Water Resources

Measuring and Monitoring Water

Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF)

Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF)

The HIF provides quality hydrologic equipment and instrumentation

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Streamgaging Basics

Streamgaging Basics

The USGS has a nationwide network of over 8,500 sites that measure streamflow and water levels.

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Date published: July 30, 2019
Status: Active

Flaxville Aquifer

The Flaxville aquifer is present in the northern and central parts of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and consists of sand and gravel that forms extensive plateaus and topographic benches used for dryland farming.  Because many residents rely on groundwater as their primary water supply on the Reservation, the Flaxville and underlying aquifers are important sources of groundwater.  The goal...

Date published: March 4, 2019
Status: Active

Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF)

The USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF) supports the water-resource monitoring efforts of USGS scientists and other Federal scientists by providing quality-assured hydrologic equipment and instrumentation support.

Attribution: Water Resources
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

USGS Rapid Deployment Gages (RDGs)

USGS 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

    Integration of sUAS into Hydrogeophysical Studies

    The USGS is evaluating the integration of small unoccupied aircraft systems – sUAS or "drones" –  into USGS hydrogeophysical studies.

    Contacts: Cian Dawson
    Attribution: Water Resources
    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.

    Date published: March 3, 2019
    Status: Active

    Streamgaging Basics

    A streamgage is a structure installed beside a stream or river that contains equipment that measures and records the water level (called gage height or stage) of the stream. Streamflow (also called discharge) is computed from measured water levels using a site-specific relation (called a stage-discharge rating curve) developed from onsite water level and streamflow measurements made by USGS...

    Attribution: Water Resources