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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: May 2, 2017
Status: Active

City Beavers: Tualatin River Basin Beaver Study

Beavers and their dams are common sights along creeks in the Tualatin River basin. Beaver help create diverse habitats for many other animals, including birds, fish, and amphibians. The USGS studying the affect beaver activity has on the amount and quality of water in local streams, so that agencies in the basin can make strategic management and habitat restoration decisions based on science...

Date published: May 1, 2017
Status: Active

GIS-based landscape analysis to identify sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals

A key component to assessing the contaminant exposure pathways in streams and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay is using GIS-based landscape analysis to identify sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) discharges are potentially major sources of EDCs to streams, and therefore understanding the de facto wastewater reuse (represented as...

Date published: April 11, 2017
Status: Active

Hydrogeologic and Geothermal Conditions of the Northwest Volcanic Aquifers

Although sparsely populated, this area in southeastern Oregon, northeastern California, northwestern Nevada, and southeastern Idaho has high geothermal heat flow that may be used to generate large amounts of electricity.

Date published: March 31, 2017
Status: Completed

Columbia River Contaminants and Habitat Characterization Study

Fish, wildlife, and human populations along the lower Columbia River are exposed to an ever-growing variety of contaminants as a result of increasing urbanization, industrialization, and agricultural development.

Date published: March 9, 2017
Status: Completed

Estimating Seepage Rates of Streams, Ponds, and Lakes at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge

The Camas National Wildlife Refugeprovides essential resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for waterfowl including migratory birds. A variety of other animals, large and small, are found there, too. Since the refuge was established in 1937, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been responsible for managing this vital resource.

Traditionally, Camas Creek and groundwater inflow...

Contacts: Gordon Rattray
Date published: March 9, 2017
Status: Active

Arizona Water Use

The Arizona Water Use program collects and estimates annual water withdrawals for the categories of irrigation, municipal, mining, thermoelectric-power, and drainage uses. The data for these categories are compiled for the Arizona Department of Water Resources groundwater basins outside of Active Management Areas. 

Contacts: Saeid Tadayon
Date published: March 9, 2017
Status: Active

Monitoring Sediment and Water Quality in Clear Creek

Clear Creek is a small alpine stream that begins near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. The creek flows roughly parallel to U.S. Highway 50 and discharges to the Carson River near Carson City, Nevada. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is concerned about how historical and ongoing development in the Clear Creek drainage basin has/is affecting Clear Creek and its sediment-transport...

Contacts: Jena Huntington
Date published: February 22, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Information Portal

As Hurricane Matthew moved up the Atlantic coast of the U.S., the USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC) deployed most of the USGS Storm-Tide Network along the Atlantic coast to monitor the timing, extent, and magnitude of the storm tide during the passage of Hurricane Matthew.

• Go to the USGS Hurricane Matthew...

Date published: February 14, 2017

Water Education Posters

USGS Water Education Posters for Elementary and Middle Schools

Download posters covering nine different water topics that are drawn in a cartoon format. Activites are included and Elementary and Middle School versions are available.

Date published: February 9, 2017

Surface Water Data Program

Surface-water information is needed for purposes of surveillance, planning, design, hazard warning, operation, and management, in water-related fields such as water supply, hydroelectric power, flood control, irrigation, bridge and culvert design, wildlife management, pollution abatement, flood-plain management, and water resources development. 

Date published: February 2, 2017

Aquatic Experimental Laboratory (AXL)

Aquatic invertebrates are a key component of freshwater ecosystems, and an understanding of aquatic invertebrate taxonomy is central to freshwater science. The U.S. Geological Survey Aquatic Experimental Lab (AXL) at the Fort Collins Science Center has developed the North American Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Digital Reference Collection (NAAMDRC) to provide users with a graphic tool to aid in...

Contacts: David Walters, Ph.D., Robert E Zuellig, Ph.D., Boris Kondratieff
Date published: January 12, 2017
Status: Active

Oběh vody: The Water Cycle, Czech

Oběh vody: The Water Cycle

Co to je oběh vody?

Co to je oběh vody? Mohl bych si jednoduše odpovědět – je všude kolem mne ! Oběh vody znamená přítomnost a pohyb vody na Zemi, v Zemi i nad Zemí. Voda je stále v pohybu a neustále mění svoji formu, z kapalné do plynné či pevné, a naopak. Oběh vody existuje již po miliardy let a veškerý pozemský život je na něm závislý; Země by bez...

