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Water is one of seven science mission areas of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Water's mission is to collect and disseminate reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources.

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Date published: June 21, 2018
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: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrologic and Erosion Responses of Burned Watersheds

The enhanced probability of catastrophic wildfires has increased our need to understand the risk of floods, erosion, and debris and contaminant transport in burned watersheds. This project investigates the relation between rainfall intensity and peak discharge; erosion and deposition processes; and water-quality impacts to minimize the loss of life and property resulting from post-wildfire...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: June 5, 2018
Status: Completed

Impervious Surfaces and Flooding

The banner picture shows it all — Superhighways! Streets and pavement! Driveways! House roofs! These are all "impervious surfaces"; impervious to the water from precipitation. When it rains in this locale, water no longer seeps into the ground, but now runs off into storm sewers and then quickly into local creeks. Localized flooding is too often the result.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: June 4, 2018
Status: Active

Transportation-Related Water Projects

The USGS has a long history of cooperative investigations with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and state highway agencies to provide data and information to address various issues related to water resources and the Nation’s transportation infrastructure. These issues cover a wide spectrum and include items such as regional flow statistics, flood documentation, regional stream...

Contacts: Julie Kiang
Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Archived

Development of Regional Curves Relating Bankfull-Channel Geometry and Discharge to Drainage Area for Hydrophysiographic Regions in Wyoming

The Watershed Program in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Wyoming Water Science Center developed regional curves that relate bankfull channel dimensions and discharge to drainage area for hydrophysiographic regions in Wyoming where data are currently lacking. Regional curves are useful aids for estimating bankfull discharge and related channel dimensions at ungaged sites,...

Date published: April 18, 2018
Status: Active

Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer: Clifford I. Voss

Clifford Voss was selected as the 2015 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer by the Geological Society of America. Cliff, an internationally recognized expert in groundwater modeling, has over 35 years of project management, implementation, field work and research experience in groundwater systems. Upon request, Cliff will present general-audience lectures on groundwater or ground ice/...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 14, 2018

Large River Science

Expertise in large river research provides science information to inform decisions on river management and restoration in the Midwest Region. Connectivity is a fundamental concept in river ecology and refers to opportunities for water to flow along and through riverine ecosystems. It is considered one of the primary drivers of river productivity, biological diversity and ecosystem health.

Attribution: Water Resources, Midwest
Date published: March 28, 2018
Status: Archived

Sweetwater County Water Resources Study

In cooperation with the Wyoming State Engineer, the USGS conducted a study of the water resources of Sweetwater County, Wyoming. This study followed the general plan of previous "County Studies". Surface water and ground water resources were evaluated through a combined approach that analyzed and summarized existing data and, as a consequence of the data analysis, identified key data gaps and...

Date published: March 27, 2018
Status: Archived

Streamflow Statistics for Unregulated and Regulated Conditions for Selected Locations on the Yellowstone, Tongue, Powder, and Bighorn Rivers, Montana

Major floods in 1996-1997 on the Yellowstone River intensified public debate over the effects of human activities on the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone River Conservation District Council partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a cumulative-effects study on the Yellowstone. For that study, the USGS calculated streamflow statistics for unregulated (no development) and...

Date published: March 27, 2018
Status: Active

Water Quality of San Francisco Bay

For over three decades, the USGS has maintained a program of research and observation in San Francisco Bay, including regular measurements of water quality along a 145-kilometer transect spanning the length of the entire estuarine system from the South San Francisco Bay to the Sacramento River.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 21, 2018
Status: Completed

Method and Apparatus for Steady-State Measurement of Liquid Conductivity in Porous Media, US Patent 4,679,422

In the operation of the present invention, a compacted porous medium is provided with a supply of the desired liquid and is subjected to centrifugal force until the measurement of the flow rate of liquid through the medium is substantially constant. (Full details provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website.)

