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The USGS collects, analyzes, and distributes data on a wide variety of water-related issues and resources. Much of our data is publicly available through the National Water Information System (NWIS), but additional datasets and analytical tools are also available.

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Date published: July 23, 2014

Geochemical Characteristics of the Conterminous United States: % Sulfur

This raster depicts the percentage of lithological sulfur (S) content in surface or near surface geology. We derived these rasters by calculating the average percent S content for each map unit in combined surficial-bedrock geologic maps. We used state geologic maps (Preliminary Integrated Geologic Map Databases for the United States, Open File Reports 2004-1355, 2005-1305, 2005-1323, 2005-...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: July 23, 2014

Geophysical Characteristics of the Conterminous United States: Lithology - Nutrient Source Data

This workbook summarizes nutrient geochemical data for each lithology contained within the USGS Preliminary Integrated Geologic Map Databases for the United States (Open File Reports 2004-1355, 2005-1305, 2005-1323, 2005-1324, 2005-1325, 2005-1351, and 2006-1272). The geochemical attributes in the “Lith Summary” spreadsheet (tab) are measures of central tendency for all...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: July 23, 2014

Geochemical Characteristics of the Conterminous United States: % Fe2O3

This raster depicts the percentage of lithological ferric oxide (Fe2O3) content in surface or near surface geology. We derived these rasters by calculating the average percent Fe2O3 content for each map unit in combined surficial-bedrock geologic maps. We used state geologic maps (Preliminary Integrated Geologic Map Databases for the United States, Open File Reports 2004-1355, 2005-1305, 2005-...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: July 23, 2014

Geophysical Characteristics of the Conterminous United States: Lithology - Major Oxides Data

This workbook summarizes geochemical data for each lithology contained within the USGS Preliminary Integrated Geologic Map Databases for the United States (Open File Reports 2004-1355, 2005-1305, 2005-1323, 2005-1324, 2005-1325, 2005-1351, and 2006-1272). The geochemical attributes in the “Lith Summary” spreadsheet (tab) are measures of central tendency for all whole rock...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 28, 2014

GIS Features of the Geospatial Fabric for National Hydrologic Modeling

The Geopspatial Fabric provides a consistent, documented, and topologically connected set of spatial features that create an abstracted stream/basin network of features useful for hydrologic modeling.The GIS vector features contained in this Geospatial Fabric (GF) data set cover the lower 48 U.S. states, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Four GIS feature classes are provided for each Region: 1) the...

Date published: September 22, 2012

Alkalinity Calculator

The Alkalinity Calculator will analyze the titration curve and calculate the alkalinity or acid neutralizing capacity (ANC) of the sample using one or more of several different methods. Alkalinity is for filtered samples, while ANC is for unfiltered samples. The results will be displayed in tabular and graphical form.

Date published: November 2, 2007

Digital Elevation Model of Scoggins Creek Drainage & Henry Hagg Lake

Digital dataset of surface topology for the Scoggins Creek watershed.

Date published: September 26, 2001

Geological Survey of Alabama - Downloadable GIS datasets

Spatial/GIS data sets for Alabama are available numerous spatial data clearinghouses. Spatial/GIS data sets for USGS studies that include Alabama or include parts of Alabama are also available from USGS.

Downloadable GIS Datasets, OGB GIS Datasets, Digital Raster Graphics (DRG), 1:24000 DRG, 1:100000 DRG, 1:250000 DRG, Hazards GIS Data, Hazards Data Water GIS Data, HUC 11 Watersheds

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Year Published: 2018

Nutrient and metal loads estimated by using discrete, automated, and continuous water-quality monitoring techniques for the Blackstone River at the Massachusetts-Rhode Island State line, water years 2013–14

Flow-proportional composite water samples were collected in water years 2013 and 2014 by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, from the Blackstone River at Millville, Massachusetts (U.S. Geological Survey station 01111230), about 0.5 mile from the border with Rhode Island. Samples...

Sorenson, Jason R.; Granato, Gregory E.; Smith, Kirk P.
Sorenson, J.R., Granato, G.E., and Smith, K.P., 2018, Nutrient and metal loads estimated by using discrete, automated, and continuous water-quality monitoring techniques for the Blackstone River at the Massachusetts-Rhode Island State line, water years 2013–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5094, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175094.

Year Published: 2018

A conceptual framework for effectively anticipating water-quality changes resulting from changes in agricultural activities

Agricultural activities can affect water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems; many water-quality issues originate with the movement of water, agricultural chemicals, and eroded soil from agricultural areas to streams and groundwater. Most agricultural activities are designed to sustain or increase crop production, while some are designed...

