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Hydrologists from the USGS Wyoming, Montana, and Missisippi Water Science Centers are demonstrating the feasibility and utility of including groundwater level and temperature data from shallow streambank piezometers with existing suites of real-time data collected and transmitted at active gaging stations.

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Prairie dog and SPV bait
December 13, 2017

About 70 percent of wild prairie dogs successfully ingested baits containing an oral sylvatic plague vaccine, or SPV, that were distributed throughout their habitats, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection in Yellowstone National Park between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.
November 6, 2017

Western waters support some of the most intact aquatic ecosystems in North America, yet invasive species and emerging infectious diseases pose significant and immediate threats to these ecosystems. 

Image shows coal being loaded into trucks at a coal mine
October 26, 2017

It is difficult to overstate the importance of energy to the American economy.  Managing this vital sector depends on knowing how many energy resources we have, how many we use and need, and how these resources are transported

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O'Fallon Creek near Mildred, Montana
Date Published: February 9, 2018
Status: Active

Living on the Edge: Predicting Effects of Climate Change on Native Fishes in Northern Great Plains Streams

Organisms that live in the semi-arid prairies in the Northern Great Plains are able to live through conditions of extreme heat, cold, floods, and drought. The fish that inhabit the warm, turbid waters of northern Great Plains streams are indicators of change in these delicate ecosystems, where water quantity and water quality are often precariously close to ecological tolerance limits. In fact...

Helena Montana Water Use Livestock
Date Published: February 9, 2018
Status: Active

Water Use in Montana

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has compiled estimates of water use in Montana and the rest of the United States at 5-year intervals since 1950.

Section of Prospect Creek where stream has no flow
Date Published: February 1, 2018
Status: Active

Probability of Streamflow Permanence (PROSPER)

PRObability of Streamflow PERmanence (PROSPER)

Rivers and streams are constantly changing. Streamflows can change throughout the year and between years due to snowmelt, precipitation, diversions, and return flows. . For many streams, these fluctuations determine whether a stream has year-round flow or not.. PROSPER is a project initiated to better understand what causes these...

MT StreamStats Screenshot of Interactive Map
Date Published: January 30, 2018
Status: Active

Montana StreamStats: a water-resources web application

Montana StreamStats is a Web-based geographic information system (http://water.usgs.gov/osw/streamstats/montana.html) application that provides users with access to basin and streamflow characteristics for gaged and ungaged streams in Montana.

Contacts: Peter McCarthy
An oil well on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Date Published: January 24, 2018
Status: Active

Establishment of a baseline groundwater monitoring program in an area identified for energy development on the Blackfeet Reservation, Montana

As a result of energy development, the Blackfeet Environmental Office has developed a groundwater monitoring program specifically focused on the Cut Bank Creek watershed of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The addition of groundwater data to an existing surface-water monitoring program will help the Blackfeet Tribe develop a more complete understanding of the current conditions of their water...

Montana wetland
Date Published: January 24, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrologic Characterization of Potential Sites for Restored and Constructed Wetlands, Montana

Projects conducted by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) sometimes result in unavoidable impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitats. To compensate for these impacts, MDT mitigates the loss of wetlands by providing replacement wetlands within the watershed.

Exposed tailings on Clark Fork floodplain near Galen, Montana
Date Published: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

Clark Fork Water-Quality Monitoring

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has collected water-quality samples from selected stream sites upstream from Missoula since 1985. Sampling was initiated in response to elevated trace-element concentrations and the designation of areas in the upper Clark Fork basin by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as National Priorities List...

Contacts: Steve Sando
Measuring bridge scour on Clark Fork River near Superior, MT
Date Published: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

Bridge Scour in Montana

Bridge scour is the erosion of streambed material away from pier foundations and abutments and is the leading cause of bridge failure in the United States (Richardson and Davis, 2001). Since the early 1990s, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) have had a cooperative bridge scour project in Montana.

Female grizzly with cubs
Date Published: December 13, 2017
Status: Active

Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) is an interdisciplinary group of scientists and biologists responsible for long-term monitoring and research efforts on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The team was formed by the Department of the Interior (DOI) in 1973 as a direct result of controversy...

Wolf close up of eyes
Date Published: November 16, 2017
Status: Active

Impacts of Disease on Wolves in Yellowstone National Park

In 1995 and 1996, wolves were reintroduced into the Northern Rockies where they have since established and spread. Within Yellowstone National Park, one of the core protected release sites, the unmanaged population steadily increased to high densities, producing a large wolf population susceptible to infections such as canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV) and sarcoptic mange...

Contacts: Paul Cross, Emily Almberg, Doug Smith, Ellen Brandell & Peter Hudson
Bighorn sheep close up
Date Published: November 16, 2017
Status: Active

Pneumonia in Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep populations are often impacted by outbreaks of pneumonia that are suspected to come from domestic sheep and goats.