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 20, 2018
Status: Completed

Selenate Removal from Waste Water, US Patents 5,271,831 and 5,009,786

A method and apparatus for removing selenate from waste water through the use of selenate respiring microorganisms under substantially anoxic conditions is described. The method includes a first zone for removing nitrate by assimilation into biomass.  (Full details available at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website for patents ...

Attribution: Water Resources

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: January 17, 2018

Estimating Drought Streamflow Probabilities for Virginia Streams

Maximum likelihood logistic regression is used to estimate drought probabilities for selected Virginia rivers and streams. Hydrologic drought streamflow probabilities for summer months are provided as functions of streamflows during the previous winter months. This application allows the display and query of these drought streamflow probabilities for Virginia streams.

Date published: January 8, 2018

Models of the Klamath River from Link River to Keno Dam

Models of the Klamath River from Link River to Keno Dam were constructed and calibrated by the U.S. Geological Survey for calendar years 2006-09.

Date published: January 8, 2018

Computed instantaneous suspended-sediment concentration in Williamson River

Suspended-sediment concentration data from National Real-Time Water Quality (NRTWQ) website.

Date published: January 4, 2018

Tualatin River Basin Water-Quality Sites

Map of currently active monitors in the Tualatin River Basin, Oregon.

Date published: January 4, 2018

Tualatin River Basin Water-Quality Samples

Real-time compilation of water quality samples for Tualatin River Basin from USGS National Water Information System (NWIS).

Date published: December 31, 2017

Water-Quality, Bed-Sediment, and Biological Data (October 2015 through September 2016) and Statistical Summaries of Data for Streams in the Clark Fork Basin, Montana

Water, bed sediment, and biota were sampled in selected streams from Butte to near Missoula, Montana, as part of a monitoring program in the upper Clark Fork Basin of western Montana. The sampling program was led by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Date published: December 15, 2017

Harney Basin Data Mapper

Map viewer of groundwater sites in the Harney Basin, Oregon

Date published: December 13, 2017

Oregon Streamflow Table

Table of current streamflow conditions for 245 site(s) in Oregon.
 

Date published: December 12, 2017

Flood Inundation Mapper

The USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Program has two main functions: 1) partner with local communities to assist with the development and validation of flood inundation map libraries; and 2) provide online access to flood inundation maps along with real-time streamflow data, flood forecasts, and potential loss estimates. 

Date published: December 12, 2017

Portland HYDRA Rainfall Network

The HYDRA rainfall network is operated and maintained by the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. Rainfall data are provided with their permission and cooperation.

Date published: December 12, 2017

National Water Information System (NWIS) - Oregon

National Water Information System: Mapper (Oregon)

Date published: December 11, 2017

Dissolved Organic Matter in the Upper Klamath River, Lost River, and Klamath Straits Drain

Data from an Analysis of Dissolved Organic Matter in the Upper Klamath River, Lost River, and Klamath Straits Drain, Oregon and California, 2013–16

Goldman, J.H., 2017, Data from an analysis of dissolved organic matter in the Upper Klamath River, Lost River, and Klamath Straits Drain, Oregon and California, 2013–16: U.S. Geological Survey data release,...

Downloadable spatial data files for exploration and analysis.

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Date published: September 30, 2016

Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, Slidell, Louisiana

River and Coastal Forecast Information

Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center, Slidell, Louisiana—(NWS)

 

Date published: September 26, 2016

Alabama Climate Response Network

Network wells depicted on the Climate Response Network location map
Note: Color shading in the table below indicates multiple wells that plot as a single point on the state location map above.
Note: BLS = Water Level in Feet Below Land Surface, RVD = Water Level referenced to a vertical datum

Date published: September 26, 2016

Alabama Active Water Level Network

Alabama Counties depicted on the state location map with active wells

Date published: September 22, 2016

Mobile River Basin Study

The Mobile River Basin in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee is one of the 59 study units that are part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program.

Date published: September 15, 2016

Michigan Lake Water Clarity Interactive Map Viewer

Available online are estimated Secchi-disk transparency (eSDT) and corresponding estimated trophic state index (eTSI) values for Michigan inland lakes. To view available eSDT for Michigan inland lakes greater than 20 acres without interference from clouds, cloud shadows, dense vegetation or shoreline, go to the Michigan Lake Water Clarity Interactive Map Viewer. 

