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: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Geophysics for USGS Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction Studies

Understanding the interaction of groundwater and surface water is essential to water managers and hydrologists for the development of effective water-resource policy, protection, and management. The USGS conducts applied research to evaluate the use of new or emerging hydrogeophysical tools and methods to improve our understanding of groundwater/surface-water exchange.

Attribution: Water Resources
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 24, 2019
Status: Active

Groundwater-Level Response to Virginia Earthquake, August 23, 2011

A magnitude 5.8 (Mw) earthquake occurred at 1:51 pm EDT (17:51 UTC) on August 23, 2011, at a depth of about 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) beneath the town of Mineral, Virginia, located approximately 27 miles (45 kilometers) east of Charlottesville. The event is among the largest earthquakes recorded in the eastern United States.

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

State Contacts for Water-Use Data

Water-use data is compiled for each of the United States as well as for the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The list below contains a link to the USGS water-use site for each entity, if one exists, as well as the point of contact for State-level information.

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

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: February 22, 2019
Status: Completed

Pore-Water Profiler, US Patent 8,051,727

Patent for a pore-water profiler and method for sampling pore water. The pore-water profiler includes a sample intake probe that receives the fluid to be sampled. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Solar Distillation Loop Evaporation Sleeve, US Patent 7,501,046

An evaporation sleeve is placed within a solar distillation loop apparatus to increase the amount of water evaporated by the apparatus. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Sequential, Time-Integrated Collector of Precipitation, Ground Water, and Surface Water for Analysis of Isotopes; US Patent 7,687,028

Patent for a sequential, time-integrated collector having an electronic controller that actuates either of two electrically-actuated valves, each connected to a water reservoir. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

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

Measurement of Surface Areas by Polyvinylpyrrolidone Sorption, US Patent 7,264,777

A method of quantitatively determining surface area of a sample uses polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) dispersed in a solution containing the sample, and determining the amount of PVP that has deposited on the sample. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

Attribution: Water Resources
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

Borehole Testing System, US Patent 6,761,062

A self-contained, transportable system for conducting any of hydrologic tests or water sampling techniques without the need for retooling or readjusting the system. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

Attribution: Water Resources