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Arizona

The Southwest Region includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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Date published: October 30, 2017
Status: Active

Native Plant Materials for Ecological Restoration of Degraded Drylands

There is a growing consensus among resource managers to use native plant materials for ecological restoration of degraded drylands. Some plant species may be suitable for re-introduction across broad environmental gradients. Other species may fail under narrower conditions, or their re-introduction may have genetic consequences for local ecotypes, particularly when adapting to future climate...

Contacts: Lesley DeFalco
Date published: October 30, 2017
Status: Active

Conservation of Rare, Sensitive, and At-risk Desert Plant Species

The Mojave Desert is among the hottest and driest of the North American drylands, but in spite of these extreme conditions, and in part because of them, a diverse flora exists. This diversity of rare, endemic, and endangered species is threatened by the complex interaction between fluctuating climate and human-mediated disturbances. USGS studies have identified rare species “hotspots” for...

Contacts: Lesley DeFalco
Date published: October 3, 2017

Colorado Plateaus Regional Groundwater Availability

Pilot phase

This study is in a pilot phase during fiscal years 2017 and 2018. The purpose of the pilot phase is to identify possible technical challenges of using the USGS code GSFLOW for simulating groundwater and surface-water flow in the Colorado Plateau principal aquifer system. During the pilot phase, the project will evaluate GSFLOW in the San Juan River Basin (...

Date published: September 20, 2017

Land Treatment Digital Library

The LTDL was created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to catalog information about land treatments on Federal lands in the western United States for all interested parties. The flexible framework of the library allows for the storage of a wide variety of data in different formats. The LTDL currently stores previously established land treatments or what often are called legacy data. The...

Date published: August 5, 2017
Status: Active

RestoreNet: Distributed Field Trial Network for Dryland Restoration

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers and land managers are co-producing a network of restoration field trial sites on DOI and surrounding lands in the southwestern U.S. The network systematically tests restoration treatments across a broad range of landscape, soil, and climate conditions. Each site in the network is used to test suitable seed mixes and treatments that promote plant...

Contacts: Seth Munson, Molly McCormick, Katie Laushman, Rebecca Mann, Mike Duniway, Ph.D., Brad Butterfield, Elise Gornish, Loralee Larios, Akasha Faist, Helen Rowe, Caroline A. Havrilla
Date published: August 4, 2017
Status: Active

Occurrence and Potential Risk of Microplastics in Lake Mead and the Delaware River

There is mounting evidence that microplastics present a significant threat to aquatic organisms. Microplastics – defined as plastic particles less than 5 mm in diameter – come from many different sources, including synthetic textiles, industrial waste products, personal care products, and the breakdown of litter, car tires, and other objects. This study will assess the occurrence of...

Date published: April 25, 2017
Status: Active

National Water-Quality Program Monitoring Networks, Arizona, 2013-2023

The Arizona Water Science Center collects water-quality data from stream and aquifer sites in networks that are part of the National Water-Quality Program (NWQP) and the National Stream Quality Accounting Network (NASQAN).

Date published: April 13, 2017
Status: Active

Ecosystem Modelling and Decision Support

The Ecosystem Modelling and Decision Support Project seeks to understand how drivers of ecosystem change like wildfire, drought, and land use affected past spatial and temporal patterns of vegetation communities and wildlife. Research methods involve 1) analyzing field-collected information (e.g. long-term plot/transect data, repeat photography) on soils, vegetation, and/or wildlife with...

Date published: April 12, 2017
Status: Active

Hydrocarbon Monitoring in Response to Personal Watercraft Regulation at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination related to watercraft use is one of the most significant water-quality issues affecting Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GLCA). Water quality in Lake Powell is important as the lake is a water source for public and agricultural consumption. In addition, more than 2 million people visit GLCA annually, and most of these...

Date published: April 12, 2017
Status: Active

Identification and Analysis of Points of Diversion along the Lower Colorado River in Support of Decree Accounting

 In the United States, the Colorado River Compact of 1922 apportions the waters of the Colorado River between the upper basin States and the lower basin States (U.S. Congress, 1948, p. A17-A22). The requirement for participation of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) is stated in Article V. Water in the lower Colorado River is apportioned among the States of...

