Water Resources


The USGS Water Resources Mission Area provides water information that is fundamental to national and local economic well-being,
protection of life and property, and effective management of the Nation’s water resources. Below, find software for a wide range of water resources research and management questions.



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Date published: April 23, 2018

Wellfootprint - A Map App for Visualizing Groundwater Withdrawals

Wellfootprint computes a raster map of groundwater withdrawals relative to a user-defined "Depth-Rate Index" (DRI), such as a recharge rate. Dividing each well's withdrawal rate by the length per time DRI yields an area for display for each well's 'footprint' as a circle around each well. Symbols for closely spaced wells are merged to visualize the combined withdrawals equitably. 

Date published: April 2, 2018

VS2DI Version 1.3

VS2DI is a graphical software package for simulating fluid flow and solute or energy transport in variably saturated porous media.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 1, 2018

MODFLOW-NWT: A Newton Formulation for MODFLOW-2005

MODFLOW-NWT is a Newton-Raphson formulation for MODFLOW-2005 to improve solution of unconfined groundwater-flow problems. MODFLOW-NWT is a standalone program that is intended for solving problems involving drying and rewetting nonlinearities of the unconfined groundwater-flow equation.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 14, 2018

Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Model (WEBMOD)

The Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Model (WEBMOD) uses the framework of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Modular Modeling System (MMS) to simulate fluxes of water and solutes through watersheds. WEBMOD divides watersheds into model response units (MRU) where fluxes and reactions are simulated for several hillslope reservoir types.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 13, 2018

Groundwater Transport Process (GWT)

Groundwater Transport Process (GWT) is a three-dimensional ground-water flow and solute-transport model integrated with MODFLOW-2000.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 19, 2018

FloPy: Python Package for Creating, Running, and Post-Processing MODFLOW-Based Models

FloPy is a Python package for creating, running, and post-processing MODFLOW-based models.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: December 15, 2017

MODPATH: A Particle-Tracking Model for MODFLOW

MODPATH is a particle-tracking post-processing model that computes flow paths using output from MODFLOW.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 2, 2017

CE-QUAL-W2 - Hydrodynamic and Water Quality Model

CE-QUAL-W2 is a water quality and hydrodynamic model in 2D (longitudinal-vertical) for rivers, estuaries, lakes, reservoirs and river basin systems. W2 models basic eutrophication processes such as temperature-nutrient-algae-dissolved oxygen-organic matter and sediment relationships.

Date published: October 27, 2017

MODFLOW-USG: An Unstructured Grid Version of MODFLOW for Simulating Groundwater Flow and Tightly Coupled Processes Using a Control Volume Finite-Difference Formulation

MODFLOW-USG is an unstructured grid version of MODFLOW for simulating groundwater flow and tightly-coupled processes using a control volume finite-difference formulation.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: June 20, 2017

GCLAS (Graphical Constituent Loading Analysis System)

GCLAS is a program designed primarily to compute daily and annual loadings of constituents transported in streamflow.

Date published: May 31, 2017

Scenario Evaluator for Electrical Resistivity (SEER) Survey Pre-Modeling Tool

The USGS Scenario Evaluator for Electrical Resistivity (SEER) is a quick and simple Excel-based decision support tool practitioners can use to assess the likely outcome of using two-dimensional (2D) electrical resistivity imaging for site characterization and remediation monitoring.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 6, 2017

GRIDGEN: A Program for Generating Unstructured Finite-Volume Grids

GRIDGEN is a program for generating layered quadtree grids for MODFLOW-USG.

Attribution: Water Resources