Capel, Paul D.; Wolock, David M.; Coupe, Richard H.; Roth, Jason L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Capel, P.D., Wolock, D.M., Coupe, R.H., and Roth, J.L., 2018, A conceptual framework for effectively anticipating water-quality changes resulting from changes in agricultural activities: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5095, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175095.

Year Published: 2018

PDEPTH—A computer program for the geophysical interpretation of magnetic and gravity profiles through Fourier filtering, source-depth analysis, and forward modeling

PDEPTH is an interactive, graphical computer program used to construct interpreted geological source models for observed potential-field geophysical profile data. The current version of PDEPTH has been adapted to the Windows platform from an earlier DOS-based version. The input total-field magnetic anomaly and vertical gravity anomaly profiles can...

Phillips, Jeffrey D.
Phillips, J.D., 2018, PDEPTH—A computer program for the geophysical interpretation of magnetic and gravity profiles through Fourier filtering, source-depth analysis, and forward modeling: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 7, chap. C17, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm7C17.

Year Published: 2018

Description of the National Hydrologic Model for use with the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS)

This report documents several components of the U.S. Geological Survey National Hydrologic Model of the conterminous United States for use with the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS). It provides descriptions of the (1) National Hydrologic Model, (2) Geospatial Fabric for National Hydrologic Modeling, (3) PRMS hydrologic simulation code...

Regan, R. Steven; Markstrom, Steven L.; Hay, Lauren E.; Viger, Roland J.; Norton, Parker A.; Driscoll, Jessica M.; LaFontaine, Jacob H.
Regan, R.S., Markstrom, S.L., Hay, L.E., Viger, R.J., Norton, P.A., Driscoll, J.M., LaFontaine, J.H., 2018, Description of the National Hydrologic Model for use with the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 6, chap B9, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm6B9.

Year Published: 2018

Changes in biological communities of the Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado, 2003–2016, in relation to antecedent streamflow, water quality, and habitat

The analysis described in this report is part of a longterm project monitoring the biological communities, habitat, and water quality of the Fountain Creek Basin. Biology, habitat, and water-quality data have been collected at 10 sites since 2003. These data include annual samples of aquatic invertebrate communities, fish communities, water...

Roberts, James J.; Bruce, James F.; Zuellig, Robert E.
Roberts, J.J., Bruce, J.F., and Zuellig, R.E., 2018, Changes in biological communities of the Fountain Creek Basin, Colorado, 2003–2016, in relation to antecedent streamflow, water quality, and habitat: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5162, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175162.

Year Published: 2018

Groundwater quality in the shallow aquifers of the Madera–Chowchilla and Kings subbasins, San Joaquin Valley, California

Groundwater provides more than 40 percent of California’s drinking water. To protect this vital resource, the State of California created the Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment (GAMA) Program. The GAMA Program’s Priority Basin Project assesses the quality of groundwater resources used for drinking-water supply and increases public...

Fram, Miranda S.; Shelton, Jennifer L.
Fram, M.S. and Shelton, J.L., 2018, Groundwater Quality in the Shallow Aquifers of the Madera–Chowchilla and Kings Subbasins, San Joaquin Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1162, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171162.

Year Published: 2018

Simulation of hydrodynamics, water quality, and lake sturgeon habitat volumes in Lake St. Croix, Wisconsin and Minnesota, 2013

Lake St. Croix is a naturally impounded, riverine lake that makes up the last 40 kilometers of the St. Croix River. Substantial land-use changes during the past 150 years, including increased agriculture and urban development, have reduced Lake St. Croix water-quality and increased nutrient loads delivered to Lake St. Croix. A recent (2012–13)...

Smith, Erik A.; Kiesling, Richard L.; Ziegeweid, Jeffrey R.; Elliott, Sarah M.; Magdalene, Suzanne
Smith, E.A., Kiesling, R.L., Ziegeweid, J.R., Elliott, S.M., and Magdalene, Suzanne, 2018, Simulation of hydrodynamics, water quality, and lake sturgeon habitat volumes in Lake St. Croix, Wisconsin and Minnesota, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5157, 60 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175157.

Year Published: 2018

Chemical concentrations in water and suspended sediment, Green River to Lower Duwamish Waterway near Seattle, Washington, 2016–17

From August 2016 to March 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected representative samples of filtered and unfiltered water and suspended sediment (including the colloidal fraction) at USGS streamgage 12113390 (Duwamish River at Golf Course, at Tukwila, Washington) during 13 periods of differing flow conditions. Samples were analyzed by...

