) dissolved in groundwater extends northeast from the Bulk Fuels Facility on Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The leading edge of the EDB plume is upgradient from several water-supply wells. In 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility...

Travis, Rebecca E.; Wilkins, Kate
Travis, R.E., and Wilkins, K., 2021, Comparison of passive and pumped sampling methods for analysis of groundwater quality, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5074, 51 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215074.

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Year Published: 2021

Electrical signatures of dual domain mass transfer observed in rock cores

No abstract available.

Falzone, S.; Parker, B. B.; Day-Lewis, Frederick; Slater, L.
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Phytoplankton and cyanobacteria abundances in mid-21st century lakes depend strongly on future land use and climate projections

Land use and climate change are anticipated to affect phytoplankton of lakes worldwide. The effects will depend on the magnitude of projected land use and climate changes and lake sensitivity to these factors. We used random forests fit with long-term (1971–2016) phytoplankton and cyanobacteria abundance time series, climate observations (1971–...

Kakouei, Karan; Kraemer, B.M.; Anneville, O.; Carvalho, L.; Feuchtmayr, H.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Higgins, S.; Pomati, F.; Rudstam, L.G.; Stockwell, J.D.; Thackeray, S.J.; Vanni, M.; Adrian, R.

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Interagency Ecological Program long-term monitoring element review: Pilot approach and methods development (2020)

This report describes the first-year, pilot-phase of what is intended to be a larger, multiple-year review of all IEP core long-term monitoring elements (LTMEs). Here we hope to provide evidence that the review team arrangement and communication schedule was effective at developing a framework to objectively evaluate a suite of LTMEs. We focused...

Gaeta, Jereme W.; Bashevkin, Samuel M; Feyrer, Frederick; Huntsman, Brock; Mahardja, Brian; Culberson, Steven D; Beakes, Michael P; Fong, Stephanie; Louie, Stephen

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Geohydrology and water quality of the stratified-drift aquifers in West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys, Newfield, Tompkins County, New York

From 2011 to 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Town of Newfield and the Tompkins County Planning Department, performed a study of the stratified-drift aquifers in the West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys in Newfield, Tompkins County, New York. Both confined and unconfined aquifers were identified, mostly in the...

Fisher, Benjamin N.; Heisig, Paul M.; Kappel, William M.
Fisher, B.N., Heisig, P.M., and Kappel, W.M., 2021, Geohydrology and water quality of the stratified-drift aquifers in West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys, Newfield, Tompkins County, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5064, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215064.

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Groundwater, biodiversity, and the role of flow system scale

Groundwater-dependent ecosystems and species (GDEs) are found throughout watersheds at locations of groundwater discharge, yet not all GDEs are the same, nor are the groundwater systems supporting them. Groundwater moves along a variety of flow paths of different lengths and with different contributing areas, ranging from shorter local flow paths...

Aldous, Allison R; Gannett, Marshall W.

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Estimates of water use associated with continuous oil and gas development in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico, 2010–19

In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey started a topical study to quantify water use in areas of continuous oil and gas (COG) development. The first phase of the study was completed in 2019 and analyzed the Williston Basin. The second phase of the study analyzed the Permian Basin using the same techniques and approaches used for the Williston Basin...

Valder, Joshua F.; McShane, Ryan R.; Thamke, Joanna N.; McDowell, Jeremy S.; Ball, Grady P.; Houston, Natalie A.; Galanter, Amy E.
Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Thamke, J.N., McDowell, J.S., Ball, G.P., Houston, N.A., and Galanter, A.E., 2021, Estimates of water use associated with continuous oil and gas development in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico, 2010–19: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5090, 27 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215090.

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Hydrologic conditions in Kansas, water year 2020

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies, maintains a long-term network of hydrologic monitoring stations in Kansas. This network included 219 real-time streamgages, 12 real-time reservoir-level monitoring stations, and 20 groundwater monitoring stations in water year (WY) 2020. A WY is a 12-month period...

Davis, Chantelle
Davis, C., 2021, Hydrologic conditions in Kansas, water year 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3045, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213045.

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Spatiotemporal dynamics of CO2 gas exchange from headwater mountain streams

Mountain streams play an important role in the global carbon cycle by transporting, metabolizing, and exchanging carbon they receive from the terrestrial environment. The rates at which these processes occur remain highly uncertain because of a paucity of observations and the difficulty of measuring gas exchange rates in steep, turbulent mountain...

Clow, David W.; Striegl, Robert G.; Dornblaser, Mark