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Water Resources

Water information is fundamental to national and local economic well-being, protection of life and property, and effective management of the Nation’s water resources. The USGS works with partners to monitor, assess, conduct targeted research, and deliver information on a wide range of water resources and conditions including streamflow, groundwater, water quality, and water use and availability.

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David Applegate Sworn In as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey

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New one-stop shop webpage for all things Great Salt Lake

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Media Advisory: Public and media invited to view helicopter and survey equipment for Delaware Bay study

Publications

How does precipitation variability control bedload response across a mountainous channel network in a maritime climate?

Modeled stream discharge is often used to drive sediment transport models across channel networks. Because sediment transport varies non-linearly with flow rates, discharge modeled from daily total precipitation distributed evenly over 24-hrs may significantly underestimate actual bedload transport capacity. In this study, we assume bedload transport capacity determined from a hydrograph resulting

Water-quality conditions and constituent loads, water years 2013–19, and water-quality trends, water years 1983–2019, in the Scituate Reservoir drainage area, Rhode Island

The Scituate Reservoir is the primary source of drinking water for more than 60 percent of the population of Rhode Island. From October 1, 1982, to September 30, 2019, water years (WYs) 1983–2019 (a water year is the period between October 1 and September 30 and is designated by the year in which it ends), the Providence Water Supply Board maintained a fixed-frequency sampling program at 37 statio

Comparison of the results of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to mass-spectrometry based analytical methods for six unregulated contaminants in source water and finished drinking-water samples

Regulatory entities, such as the Minnesota Department of Health, monitor public water systems for conformance with Federal and State monitoring requirements and water-quality standards. Although some contaminants have Federal and (or) State regulations and guidance values, many contaminants, such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, are unregulated in that only non-enforceable health-based guidance

Science

Puerto Rico Natural Hazards: Water Resources | Peligros naturales de Puerto Rico: Recursos de agua

The USGS monitors and studies water resources to deliver a wide range of data including streamflow conditions, groundwater information, lake and reservoir elevation, water quality, water use, and water availability, which can be accessed through the USGS National Water Dashboard. As of 2022, the USGS real-time water data network is comprised of 109 streamflow observation stations, 20 groundwater...
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Puerto Rico Natural Hazards: Water Resources | Peligros naturales de Puerto Rico: Recursos de agua

The USGS monitors and studies water resources to deliver a wide range of data including streamflow conditions, groundwater information, lake and reservoir elevation, water quality, water use, and water availability, which can be accessed through the USGS National Water Dashboard. As of 2022, the USGS real-time water data network is comprised of 109 streamflow observation stations, 20 groundwater...
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Describing the Water Quality of Lake Koocanusa (Koocanusa Reservoir)

Lead Researchers: Travis Schmidt and Chris Mebane Project Manager: Melissa Schaar
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Describing the Water Quality of Lake Koocanusa (Koocanusa Reservoir)

Lead Researchers: Travis Schmidt and Chris Mebane Project Manager: Melissa Schaar
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Next Generation Stream Gaging

USGS scientists and partners have developed and deployed a low-cost, low-power stream gage system that could meet California’s next generation water needs. The system is now in experimental deployment in Sonoma County, addressing post-wildfire runoff threats and is being developed for the Upper Feather River watershed in northern California - a primary source of the state's water supply. This...
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Next Generation Stream Gaging

USGS scientists and partners have developed and deployed a low-cost, low-power stream gage system that could meet California’s next generation water needs. The system is now in experimental deployment in Sonoma County, addressing post-wildfire runoff threats and is being developed for the Upper Feather River watershed in northern California - a primary source of the state's water supply. This...
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