Date published: April 10, 2017
Status: Active

Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Bacterial Indicators and Microbial Source Tracking within Tumacácori National Historical Park and the Santa Cruz River Watershed

Elevated levels of bacteria have been measured by the USGS, National Park Service, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), and other agencies, in the Upper Santa Cruz River, including within the reach at Tumacácori National Historical Park (TUMA).  Indicators of pathogens in the river at TUMA are at levels that are of great concern to TUMA personnel responsible for safeguarding two...

Date published: April 10, 2017
Status: Active

Occurrence, fate, transport, and ecological effects of aerially applied herbicides in the effort to control invasive buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare syn. Cenchrus ciliaris) in Saguaro National Park

The Sonoran Desert lands that the Saguaro National Park (SAGU) has been tasked to protect are facing an unprecedented threat from buffelgrass (Cenhrus ciliaris), an invasive perennial grass that was added to Arizona’s noxious weed list in 2005. The buffelgrass invasion has been so pervasive that the U.S. Department of Interior issued a declaration in 2010 which highlighted a need for...

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Year Published: 1987

Estimates of average annual tributary inflow to the lower Colorado River, Hoover Dam to Mexico

Estimates of tributary inflow by basin or area and by surface water or groundwater are presented in this report and itemized by subreaches in tabular form. Total estimated average annual tributary inflow to the Colorado River between Hoover Dam and Mexico, excluding the measured tributaries, is 96,000 acre-ft or about 1% of the 7.5 million acre-ft...

Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.
Estimates of average annual tributary inflow to the lower Colorado River, Hoover Dam to Mexico; 1987; WRI; 87-4078; Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.

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Year Published: 1987

Progress report on the ground-water, surface-water, and quality-of-water monitoring program, Black Mesa area, northeastern Arizona, 1987

The N aquifer is an important source of water in the 5,400 sq-mi Black Mesa area on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations. The Black Mesa monitoring program is designed to monitor long-term effects on the groundwater resources of the mesa as a result of withdrawals from the aquifer by the strip-mining operation of Peabody Coal Company....

Hill, G.W.; Sottilare, J.P.
Progress report on the ground-water, surface-water, and quality-of-water monitoring program, Black Mesa area, northeastern Arizona, 1987; 1987; OFR; 87-458; Hill, G. W.; Sottilare, J. P.

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Year Published: 1986

Annual summary of ground-water conditions in Arizona, spring 1984 to spring 1985

In arid and semiarid regions such as Arizona, the availability of adequate water supplies has a significant influence on the type and extent of economic development. About two-thirds of the water used in the State is groundwater. The nature and extent of the groundwater reservoirs must be known for proper management of this valuable resource. The...

Annual summary of ground-water conditions in Arizona, spring 1984 to spring 1985; 1986; OFR; 86-422-W; Geological Survey (U.S.)

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Year Published: 1986

Evapotranspiration estimates using remote-sensing data, Parker and Palo Verde valleys, Arizona and California

In 1981 the U.S. Geological Survey established an experimental project to assess the possible and practical use of remote sensing data to estimate evapotranspiration as an approximation of consumptive use in the lower Colorado River flood plain. The project area was in Parker Valley, Arizona. The approach selected was to measure the areas covered...

Raymond, L.H.; Rezin, K.V.
Evapotranspiration estimates using remote-sensing data, Parker and Palo Verde valleys, Arizona and California; 1986; OFR; 86-67; Raymond, L. H.; Rezin, K. V.

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Year Published: 1986

Progress report on Black Mesa monitoring program; 1985-86

Hill, George W.; Whetten, Marlin I.
Progress report on Black Mesa monitoring program; 1985-86; 1986; OFR; 86-414-W; Hill, George W.; Whetten, Marlin I.

