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USGS: Science for a changing world
September 21, 2017

This page contains the weekly highlights from the Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center for the week of 9/112017 - 9/15/2017! Please take a look and see what we have been up to!

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.

Two men collecting groundwater samples at a public well in the middle of a grassy field in Texas
May 31, 2017

Decades or longer may be needed to fully assess the effects of unconventional oil and gas production on the quality of groundwater used for drinking water in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas

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Figure 1. The Buffalo National River in Arkansas
October 31, 2017
Status: Active

Each year, the Buffalo National River (BUFF) attracts 1.6 million visitors, many of whom enjoy recreational water activities. Since 2013, a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) for swine has been operating on Big Creek, a BUFF tributary.

Harvey
August 29, 2017

Where: Westdale Heights Academic Magnet school, Baton Rouge, LA

Background:  Dennis Demcheck has been volunteering at the public school since 2012, discussing bird identification, migration patterns, and drawing birds. The presentation emphasized scientific observation and the importance of accurate data collection.

Partners/Stakeholders: None. Dennis talked to about 75 students...

Ozark Plateaus Hydrogeologic Framework Illustration
July 5, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey's Groundwater Resources Program (GWRP) is conducting an assessment of groundwater availability throughout the United States to gain a better understanding of the status of the Nation's groundwater resources and how changes in water use and climate may affect those resources. 

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Sparta Aquifer Recovery Project Wells Map - Arkansas
July 5, 2017

The Sparta aquifer is Union County's only source of municipal and industrial ground water. Since development began in the early 1920's ground-water levels have declined more than 390 feet in some areas. As a result, Union was among five southern Arkansas counties designated as the state's first "Critical Ground Water Area" in 1996.

Partners include:...

Photo of Beaver Lake Diagnostic System Instrument - Arkansas
July 5, 2017

Short Title: Beaver Lake 3-D Modelin

Project Chief: Reed Green

Cooperator: Beaver Water District

Project Time Frame: October 2007 - present

Beaver Lake is a large, deep-storage reservoir located in the White River Basin in northwestern Arkansas and is...

Map of Beaver Lake Watershed - Arkansas
July 5, 2017

Short Title: Beaver Lake Water Quality

Project Chief: Reed Green

Cooperator: Beaver Water District

Project Time Frame: 2000 - present

Beaver Lake, completed in 1963, is located in northwestern Arkansas and receives a majority of its water from three...

Hot Springs Arkansas Flood Warning System Gage Locations - Map
July 5, 2017

Short Title: Hot Springs Flood Warning System

Project Chief: Joseph Fleming

Cooperator: City of Hot Springs

Project Time Frame: 2008- present

In May 1990, a series of severe thunderstorms developed in the vicinity of Hot Springs with a total...

Ozark forest photograph - Arkansas
July 3, 2017

Short Title: Lakes Maumelle and Winona

Project Chief: William Green

Cooperator: Central Arkansas Water

Project Time Frame: 1989 - present

Lakes Maumelle and Winona are water-supply reservoirs for the Little Rock and North Little Rock metropolitan areas...

Middle Fork Saline River - Arkansas Map
July 3, 2017

Short Title: Middle Fork Study

Project Chief: William Baldwin

Cooperators: Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission,Arkansas Naural Resources Commission, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

North Alluvial Aquifer Modeling Area Map - Arkansas
July 3, 2017

 

Short Title: North Ground-Water Model

Project Chief: Phillip Hays

Cooperators: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

Project Time Frame: 2005 - present

Several counties in eastern and southern Arkansas have been designated Critical Ground-Water Areas (areas where alluvial aquifer...

Ozark Plateaus National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program Map
June 30, 2017

Short Title: Ozark Plateaus NAWQA

Project Chief: Billy Justus

Cooperator: U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program

Project Time Frame: 1991 - present

The Ozark Plateaus study unit is one of more than 50 study units that are part...

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Arkansas Current Water Conditions Image
October 31, 2017

Current Conditions for Arkansas - Streamflow

To view current streamflow conditions for Arkansas click here

Illustration of the National Water Quality Network on U.S. map
October 31, 2017

Current Conditions for Arkansas: Water Quality

To view current conditions for Arkansas Water Quality click here.

