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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

Estimating streamflow and base flow within the nontidal Chesapeake Bay riverine system

Daily mean streamflow was estimated for all the nontidal parts of the Chesapeake Bay riverine system with the Unit Flows in Networks of Channels computer application using measured streamflow at the most downstream gage of selected rivers. The streamflows estimated by the Unit Flows in Networks of Channels computer application were aggregated at...

Buffington, Patrick C.; Capel, Paul D.
Buffington, P.C., and Capel, P.D., 2020, Estimating streamflow and base flow within the nontidal Chesapeake Bay riverine system: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5055, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205055.

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Causes of variability in suspended‐sand concentration evaluated using measurements in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Rivers commonly exhibit substantial variability in suspended‐sand concentration, even at constant water discharge. Here we derive an approach for evaluating how much of this variability arises from mean bed‐sand grain size. We apply this approach to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, where discharge‐independent concentration of suspended sand...

Rubin, David M.; Buscombe, Daniel; Wright, Scott A.; Topping, David; Grams, Paul; Schmidt, John C.; Hazel, J.E.; Kaplinski, Matthew A.; Tusso, Robert B.

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Estimates of groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration, Stump Spring and Hiko Springs, Clark County, southern Nevada, 2016–18

This report documents methodology and results of a study that estimated groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration (GWET) from phreatophytic vegetation in two desert riparian areas with ephemeral spring discharge in Clark County, southern Nevada. The phreatophytes consisted primarily of western honey mesquite [Prosopis glandulosa var. ...

Moreo, Michael T.; Buto, Susan G.; Smith, David W.; Nelson, Nora C.
Moreo, M.T., Buto, S.G., Smith, D.W., and Nelson, N.C., 2020, Estimates of groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration, Stump Spring and Hiko Springs, Clark County, southern Nevada, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5075, 39 p., https://doi.org/ 10.3133/ sir20205075.

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Geochemical assessment of the Hueco Bolson, New Mexico and Texas, 2016–17

Understanding groundwater quality in transboundary aquifers like the Hueco Bolson is important for the 2.7 million people along the United States and Mexico border living in and near the combined metropolitan areas of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, who rely on groundwater for water supply. To better understand water-quality conditions...

Ging, Patricia B.; Humberson, Delbert G.; Ikard, Scott J.
Ging, P.B., Humberson, D.G., and Ikard, S.J., 2020, Geochemical assessment of the Hueco Bolson, New Mexico and Texas, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5056, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205056.

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Quality of pesticide data for groundwater analyzed for the National Water-Quality Assessment Project, 2013–18

The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) submitted nearly 1,900 samples collected from groundwater sites across the United States in 2013–18 for analysis of 225 pesticide compounds (pesticides and pesticide degradates, hereafter referred to as “pesticides”) by USGS National Water Quality Laboratory...

Bexfield, Laura M.; Belitz, Kenneth; Sandstrom, Mark W.; Beaty, Delicia; Medalie, Laura; Lindsey, Bruce D.; Nowell, Lisa H.
Attribution: Water Resources
Bexfield, L.M., Belitz, K., Sandstrom, M.W., Beaty, D., Medalie, L., Lindsey, B.D., and Nowell, L.H., 2020, Quality of pesticide data for groundwater analyzed for the National Water-Quality Assessment Project, 2013–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5072, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205072.

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Groundwater quality in relation to drinking water health standards and geochemical characteristics for 54 domestic wells in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 2017

Despite the reliance on groundwater by approximately 2.4 million rural Pennsylvania residents, publicly available data to characterize the quality of private well water are limited. As part of a regional effort to characterize groundwater in rural areas of Pennsylvania, samples from 54 domestic wells in Clinton County were collected and analyzed...

Clune, John W.; Cravotta, Charles A.
Clune, J.W., and Cravotta, C.A., III, 2020, Groundwater quality in relation to drinking water health standards and geochemical characteristics for 54 domestic wells in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 2017 (ver 1.1, July 2020): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5022, 72 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205022.

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Comparison of storm runoff models for a small watershed in an urban metropolitan area, Albuquerque, New Mexico

In order to comply with a current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency watershed-based National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, the City of Albuquerque required a better understanding of the rainfall-runoff processes in its small urban watersheds. That requirement prompted the initiation of the assessment of three existing watershed...

Shephard, Zachary M.; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.
Shephard, Z.M., and Douglas-Mankin, K.R., 2020, Comparison of storm runoff models for a small watershed in an urban metropolitan area, Albuquerque, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5058, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205058.

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Monitoring and real-time modeling of Escherichia coli bacteria for the Chattahoochee River, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia, 2000–2019

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is a National Park Service unit/park with 48 miles of urban waterway in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The Chattahoochee River within the CRNRA is a popular place for water-based recreation but is known to periodically experience elevated levels of fecal-coliform bacteria associated with...

Aulenbach, Brent T.; McKee, Anna M.
Aulenbach, B.T., and McKee, A.M., 2020, Monitoring and real-time modeling of Escherichia coli bacteria for the Chattahoochee River, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia, 2000–2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1048, 43 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201048.

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Pesticide concentrations associated with augmented flow pulses in the Yolo Bypass and Cache Slough Complex, California

Surface-water and suspended-sediment samples were collected and analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey for multiple current-use pesticides and pesticide degradates approximately every 2 weeks at up to five sites in the Yolo Bypass and Cache Slough Complex before, during, and after augmented flow pulses in summer and fall 2016 and 2018 as well as...

Orlando, James L.; De Parsia, Matt; Sanders, Corey; Hladik, Michelle; Frantzich, Jared
Orlando, J.L., De Parsia, M., Sanders, C., Hladik, M., and Frantzich, J., 2020, Pesticide concentrations associated with augmented flow pulses in the Yolo Bypass and Cache Slough Complex, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1076, 101 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201076.

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Brianna postcard

Brianna is a hydrologist in the Hydrologic Investigations (Studies) Unit. She received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kansas.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Brianna postcard: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 205, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip205.

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Brad postcard

Brad is a hydrologist in the Surface Water Investigation Unit. He received his bachelor of science degree in natural sciences from Concordia University in Wisconsin and his master’s degree in freshwater sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Brad postcard: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 204, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip204.

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Hydrologic technician postcard

Hydrologic technicians collect water data related to water quantity, quality, availability, and movement in surface-water and groundwater environments.For more information, visit https://www.usajobs.gov.

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Hydrologic technican postcard: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 203, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip203.