Date published: September 14, 2016

Buffalo National River Services and River Level Guide

Real-time displays of current floating conditions at various sites along the Arkansas Buffalo River. 

Date published: May 7, 2014

How much water do we use?

Map viewer used to visualize water use by region and date for U.S. freshwater withdrawals, 1950-present (created by USGS VIZLAB)

Date published: May 1, 2014

Major rivers and tributaries in Alabama (taken from Hutson and others, 2009)

As part of their mission to protect public health and aquatic ecosystems, Alabama state agencies need accurate and representative streamflow statistics to establish realistic and applicable criteria for both water quality and water quantity (fig. 1).

Date published: January 1, 2014

Arkansas Groundwater - Quality Network

The Arkansas Groundwater - Quality Network is a web map interface that provides rapid access to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) NWIS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) STORET databases of ambient groundwater information. The interface enables users to perform simple graphical analysis and download selected water-quality data. 

Date published: May 21, 2013

StreamStats Alabama

Beta version 4 is now available for most states on a trial basis, and version 3 remains available. Beta version 4 provides a single user interface (at http://streamstatsags.cr.usgs.gov/streamstats/) for all states that are implemented, rather than separate applications for each state, as in versions 2 and 3, and the user interface is more user friendly than previous versions. 

Date published: September 22, 2012

USGS StreamStats

StreamStats is a Web-based tool that provides streamflow statistics, drainage-basin characteristics, and other information for USGS streamgaging stations and for user-selected ungaged sites on streams. When users select the location of a streamgaging station, StreamStats provides previously published information from a database. When users select a site on an ungaged stream, 

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Year Published: 2018

Regional patterns in the geochemistry of oil-field water, southern San Joaquin Valley, California, USA

Chemical and isotopic data for water co-extracted with hydrocarbons in oil and gas fields are commonly used to examine the source of the formation water and possible impacts on groundwater in areas of oil and gas development. Understanding the geochemical variability of oil-field water could help to evaluate its...

McMahon, Peter B.; Kulongoski, Justin; Vengosh, Avner; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Landon, Matthew K.; Kharaka, Yousif K.; Gillespie, Janice M.; Davis, Tracy
McMahon, P.B., Kulongoski JT, Vengosh A, Cozzarelli IM, Landon MK, et al., 2018, Regional patterns in the geochemistry of oil-field water, southern San Joaquin Valley, California, USA: Applied Geochemistry

Year Published: 2018

100-year lower Mississippi floods in a global climate model: Characteristics and future changes

Floods in the Mississippi basin can have large negative societal, natural, and economic impacts. Understanding the drivers of floods, now and in the future, is relevant for risk management and infrastructure-planning purposes. We investigate the drivers of 100-yr-return lower Mississippi River floods using a global coupled climate model with an...

van der Wiel, Karin; Kapnick, Sarah B.; Vecchi, Gabriel A.; Smith, James A.; Milly, Paul C. D.; Jia, Liwei
van der Wiel, K., S. B. Kapnick, G. A. Vecchi, J. A. Smith, P. C. D. Milly, and L. Jia, 2018: 100-Year Lower Mississippi Floods in a Global Climate Model: Characteristics and Future Changes. J. Climate, 19, 1547-1563.

Year Published: 2018

Hydrologic characteristics and water quality of headwater streams and wetlands at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Summit area, Blair and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania, 2014–16

The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site (ALPO) in Blair and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania, protects historic features of the first railroad portage over the Allegheny Front and the first railroad tunnel in the United States. This report, which was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Park Service...

Cravotta, Charles A.; Galeone, Daniel G.; Penrod, Kathy A.
Cravotta, C.A., III, Galeone, D.G., and Penrod, K.A., 2018, Hydrologic characteristics and water quality of headwater streams and wetlands at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Summit area, Blair and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania, 2014–16: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1125, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181125.