Groundwater Well in rice field - Arkansas photograph
October 31, 2017

Arkansas Groundwater-Quality Network

To see information on the Arkansas Groundwater-Quality Network click here.

Application screenshot thumbnail
September 1, 2017

National Water Information System (NWIS)

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

NWIS-Mapper thumbnail image
August 30, 2017

National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper

The National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper provides access to water-resources data at over 1.5 million sites across the U.S., including current and historical data. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

Arkansas water use database surface water
July 7, 2017

Real-time Water Use Sites - Arkansas

To view real-time water use sites for Arkansas click here.

Sediment Sampling - Mississippi River - Arkansas photograph
July 7, 2017

Real Time Sediment Concentrations - Arkansas

To view real time sediment concentrations for Arkansas click here.

Lab photograph - Arkansas
July 7, 2017

Real Time Nitrate Readings - Arkansas

To see real time nitrate readings for Arkansas click here.

Arkansas Water Quality Mapper GIS Image
July 7, 2017

Arkansas Water Quality Mapper

To view the Arkansas Water Quality Mapper GIS interactive map click here.

Arkansas StreamStats Interactive Map
July 7, 2017

Arkansas StreamStats

To see detailed information on Arkansas StreamStats as well as an interactive map click here.

Arkansas Sparta Recovery Groundwater Network Map
July 7, 2017

Arkansas Sparta Recovery Groundwater Network

To see site information for the Arkansas Sparta Recovery Groundwater Network click here.

Arkansas Northern Lonoke County Groundwater Network Map
July 7, 2017

Arkansas Northern Lonoke County Groundwater Network

To see the map and site information for the Arkansas Northern Lonoke County Groundwater Network click here.

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Buffalo River Map Screen Capture
September 14, 2016

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

MAP study area
September 14, 2016

Subsurface geometry of the Mississippi Embayment Regional Aquifer Study (MERAS)

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.

Arkansas Map Thumbnail
January 1, 2014

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. 

Sparta Aquifer Monitoring and Sampling Map - AR/LA
November 10, 2003

The Union County Water Conservation Board with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began a study in 2003 with the U.S. Geological Survey, the Union County Conservation District, Burns & McDonnell to monitor the impact of water-level recovery and water-quality characteristics of the Sparta aquifer system in southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana.

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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.

Year Published: 2016

Hydrologic effects on diameter growth phenology for Celtis laevigata and Quercus lyrata in the floodplain of the lower White River, Arkansas

Bottomland hardwood (BLH) forests represent an extensive wetland system in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and southeastern USA, and it is currently undergoing widespread transition in species composition. One such transition involves increased establishment of sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), and decreased establishment of overcup oak (Quercus...

Schweitzer, Callie Jo; Clatterbuck, Wayne K.; Oswalt, Christopher M.; Allen, Scott T.; Cochran, Wesley; Krauss, Ken W.; Keim, Richard F.; King, Sammy L.
Allen, S.T., Cochran, J.W., Krauss, K.W., Keim, R.F., and King, S.L., 2016, Hydrologic effects on diameter growth phenology for Celtis laevigata and Quercus lyrata in the floodplain of the lower White River, Arkansas: in Schweitzer, C.J., Clatterbuck, W.K., and Oswalt, C.M., eds., Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Southern Silvicultural Research Conference, USDA Forest Service General Technical Report SRS-212, p. 273-279: Asheville, N.C.

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Water Use Site Retrieval Page Icon
July 4, 2016

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.

