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Date published: May 31, 2018

USGS Hurricane Response Met Challenges in 2017, Prepares for 2018

No one has a crystal ball to foresee what will happen during the 2018 hurricane season that begins June 1, but NOAA forecasters say there’s a 75 percent chance this hurricane season will be at least as busy as a normal year, or busier.

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.

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: 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 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: February 2, 2018
Status: Active

Oregon Water Use Program

With the ever-increasing rate of utilization of and competition for water (particularly during periods of drought) accurate, current water-use information is of considerable value. This is particularly so in determining future water availability in hydrologically critical areas and for making sound resource-management decisions. For the Oregon Water Science Center, a viable water-use data-...

Contacts: Jonathan Haynes
Date published: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

SPARROW Model Assessments of Nutrients and Suspended Sediment in the Pacific Northwest and California

SPARROW can be used to relate water-quality data to landscape characteristics, such as natural properties and human activities

Contacts: Daniel R Wise
Date published: December 21, 2017
Status: Active

Malheur Lake Light Transmission Study

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for a variety of highly valued ecosystem services, including shorebirds, waterfowl, and a diversity of other wildlife species. 

Contacts: Tamara Wood
Date published: December 20, 2017
Status: Active

Future Climate Effects on Columbia and Willamette River Levees

USGS research directly helps local public agencies that are responsible for the design and maintenance of the levees that surround the northern Portland metropolitan area with the goal of protecting life and property in the event of flooding from the Columbia and Willamette Rivers that surround the city.

Date published: December 20, 2017
Status: Active

Upper Klamath River Basin Forecasts

"Determining water availability in the Upper Klamath Basin has always had a degree of uncertainty as a result of the complex hydrology and geology in the region and limited streamflow data."

Contacts: John Risley
Date published: December 15, 2017
Status: Active

Spring Vulnerability Study for Southeastern Oregon

Evaluating Spring Vulnerability to Climate Change on BLM Priority Management Areas in Southeastern Oregon
 

Contacts: Hank Johnson
Date published: December 15, 2017
Status: Active

Harney Basin Groundwater Study

This study will characterize and quantify the groundwater system in the Harney Basin to address gaps in our present understanding.

Date published: December 12, 2017
Status: Active

Willamette River Basin Dissolved Gas Monitoring Network

USGS total dissolved gas (TDG) data help guide spill and discharge management from dams operated along tributaries of the Willamette River.

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: May 11, 2018

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

The USGS investigates the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters. NWIS provides access to real-time and historical water-resources data collected at approximately 1.9 million sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Attribution: Water Resources
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 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: November 2, 2017

Tualatin River Basin Beaver Study Area

Map of intensive sites and rapid sites where data was collected for the Tualatin River Basin Beaver Study.

Date published: August 31, 2017

WaterWatch Flood Map

Current stream conditions and NWS forecast stream conditions.

Date published: August 25, 2017

Texas Water Dashboard

The Texas Water Dashboard presents USGS real-time stream, lake and reservoir, precipitation and groundwater data for more than 750 USGS real-time observation stations in Texas.

Date published: June 4, 2017

Long Island Water Districts

Long Island Water District Areas

Date published: June 3, 2017

Michigan-Ohio Current Water Conditions

The clickable sites, Water Resources Conditions List, and Data Table at the bottom of the map are all connected. Interacting with any of them will activate pop-ups and display the site in both the Map, List and Table. 

Date published: May 18, 2017

Virginia Real-Time Precipitation Network

This interactive map shows current and cumulative rainfall total for precipitation sites in Virginia.  Map provides real-time precipitation radar image to overlay from National Weather Service. 

Date published: January 24, 2017

Assessing Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Risk In U.S. National Parks

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) threaten the reproductive success and long-term survival of sensitive aquatic populations in the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). The project employs a standardized EDC risk assessment framework to link new and ongoing research efforts in individual Parks and in Park Monitoring Networks, in order to provide a service-wide assessment of EDC risk in the NPS.