Year Published: 2018

Current research in land, water, and agroecosystems: ASABE journals 2017 year in review

This article highlights current research into land and water resources, agroecosystems, and agricultural production systems published by the Natural Resources and Environmental Systems (NRES) community of ASABE journals (Transactions of the ASABE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture) in 2017. This article reviews the context, scope, and key...

Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.
Douglas-Mankin, K.R., 2018, Current Research in Land, Water, and Agroecosystems: ASABE Journals 2017 Year in Review, Transactions of the ASABE, 61(5).

Year Published: 2018

Simulation of groundwater flow, 1895–2010, and effects of additional groundwater withdrawals on future stream base flow in the Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, central Nebraska—Phase three

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Lewis and Clark, Lower Elkhorn, Lower Loup, Lower Platte North, Lower Niobrara, Middle Niobrara, Upper Elkhorn, and the Upper Loup Natural Resources Districts, designed a study to refine the spatial and temporal discretization of a previously modeled area. This updated study focused on a 30,...

Flynn, Amanda T.; Stanton, Jennifer S.
Flynn, A.T., and Stanton, J.S., 2018, Simulation of groundwater flow, 1895–2010, and effects of additional groundwater withdrawals on future stream base flow in the Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, central Nebraska—Phase three: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5106, 65 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185106.

Year Published: 2018

Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities

Changing climate will impact species’ ranges only when environmental variability directly impacts the demography of local populations. However, measurement of demographic responses to climate change has largely been limited to single species and locations. Here we show that amphibian communities are responsive to climatic variability, using >...

Miller, David A.W.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.; Muths, Erin L.; Amburgey, Staci M.; Adams, Michael J.; Joseph, Maxwell B.; Waddle, J. Hardin; Johnson, Pieter T.J.; Ryan, Maureen E.; Schmidt, Benedikt R.; Calhoun, Daniel L.; Davis, Courtney L.; Fisher, Robert N.; Green, David M.; Hossack, Blake R.; Rittenhouse, Tracy A.G.; Walls, Susan C.; Bailey, Larissa L.; Cruickshank, Sam S.; Fellers, Gary M.; Gorman, Thomas A.; Haas, Carola A.; Hughson, Ward; Pilliod, David S.; Price, Steven J.; Ray, Andrew M.; Sadinski, Walter; Saenz, Daniel; Barichivich, William J.; Brand, Adrianne B,; Brehme, Cheryl S.; Dagit, Rosi; Delaney, Katy S.; Glorioso, Brad M.; Kats, Lee B.; Kleeman, Patrick M.; Pearl, Christopher; Rochester, Carlton J.; Riley, Seth P. D.; Roth, Mark F.; Sigafus, Brent
Miller, D. A. W., Grant, E. H. C., Muths, E., Amburgey, S. M., Adams, M. J., Joseph, M. B., Waddle, J. H., Johnson, P. J. T., Ryan, M. E., Schmid, B. R., Calhoun, D. L., Davis, C. L., Fisher, R. N., Green, D. M., Hossack, B. R., Rittenhouse, T. A. G., Walls, S. C., Bailey, L. L., Cruickshank, S. S., Fellers, G. M., Gorman, T. A., Haas, C. A., Hughson, W., Pilliod, D. S., Price, S. J., Ray, A. M., Sadinski, W., Saenz, D., Barichivich, W. J., Brand, A. B., Brehme, C. S., Dagit, R., Delaney, K. S., Glorioso, B. M., Kats, L. B., Kleeman, P. M., Pearl, C. A., Rochester, C. J., Riley, S. P. D., Roth, M., and Sigafus, B. H., 2018, Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities: Nature Communications, v. 9, no. Article number: 3926, p. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06157-6

Year Published: 2018

Groundwater contributions to excessive algal growth in the East Fork Carson River, Carson Valley, west-central Nevada, 2010 and 2012

Excessive algal growth and low dissolved oxygen concentrations were observed during low streamflow conditions during summer months along a 5,800-foot reach of the East Fork Carson River in Carson Valley, west-central Nevada. Algal growth from nutrient enrichment of a stream reduces aquatic diversity, threatens fish ecology and stream health, and...

