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Map of Oklahoma Low-Level Flight Study Area, Approximate
June 1, 2018

Magnetic measurements made during low-altitude airplane flights conducted for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey reveal possible deep faults that may contribute to increased seismic activity in response to wastewater injection in certain portions of Oklahoma.

Image shows a detail of a yellow mineral on white rock
November 14, 2017

Estimates of Potential Uranium in the Southern High Plains Could Equal Just Under One Year of U.S. Needs.

2017 OK Gov Water Conf
October 3, 2017

The US Geological Survey is scheduled to present three talks and three posters at the thirty-eighth annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium in Norman, Oklahoma, October 31-November 1.

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Photo of Bird Bands in a Variety of Sizes and Types
Date Published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

dbflood-image
Date Published: September 21, 2017
Status: Active

Flood Database for Oklahoma

A web-mapping application for historical flood information organization and access.

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
OKC urban runoff site
Date Published: August 2, 2017
Status: Active

Green Infrastructure, CECs, and Geochemistry in Urban Stormwater Runoff used to Recharge Groundwater

This national project is a joint effort between the USGS and EPA looking at contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in urban stormwater runoff that is infiltrated into the subsurface or likely to be infiltrated in the future.

Phase I of the project aims to provide a broad-scale assessment of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and basic composition of water chemistry in urban...

Contacts: Jason Masoner
Groundwater-monitoring well in Osage County, Oklahoma.
Date Published: August 1, 2017
Status: Active

Deep Well Monitoring During Seismic Activity

The USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center is working cooperatively with the USGS Earthquake Science Center (California) to monitor real-time downhole pressures, temperatures, and water levels in an effort to understand changes in pore-fluid pressure in the Arbuckle Group associated with seismic activity.

Contacts: Shana Mashburn
Rush Springs aquifer outcrop near Binger, Oklahoma, 2010. Photograph taken by Shana Mashburn.
Date Published: July 12, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Monitoring on Fort Sill Apache Tribal Lands

This USGS investigation will examine the hydraulic properties of the Rush Springs aquifer underlying Fort Sill Apache tribal lands to determine their potential for groundwater development. The information gathered from this investigation will assist the Fort Sill Apache Tribe in identifying well locations with optimal long-term pumping capacity and water quality.

Contacts: Leland Fuhrig
Tri-State Ground-Water Modeling Illustration
Date Published: June 30, 2017

Tri-State Ground-Water Modeling

Short Title: Tri-State Ground-Water Model
Project Chief: Jonathan Gillip
Cooperators: Kansas Water Board
Project Time Frame: 2005 - present

To assess the effect that increased water use is having on the long-term availability of groundwater within the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, a...

Norfolk Road Bridge over Cimarron River, Payne County, OK
Date Published: June 9, 2017
Status: Active

Water Budget Analysis of the Pawnee Tribe Jurisdictional Area in Payne County, OK

The objective of this proposed project is to construct an annual water budget for the Cimarron River alluvial aquifer between USGS streamgages Cimarron River near Ripley, OK and a proposed new USGS streamgage. Components of the water budget (precipitation, [runoff], evapotranspiration, stream base flow, bedrock lateral flow, and groundwater pumping) will be calculated for the 2017 water year (...

Contacts: Shana Mashburn
Black Bear Creek at Pawnee, OK
Date Published: June 9, 2017
Status: Active

Black Bear Creek Watershed Hydrologic Summary for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma

The objectives of this project are to compile, summarize, and analyze available data and reports from the Pawnee Nation, the USGS, and other government agencies. The final report of the analysis will provide a comprehensive background document for geographic, hydrologic, and environmental features of the area and will identify gaps in available data that need to be filled for the Pawnee Nation...

Chikaskia River at Tonkawa, OK
Date Published: June 9, 2017
Status: Active

Tonkawa Tribe Groundwater Survey

The objective of this study is to analyze the alluvial aquifer of the Chikaskia River to determine the potential for additional groundwater resources for the Tonkawa Tribe’s water supply. This investigation will examine the depth, lithology, hydraulic properties, and general water quality of the Chikaskia River alluvial aquifer.