 

Date published: October 13, 2016

Maps and GIS Data

Explore water resources maps and GIS data.

Attribution: Water Resources
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

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Year Published: 2018

Quantifying anthropogenic contributions to century-scale groundwater salinity changes, San Joaquin Valley, California, USA

Total dissolved solids (TDS) concentrations in groundwater tapped for beneficial uses (drinking water, irrigation, freshwater industrial) have increased on average by about 100 mg/L over the last 100 years in the San Joaquin Valley, California (SJV). During this period land use in the SJV changed from natural vegetation and dryland agriculture to...

Hansen, Jeffrey; Jurgens, Bryant; Fram, Miranda S.
Jeffrey A. Hansen, Bryant C. Jurgens, Miranda S. Fram, Quantifying anthropogenic contributions to century-scale groundwater salinity changes, San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 642, 15 November 2018, Pages 125-136, ISSN 0048-9697

Year Published: 2018

Streamflow and selenium loads during synoptic sampling of the Gunnison River and its tributaries near Delta, Colorado, November 2015

In response to the need for more information about selenium (Se) sources and transport, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, completed a study that characterized Se loads in a reach of the Gunnison River between Delta and Grand Junction, Colo. This report identifies where possible dissolved Se...

Stevens, Michael R.; Leib, Kenneth J.; Thomas, Judith C.; Bauch, Nancy J.; Richards, Rodney J.
Stevens, M.R., Leib, K.J., Thomas, J.C., Bauch, N.J., and Richards, R.J., 2018, Streamflow and selenium loads during synoptic sampling of the Gunnison River and its tributaries near Delta, Colorado, November 2015: U.S. GeologicalSurvey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5029, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185029.

Year Published: 2018

Hydrographic surveys of rivers and lakes using a multibeam echosounder mapping system

A multibeam echosounder is a type of sound navigation and ranging device that uses sound waves to “see” through even murky waters. Unlike a single beam echosounder (also known as a depth sounder or fathometer) that releases a single sound pulse in a single, narrow beam and “listens” for the return echo, a multibeam system emits a multidirectional...

Huizinga, Richard J.; Heimann, David C.
Huizinga, R.J., and Heimann, D.C., 2018, Hydrographic surveys of rivers and lakes using a multibeam echosounder mapping system: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3021, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183021.

Year Published: 2018

Water-quality observations of the San Antonio segment of the Edwards aquifer, Texas, with an emphasis on processes influencing nutrient and pesticide geochemistry and factors affecting aquifer vulnerability, 2010–16

As questions regarding the influence of increasing urbanization on water quality in the Edwards aquifer are raised, a better understanding of the sources, fate, and transport of compounds of concern in the aquifer—in particular, nutrients and pesticides—is needed to improve water management decision-making capabilities. The U.S. Geological Survey...

Opsahl, Stephen P.; Musgrove, MaryLynn; Mahler, Barbara J.; Lambert, Rebecca B.
Opsahl, S.P., Musgrove, M., Mahler, B.J., and Lambert, R.B., 2018, Water-quality observations of the San Antonio segment of the Edwards aquifer, Texas, with an emphasis on processes influencing nutrient and pesticide geochemistry and factors affecting aquifer vulnerability, 2010–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5060, 67 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185060.

Year Published: 2018

Water-table and potentiometric-surface altitudes in the upper glacial, Magothy, and Lloyd aquifers of Long Island, New York, April–May 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with State and local agencies, systematically collects groundwater data at varying measurement frequencies to monitor the hydrologic conditions on Long Island, New York. Each year during April and May, the U.S. Geological Survey completes a synoptic survey of water levels to define the spatial...

Como, Michael D.; Finkelstein, Jason S.; Rivera, Simonette L.; Monti, Jack; Busciolano, Ronald J.
Como, M.D., Finkelstein, J.S., Rivera, S.L., Monti, Jack, Jr., and Busciolano, Ronald, 2018, Water-table and potentiometric-surface altitudes in the upper glacial, Magothy, and Lloyd aquifers of Long Island, New York, April–May 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3398, 4 sheets, scale 1:125,000, 5-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3398.