Conn, Kathleen E.; Black, Robert W.; Peterson, Norman T.; Senter, Craig A.; Chapman, Elena A.
Conn, K.E., Black, R.W., Peterson, N.T., Senter, C.A., and Chapman, E.A., 2018, Chemical concentrations in water and suspended sediment, Green River to Lower Duwamish Waterway near Seattle, Washington, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1073, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1073.

Year Published: 2018

Effects of watershed and in-stream liming on macroinvertebrate communities in acidified tributaries to an Adirondack lake

Liming techniques are being explored as a means to accelerate the recovery of aquatic biota from decades of acid deposition in many regions. The preservation or restoration of native sportfish populations has typically been the impetus for liming programs, and as such, less attention has been given to its effects on other biological assemblages...

George, Scott D.; Baldigo, Barry P.; Lawrence, Gregory B.; Fuller, Randall L.
Scott D. George, Barry P. Baldigo, Gregory B. Lawrence, Randall L. Fuller, Effects of watershed and in-stream liming on macroinvertebrate communities in acidified tributaries to an Adirondack lake, Ecological Indicators, Volume 85, February 2018, Pages 1058-1067, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.11.048.

Year Published: 2018

Characterizing aquatic habitats for long‐term monitoring of a fourth‐order, regulated river in the Pacific Northwest, USA

A pragmatic approach to the long‐term monitoring of rivers leverages available information with targeted field investigations to address key uncertainties relevant to management decisions. An over‐arching management issue for many rivers is how reservoir operation affects the amount and location of in‐channel sediment and the resulting...

Konrad, Christopher P.; Burton, K.; Little, R.; Gendaszek, Andrew S.; Munn, Mark D.; Anderson, Scott W.
Konrad CP, Burton K, Little R, Gendaszek AD, Munn MD, Anderson SW. Characterizing aquatic habitats for long-term monitoring of a fourth-order, regulated river in the Pacific Northwest, USA. River Res Applic. 2017;1–10. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3230

Year Published: 2018

Advances in drainage: Selected works from the Tenth International Drainage Symposium

This article introduces a special collection of fourteen articles accepted from among the 140 technical presentations, posters, and meeting papers presented at the 10th International ASABE Drainage Symposium. The symposium continued in the tradition of previous symposia that began in 1965 as a forum for presenting and assessing the progress of...

Strock, Jeffrey S.; Hay, Christopher; Helmers, Matthew; Nelson, Kelly A.; Sands, Gary R.; Skaggs, R. Wayne; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.

Year Published: 2018

Biogenic coal-to-methane conversion efficiency decreases after repeated organic amendment

Addition of organic amendments to coal-containing systems can increase the rate and extent of biogenic methane production for 60–80 days before production slows or stops. Understanding the effect of repeated amendment additions on the rate and extent of enhanced coal-dependent methane production is important if biological coal-to-methane...

Davis, Katherine J.; Barnhart, Elliott P.; Fields, Matthew W.; Gerlach, Robin
Davis, K.J., Barnhart, E.P., Fields, M.W., Gerlach, R., 2018, Biogenic Coal-to-Methane Conversion Efficiency Decreases after Repeated Organic Amendment, Energy & Fuels, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03426

The USGS produces many types of multimedia products. Use the links below to browse our offerings of photograph galleries, podcasts and sound files, videos, aerial photos, and posters related to water. The USGS Newsroom has a Web page that highlights the main collection of multimedia products.

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Two men walk by debris along the side of the road
August 26, 2016

Looking for High-Water Marks

Daniel McCay and Chris Henry, U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technicians, search a neighborhood south of Denham Springs, Louisiana, for high-water marks August 26. The term high-water mark refers to the debris flood waters will leave on walls, buildings and trees. This thin line of residue is an indicator of how high the waters reached, yet the fragile nature of

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A man in an orange shirt writes on a pad of paper
August 26, 2016

Recording a High-Water Mark

Jonathan Gillip, USGS hydrologist, documents a high-water mark he flagged near a damage retirement community in Denham Springs, Louisiana, August 26. So far, USGS teams have flagged and surveyed more than 400 high-watermarks across southern Louisiana.

Two men stand next to a building in yellow life jackets
August 26, 2016

Surveying a High-Water Mark

Chris Henry and Daniel McCay, USGS hydrologic technicians, use GPS equipment to survey a high-water mark outside of a flooded elementary school in Denham Springs, Louisiana, August 28. This school was located in one of the hardest hit flood areas and the blue line simulates how high the water was at its peak during this historic flood.