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Year Published: 2017

Degradation of crude 4-MCHM (4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) in sediments from Elk River, West Virginia

In January 2014, approximately 37 800 L of crude 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (crude MCHM) spilled into the Elk River, West Virginia. To understand the long-term fate of 4-MCHM, we conducted experiments under environmentally relevant conditions to assess the potential for the 2 primary compounds in crude MCHM (1) to undergo biodegradation and (2)...

Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Akob, Denise M.; Baedecker, Mary; Spencer, Tracey; Jaeschke, Jeanne B.; Dunlap, Darren S.; Mumford, Adam C.; Poret-Peterson, Amisha T.; Chambers, Douglas B.
Attribution: Water Resources
Cozzarelli, I. M., D. M. Akob, M. J. Baedecker, T. Spencer, J. Jaeschke, D. S. Dunlap, A. C. Mumford, A. T. Poret-Peterson, D. B. Chambers. 2017. Degradation of MCHM (4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) in Sediments from Elk River, West Virginia. Environmental Science and Technology, 51(21): 12139-12145.

Year Published: 2017

Annual estimates of recharge, quick-flow runoff, and ET for the contiguous U.S. using empirical regression equations

This study presents new data-driven, annual estimates of the division of precipitation into the recharge, quick-flow runoff, and evapotranspiration (ET) water budget components for 2000-2013 for the contiguous United States (CONUS). The algorithms used to produce these maps ensure water budget consistency over this broad spatial scale, with...

Reitz, Meredith; Sanford, Ward E.; Senay, Gabriel; Cazenas, J.
Attribution: Water Resources
Reitz, M., W.E. Sanford, G.B. Senay, and J. Cazenas, 2017. Annual Estimates of Recharge, Quick-Flow Runoff, and Evapotranspiration for the Contiguous U.S. Using Empirical Regression Equations. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 53(4): 961-983. https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12546

Year Published: 2017

The land-sea interface: A source of high-quality phytoplankton to support secondary production

Coastal-estuarine systems are among the most productive marine ecosystems and their special role in producing harvestable fish and shellfish has been attributed to high primary production fueled by nutrient runoff from land and efficient trophic transfer. Here we ask if phytoplankton species composition and their food quality based on the...

Winder, Monika; Carstensen, Jacob; Galloway, Aaron W.E.; Jakobsen, Hans H.; Cloern, James E.
Attribution: Water Resources

Year Published: 2017

Novel analyses of long-term data provide a scientific basis for chlorophyll-a thresholds in San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay (SFB), USA, is highly enriched in nitrogen and phosphorus, but has been resistant to the classic symptoms of eutrophication associated with over-production of phytoplankton. Observations in recent years suggest that this resistance may be weakening, shown by: significant increases of chlorophyll-a (chl-a) and decreases...

Sutula, Martha; Kudela, Raphael; Hagy, James D.; Harding, Lawrence W.; Senn, David; Cloern, James E.; Bricker, Suzanne B.; Beck, Marcus W.; Berg, Gry Mine
Attribution: Water Resources
Sutula, M., R. Kudela, J. D. Hagy, III, L. W. Harding, Jr., D. Senn, J. E. Cloern, S. Bricker, and G. M. Berg. 2017. Novel analyses of long-term data provide a scientific basis for hhlorophyll-a thresholds in San Francisco Bay. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 197:107-118.

Year Published: 2017

A hydrologic drying bias in water-resource impact analyses of anthropogenic climate change

For water-resource planning, sensitivity of freshwater availability to anthropogenic climate change (ACC) often is analyzed with “offline” hydrologic models that use precipitation and potential evapotranspiration (Ep) as inputs. Because Ep is not a climate-model output, an intermediary model of Ep must be introduced to connect the climate model to...

Milly, Paul; Dunne, Krista A.
Attribution: Water Resources
Milly, P.C.D. and Krista A. Dunne, 2017. A Hydrologic Drying Bias in Water-Resource Impact Analyses of Anthropogenic Climate Change. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 53(4):822–838.

Year Published: 2017

The role of alluvial aquifer sediments in attenuating a dissolved arsenic plume

In a crude-oil-contaminated sandy aquifer at the Bemidji site in northern Minnesota, biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons has resulted in release of naturally occurring As to groundwater under Fe-reducing conditions. This study used chemical extractions of aquifer sediments collected in 1993 and 2011–2014 to evaluate the relationship between...