Contacts: Paul Cross, Frances Cassirer, Raina Plowright, Peter Hudson, Tom Besser & Keiza Manlove, Andrew Dobson
Cattle Grazing at Sunset in Montana
Date Published: November 16, 2017
Status: Active

Quantitative Disease Ecology

Researchers at the USGS are working on developing new quantitative methods to study disease dynamics in wildlife systems as well as systems at the wildlife-domestic-human interface. Much of our work focuses on how host population structure affects disease invasion, persistence and control in wildlife disease systems. We tackle these issues with a combination of simulation and statistical...

Contacts: Paul Cross
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Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana

Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana

Bozeman wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Bozeman wetland sites in Montana

Bozeman wetland sites in Montana

Johnson wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Johnson wetland sites in Montana

Johnson wetland sites in Montana

Kindsfater wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Kindsfater wetland sites in Montana

Kindsfater wetland sites in Montana

McGinnis Meadows wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

McGinnis Meadows wetland sites in Montana

McGinnis Meadows wetland sites in Montana

Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana

Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana

Richardson wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Richardson wetland sites in Montana

Richardson wetland sites in Montana

Rostad wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Rostad wetland sites in Montana

Rostad wetland sites in Montana

Schrieber wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Schrieber wetland sites in Montana

Schrieber wetland sites in Montana

Silicon Mountain wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Silicon Mountain wetland sites in Montana

Silicon Mountain wetland sites in Montana

Sportsman wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Sportsman wetland sites in Montana

Sportsman wetland sites in Montana

Tunnicliff wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018

Tunnicliff wetland sites in Montana

Tunnicliff wetland sites in Montana

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Screen capture of Montana StreamStats application
February 13, 2018

StreamStats is a Web-based geographic information system application that was created by the USGS to provide users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for water-resource planning and management.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

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Year Published: 2016

Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

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MT StreamStats Screenshot of Interactive Map
January 30, 2018

StreamStats is a Web application that incorporates a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for a variety of water-resources planning and management purposes, and for engineering and design purposes.

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Silicon Mountain wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen shot of Silicon Mountain wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Tunnicliff wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen shot of Tunnicliff wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Kindsfater wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen capture of Kindsfater wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
McGinnis Meadows wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen capture of McGinnis Meadows wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Rostad wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen capture of Rostad wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Sportsman wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen shot of Sportsman wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Johnson wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen capture of Johnson wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen capture of Kleinschmidt wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Richardson wetland sites in Montana
February 20, 2018
Screen capture of Richardson wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Cutting through 2-ft thick ice to sample Yellowstone River, Sidney MT
February 13, 2018
Cutting through 2-ft thick ice to sample Yellowstone River, Sidney MT
Bozeman wetland sites in Montana
February 9, 2018
Screen capture of Bozeman wetland sites in Montana in NWISMapper
Blackfeet Reservation Groundwater Monitoring Program Study Area Map
2018 (approx.)
Blackfeet Reservation Groundwater Monitoring Program Study Area Map
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Prairie dog and SPV bait
December 13, 2017

About 70 percent of wild prairie dogs successfully ingested baits containing an oral sylvatic plague vaccine, or SPV, that were distributed throughout their habitats, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection in Yellowstone National Park between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.
November 6, 2017

Western waters support some of the most intact aquatic ecosystems in North America, yet invasive species and emerging infectious diseases pose significant and immediate threats to these ecosystems. 

Image shows coal being loaded into trucks at a coal mine
October 26, 2017

It is difficult to overstate the importance of energy to the American economy.  Managing this vital sector depends on knowing how many energy resources we have, how many we use and need, and how these resources are transported

Image shows a view of Libby Dam and Lake Koocanusa
October 25, 2017

Resource managers, regulators, and stakeholders of Montana and British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa now have a new approach for understanding the implications of different levels of selenium, and to explore alternative selenium criteria for waters in the Lake.

A wildfire in a forest
September 7, 2017

A growing number of wildfire-burned areas throughout the western United States are expected to increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, causing more sediment to be present in downstream rivers and reservoirs, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

illustration
July 6, 2017

The USGS has up-to-date details on the July 6, 2017 event.

A mother grizzly bear and her cub in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
July 5, 2017

From the journals of Lewis & Clark, April 13, 1805 (in the vicinity of Pouch Point Recreation Area - 16 miles south of New Town, North Dakota):

Photo of a red dye-tracer study in June 2016 on the Missouri River near Fort Peck Dam, Montana.
June 21, 2017

Reporters: If interested in being notified when the study date is chosen, please contact Jennifer or Susannah.

Dubois Badlands Wilderness Study Area, Wyoming
January 19, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Land Management today released a collaborative report with new information and tools to support effective management of millions of acres of BLM public lands.  The report underscores the value of a landscape approach to management, and shows that the BLM manages some of the largest areas of intact public lands in the west. 

Christian Schmidt
November 28, 2016

Former Montana Water Quality Administrator Begins Work in Boise

A mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park.
November 16, 2016

Offspring of grizzly bear mothers with a history of human-bear conflicts are more likely to be involved in human-bear conflicts than offspring of mothers without a history of human-bear conflicts, according to a new study