Water Resources

Aquatic Biology and Ecosystems

Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA)

Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA)

Studying water-quality factors that stress aquatic life

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Surface Water and Ecology

Surface Water and Ecology

Research on water quality of rivers and streams

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National Water Census: Environmental Flows

National Water Census: Environmental Flows

What flows are needed to sustain ecosystems?

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Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Archived

Turbidity and Other Sediment Surrogates Workshop, Reno, Nevada, 2002

The Turbidity and Other Sediment Surrogates Workshop, sponsored by the Federal Interagency Subcommittee on Sedimentation, was held April 30-May 2, 2002, in Reno, Nevada. This workshop focused on the use of turbidity and other technologies to infer suspended-sediment concentrations in surface water.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Water-Quality Quick Links

Looking for data? Maps? Use the links below to quickly access some of the most frequently visited USGS web pages on water quality.

Contacts: Barbara Mahler
Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Middle Rio Grande (Albuquerque, N. Mex.)

The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, just 7 miles south of downtown Albuquerque on the Rio Grande, will reconnect people, especially young people, with nature in this highly populated area. The USGS is gathering data that will help gauge the success of habitat restoration efforts.

Contacts: Rebecca Travis
Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Little Calumet River (Northwest Indiana)

The USGS works with a wide range of cooperators to investigate many aspects of water quality. The newly integrated USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center is assisting in furthering urban water-quality research in Northwest Indiana.

Contacts: Paul Buszka
Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Middle Blue River Basin (Kansas City, Mo.)

Reconnecting people and water is an increasingly important goal in many urban areas. Parks, urban trails, boat ramps, and urban agriculture all are ways that an urban population can interact with nature and improve quality of life.  USGS is participating in gathering the information that will make these projects possible.

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 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: Completed

The Story of the USGS Research Vessel (R/V) Polaris

For the past 50 years, the USGS has been conducting research in the San Francisco Bay and Delta, California and beyond. This research would not have been possible without the Research Vessel (R/V) Polaris. Many scientists who have been fortunate to work on the Polaris have come and gone, but the Polaris sailed from the South San Francisco Bay continuously from 1968...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 17, 2018
Status: Active

Water-Quality Trends

Is water quality getting better or worse?  Answering this deceptively simple question has been a fundamental objective of the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Project’s research. Learn about trends in contaminants in the nation’s streams and rivers, trends in contaminants that collect in the bed sediment of streams and lakes, and changes in the quality of the nation’s groundwater.

Contacts: Barbara Mahler
Date published: September 17, 2018
Status: Active

Sediment-Associated Contaminants

Stream, river, and lake bed sediment are reservoirs for many contaminants.  These contaminants include some “legacy” contaminants, like DDT, PCBs, and chlordane, and chemicals currently in use, like the insecticide bifenthrin and many flame retardants.  Learn about techniques used to study sediment-associated contaminants and their importance to aquatic biota.

Contacts: Barbara Mahler
Date published: September 17, 2018
Status: Active

Stream Ecology

Who lives in your stream? Rivers and streams, even small ones, are teeming with a vast number of species, including fish, aquatic invertebrates, and algae. Stream ecology is the study of those aquatic species, the way they interrelate, and their interactions with all aspects of these flowing water systems.

Date published: August 19, 2018
Status: Active

USGS / National Park Service Water-Quality Partnership

Since 1998, the USGS-National Park Service Water-Quality Partnership has supported 217 projects to protect and improve water quality in 119 national parks. These USGS-NPS collaborative projects support science-based resource management by the National Park Service to address critical water-quality issues for many of our Nation's most highly valued aquatic systems.