Ziegler, Brady A.; Schreiber, Madeline E.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.
Attribution: Water Resources
Brady A. Ziegler, Madeline E. Schreiber, Isabelle M. Cozzarelli, 2017, The role of alluvial aquifer sediments in attenuating a dissolved arsenic plume, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 204C, pp. 90-101

Year Published: 2017

A field study of selected U.S. Geological Survey analytical methods for measuring pesticides in filtered stream water, June - September 2012

U.S. Geological Survey monitoring programs extensively used two analytical methods, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry, to measure pesticides in filtered water samples during 1992–2012. In October 2012, the monitoring programs began using direct aqueous-injection liquid chromatography tandem mass...

Martin, Jeffrey D.; Norman, Julia E.; Sandstrom, Mark W.; Rose, Claire E.
Attribution: Water Resources
Martin, J.D., Norman, J.E., Sandstrom, M.W., and Rose, C.E., 2017, A field study of selected U.S. Geological Survey analytical methods for measuring pesticides in filtered stream water, June–September 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5049, 106 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175049.

Year Published: 2017

Atmospheric rivers emerge as a global science and applications focus

Recent advances in atmospheric sciences and hydrology have identified the key role of atmo-spheric rivers (ARs) in determining the distribution of strong precipitation events in the midlatitudes. The growth of the subject is evident in the increase in scientific publications that discuss ARs (Fig. 1a). Combined with related phenomena, that is,...

Ralph, F. Martin; Dettinger, Michael; Lavers, David A.; Gorodetskaya, Irina; Martin, Andrew; Viale, Maximilliano; White, Allen; Oakley, Nina; Rutz, Jonathan; Spackman, J. Ryan; Wernli, Heini; Cordeira, Jason
Attribution: Water Resources
Ralph, M., Dettinger, M., Lavers, D., Gorodetskaya, I., Martin, A., Viale, M., White, A.B., Oakley, N., Rutz, J., Spackman, J.R., Wernli, H., and Cordeira, J., 2017, Atmospheric rivers emerge as a global science and applications focus: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 5 p., doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0262.1.

Year Published: 2017

Coastal eolian sand-ramp development related to paleo-sea-level changes during the Latest Pleistocene and Holocene (21–0 ka) in San Miguel Island, California, U.S.A.

Coastal eolian sand ramps (5–130 m elevation) on the northern slope (windward) side of the small San Miguel Island (13 km in W-E length) range in age from late Pleistocene to modern time, though a major hiatus in sand-ramp growth occurred during the early Holocene marine transgression (16–9 ka). The Holocene sand ramps (1–5 m measured thicknesses...

Peterson, Curt D.; Erlandson, Jon M.; Stock, Errol; Hostetler, Steven W.; Price, David M.
Attribution: Water Resources
Curt D. Peterson, Jon M. Erlandson, Errol Stock, Steve W. Hostetler, and David M. Price (2017) Coastal Eolian Sand-Ramp Development Related to Paleo-Sea-Level Changes during the Latest Pleistocene and Holocene (21–0 ka) in San Miguel Island, California, U.S.A.. Journal of Coastal Research: Volume 33, Issue 5: pp. 1022 – 1037.

Year Published: 2017

Evidence of coupled carbon and iron cycling at a hydrocarbon-contaminated site from time lapse magnetic susceptibility

Conventional characterization and monitoring of hydrocarbon (HC) pollution is often expensive and time-consuming. Magnetic susceptibility (MS) has been proposed as an inexpensive, long-term monitoring proxy of the degradation of HC. We acquired repeated down hole MS logging data in boreholes at a HC-contaminated field research site in Bemidji, MN...

Lund, Anders L.; Slater, Lee D.; Atekwana, Estella A.; Ntarlagiannis, Dimitrios; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Bekins, Barbara A.
Attribution: Water Resources
Lund, Anders & Slater, Lee & Atekwana, Estella & Ntarlagiannis, Dimitrios & Cozzarelli, Isabelle & Bekins, Barbara. (2017). Evidence of Coupled Carbon and Iron Cycling at a Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Site from Time Lapse Magnetic Susceptibility. Environmental Science & Technology. 51. . 10.1021/acs.est.7b02155.

Year Published: 2017

Interactive effects of deer exclusion and exotic plant removal on deciduous forest understory communities

Mammalian herbivory and exotic plant species interactions are an important ongoing research topic, due to their presumed impacts on native biodiversity. The extent to which these interactions affect forest understory plant community composition and persistence was the subject of our study. We conducted a 5-year, 2 × 2 factorial experiment in three...

