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Richard G Niswonger

Richard Niswonger is a Research Hydrologist with the USGS Water Resources Mission Area.

We study local and regional water resources to aid water management decisions by developing software and constructing models that simulate both natural hydrologic processes and human water usage. 

In my current role as the national water use research manager, I lead teams in the development of nationally consistent models with three key features: automated data retrieval, monthly simulation at the USGS 12-digit Watershed Boundary Dataset (HUC12) resolution, and periodic updates for current and forecasted results. These models help identify data gaps, enhance data collection, and refine water use predictions. They facilitate frequent reporting, synthesis, and interpretation of data that support communities making informed water resources decisions.