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Year Published: 1985

Annual summary of ground-water conditions in Arizona, Spring 1983 to Spring 1984

A summary map shows various aspects of groundwater availability in Arizona. Potential well production, in increments of 0 to 10 gpm, 10 to 500 gpm, and 50 to 2500 gpm (average 1000 gpm) os the primary emphasis of the map; however, data on changes in water level from spring 1983 to spring 1984, status of groundwater inventory, and estimated...

Annual summary of ground-water conditions in Arizona, Spring 1983 to Spring 1984; 1985; OFR; 85-410; Geological Survey (U.S.)

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Year Published: 1985

Progress report on Black Mesa monitoring program, 1984

The N aquifer is an important source of water in the 5,400 square-mile Black Mesa area on the Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations. The project is designed to monitor long-term effects on the ground-water resources of the mesa as a result of withdrawals from the aquifer by a strip-mining operation. Withdrawals from the N aquifer by the mine have...

Hill, G.W.
Progress report on Black Mesa monitoring program, 1984; 1985; OFR; 85-483; Hill, G. W.

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Year Published: 1984

A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the Colorado River in the Palo Verde-Cibola area, California and Arizona

Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.
A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the Colorado River in the Palo Verde-Cibola area, California and Arizona; 1984; WRI; 84-4236; Owen-Joyce, Sandra J.

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Year Published: 1984

A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the Colorado River in the Parker area, Arizona and California

Leake, S.A.
A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the Colorado River in the Parker area, Arizona and California; 1984; WRI; 84-4229; Leake, S. A.

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Year Published: 1984

Annual summary of ground-water conditions in Arizona, spring 1982 to spring 1983

The withdrawal of ground water was slightly less than 4.2 million acre-feet in Arizona in 1982, which is about 1.2 million acre-feet less than the amount withdrawn in 1981. Most of the decrease in 1982 was in the amount of ground water used for irrigation in the Basin and Range lowlands province. Through 1982, slightly more than 193 million acre-...

Annual summary of ground-water conditions in Arizona, spring 1982 to spring 1983; 1984; OFR; 84-428; Geological Survey (U.S.)

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Year Published: 1983

A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the lower Colorado River in the Yuma area, Arizona and California

Loeltz, Omar J.; Leake, S.A.
A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the lower Colorado River in the Yuma area, Arizona and California; 1983; WRI; 83-4220; Loeltz, O. J.; Leake, S. A.

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A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the lower Colorado River in the Yuma area, Arizona and California; executive summary

Loeltz, Omar J.; Leake, S.A.
A method for estimating ground-water return flow to the lower Colorado River in the Yuma area, Arizona and California; executive summary; 1983; WRI; 83-4221; Loeltz, O. J.; Leake, S. A.

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Valles Marineris on Mars
September 29, 2011

Valles Marineris on Mars

Mosaic of the Valles Marineris hemisphere of Mars projected into point perspective, a view similar to that which one would see from a spacecraft. The distance is 2500 kilometers from the surface of the planet, with the scale being .6km/pixel. The mosaic is composed of 102 Viking Orbiter images of Mars. The center of the scene (lat -8, long 78) shows the entire Valles

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August 10, 2011

Post-fire Flash Flood in Coronado National Memorial, Arizona

Video footage begins with dry streambed, and within the first 10 seconds a very dark, roiling, flow comes downstream toward the viewer. The rest of the video is footage of the flow going past, and into a culvert under a bridge. The video was recorded at the U.S. Geological Survey streamgage site near the Coronado National Memorial visitor center, in southern Arizona. The

Image: Landsat Photo: Wallow Fire, Arizona
June 7, 2011

Landsat Photo: Wallow Fire, Arizona

This Landsat imagery was taken on June 7, 2011. Path/Row: 35/36 and 37 Lat/Long: 33.820/-109.330

Image: Drilling in Cinder Lake, Arizona
June 3, 2011

Drilling in Cinder Lake, Arizona

Boreholes being drilled at Cinder Lake as part of a U.S. Geological Survey study to determine the feature's floodwater storage capacity. Cinder Lake, which is located on the Coconino National Forest, has been used to store runoff from areas affected by the 2010 Schultz Fire outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.

May 5, 2011

Electronic Tape Calibration Procedure

A training video discussing how to calibrate the electronic tape.

