Water Resources

Common Water Issues

Floods

Floods

 

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: October 2, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership Cooperative Matching Funds Projects

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) reconnects urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies, particularly those communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution or economic distress. The UWFP draws upon Environmental Justice principals—the idea that all...

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
    Date published: March 4, 2019
    Status: Active

    USGS Flood Information

    The USGS collects flood data and conducts targeted flood science to help Federal, State, and local agencies, decision makers, and the public before, during, and after a flood. Our efforts provide situational awareness, drive predictive models, inform infrastructure design and operation, undergird floodplain mapping, assist flood constituent/load quantification, and facilitate flood impact...

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

    National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA)

    Our surface water, groundwater, and aquatic ecosystems are priceless resources, used by people across the Nation for drinking, irrigation, industry, and recreation. The National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project is a leading source of scientific data and knowledge for development of science-based policies and management strategies to improve and protect our water resources.

    Contacts: Mindi Dalton
    Date published: March 3, 2019
    Status: Active

    Hydroacoustics

    Since the early 1980s the USGS has worked cooperatively with manufacturers to develop and enhance the use of acoustic Doppler instruments for streamflow and other hydraulic measurements. This site provides information on hydroacoustic technology, instruments, and their use.

    Attribution: Water Resources
    Date published: March 3, 2019
    Status: Active

    Nutrients and Eutrophication

    Like people, plants need nutrients, but too much of a good thing can be a problem. Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, occur naturally, but most of the nutrients in our waterways come from human activities and sources—fertilizers, wastewater, automobile exhaust, animal waste. The USGS investigates the source, transport, and fate of nutrients and their impacts on the world around us....

    Attribution: Water Resources
    Date published: March 3, 2019
    Status: Active

    Drinking Water and Source Water Research

    Reliable drinking water is vital for the health and safety of all Americans. The USGS works with drinking water facilities and municipal suppliers to monitor and assess the quality of the water used as a source for our nation's drinking water needs.

    Attribution: Water Resources