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ND Oil and Gas
Date Published: August 2, 2017

Oil and Gas Resources

Information on the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin in the north central part of the United States and associated studies pertaining to the oil and gas development in western North Dakota and in nearby states.

Water Use 2013
Date Published: July 18, 2017

Water Use in North Dakota

The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture. 

Dead and dying cottonwoods along the Mojave River, California, following a decrease in the riparian water table
Date Published: January 17, 2017

Ecological Drought in Riparian Ecosystems

Drought is killing riparian trees along many rivers in the western United States. The cause can be increasing temperature or decreasing precipitation, flow or water-table elevation. At multiple locations we are relating water availability to physiological measurements of tree survival and water stress, such as ring width, carbon stable isotope ratio and branch hydraulic conductivity. These...

Vegetation along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon
Date Published: December 1, 2016

Riparian Ecology

Riparian ecologists in the AS Branch study interactions among flow, channel change, and vegetation along rivers across the western United States and worldwide. Our work focuses on issues relevant to the management of water and public lands, including dam operation, climate change, invasive species, and ecological restoration. Investigations take place on a range of scales. For example,...

A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast North Dakota.
Date Published: August 16, 2016

Pesticides in the Prairie Pothole Region

Wetlands of the northern Great Plains are crucial feeding grounds for migrating birds and waterfowl embedded in an agricultural landscape. Land use and hydrology can affect adult aquatic insects – crucial prey for critically declining populations of insectivorous birds. Current studies focus on effects of current-use pesticides on adult aquatic insects to inform decision making about...

a birder on a bridge looking at the birds
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

A crowd of people in a National Park.
Date Published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

A cutthroat trout. Photo by James Roberts, USGS.
Date Published: July 21, 2016

Using Quantile Regression to Investigate Ecological Limiting Factors

Unexplained heterogeneity in statistical models of animal responses to their physical environment is reasonable to expect because the measured habitat resources are a constraint on—but not the sole determinant of—abundance, survival, fecundity, or fitness. The ecological understanding and reliability of management predictions based on animal habitat models can be improved by shifting focus ...

Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp
Date Published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

The sunset on the main city beach in Laguna Beach, CA.
Date Published: July 19, 2016

Quantitative and Statistical Research Collaboration

Mathematical and statistical models are powerful research tools that play several important roles in conceptualizing and understanding the structure and dynamics of complicated ecological systems, including developing mechanistic hypotheses pertaining to ecological systems, designing studies that elucidate ecosystem structure and function, and extracting information from data.

Boreal toad (Bufo boreas) mating ball, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.
Date Published: May 6, 2016

Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: Rocky Mountain Region

The Rocky Mountain Region of Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) encompasses Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Two USGS Science Centers initiate and develop ARMI projects in this region. Investigations at NOROCK are headed by Dr. Blake Hossack. Investigations at the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT), Colorado, are headed by Dr. Erin Muths. The ARMI program is based...

Contacts: Blake Hossack
USGS scientist lifting a sample bottle from ice hole
Date Published: April 19, 2016

Fate and Effects of Wastes from Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

This study is assessing the environmental health risks associated with wastes from unconventional oil and gas development by characterizing waste materials, identifying potential environmental pathways, and evaluating the potential effects on organisms from exposure to unintended waste releases.

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Image: Rainbow over Tree
September 22, 2013

Rainbow over Tree

North Dakota scenery in Ward County, north of Sawyer.

Image: Bridge over the Little Missouri River
September 11, 2013

Bridge over the Little Missouri River

This is the Little Missouri River near Watford City, North Dakota.  At the time, streamflow was 5,300 cubic feet per second.

 

Image: Little Missouri River
September 11, 2013

Little Missouri River

This is the Little Missouri River near Watford City, North Dakota.  At the time, streamflow was 5,300 cubic feet per second.

Image: Snowden Lift Bridge
September 9, 2013

Snowden Lift Bridge

This is the Snowden Lift Bridge over the Missouri River at Nohly, Montana.

