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Data Visualization of Water Use in the U.S. 2015

Data Visualization of Water Use in the U.S. 2015

Explore water use data by state and county for 2015

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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

Water Chemistry Data for Selected Springs, Geysers, and Streams in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Beginning 2009

Results of water analyses conducted on numerous thermal and non-thermal features in Yellowstone National Park beginning in 2009. Water samples were collected and analyzed as part of research investigations on arsenic, iron, nitrogen, and sulfur redox species in hot springs and overflow drainages; the occurrence and distribution of dissolved mercury; and general hydrogeochemistry of hot springs...

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

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...

Date published: February 22, 2019
Status: Completed

Solar Distillation Loop, US Patent 7,108,769

A solar distillation loop apparatus includes a first pipe section disposed on a ground surface, the first pipe section including a substantially straight portion and elevated portions on each end of the substantially straight portion, an impure water inflow coupling  and an impure water outflow coupling. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Sorbant Sequestration and Removal of Toxic Metal Ions, US Patent 6,896,813

A matrix for water decontamination has an amended sorbant cellulose substrate with an iron (ferric) oxyhydroxide component and a component to sorb dissolved organic compounds retained by the cellulose substrate. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Small-Scale, Hydrogen-Oxidizing Denitrifying Bioreactor, US Patent 6,863,815

A method for treating nitrate-contaminated water comprising treating said water with hydrogen-oxidizing denitrifying bacteria in the presence of hydrogen. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Deep Aquifer Remediation System, US Patent 6,458,271

A groundwater decontamination system includes a decontamination unit adapted to be lowered down through a non-pumping well into an aquifer containing contaminated water. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Aquifer Remediation Barrier for Removal of Inorganic Contaminants, US Patent 6,428,695

A permeable barrier for decontaminating groundwater having two distinct components for increasing contaminant removal. Preferably, the barrier material is a mixture or distinct layers of bone-char phosphate material and iron oxide pellets. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Selenate Removal from Waste Water, US Patents 5,271,831 and 5,009,786

A method and apparatus for removing selenate from waste water through the use of selenate respiring microorganisms under substantially anoxic conditions is described. The method includes a first zone for removing nitrate by assimilation into biomass.  (Full details available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website for patents ...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

California Oil, Gas, and Groundwater (COGG) Program

The USGS California Water Science Center is working in partnership with state and federal agencies to answer the following questions about oil and gas development and groundwater resources:

Contacts: Matthew Landon
Date published: October 25, 2018
Status: Archived

USGS Mine Drainage Activities

The USGS Mine Drainage Activities website (now archived) promoted communication, cooperation, and collaboration among interdisciplinary USGS scientists working on problems related to mining and the environment. It contains catalogs of past mining-related projects, activities, and publications.

Attribution: Water Resources