Bourg, Norman; McShea, William J.; Herrmann, Valentine; Stewart, Chad M.
Attribution: Water Resources
Bourg, N.A., McShea, W.J., Herrmann, V. and Stewart, C.M., 2017. Interactive effects of deer exclusion and exotic plant removal on deciduous forest understory communities. AoB Plants 9(5): plx046.

Year Published: 2017

The fascinating and complex dynamics of geyser eruptions

Geysers episodically erupt liquid and vapor. Despite two centuries of scientific study, basic questions persist—why do geysers exist? What determines eruption intervals, durations, and heights? What initiates eruptions? Through monitoring eruption intervals, analyzing geophysical data, taking measurements within geyser conduits, performing...

Hurwitz, Shaul; Manga, Michael
Attribution: Water Resources
Hurwitz, S. and Manga, M., 2017, The Fascinating and Complex Dynamics of Geyser Eruptions, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 45, 31-59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-earth-063016-015605

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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Oběh vody pro děti - The Water Cycle for Schools, Czech
February 20, 2018

Oběh vody pro děti - The Water Cycle for Schools, Czech

Oběh vody pro děti

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) a Organizace pro výživu a zemědělství pŕi OSN vytvořily schéma oběhu vody pro děti a základní a střední školy.

Attribution: Water Resources
Водный Цикл - The Water Cycle, Russian
February 20, 2018

Водный Цикл - The Water Cycle, Russian

Водный Цикл - The Water Cycle, Russian

Attribution: Water Resources
Vandkredsløbet for Skoler - The Water Cycle for Schools, Danish
February 20, 2018

Vandkredsløbet for Skoler - The Water Cycle for Schools, Danish

Vandkredsløbet for Skoler

De amerikanske geologiske undersøgelser (USGS) og FN's Fødevare- og Landbrugsorganisation (FAO) har sammen udarbejdet en figur over vandkredsløbet rettet mod skolebørn.

Attribution: Water Resources
Ètò Ìsònyíká-omi-aláìdékun - The Water Cycle, Yoruba
February 20, 2018

Ètò Ìsònyíká-omi-aláìdékun - The Water Cycle, Yoruba

Ètò Ìsònyíká-omi-aláìdékun - The Water Cycle, Yoruba

Attribution: Water Resources
De Water Cyclus voor Scholen - The Water Cycle for Schools, Dutch
February 20, 2018

De Water Cyclus voor Scholen - The Water Cycle for Schools, Dutch

De Water Cyclus voor Scholen - The Water Cycle for Schools, Dutch

De Geologische Dienst van de Verenigde Staten en de Voedsel en Landbouw Organisatie van de Verenigde Naties hebben een water cyclus diagram voor scholen gemaakt.

Attribution: Water Resources
Vòng tuần hoàn nước - The Water Cycle, Vietnamese
February 20, 2018

Vòng tuần hoàn nước - The Water Cycle, Vietnamese

Vòng tuần hoàn nước

Vòng tuần hoàn nước là gì? đó chính là sự tồn tại và vận động của nước trên mặt đất, trong lòng đất và trong bầu khí quyển của trái đất. Nước trái đất luôn vận động và chuyển từ trạng thái này sang trạng thái khác, từ thể lỏng sang thể hơi rồi thể rắn và ngược lại. Vòng tuần hoàn nước đã và đang diễn ra từ hàng tỉ năm và tất cả cuộc sống trên trái...

Attribution: Water Resources
La Ciklo de Akvo por Infanoj - The Water Cycle for Schools, Esperanto
February 20, 2018

La Ciklo de Akvo por Infanoj - The Water Cycle for Schools, Esperanto

La Ciklo de Akvo por Infanoj

La Usona Geologia Servo (angle U.S. Geological Survey, USGS) kaj la Organizaĵo pri Nutrado kaj Agrikulturo de la Unuiĝintaj Nacioj (angle Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO) kreis skemon de la akvociklo por infanoj kaj bazlernejoj.

Attribution: Water Resources
Схема кругообігу води - The Water Cycle, Ukrainian
February 20, 2018

Схема кругообігу води - The Water Cycle, Ukrainian

Схема кругообігу води - The Water Cycle, Ukrainian

Attribution: Water Resources
Кръговрат на водата (Цикъл на водата) - The Water Cycle for Schools, Bulgarian
February 20, 2018

Кръговрат на водата - The Water Cycle for Schools, Bulgarian

Кръговрат на водата (Цикъл на водата)

Геоложката служба на САЩ (USGS) и Организацията по прехрана и земеделие (FAO) на Организацията на обединените нации създадоха диаграма на кръговрата на водата за училищата.