Alvarez, Nancy L.; Pahl, Randy A.; Rosen, Michael R.
Alvarez, N.L., Pahl, R.A, and Rosen, M.R., 2018, Groundwater contributions to excessive algal growth in the East Fork Carson River, Carson Valley, west-central Nevada, 2010 and 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5102, 94 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185102.

Year Published: 2018

Effects of urban stormwater and iron‐enhanced sand filtration on Daphnia magna and Pimephales promelas

Urban stormwater is an important but incompletely characterized contributor to surface‐water toxicity. The present study used 5 bioassays of 2 model organisms (Daphnia magnaand fathead minnow, Pimephales promelas) to investigate stormwater toxicity and mitigation by full‐scale iron‐enhanced sand filters (IESFs). Stormwater samples were...

Westerhoff, Benjamin M.; Fairbairn, David J.; Ferrey, Mark L.; Matilla, Adriana; Kunkel, Jordan; Elliott, Sarah M.; Kiesling, Richard L.; Woodruff, Dustin; Schoenfuss, Heiko L.
Westerhoff, B.M., Fairbairn, D.J., Ferrey, M.L., Matilla, A., Kunkel, J., Elliott, S.M., Kiesling, R.L., Woodruff, D., Schoenfuss, H.L., 2018. Effects of urban stormwater and iron-enhanced sand filtration on Daphnia magna and Pimephales promelas. Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry 37: 2645-2659. doi: 10.1002/etc.4227

Year Published: 2018

Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada

The Williston Basin contains important oil and gas resources for the Nation. Freshwater supplies are limited in this semiarid area, and oil and gas development can require large volumes of freshwater. Groundwater is the primary source of water for many water users in the Williston Basin, so to better understand these resources, the U.S. Geological...

Thamke, Joanna N.; Long, Andrew J.; Davis, Kyle W.
Thamke, J.N., Long, A.J., and Davis, K.W., 2018, Williston Basin groundwater availability, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3046, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183046.

Year Published: 2018

Groundwater availability of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada

Executive SummaryThe Williston Basin of the Northern Great Plains is a sedimentary basin—a geologic bowl-like structure filled with layered sedimentary rocks dating as far back as the Paleozoic age. The basin, which is nationally important for the production of energy resources, spans Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States,...

Long, Andrew J.; Thamke, Joanna N.; Davis, Kyle W.; Bartos, Timothy T.
Long, A.J., Thamke, J.N., Davis, K.W., and Bartos, T.T., 2018, Groundwater availability of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1841, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1841.

Year Published: 2018

Groundwater salinity mapping using geophysical log analysis within the Fruitvale and Rosedale Ranch oil fields, Kern County, California, USA

A method is presented for deriving a volume model of groundwater total dissolved solids (TDS) from borehole geophysical and aqueous geochemical measurements. While previous TDS mapping techniques have proved useful in the hydrogeologic setting in which they were developed, they may yield poor results in settings with lithological heterogeneity,...

Stephens, Michael J.; Shimabukuro, David H.; Gillespie, Janice M.; Chang, Will
Stephens, M.J., Shimabukuro, D.H., Gillespie, J.M., Chang, W, 2018, Groundwater salinity mapping using geophysical log analysis within the Fruitvale and Rosedale Ranch oil fields, Kern County, California, USA: Hydrogeology Journal, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-018-1872-5.

Year Published: 2018

Sediment Source Assessment Using Sediment Fingerprints

ProblemSediment is one of the most common causes of loss of stream-biologic integrity, whether in suspension in the water column, or as deposition on a stream or lake bottom. Fine-grained silts and clays are of particular concern because they can degrade habitat and often carry phosphorus and (or) other contaminants harmful to humans and aquatic...