Contacts: Nicole Paizis
River Bathymetry
Date Published: June 9, 2017
Status: Completed

Neosho, Spring, and Elk Rivers Bathymetry

In support of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing process, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Grand River Dam Authority, performed bathymetric surveys of (1) the Neosho River from the Oklahoma border to the U.S. Highway 60 bridge at Twin Bridges State Park, (2) the Spring River from the Oklahoma border to the U.S. Highway 60 bridge at Twin Bridges State Park,...

Contacts: Shelby Hunter
Aerial photograph of Shawnee Reservoir looking southwest
Date Published: June 9, 2017
Status: Completed

Shawnee Twin Lakes Bathymetry

Shawnee Reservoir (locally known as Shawnee Twin Lakes) is a man-made reservoir on South Deer Creek with a drainage area of 32.7 square miles in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Shawnee, has operated a real-time stage (water-surface elevation) gage (USGS station 07241600) at Shawnee Reservoir since 2006. The purposes of the...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Washita River
Date Published: May 12, 2017
Status: Active

Washita River Reach 3 and 4 Alluvial Aquifer Study

The objectives of this investigation are to describe the hydrogeology, and construct, calibrate, and use a numerical groundwater-flow model to simulate the effects of transient stresses and various pumping and climate scenarios for Reaches 3 and 4 of the Washita River alluvial aquifer.

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Science Datasets
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Prospect- and Mine-Related Features from U.S. Geological Survey 7.5- and 15-Minute Topographic Quadrangle Maps of the United States

data location map
December 1, 2017

These data are part of a larger USGS project to develop an updated geospatial database of mines, mineral deposits and mineral regions in the United States. Mine and prospect-related symbols, such as those used to represent prospect pits, mines, adits, dumps, tailings, etc., are currently being digitized on a state-by-state basis from USGS Historical Topographic Maps.

Water
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National Water Information System (NWIS)

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September 1, 2017

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.

Real-time Data
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National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper

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August 30, 2017

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.

Droughts
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U.S. Drought Portal

National Integrated Drought Information System logo
April 27, 2017

National Integrated Drought Information System's U.S. Drought Portal.

Water
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Surface-water data for Oklahoma

OK surface-water example
April 13, 2017

Real-time and historical streamflow data collected throughout Oklahoma.

Water
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Groundwater data for Oklahoma

OK groundwater example
April 13, 2017

Current and historical groundwater data for Oklahoma.

Water
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Water-quality data for Oklahoma

OK qw example
April 13, 2017

Current and historical water-quality data for Oklahoma.

Water
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Water-use data for Oklahoma

OK water-use example
April 13, 2017

Historical water-use data for Oklahoma.

Water
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Lake-level data for Oklahoma

OK lake example
April 13, 2017

Real-time and historical lake-level data for Oklahoma.

Water
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Recent flow and stage for Oklahoma

OK flood table example
January 1, 2017

Access recent flood and stage data for streams and rivers throughout Oklahoma.

GIS Data
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Structures Data

Structure datasets for the nation from The National Map
April 20, 2016

USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations.

GIS Data
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Boundaries Data

Boundaries datasets for the nation from The National Map.
April 19, 2016

Boundaries data or governmental units represent major civil areas including states, counties, Federal, and Native American lands, and incorporated places such as cities and towns.

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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GRDA bathymetry
September 22, 2017

View topographic and bathymetric contour data and query water depths for the Neosho River, Spring River and Elk River, in northeastern Oklahoma.

Funding partners: Grand River Dam Authority

OK earthquake map
August 2, 2017

Information on the latest earthquakes in Oklahoma.

Miami Inundation Pilot Viewer
January 1, 2017

View topographic and bathymetric contour data and simulate Neosho River inundation areas for selected (and real-time) water-surface elevations at Grand Lake and the Neosho River streamgage near Commerce

Funding partners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Grand River Dam Authority, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife 

Shawnee Reservoir Data Viewer
January 1, 2017

View topographic and bathymetric contour data and simulate Shawnee (Twin Lakes) Reservoir inundation areas for selected (and real-time) water-surface elevations.

Funding partners: City of Shawnee

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.

Grand Lake Image
March 3, 2016

Grand Lake Data Viewer - View topographic and bathymetric contour data and simulate Grand Lake inundation areas for selected water-surface elevations.