Year Published: 2018

Agriculture — A river runs through it — The connections between agriculture and water quality

Sustaining the quality of the Nation’s water resources and the health of our diverse ecosystems depends on the availability of sound water-resources data and information to develop effective, science-based policies. Effective management of water resources also brings more certainty and efficiency to important economic sectors. Taken together,...

Capel, Paul D.; McCarthy, Kathleen A.; Coupe, Richard H.; Grey, Katia M.; Amenumey, Sheila E.; Baker, Nancy T.; Johnson, Richard L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Capel, P.D., McCarthy, K.A., Coupe, R.H., Grey, K.M., Amenumey, S.E., Baker, N.T., and Johnson, R.L., 2018, Agriculture — A River runs through it — The connections between agriculture and water quality: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1433, 201 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1433.

Year Published: 2018

Minimum energy requirements for desalination of brackish groundwater in the United States with comparison to international datasets

This paper uses chemical and physical data from a large 2017 U.S. Geological Surveygroundwater dataset with wells in the U.S. and three smaller international groundwater datasets with wells primarily in Australia and Spain to carry out a comprehensive investigation of brackish groundwater composition in relation to minimum ...

Ahdab, Yvana D.; Thiel, Gregory P.; Böhlke, John Karl; Stanton, Jennifer S.; Lienhard, John H.
Ahdab, Yvana D., Thiel, Gregory P., Böhlke, J. K., Stanton, Jennifer, and Lienhard, John H., 2018, Minimum energy requirements for desalination of brackish groundwater in the United States with comparison to international datasets. Water Research, v. 141, p. 387-404. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2018.04.015

Year Published: 2018

Understanding the influence of nutrients on stream ecosystems in agricultural landscapes

Sustaining the quality of the Nation’s water resources and the health of our diverse ecosystems depends on the availability of sound water-resources data and information to develop effective, science-based policies. Effective management of water resources also brings more certainty and efficiency to important economic sectors. Taken together,...

Munn, Mark D.; Frey, Jeffrey W.; Tesoriero, Anthony J.; Black, Robert W.; Duff, John H.; Lee, Kathy E.; Maret, Terry R.; Mebane, Christopher A.; Waite, Ian R.; Zelt, Ronald B.
Attribution: Water Resources
Munn, M.D., Frey, J.W., Tesoriero, A.J., Black, R.W., Duff, J.H., Lee, Kathy, Maret, T.R., Mebane, C.A., Waite, I.R., and Zelt, R.B., 2018, Understanding the influence of nutrients on stream ecosystems in agricultural landscapes: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1437, 80 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1437.

Year Published: 2018

Sediment accretion and carbon storage in constructed wetlands receiving water treated with metal-based coagulants

In many regions of the world, subsidence of organic rich soils threatens levee stability and freshwater supply, and continued oxidative loss of organic matter contributes to greenhouse gas production. To counter subsidence in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of northern California, we examined the feasibility of using constructed wetlands...

Stumpner, Elizabeth; Kraus, Tamara; Liang, Yan; Bachand, Sandra M.; Horwath, William R.; Bachand, Philip A.M.
Stumpner, E.B., Kraus, T.E., Liang, Y.L., Bachand, S.M., Horwath, W.R. and Bachand, P.A., 2017. Sediment accretion and carbon storage in constructed wetlands receiving water treated with metal-based coagulants. Ecological Engineering.

Year Published: 2018

A preliminary study of variation of Trapa in Japan

SummaryFrequent occurrence of intermediate forms and poor knowledge on the variability of characters have caused some difficulties in the taxonomy of Trapa in Japan. Thus I made a preliminary analysis on the variation of nuts collected from 21 populations in Southwestern Japan. Attention was paid to some morphometrical characters of the nut and...

