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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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Message from the Associate Director for Water

Message from the Associate Director for Water

Learn more about the WMA from Dr. Don Cline, the Associate Director for Water Resources.

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News

Date published: May 21, 2020

USGS Crews Measure Major Flooding in Lower Michigan

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on the Tittabawassee River in Midland, Michigan, following a heavy rainfall event.

Date published: May 19, 2020

A comprehensive assessment of fluoride in groundwater

Fluoride occurs commonly in groundwater used for drinking, but typically at concentrations less than the drinking-water standard for human health, reports a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. In fact, fluoride concentrations in most drinking-water wells sampled were below the optimal concentration recommended to prevent tooth...

Date published: May 12, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding across the country as spring weather is in full swing. Warming temperatures, increased precipitation and snowmelt have caused moderate to major flooding in the upper Midwest, East Coast, Central Plains and the Southeast portions of the country.

Publications

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Year Published: 2020

Precipitation runoff modeling system (PRMS) as part of an integrated hydrologic model for the Osage Nation, northeastern Oklahoma, 1915–2014

Executive SummaryThe Osage Nation lacks a comprehensive tribal water plan to describe the quality and quantity of water resources in the Osage Nation, a 2,304-square-mile (mi2) area of rolling pastures, tallgrass prairie, and mixed woodlands in northeastern Oklahoma. A tribal water plan can be used to help manage the sustainable development of...

Hevesi, Joseph A.; Hanson, Randall T.; Masoner, Jason R.
Hevesi, J.A., Hanson, R.T., and Masoner, J.R., 2019, Precipitation runoff modeling system (PRMS) as part of an integrated hydrologic model for the Osage Nation, northeastern Oklahoma, 1915–2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5030, 142 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195030.

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Quantifying trends in arsenic, nitrate, and dissolved solids from selected wells in Utah

Groundwater makes up a primary portion of the water supply in many parts of Utah, with annual withdrawals estimated at more than 1,000,000 acre-feet per year. Increases to groundwater withdrawal and land use may negatively impact water availability. Ensuring availability of clean water requires understanding how water quality has changed over time...

Miller, Olivia L.
Miller, O.L., 2020, Quantifying trends in arsenic, nitrate, and dissolved solids from selected wells in Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5047, 80 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205047.

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Representing the function and sensitivity of coastal interfaces in Earth system models

Along coastal interfaces, components of the Earth system interact to regulate ecosystem functions and Earth’s climate. Between the land and ocean, diverse coastal ecosystem types transform, store, and transport material. A dynamic two-way exchange of energy and matter is driven by hydrological and marine processes such as river and groundwater...

Ward, Nicholas; Megonigal, J. Patrick; Bond-Lamberty, Ben; Bailey, Vanessa; Butman, David; Canuel, Elizabeth; Diefenderfer, Heida; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Goni, Miguel; Graham, Emily B.; Hopkinson, Charles; Khangaonkar, Tarang; Langley, Adam; McDowell, Nate; Myers-Pigg, Allison; Neumann, Rebecca; Osburn, Christopher; Price, Rene; Rowland, Joel; Sengupta, Aditi; Simard, Marc; Thornton, Peter E.; Tzortziou, Maria; Vargas, Rodrigo; Weisenhorn, Pamela; Windham-Myers, Lisamarie
Attribution: Water Resources