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

Colorado River flow dwindles as warming-driven loss of reflective snow energizes evaporation

The sensitivity of river discharge to climate-system warming is highly uncertain, and the processes that govern river discharge are poorly understood, which impedes climate-change adaptation. A prominent exemplar is the Colorado River, where meteorological drought and warming are shrinking a water resource that supports more than 1 trillion...

Milly, Paul C. D.; Dunne, Krista A.
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Bathymetry of Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

Morris Lake, also known as Newton Reservoir, has been the source of drinking water for the Town of Newton, New Jersey, since the early 1900s. Although Morris Lake has been used as a source of drinking water for many years, its capacity was previously uncertain. In April 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Department of...

Nystrom, Elizabeth A.; Collenburg, Jerilyn V.
Nystrom, E.A., and Collenburg, J.V., 2020, Bathymetry of Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5010, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205010.

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Sub-annual streamflow responses to rainfall and snowmelt inputs in snow-dominated watersheds of the western U.S.

Streamflow generation in mountain watersheds is strongly influenced by snow accumulation and melt, and multiple studies have found that snow loss leads to earlier snowmelt timing and declines in annual streamflow. However, hydrologic responses to snow loss are heterogeneous, and not all areas experience streamflow declines. This research examines...

Hammond, John; Kampf, Stephanie K

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Landfill leachate contributes per-/poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and pharmaceuticals to municipal wastewater

Widespread disposal of landfill leachate to municipal sewer infrastructure in the United States calls for an improved understanding of the relative organic-chemical contributions to the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) waste stream and associated surface-water discharge to receptors in the environment. Landfill leachate, WWTP influent, and WWTP...

Masoner, Jason R.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Smalling, Kelly L.; Bolyard, Stephanie; Field, Jennifer; Furlong, Edward T.; Gray, James L.; Lozinski, Duncan; Reinhart, Debra; Rodowa, Alix; Bradley, Paul M.

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Temporal evolution of measured and simulated infiltration following wildfire in the Colorado Front Range, USA: Shifting thresholds of runoff generation and hydrologic hazards

Destructive flash floods and debris flows are a common menace following wildfire. The restoration of protection provided by forests from post-fire floods and debris flows depends on the recovery of infiltration and attendant reduction of infiltration-excess surface runoff generation. This work examines seven years of post-fire infiltration...

Ebel, Brian A.
Attribution: Water Resources

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Pooling resources across organizations—Multisource water-quality data for the Delaware River Basin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently launched a pilot Integrated Water Availability Assessment (IWAA) in the Delaware River Basin to explore, test, and refine systems and processes for assessing water availability for human and ecological uses based on water monitoring data. Water-quality monitoring provides citizens, managers, and...

Murphy, Jennifer C.; Shoda, Megan E.
Murphy, J.C., and Shoda, M.E., 2020, Pooling resources across organizations—Multisource water-quality data for the Delaware River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3006, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203006.

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A comparison of groundwater sampling technologies, including passive diffusion sampling, for radionuclide contamination

Using traditional high-flow purge methods for long-term water quality monitoring of deep groundwater wells can be expensive, affect contaminant migration, and produce excessive volumes of discharge water that can be difficult to manage. The use of low-flow pumping methods and depth discrete bailers (DDBs) can reduce the cost of sampling deep...

Frus, Rebecca J.; Imbrigiotta, Thomas
Frus, Rebecca J., Imbrigiotta, Thomas, E., 2020, A comparison of groundwater sampling technologies, including passive diffusion sampling, for radionuclide contamination, Waste Management Symposium Proceedings.

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An enhanced hydrologic stream network based on the NHDPlus medium resolution dataset

The National Hydrography Dataset Plus, Version 2.1 (NHDPlusV2.1) is an attribute-rich digital stream network for the conterminous United States, serving as a foundational infrastructure for reporting hydrologic information at both regional and national scales. SPAtially Referenced Regressions On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) is a process-based...

Brakebill, John W.; Schwarz, Gregory E.; Wieczorek, Michael E.
Attribution: Water Resources
Brakebill, J.W., Schwarz, G.E., and Wieczorek, M.E., 2020, An enhanced hydrologic stream network based on the NHDPlus medium resolution dataset: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5127, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195127.

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Quantification of trace element loading in the upper Tenmile Creek drainage basin near Rimini, Montana, September 2011

The principle sources of trace elements entering upper Tenmile Creek, Montana, during September 2011, four trace metals and the metalloid arsenic, were identified and quantified by combining and analyzing streamflow data determined from tracer injection with trace-element concentrations and related water-quality data determined from synoptic...

Cleasby, Tom; Eldridge, Sara L. Caldwell
Cleasby, T., and Eldridge, S.L.C., 2020, Quantification of trace element loading in the upper Tenmile Creek drainage basin near Rimini, Montana, September 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5126, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195126.

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Groundwater characterization and effects of pumping in the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system, Nevada and California, with special reference to Devils Hole

Groundwater flow and development were characterized in four groundwater basins of the Death Valley regional flow system in Nevada and California with calibrated, groundwater-flow models. Natural groundwater discharges in the Furnace Creek, Lower Amargosa, and Saratoga Spring areas were defined and distributed consistently with a revised...

Halford, Keith J.; Jackson, Tracie R.
Halford, K.J., and Jackson, T.R., 2020, Groundwater characterization and effects of pumping in the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system, Nevada and California, with special reference to Devils Hole: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1863, 178 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1863.

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Estimates of water use associated with continuous oil and gas development in the Williston Basin, North Dakota and Montana, 2007–17

This study of water use associated with development of continuous oil and gas resources in the Williston Basin is intended to provide a preliminary model-based analysis of water use in major regions of production of continuous oil and gas resources in the United States. Direct, indirect, and ancillary water use associated with development of...

McShane, Ryan R.; Barnhart, Theodore B.; Valder, Joshua F.; Haines, Seth S.; Macek-Rowland, Kathleen M. ; Carter, Janet M.; Delzer, Gregory C.; Thamke, Joanna N.
McShane, R.R., Barnhart, T.B., Valder, J.F., Haines, S.S., Macek-Rowland, K.M., Carter, J.M., Delzer, G.C., and Thamke, J.N., 2020, Estimates of water use associated with continuous oil and gas development in the Williston Basin, North Dakota and Montana, 2007–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5012, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205012

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Legacy and current‐use contaminants in sediments alter macroinvertebrate communities in southeastern US Streams

Sediment contamination of freshwater streams in urban areas is a recognized and growing concern. As a part of a comprehensive regional stream‐quality assessment, stream‐bed sediment was sampled from streams spanning a gradient of urban intensity in the Piedmont ecoregion of the southeastern United States. We evaluated relations between a broad...

Moran, Patrick W.; Kemble, Nile E.; Waite, Ian R.; Mahler, Barbara; Nowell, Lisa H.; Van Metre, Peter C.