Rybicki, Nancy B.; Lai, Vincent; Kadono, Yasuro
Kadono, Yasuro, 2018, A preliminary study of variation of Trapa in Japan (translated into English from the Japanese by V. Chintu Lai): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1075, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181075. [The translation was edited by Nancy B. Rybicki. The article was originally published in Japanese with English summary as Kadono, Y., 1987, A preliminary study of variation of Trapa in Japan: Acta Phytotaxonomica et Geobotanica, v. 38 (September), p. 199–210, https://doi.org/10.18942/bunruichiri.KJ00002992255.]

Year Published: 2018

Conceptual framework and trend analysis of water-level responses to hydrologic stresses, Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley groundwater basin, Nevada, 1966-2016

This report identifies water-level trends in wells and provides a conceptual framework that explains the hydrologic stresses and factors causing the trends in the Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley (PMOV) groundwater basin, southern Nevada. Water levels in 79 wells were analyzed for trends between 1966 and 2016. The magnitude and duration of water-level...

Jackson, Tracie R.; Fenelon, Joseph M.
Jackson, T.R., and Fenelon, J.M., 2018, Conceptual framework and trend analysis of water-level responses to hydrologic stresses, Pahute Mesa–Oasis Valley groundwater basin, Nevada, 1966-2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018-5064, 89 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185064.

Year Published: 2018

Construction and calibration of a groundwater-flow model to assess groundwater availability in the uppermost principal aquifer systems of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada

The U.S. Geological Survey developed a groundwater-flow model for the uppermost principal aquifer systems in the Williston Basin in parts of Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota in the United States and parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada as part of a detailed assessment of the groundwater availability in the area. The assessment was...

Davis, Kyle W.; Long, Andrew J.
Davis, K.W., and Long, A.J., 2018, Construction and calibration of a groundwater-flow model to assess groundwater availability in the uppermost principal aquifer systems of the Williston Basin, United States and Canada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5158, 70 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175158.

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: January 25, 2018

SPARROW modeling: Estimating contaminant transport

 

What’s New: A new version of the SPARROW code is being developed in the R programming language. The advantage of R is that it is non-proprietary and does not require a license or software cost. The R – SPARROW code is now being completed and should be available early in CY18. Stay Tuned.

Date published: November 30, 2017

Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

SELDM is a database application where users can easily create and run highway-runoff simulations. SELDM simulates storm flows, concentrations, and loads. SELDM calculates the risk of exceeding water-quality criteria with and without user-defined BMPs. SELDM calculates annual runoff loads and is able to do a simple annual lake-loading analysis.

Date published: November 2, 2017

CE-QUAL-W2 - Hydrodynamic and Water Quality Model

CE-QUAL-W2 is a water quality and hydrodynamic model in 2D (longitudinal-vertical) for rivers, estuaries, lakes, reservoirs and river basin systems. W2 models basic eutrophication processes such as temperature-nutrient-algae-dissolved oxygen-organic matter and sediment relationships.

Date published: June 20, 2017

GCLAS (Graphical Constituent Loading Analysis System)

GCLAS is a program designed primarily to compute daily and annual loadings of constituents transported in streamflow.

Date published: August 22, 2016

MODFLOW-USG model of groundwater flow in the Wood River Valley aquifer system in Blaine County, Idaho

Model archive for Wood River Valley groundwater-flow model

Date published: August 22, 2016

wrv R package repository

The R package wrv is for processing the groundwater-flow model of the Wood River Valley (WRV) aquifer system, south-central Idaho. The groundwater-flow model is described in the associated model report and model archive. Included in the package is MODFLOW-USG version 1.3, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) computer code that solves the groundwater-flow equation.

Date published: July 4, 2016

Water Use Site Retrieval - Lower Mississippi Gulf Arkansas

In 1977, the Congress of the United States recognized the need for uniform, current, and reliable information on water use and directed the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to establish a National Water-Use Information Program (NWUIP) to complement the Survey's data on the availability and quality of the Nations water resources.