Gellis, Allen C.; Gorman Sanisaca, Lillian E.; Cashman, Matthew J.
Attribution: Water Resources
Gellis, A.C., Gorman Sanisaca, L.E., and Cashman, M.J., 2018, Sediment source assessment using sediment fingerprints: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3008, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183008.

Software and related material (data and documentation) are made available by the USGS to be used in the public interest and the advancement of science.

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Date published: June 29, 2016

TracerLPM

TracerLPM is an interactive Microsoft Excel workbook program used to evaluate groundwater age distributions from environmental tracer data by using lumped parameter models (LPMs).

Date published: June 29, 2016

Exploration and Graphics for RivEr Trends (EGRET)

Exploration and Graphics for RivEr Trends (EGRET) is an R-package for the analysis of long-term changes in water quality and streamflow, including the water-quality method Weighted Regressions on Time, Discharge, and Season (WRTDS).

Date published: June 29, 2016

VS2DI

The VS2DI package contains all the tools that a user needs to create, run, and view results for a simulation of flow and transport through variably saturated porous media.

Date published: June 29, 2016

PHREEQC

PHREEQC is a general purpose geochemical model for reactions in water and between water and rocks and sediments.

Date published: June 29, 2016

Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS)

The Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) is a deterministic, distributed-parameter, physical process based modeling system developed to evaluate the response of various combinations of climate and land use on streamflow and general watershed hydrology.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: June 28, 2016

PHAST

PHAST is a 3D groundwater flow and solute transport model that has extensive capabilities to simulate water-rock and biogeochemical reactions that include all of the reactions available in PHREEQC.

Date published: June 28, 2016

ModelMuse

ModelMuse is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) models MODFLOW-2005, MODFLOW-LGR, MODFLOW-NWT, MODPATH, ZONEBUDGET, and PHAST and for MT3DMS. 

Date published: June 28, 2016

Multidimensional Surface-Water Modeling System (MD_SWMS)

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Multi-Dimensional Surface-Water Modeling System (MD_SWMS) is a pre- and post-processing application for computational models of surface-water hydraulics.

Date published: June 28, 2016

Coupled Ground Water and Surface Water Flow Model (GSFLOW)

Ground-water and Surface-water FLOW (GSFLOW) is used to simulate coupled ground-water and surface-water resources.

Date published: April 14, 2016

Water Resources Applications Software

Software and related material (data and documentation) are made available by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to be used in the public interest and the advancement of science.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: April 3, 2013

Shoreline Management Tool

The Shoreline Management Tool—An ArcMap Tool for Analyzing Water Depth, Inundated Area, Volume, and Selected Habitats, with an Example for the Lower Wood River Valley, Oregon

Date published: May 16, 2008

Calculate Streamflow Depletion by Nearby Pumping Well - STRMDEPL08

STRMDEPL08—An Extended Version of STRMDEPL with Additional Analytical Solutions to Calculate Streamflow Depletion by Nearby Pumping Well

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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Mining water withdrawals in 2015
December 31, 2018

Mining water withdrawals in 2015

Mining water withdrawals in 2015

Surface water withdrawals in 2015
December 31, 2018

Surface water withdrawals in 2015

Surface water withdrawals in 2015

USGS FIM Mapper screenshot.
December 31, 2018

USGS FIM Mapper screenshot.

Figure 1. The USGS FIM Mapper, showing an example flood and hydrograph for Terra Haute, Ind. (Please note, the flood condition displayed represents a higher stream stage than shown in the hydrograph.)