USGS Atonomous Underwater Vehicle
August 24, 2016

USGS Atonomous Underwater Vehicle

Adam Starke (left of AUV) of The Nature Conservancy and Lee Bodkin (right of AUV) retrieve the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle from it's mission mapping the Bergen Point Sewage

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2 men leaning over boat holding Automomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
August 21, 2016

USGS Scientists launching an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

USGS Scientists launching an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)

An AUV can provide high spatial resolution of water-quality characteristics; such as, temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, chlorophyll, and blue-green algae. The instrument can also provide bathymetry data, water velocity profiles, and side-scan sonar

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Image shows flooded roads with boats alongside the banks
August 15, 2016

Flooded Road in Louisiana

Flow along 4H Club Rd under I-12 on August 15, 2016.

August 15, 2016

Flooding near Louisiana Water Science Center

The view on South Sherwood Forest Blvd near the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center office on August 15, 2016.

Image shows a flooded street with green median
August 13, 2016

Flooded Street in Denham Springs

Backwater flooding across Florida Blvd near the Amite River Bridge in Denham Springs, LA.

Image shows a flooded house with trees in the background
August 13, 2016

Flooded House in Denham Springs

A flooded house near the confluence of the Comite and Amite Rivers near Denham Springs, LA.

Image shows flooded houses and vehicles
August 13, 2016

Flooded Neighborhood in Denham Springs

A flooded neighborhood near the confluence of the Comite and Amite Rivers near Denham Springs, LA. 

Straightened urban stream flows by street through commercial area
August 12, 2016

Bronx River by street

The Bronx River has been straightened as it flows by a street in New York City. The Bronx River was one of many streams sampled in the Northeastern U.S. as part of the Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA).

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Date published: February 27, 2014

Pollutants Pose Threat to Mekong River Residents

Portions of the Mekong River Basin contain hotspots of persistent organic pollutants that pose a significant threat to the residents and wildlife of the Mekong Basin, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 13, 2014

Drought Affects Streamflow Across California

With California experiencing its worst drought in over a century, 2013 is in the record books as the driest calendar year in the state’s 119-year recorded history.

Date published: January 13, 2014

New Tools to Address Boise River’s Phosphorus Problem

Resource managers in southwestern Idaho have a new set of tools for reducing phosphorus concentrations in the lower Boise River

Date published: January 9, 2014

The Connected Consequences of River Dams

In a case study of dams on the upper Missouri River, USGS researchers have demonstrated that an upstream dam is still a major control of river dynamics where the backwater effects of a downstream reservoir begin. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 11, 2011

Montgomery unveils High Water Mark Sign signifying Alabama River's highest level

High Water Mark Sign marking Alabama River's highest recorded level unveiled in Montgomery

Date published: October 29, 2010

Great Lakes Sea Lamprey Control To be Featured on Discovery Channel’s

ANN ARBOR, MI—Sea lamprey control is a “dirty job,” one that TV star Mike Rowe will take on during an upcoming episode of the Discovery Channel’s popular program Dirty Jobs.  The segment will first air on November 2, 2010 at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST.

Date published: October 22, 2010

New Interactive Flood Warning Tool for the Flint River - First of its Kind Announced in Georgia

A new online and interactive flood preparedness tool is now available for the Flint River. Scientists from the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Weather Service (NWS) developed the new Flood Inundation Map to improve flood warnings and emergency management along the Flint River in Albany, Ga.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 15, 2010

Climate Change and Human Water use Alter Rivers, Eliminate Top Predators

TEMPE, Ariz. — Climate change and growing human demands for water are leaving an indelible mark on rivers and streams, shortening food chains and eliminating some top predators like large-bodied fish, according to a new study led by Arizona State University and co-authored by a U.S. Geological Survey scientist.

Date published: October 6, 2010

New Yosemite Streamgage, Weather Station, Webcam to Monitor Merced River

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — The wraps came off a new streamgage and interpretive station at a popular streamside location in Yosemite National Park today.

The station includes a new streamgage for the Merced River – where the U.S. Geological Survey has measured streamflow since 1915 – as well as a complex array of National Weather Service instruments, a webcam, and a special series of...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 4, 2010

Media Advisory: Partners Unveil new Yosemite Streamgage, Weather Station, Webcam

Reporters are invited to witness a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for a new streamgage, interpretive displays, weather instruments, and a webcam on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 23, 2010

Elevated Nitrogen and Phosphorus Still Widespread in Much of the Nation’s Streams and Groundwater

Elevated concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorus, nutrients that can negatively impact aquatic ecosystems and human health, have remained the same or increased in many streams and aquifers across the Nation since the early 1990’s, according to a new national study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: September 17, 2010

Briefing on High Levels of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Across the Nation

USGS will brief Congress, the media and the public on nutrient concentrations in the Nation's water resources, key sources of nutrients, potential effects on humans and aquatic life, and changes in concentrations since the early 1990’s. 
 

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