Date published: June 29, 2016

Groundwater Age Mixtures and Contaminant Trends Tool (GAMACTT)

The USGS Groundwater Age Mixtures and Contaminant Trends Tool can be used to explore the effects of basic aquifer properties and well configurations on groundwater age mixtures in groundwater discharge and on contaminant trends from varying nonpoint-source contaminant input scenarios.

Date published: June 29, 2016

TracerLPM

TracerLPM is an interactive 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: 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

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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Fog on Yukon River
May 29, 2018

Fog on Yukon River

Fog along the Yukon River showing a Black Spruce dominated forest in the foreground, which is prone to wildfire.  Photo by Bruce Wylie, USGS

May 8, 2018

Advances in Streamgaging | Reach-Scale Monitoring Experiment (2 of 2)

In this second installment of a two part series, The Arizona Water Science Center, in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, reviews the results of an experiment to verify remote methods that measure flood flows at the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed. What makes this experiment unique are the super-critical runoff flumes that precisely measure discharge, which will act as...

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine
May 2, 2018

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine, following rainfall and snowmelt that led to high water levels in the Fish and St. John Rivers in April and May of 2018.

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine
May 2, 2018

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine, following rainfall and snowmelt that led to high water levels in the Fish and St. John Rivers in April and May of 2018. 

Rapid Deployment Gage in Soldier Pond, Maine
May 2, 2018

Rapid Deployment Gage in Soldier Pond, Maine

USGS field crews installed a temporary rapid deployment gage on May 2, 2018, at Soldier Pond in the Fish River to monitor flooding near Fort Kent in Maine.  

Rapid Deployment Gage in Soldier Pond, Maine
May 2, 2018

Rapid Deployment Gage in Soldier Pond, Maine

USGS field crews installed a temporary rapid deployment gage on May 2, 2018, at Soldier Pond in the Fish River to monitor flooding near Fort Kent in Maine. 

Discussion on Complexities of the Rio Grande Watershed
April 30, 2018

Discussion on Complexities of the Rio Grande Watershed

Streamside talk about a water managers perspectives on the complexities of the Rio Grande Watershed and the history / need for runoff forecasts for downstream water users. The talk led by Dagmar Llewelly (BOR), Carolyn Donnelly (BOR), Andy Wood (UCAR), and Flaivo Lehner (UCAR) focused on how stream forecasts are developed from snow information and how the forecasts are used to make operational...

Rio Grande Gaging Station Sign
April 30, 2018

Rio Grande Gaging Station Sign

Attendees of the 86th Annual Western Snow Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico gather at the first streamgaging station established by the United States Geological Survey in 1889 to learn about USGS streamgaging techniques. 

Hydro tech teaches sediment sampling techniques
April 30, 2018

Sediment Sampling Techniques

Attendees of the 86th Annual Western Snow Conference listen as Tyson Hatch of the New Mexico Water Science Center discusses current and past sediment gaging techniques. 

USGS Staff pose next to "First Gaging Station" sign
April 30, 2018

Rio Grande at Embudo, NM - First Gaging Station

Staff from the New Mexico Water Science Center pose next to the "First Gaging Station" sign after hosting a technical tour of the site as part of the 86th annual Western Snow Conference.

Reston stable isotope lab RSIL Reference Powder
April 20, 2018

Reston stable isotope lab RSIL Reference Powder

Reston stable isotope lab RSIL Reference Powder

Reston stable isotope lab RSIL Reference VSMOW
April 20, 2018

Reston stable isotope lab RSIL Reference VSMOW

Reston stable isotope lab RSIL Reference VSMOW

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Date published: May 31, 2018

USGS Hurricane Response Met Challenges in 2017, Prepares for 2018

No one has a crystal ball to foresee what will happen during the 2018 hurricane season that begins June 1, but NOAA forecasters say there’s a 75 percent chance this hurricane season will be at least as busy as a normal year, or busier.

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.