Funding partners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Grand River Dam Authority, and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

 

OK drought watch example
January 1, 2016

Drought monitoring for Oklahoma.

dbflood-image
September 1, 2015

Flood Database for Oklahoma - Obtain records of historical flood depth and discharge measurements as well as flood-related news clippings.

Funding partners: Oklahoma Department of Transportation

StreamStats in Oklahoma
January 1, 2015

Delineate custom drainage basins, compute basin characteristics, and estimate streamflow statistics.

Funding partners: Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Water Resources Board

OK flood map example
January 1, 2010

View flooding high and low flows for streams and rivers throughout Oklahoma on the USGS WaterWatch website.

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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.

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Rafters on the Illinois River
May 7, 2018

Illinois River Floatcam

Rafters enjoy the floating down the Illinois River in northeast Okalahoma.

December 31, 2017

Groundwater use from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010

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...

August 7, 2017

Developing Effective Drought Monitoring Tools for Farmers and Ranchers

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...

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May 25, 2017

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Chikaskia River at Tonkawa, OK
May 9, 2017

Chikaskia River at Tonkawa, OK

Chikaskia River at Tonkawa, OK

Geoprobe fieldwork at Tonkawa, OK
May 9, 2017

Geoprobe fieldwork at Tonkawa, OK

Geoprobe fieldwork at Tonkawa, OK

Groundwater-monitoring well in Osage County, Oklahoma.
April 5, 2017

Groundwater-monitoring well in Osage County, Oklahoma.

Groundwater-monitoring well and telemetry equipment in Osage County, Oklahoma

Kansas Wildfires, March 2017, Landsat 8
March 31, 2017

March Wildfires Scorch Kansas, Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Land

This March 2017 Landsat 8 image shows massive burned scars in Kansas and Oklahoma. More than 730,000 acres of farm and ranchland were scorched by wind-driven wildfires that began March 6 and were finally extinguished on March 22.

Pine Creek near Moyer, OK
March 30, 2017

Pine Creek near Moyer, OK

Pine Creek near Moyer, OK

Satellite image showing burn damage caused by fires.
March 17, 2017

Fires Burn Farms and Ranches in Oklahoma and Kansas

Landsat's shortwave infrared (SWIR) band measures reduced moisture content in soil and vegetation. When combined with its near-infrared (NIR) band, which helps reveal actively growing vegetation, Landsat produces highly accurate images and maps of burned areas.

Tuner Falls, OK
February 14, 2017

Tuner Falls, OK

Tuner Falls, OK

Irrigation in Washita River area
October 4, 2016

Irrigation in Washita River area

Irrigation in Washita River area

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Map of Oklahoma Low-Level Flight Study Area, Approximate
June 1, 2018

Magnetic measurements made during low-altitude airplane flights conducted for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey reveal possible deep faults that may contribute to increased seismic activity in response to wastewater injection in certain portions of Oklahoma.

2017 OK Gov Water Conf
October 3, 2017

The US Geological Survey is scheduled to present three talks and three posters at the thirty-eighth annual Oklahoma Governor's Water Conference and Research Symposium in Norman, Oklahoma, October 31-November 1.

Satellite captured image of the rapidly intensifying storm, Harvey
September 6, 2017

USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center staff are assisting the Texas Water Science Center with streamflow measurements and high-water mark determinations in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  This information is vital for future flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

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.

House damage in central Oklahoma from a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in 2011
August 11, 2017

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
June 16, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

USGS
February 17, 2017

Small variations in the density of the earth’s crust—undetectable to humans without sensitive instruments—influence where earthquakes may occur in the central United States. These new findings from the U.S. Geological Survey, published today in Nature Communications, may allow scientists to map where future seismicity in the center of the country is most likely.

Oklahoma
October 24, 2016

Distant wastewater disposal wells likely induced the third largest earthquake in recent Oklahoma record, the Feb. 13, 2016, magnitude 5.1 event roughly 32 kilometers northwest of Fairview, Oklahoma. These findings from the U.S. Geological Survey are available in the online edition of Geophysical Research Letters.

Crop of OK earthquake
September 3, 2016

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck in Oklahoma on September 3, 2016 at 12:02:44 UTC (7:02 am local time). 

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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