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Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF)

Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF)

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Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Bronx and Harlem River Watersheds (New York, N.Y.)

The Harlem and Bronx Rivers provide ecological and social resources in an intensively urban area. Connecting people to rivers requires clean water—the USGS is helping to assess the efficacy of green infrastructure to improve the quality of stormwater that flows into the rivers.

Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

National Water-Quality Project Sampling Methods

USGS National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) studies require analyses of stream and bed-sediment samples for major ions, nutrients, sediments, and organic contaminants that are consistent across time and space. Procedures have been designed specifically to produce...

Contacts: Barbara Mahler
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Archived

Regional SPARROW Model Assessments of Streams and Rivers

Regional SPARROW Model Assessments of Streams and Rivers (archived) includes models (and supporting data) that were developed for seven large regions of the conterminous United States. Results from the models can be used to compare nutrient sources and watersheds that contribute elevated nutrient loads to...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Handheld Thermal Imaging Cameras for Groundwater/Surface-Water Interaction Studies

USGS scientists are using high-resolution handheld thermal imaging cameras in groundwater/surface-water interaction studies and other investigations. These cameras are used to quickly locate and characterize thermal anomalies in streams, lakes, and adjacent structures. Variations in temperature can be used to track the heat carried by flowing water, such groundwater discharge into a stream....

Contacts: Martin A Briggs
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

What does groundwater have to do with ice in Alaska?

USGS scientists are working alongside university researchers in Alaska to understand how groundwater and permafrost conditions change over time due to seasonal variations and climate change. Changes in permafrost can pose a threat to built infrastructure (like roads, homes, and pipelines) and to valued ecological resources that provide important habitats for wildlife.

Contacts: Martin A Briggs
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing Technology Demonstration and Evaluation Project

Fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing (FO-DTS) is an emerging technology that has promise for characterizing estuary-aquifer and stream-aquifer interaction and for identifying transmissive fractures in bedrock boreholes.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Borehole Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Borehole nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is an emerging geophysical method being applied to hydrogeology investigations.

Contacts: Carole Johnson
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Spectral Gamma Borehole Logging

Spectral gamma borehole geophysical methods measure natural-gamma energy spectra, which are caused by the decay of uranium, thorium, potassium-40, and anthropogenic radioactive isotopes. Spectral gamma data can be used to identify and quantify the amount of uranium, thorium, and potassium-40 isotopes detected in boreholes.

Contacts: Carole Johnson
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Geophysics for USGS Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction Studies

Understanding the interaction of groundwater and surface water is essential to water managers and hydrologists for the development of effective water-resource policy, protection, and management. The USGS conducts applied research to evaluate the use of new or emerging hydrogeophysical tools and methods to improve our understanding of groundwater/surface-water exchange.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 23, 2019
Status: Completed

Delaware River Basin Focus Area Study

As one of several National Focus Area Studies within the USGS National Water Census (NWC), the USGS completed a 3-year study of water availability and use in the Delaware River Basin.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 22, 2019
Status: Active

State Contacts for Water-Use Data

Water-use data is compiled for each of the United States as well as for the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The list below contains a link to the USGS water-use site for each entity, if one exists, as well as the point of contact for State-level information.

Date published: February 22, 2019
Status: Active

The National Water-Use Science Project

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Use Science Project (formerly the National Water-Use Information Program) is responsible for compiling and disseminating the nation's water-use data. Established by USGS in 1978, the USGS National Water-Use Science Project built on the legacy of the Estimated Use of Water in the United States report series, begun in 1950 and produced...