Water Science School

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Date published: March 4, 2019

Principal Aquifers of the United States

A principal aquifer is defined as a regionally extensive aquifer or aquifer system that has the potential to be used as a source of potable water. This site provides downloadable maps (Ground Water Atlas of the United States, 2003) and spatial data (National Atlas, 2014) for the principal aquifers and aquifers of alluvial and glacial origin of the U.S.

Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Irma's Water Footprint

Hurricane Irma, the most intense hurricane observed in the Atlantic in the last decade, approached the west coast of Florida on September 10th, 2017. This map animates the hurricane's path, cumulative precipitation, and its impact on river gage height.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Harvey's Water Footprint

Hurricane Harvey approached the U.S. Gulf coast on August 25, 2017. This map shows the hurricane's impact on precipitation and streamflow.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Matthew's Water Footprint

Hurricane Matthew approached the southeastern U.S. coast on October 7, 2016. This is a data visualization that shows the hurricane's impact on precipitation and streamflow.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Hurricane Florence's Water Footprint

Watch Florence move through the Carolinas in this data visualization and see USGS streamgage measurements spike as the storm’s extreme rainfall leads to intense flooding. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 3, 2019

Microplastics in our Nation's Waterways

Microplastics, plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in diameter, are a contaminant of emerging concern in aquatic environments. This interactive visualization explores classifications and potential sources of microplastics in the Great Lakes.

Date published: March 3, 2019

Drought in the Colorado River Basin - Insights Using Open Data

Since 2000, the Colorado River Basin has been experiencing a historic, extended drought that has impacted regional water supply and other resources, such as hydropower, recreation, and ecologic services. This visualization is part of a multi-agency effort to showcase the usefulness of open data by exploring the current 16-year drought and its effects on the Colorado River Basin.

Attribution: Water Resources