May 5, 2011

Microgravity Measurement for Groundwater Analysis

A video discussing the Gravity Meters used at the USGS Arizona Water Science Center.

Image: Dust Storm Near Winslow, Arizona, in April 2011
April 1, 2011

Dust Storm Near Winslow, Arizona, in April 2011

Dust carried by the wind has far-reaching effects, including the loss of nutrients and water-holding capacity from landscapes, and the speeding up of the melting of snow, which affects the timing and magnitude of runoff into streams and rivers.

Image: Dust Storm Near Winslow, Arizona, in April 2011
April 1, 2011

Dust Storm Near Winslow, Arizona, in April 2011

Dust carried by the wind has far-reaching effects, including the loss of nutrients and water-holding capacity from landscapes, and the speeding up of the melting of snow, which affects the timing and magnitude of runoff into streams and rivers.

Image: Dust Storm near Winslow, Arizona, in April  2011
April 1, 2011

Dust Storm near Winslow, Arizona, in April 2011

Dust carried by the wind has far-reaching effects, including the loss of nutrients and water-holding capacity from landscapes, and the speeding up of the melting of snow, which affects the timing and magnitude of runoff into streams and rivers.

Image: Dust Storm Near Winslow, Arizona, in April 2011
April 1, 2011

Dust Storm Near Winslow, Arizona, in April 2011

Dust carried by the wind has far-reaching effects, including the loss of nutrients and water-holding capacity from landscapes, and the speeding up of the melting of snow, which affects the timing and magnitude of runoff into streams and rivers.

March 10, 2011

Seepage Investigation: Clear Creek and Little Colorado River

Stream gaging occurring in Winslow: Clear Creek and Little Colorado River.

September 8, 2010

Grand Falls

Flooding taking place at Grand falls.

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September 21, 2011

Over the last 70 years, groundwater in Arizona's alluvial basins was depleted by more than 74.5 million acre-feet, or approximately three times the maximum storage of Lake Powell. 

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August 25, 2011

To help Arizona communities prepare for flooding in the aftermath of severe wildfires, the U.S. Geological Survey has installed new stream gages as part of early flood-warning systems and developed maps to identify areas at possible risk of debris flows.

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June 17, 2011

As the largest fire in the history of the state of Arizona continues to burn, emergency managers and responders are using satellite data from a variety of instruments to plan both immediate firefighting containment strategies and mitigation efforts once the fires are out.

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June 9, 2011

The second largest fire in Arizona history, the Wallow Fire is graphically depicted by this Landsat image, taken June 7, which shows burning in the mountains of eastern Arizona near the border with New Mexico.

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May 13, 2011

Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA on May 10 show the major flooding of the Mississippi River around Memphis, Tenn. and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas as seen from 438 miles above the Earth.

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April 12, 2011

A new groundwater model of the interconnected aquifers in central and northern Arizona was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey, following a multi-year development effort that involved the Arizona Department of Water Resources and regional cooperators.

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February 15, 2011

Forests should be managed according to their respective, specific fire ecology — not whole-scale fire suppression or one-size-fits-all plans — to optimize forest growth and stabilize carbon storage.

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February 15, 2011

Forests should be managed according to their respective, specific fire ecology — not whole-scale fire suppression or one-size-fits-all plans — to optimize forest growth and stabilize carbon storage.

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December 12, 2010

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is celebrating the success of three distinguished researchers who are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest recognition granted by the United States government to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.

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December 2, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A new book on the methods and applications of repeat photography that showcases its international usage in monitoring landscape change on five continents has been released. 

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November 15, 2010

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The U.S. Geological Survey has named Kate Kitchell the director of its Southwest Biological Science Center. Kitchell, who served as the acting center director for the previous 16 months, assumed the role permanently November 6, 2010. 

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October 15, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. — Climate change and growing human demands for water are leaving an indelible mark on rivers and streams, shortening food chains and eliminating some top predators like large-bodied fish, according to a new study led by Arizona State University and co-authored by a U.S. Geological Survey scientist.