Water Resources

Common Water Issues

Floods

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Flood monitoring data helps protect life and property

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The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle

Water is constantly moving through the hydrologic cycle

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Date published: January 28, 2020
Status: Active

International Water Resources Activities

USGS water-related projects of international interest.

Date published: January 9, 2020
Status: Active

SPARROW Mappers

SPARROW mappers are interactive tools that allow the user to explore river streamflow and nutrient and sediment loads and yields and the importance of different sources of contaminants in a particular river basin. Data can be visualized using maps and interactive graphs and tables, and rankings can be shown by state, major watershed, hydrologic unit (HUC), and catchment.

Contacts: David A Saad
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 20, 2019
Status: Active

New Water-Quality Directions

As the USGS Water Resources Mission Area looks to the future, we are updating our water programs to meet 21st century water-resource challenges. As part of these updates, we are integrating the National Water Quality Assessment Project's water-resource monitoring, assessment, trends, modeling, and forecasting activities into new WMA programs.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 2, 2019
Status: Active

Integrated Water Availability Assessments using Cooperative Matching Funds

A group of new projects from across the U.S. will help to support development of National and Regional Integrated Water Availability Assessments (IWAAs). They will be conducted with State and local partners with the support of Cooperative Matching Funds and will focus on improving the data, tools, and information stakeholders need to make water-resource management decisions.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 2, 2019
Status: Active

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Cooperative Matching Funds Projects

New projects from coast to coast will advance the research on harmful algal blooms (HABs) in lakes, reservoirs and rivers. The vivid emerald-colored algal blooms are caused by cyanobacteria, which can produce cyanotoxins that threaten human health and aquatic ecosystems and can cause major economic damage.

Date published: October 2, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership Cooperative Matching Funds Projects

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) reconnects urban communities—particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed—with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies.

Contacts: Sandra Eberts
Date published: March 4, 2019
Status: Active

National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL)

Offering a wide-range of environemental analytical services, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) is a world-class environmental analysis and research laboratory located on the campus of the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado.

Date published: March 4, 2019
Status: Active

Rapid Deployment Gages (RDGs)

Rapid Deployment Gages (RDGs) are fully-functional streamgages designed to be deployed quickly and temporarily to measure and transmit stream stage data in emergency situations.

    Date published: March 4, 2019
    Status: Active

    Water Availability and Use Science Program: National Water Census

    The USGS National Water Census (NWC) is designed to systematically provide information that will allow resource managers to assess the supply, use, and availability of the Nation’s water. The goal of the NWC is to provide nationally-consistent base layers of well-documented data that account for water availability and use nationally.

    Attribution: Water Resources
    Date published: March 4, 2019
    Status: Active

    Water Use in the United States

    The USGS works in cooperation with local, State, and Federal agencies to collect water-use information, then compiles these data to produce water-use information aggregated at the county, state, and national levels. Every five years, data at the county level are compiled into a national water-use data system and State-level data are published in a national...

    Date published: March 4, 2019
    Status: Active

    StreamStats: Streamflow Statistics and Spatial Analysis Tools for Water-Resources Applications

    StreamStats provides access to spatial analytical tools that are useful for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering and design purposes. The map-based user interface can be used to delineate drainage areas, get basin characteristics and estimates of flow statistics, and more. Available information varies from state to state.

    Attribution: Water Resources
    Date published: March 4, 2019
    Status: Active

    MODFLOW and Related Programs

    MODFLOW is the USGS's modular hydrologic model. MODFLOW is considered an international standard for simulating and predicting groundwater conditions and groundwater/surface-water interactions. MODFLOW 6 is presently the core MODFLOW version distributed by the USGS. The previous core version, MODFLOW-2005, is actively maintained and supported as well.

    Attribution: Water Resources