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2017 (approx.)
Groundwater use from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010” is a short video showing modeled groundwater withdrawal rates from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system (Ozark system) in the central United States. The Ozark Plateaus Groundwater Availability Study aims to quantify current groundwater resources in the Ozark system, evaluate how these resources have changed over time, and provide...
August 7, 2017
This webinar was conducted on August 7, 2017 as part of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center’s Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series, held in partnership with the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. Webinar Summary: The South Central U.S. is one of the main agricultural regions in North America: annual agricultural production is valued at more than...
Image shows sand in a hand
2015 (approx.)
Frac sands used in unconventional oil and gas development.
April 6, 2015
Groundwater or surface water interaction in the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system. Includes examples of thermal imagery used to see groundwater entering streams.
USGS Scientist collecting water samples in a stream
2014 (approx.)
USGS scientist collecting water samples and measuring water field properties at North Sylamore Creek, Arkansas, on January 7, 2014. Water samples were analyzed for over 700 chemicals and a wide range of biological activity and toxicity.
Flood of May 3, 2011, at USGS streamflow-gaging station 07069000, Black River at Pocahontas, Arkansas.
May 3, 2011
Flood of May 3, 2011, at USGS streamflow-gaging station 07069000, Black River at Pocahontas, Arkansas. Photograph by D.M. Wagner, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center.
Flood of April 25, 2011, at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamflow-gaging station 07048490, Town Branch tributary at Highway 1
April 4, 2011
Flood of April 25, 2011, at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamflow-gaging station 07048490, Town Branch tributary at Highway 16 at Fayetteville, Arkansas. Photograph by D.M. Wagner, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center.
Flood of April 25, 2011, Highway 16 at Fayetteville, Arkansas
April 4, 2011
Flood of April 25, 2011, at USGS streamflow-gaging station 07048600, White River near Fayetteville, Arkansas. Photograph by K.M. Hubbs, Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center.
video thumbnail: Simulated groundwater declines in Central Arkansas
January 6, 2009
A groundwater-flow model of the Mississippi embayment was used to evaluate changes in water-level altitudes after the addition of wells that simulate potential future pumping from the Sparta aquifer in the Bayou Meto-Grand Prairie area of eastern Arkansas (shown within the black outline) for the 30-year period from 2007 through 2037. The animation portrays the time-lapse development of a cone of...
Flood of March 19, 2008, Buffalo River near St. Joe, Ark.
March 19, 2008
B.K. Martin, hydrologic technician in the Little Rock office of the USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center, measuring streamflow with an acoustic doppler current profiler during flood of March 19, 2008, at USGS streamflow-gaging station 07056000, Buffalo River near St. Joe, Arkansas. Photograph by W.E. Baldwin, USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center.
Image: Mississippi River near Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas
The 2006 image (left) show the river in a more normal state, while the 2011 image (right) shows the massive flooding. The dark blue tones represent water or flooded areas, the light green is cleared fields, and light tones are clouds. Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA on May 10 show the major flooding of the Mississippi River along the state borders of...
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USGS: Science for a changing world
September 21, 2017

This page contains the weekly highlights from the Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center for the week of 9/112017 - 9/15/2017! Please take a look and see what we have been up to!

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.

Two men collecting groundwater samples at a public well in the middle of a grassy field in Texas
May 31, 2017

Decades or longer may be needed to fully assess the effects of unconventional oil and gas production on the quality of groundwater used for drinking water in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas

Map of the 48 contiguous states showing Microcystin concentrations
May 31, 2016

First-of-its-kind survey shows that algal toxins are found nationwide

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January 15, 2016

Significant flood peaks occurred across the Arkansas, White and Red River Basins in Arkansas beginning on Dec. 26 and the rivers are still high, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: USGS Measures Historic Flooding Across the Nation
January 4, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams in 12 states across the country. USGS is making preparations for a prolonged field effort along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers as major flooding will extend well into mid-to-late January, particularly along the lower Mississippi River.

Hydrograph of White River at Augusta, Arkansas, December 24-31, 2015. Left side shows Gage height 31-36 feet. Bottom is days.
December 31, 2015

Heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches in northern and western Arkansas that fell during the Christmas weekend is still causing major flooding in some areas.

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December 1, 2015

A newly published, three-volume “Remote Sensing Handbook” is a comprehensive coverage of all remote sensing topics written by over 300 leading global experts.

Graph: Peak ground-motion variability for a magnitude 7.7 earthquake
July 30, 2015

Computer simulations of earthquake shaking, replicating the quakes that occurred in 1811-1812 in the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ), indicate that future large earthquakes there would produce major, prolonged ground shaking.

Crowdsourced Earthquake Warnings illustration
April 10, 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif.— Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes according to newly reported research.

Crowdsourced Earthquake Warnings illustration
April 10, 2015

MENLO PARK, California — Los teléfonos móviles y otros dispositivos electrónicos personales podrían ayudar en las regiones donde se encuentran en uso generalizado, y pueden funcionar como sistemas de alerta para terremotos mayor según la nueva investigación científica recien publicada.