Image: Snowden Lift Bridge
September 9, 2013

Snowden Lift Bridge

This is the Snowden Lift Bridge over the Missouri River at Nohly, Montana.

 

Image: Little Muddy River
September 8, 2013

Little Muddy River

Little Muddy River below Cow Creek near Williston, North Dakota, streamflow 14.6 cubic feet per second.

Image: Little Muddy River
September 8, 2013

Little Muddy River

This is the Little Muddy River below Cow Creek near Williston, North Dakota.  Streamflow at the time was 14.6 cubic feet per second.

Image: Impending Storm
September 8, 2013

Impending Storm

Storm clouds over the Little Muddy River below Cow Creek near Williston, North Dakota, streamgage. 

Image: Slough at Sunset
September 1, 2013

Slough at Sunset

A slough in Burleigh County, North Dakota, near Apple Creek.

Image: Baldhill Dam 2013
June 22, 2013

Baldhill Dam 2013

Northeast facing view of gates and spillway.

Image: Baldhill Dam 2013
June 22, 2013

Baldhill Dam 2013

East facing partial view of gates, spillway, and fish hatchery ponds.

Image: Baldhill Dam 2013
June 22, 2013

Baldhill Dam 2013

East facing view of glory hole.

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USGS
September 12, 2013

Land-use in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the northern Great Plains has been shifting at an extraordinary rate, including changes in agriculture practices, the recent boom in petroleum production, and rising tourism, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. 

USGS
April 3, 2013

Peak flooding on the Red River at Fargo will likely occur sometime after April 15, according to U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data and National Weather Service information. 

USGS
March 27, 2013

Dr. Pamela Pietz, a research wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, was recently granted the U.S. Department of the Interior's Meritorious Service Award—the second highest award for a DOI career employee—and elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU), one of the oldest and largest organizations in the world devoted to the scientific study of birds.

USGS
March 27, 2013

Dr. Ned H. Euliss, Jr., research wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, was recently granted the U.S. Department of the Interior's Meritorious Service Award—the second highest award for a DOI career employee—for his contributions to ecological science.

USGS
November 1, 2012

Former U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) scientist, Lewis M. Cowardin, was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists for his pioneering work with waterfowl ecology, wetland classification, remote sensing, and model-assisted decision making.

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October 5, 2011

Dr. Gary Krapu, U.S. Geological Survey scientist and Dickey County, N.D. native, was recently elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union for his exceptional contributions to ornithology through research, conservation efforts, and education.  

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September 15, 2011

U.S. Geological Survey biologist Dr. Marsha A. Sovada was recently granted the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award, the second highest award for a DOI career employee, for her contributions to the development and management of wildlife research studies.

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July 12, 2011

Peak streamflow during the current Souris River flood was almost twice the previous record in Sherwood, N.D., according to U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data.

The flooded Souris, or "Mouse," River peaked at 29,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) on June 24 at the USGS-operated streamgage in Sherwood—almost doubling the 1976 record of 14,800 cfs at this location. 

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July 6, 2011

Record flooding along the Souris River near Minot, N.D. and record drought at O.C. Fisher Lake near San Angelo, Texas have more than their contrasting water conditions in common.

These places, nearly 1,000 miles apart, are situated almost exactly north and south of each other near the100th meridian of longitude.  On average they have similar amounts of precipitation. 

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June 27, 2011

The Landsat 7 satellite recorded the flooding of the city of Minot, North Dakota, at its peak on June 25, 2011, when the Souris River in north central North Dakota surpassed an 1881 record flood reading by a wide margin.

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April 25, 2011

The Souris River above Minot reached its highest flow rate in about 40 years on Thursday, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data. 

The flow at the USGS Souris River above Minot streamgage reached 4,900 cubic feet per second on Thursday, which is its largest flow rate since the flood of 1979 and its fifth highest flow since 1912.

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April 20, 2011

Many points in the Souris River Basin of North Dakota and Canada reached all-time record streamflows during the past week, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey international streamgage data.

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