Attribution: Water Resources
Mzunguko wa maji - The Water Cycle, Swahili
February 20, 2018

Mzunguko wa maji - The Water Cycle, Swahili

Mzunguko wa maji - The Water Cycle, Swahili

Attribution: Water Resources
Vodni ciklus za djecu - The Water Cycle for Schools, Croatian
February 20, 2018

Vodni ciklus za djecu - The Water Cycle for Schools, Croatian

Vodni ciklus za djecu - The Water Cycle for Schools, Croatian

Američki geološki institut (USGS) i Organizacija Ujedinjenih naroda za hranu i poljoprivredu (FAO) udružili su snage i izradili dijagram vodnog ciklusa za osnovne i srednje škole.

 

Attribution: Water Resources
Le Cycle de l'Eau - The Water Cycle, French
February 19, 2018

Le Cycle de l'Eau - The Water Cycle, French

Qu'est-ce que le cycle de l'eau?

Qu'est-ce que le cycle de l'eau? Je peux facilement vous répondre - c'est "moi" partout! Le cycle de l'eau décrit l'existence et le mouvement de l'eau sur, dans et au-dessus de la Terre. L'eau de la Terre est toujours en mouvement et change toujours d'états, du liquide à la vapeur à la glace et vice versa. Le cycle de l'eau fonctionne...

Attribution: Water Resources
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Date published: May 3, 2017

New Report Shows Some Private Wells in Connecticut Test High for Naturally Occurring Arsenic, Uranium

A report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, reveals that water from some private wells across the state has registered high levels of Arsenic and Uranium.

Date published: April 30, 2017

USGS Measures Record Flooding in Missouri

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding? Please contact Jennifer LaVista.

Date published: April 27, 2017

Media Advisory: Helicopter to Fly Low Over Cedar Rapids for Groundwater Study

Starting on May 2 and lasting for about two days, a helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor will make low-level flights over parts of Cedar Rapids as part of a groundwater survey.

Date published: April 24, 2017

2017 Snowmelt Runoff Signals Good News for Walker Lake but Raises Flooding Concerns Along Walker River

USGS model simulations suggest that Walker Lake will rise by as much as 15 to 18 feet this year, the most in a single year in recorded history.

Date published: April 14, 2017

Freshwater Ecosystems are an Important Part of the Alaskan Carbon Cycle

While freshwater ecosystems cover only a small amount of the land surface in Alaska, they transport and emit a significant amount of carbon, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. An invited feature article for Ecological Applications provides the first-ever major aquatic carbon flux assessment for the entire state. Carbon flux refers to the rate of carbon transfer between pools.

Date published: April 10, 2017

New “Water On-the-Go” App Helps Keep Texans Safe with Current Stream Conditions

The new “Water On-the-Go” mobile app gives the public easy access to current conditions in streams across Texas. This product was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey to help raise water awareness during both floods and normal conditions.

Date published: April 6, 2017

Wells Affect Water Flows in the Central Sands Region

Both irrigation wells and municipal wells affect flows in the Little Plover River near Plover, Wisconsin, stretches of which ran dry in past years, according to a new scientific report.

Date published: April 6, 2017

New Map Shows How Groundwater Pumping Could Affect the Malad River

A new report illustrates how groundwater pumping can affect the amount of water available in streams within the Malad-Lower Bear River Area in Utah. The product was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights.

Date published: April 5, 2017

USGS Assessment of Brackish Water Could Help Nation Stretch Limited Freshwater Supplies

New USGS assessment provides fresh insights into nation’s brackish groundwater inventory

Date published: April 4, 2017

First-of-its-kind Interactive Map Brings Together 40 Years of Water-Quality Data

USGS provides a long-term look at changes in the quality of our nation’s rivers and streams

Date published: March 31, 2017

20 Years Researching Harmful Algal Blooms Supports Sustainable Water Supply in Wichita

Two decades of harmful algal bloom, nutrient and sediment research by the U.S. Geological Survey is helping to support Wichita’s long-term vision of a sustainable water supply into the future. Early warning indicators of harmful algal blooms have been developed for Cheney Reservoir, Kansas, according to a new USGS publication done in cooperation with the City of Wichita, Kansas.

Date published: March 27, 2017

Public Invitation: The State of Your State’s Vital Water Resources

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 6, in Rapid City, South Dakota.