Attribution: Water Resources
Available Precipitation - Average from 1934 to 2002 In Inches Per Year
December 31, 2018

Available Precipitation - Average from 1934 to 2002 In Inches Per Year

Available Precipitation - Average from 1934 to 2002 In Inches Per Year

Attribution: Water Resources
Livestock water withdrawals in 2015
December 31, 2018

Livestock water withdrawals in 2015

Livestock water withdrawals in 2015

Percentage Change in Population by State and Decade: 1980 - 1990 to 20
December 31, 2018

Percentage Change in Population by State and Decade: 1980 - 1990 to 20

Percentage Change in Population by State and Decade: 1980 - 1990 to 2000 - 2010. For information on confidentiality protection, nonsampling error, and definitions, see http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/doc/p194-171.pdf

Attribution: Water Resources
Artesian Well (cropped), John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, FL
December 31, 2018

Artesian Well (cropped), John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Lar

Artesian Well (cropped), John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, FL

Thermoelectric power water withdrawals for 2015
December 31, 2018

Thermoelectric power water withdrawals for 2015

Thermoelectric power water withdrawals for 2015

Bull Trout in the Flathead River (cropped)
December 31, 2018

Bull Trout in the Flathead River (cropped)

Bull Trout in the Flathead River (cropped)

Attribution: Water Resources
Map of United States in Middle Pennsylvanian Time (about 300 million years ago).
December 31, 2018

Map of United States in Middle Pennsylvanian Time (about 300 million y

Map of United States in Middle Pennsylvanian Time (about 300 million years ago). (Source: USGS Bulletin 1291)

Aquaculture water use in 2015
December 31, 2018

Aquaculture water use in 2015

Aquaculture water use in 2015

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Date published: April 12, 2018

USGS Releases New Web-Based Groundwater Model Visualization Tool

A new U.S. Geological Survey groundwater model visualization tool is now available to help users visualize the inputs and outputs of complex groundwater models across the country.

Date published: April 12, 2018

New App for Lake Houston Provides Real-Time Stream and Water-Quality Data

Real-time water-quality, streamflow and water height information for Lake Houston and the surrounding San Jacinto watershed are now available from a new web application from the U.S. Geological Survey, done in cooperation with the City of Houston.

Date published: April 11, 2018

Public Invitation: The Scoop on Western South Dakota’s Vital Water Resources

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 19, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Date published: March 30, 2018

Bear Lake to Receive Water Quality and Weather Monitoring Equipment

Bear Lake will house water quality and weather monitoring equipment that will provide near real-time information to the public and water managers beginning in early April and continuing through 2022.

Date published: March 28, 2018

The 3D Elevation Program – Flood Risk Management

Flooding is the leading cause of Presidential disaster declarations. On average, the water hazard has resulted in more than 80 fatalities and cost the U.S. nearly $8 billion annually.

Date published: March 12, 2018

Media Advisory: Water Levels to be Measured in 1,300 Southern Idaho Wells

Data Will Provide a “Snapshot” of the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer

Date published: March 7, 2018

USGS Flood Experts Respond to High Water in Central, Northeastern U.S.

Crews from the U.S. Geological Survey have been in the field for weeks measuring flooding in the Midwest and in the Mississippi River watershed, and more recently flooding and storm tides on the Northern Atlantic coast, as higher temperatures, heavy rain, snowmelt and nor’easters affected numerous states. 

Date published: February 27, 2018

Reservoir Sediment Can be Used as Fracking Proppant

Instead of requiring costly dredging to remove sediment buildup behind water reservoirs and diversions, sediment from reservoirs in the Missouri River Basin could actually be used as fracking proppant feedstock, also known as frac sand, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study

Date published: February 8, 2018

Not All Arsenic Tests are Created Equal

The reliability of arsenic testing for drinking water in Minnesota depends on how and when well water samples are collected, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and the Minnesota Department of Health study, which highlights ways to improve the accuracy of arsenic tests for private wells.

Date published: February 7, 2018

Water-Quality Monitoring Program Aids Restoration of Great Lakes

A new water-quality monitoring program, established by the U.S. Geological Survey, can provide scientists and managers with the best available data to help evaluate the health of Great Lakes ecosystems and improve water quality for recreation and commercial fishing.

Date published: January 30, 2018

January 23, 2018 M7.9 Gulf of Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami

One week ago, on January 23rd at 12:31 a.m. local time, Alaskans were rocked by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake, with an epicenter in the Gulf of Alaska, about 350 miles southwest of Anchorage, and about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island.

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