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The U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) mission is to provide reliable scientific information about the Nation's natural resources. An integral part of that mission is to provide consistent, long-term water-resources data. To do so, the Central Midwest WSC operates a widespread surface and ground-water data collection network as well as research on a wide range of scientific issues.

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Date published: October 31, 2018
Status: Active

Iowa Flood Information

The USGS provides practical, unbiased information about the Nation's rivers and streams that is crucial in mitigating hazards associated with floods.  This site provides information about flooding that has occurred in Iowa.

Real-time information on floods in Iowa is available throught the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS)....

Date published: October 4, 2018
Status: Active

Flood Information at Selected Bridge and Culvert Sites

The USGS systematically collects all types of water data to better manage the water resources in each state.

Date published: September 5, 2018
Status: Active

Research and Investigations

The USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center (CMWSC) is comprised of water science offices in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.

The MOWSC conducts research and monitoring on a wide variety of hydrologicial issues affecting steams, rivers, lakes, and groundwater in our three states and across the Nation.

Date published: August 29, 2018
Status: Active

Assessment of Groundwater and Quality - Cedar River Project

ASSESSMENT OF GROUND-WATER AND QUALITY: Cedar River Alluvium, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
PERIOD OF PROJECT: Since 1992
PROJECT CHIEF: Steve Kalkhoff 
STUDY AREA: Linn County
COOPERATING AGENCY: City of Cedar Rapids (...

Date published: August 29, 2018
Status: Active

Real-Time Precipitation Data - CMWSC

Real-time precipitation data is available in our map-driven application for the Central Midwest Water Science Center. You can use a map to select a precipitation-monitoring site and view precipitation amounts for the previous 3,6,12,24,48  hours and 7,14, and 30 days. A data table shows precipitation amounts at all sites within that state.

Contacts: Terry W Ortel
Date published: August 22, 2018
Status: Completed

Completed and Archived Projects - Streamflow, Groundwater, and Lakes, CMWSC

Completed and Archived Projects - Streamflow, Groundwater, and Lakes, CMWSC

Date published: August 10, 2018
Status: Active

River WebCams for the Central Midwest Water Science Center (Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri)

We have installed webcams at a number of locations in the Central Midwest Water Science Center to allow you to view the current conditions.  Some of the cameras allow users to temporarily control the tilt, pan, and zoom.  During periods of flooding the Central Midwest Water Science Center may take control of the camera.

 

Date published: July 18, 2018
Status: Active

Real-Time Data Links

REAL-TIME LINKS:

Streamflow:     IA  || IL ||  MO
Groundwater levels:   ...

Date published: March 15, 2018
Status: Active

Webinar: Projecting Climate Change Impacts on Wetland-Dependent Birds in the Prairie Pothole Region

View this webinar to learn how scientists are projecting the impacts of climate change on birds in the Prairie Pothole Region.

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. 

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Date published: January 1, 2017

Herbicide Safener and Co-Applied Herbicide Concentrations for Seven Streams across Iowa and Illinois (March 2016 to June 2017)

Four dichloroacetamide herbicide safeners (AD-67, benoxacor, dichlormid, and furilazole) and two co-applied herbicides (acetochlor and metolachlor) were measured in water samples from 7 streams across Iowa and Illinois. Iowa water samples were collected from March 2016 to June 2017, and Illinois water samples were collected from September 2016 to June 2017. The compounds studied a

Date published: November 29, 2016

Airborne Magnetic Total-Field Survey, Manchester Region, Iowa, USA

This data release includes the airborne magnetic survey data collected from the Manchester region of Iowa. The Mineral Resources Program of the U.S. Geological Survey is tasked with understanding the nation's mineral resources. Precambrian rocks concealed under Paleozoic sedimentary rocks in northeast Iowa are poorly mapped and understood. Detailed high-resolution airborne magnetic surveys, g...

Date published: September 1, 2016

Sampled Sites for the U.S. Geological Survey Midwest Stream Quality Assessment

In 2013, the first of several Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA) was done in the Midwest United States. The Midwest Stream Quality Assessment (MSQA) was a collaborative study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA), the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) National

Date published: April 20, 2016

Structures Data

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....

Date published: April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

Date published: April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), 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.

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Date published: March 4, 2016

Long Term Resource Monitoring

This web resource provides decision makers with the information needed to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System as a viable multiple-use large river ecosystem.

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Estimated water withdrawals, water use, and water consumption in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, 1950-95

From 1950 through 1995, the U.S. Geological Survey tabulated water withdrawals throughout the United States, including the northcentral States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin. During this period, total water withdrawals increased in each of the north-central States by at least a factor of two. Illinois led...

Kay, Robert T.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated water withdrawals, water use, and water consumption in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, 1950-95; 2002; WRI; 2001-4116; Kay, Robert T.

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In Search of Easy-to-Use Methods for Calibrating ADCP's for Velocity and Discharge Measurements

A cost-effective procedure for calibrating acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCP) in the field was presented. The advantages and disadvantages of various methods which are used for calibrating ADCP were discussed. The proposed method requires the use of differential global positioning system (DGPS) with sub-meter accuracy and standard software...

Oberg, K.
In Search of Easy-to-Use Methods for Calibrating ADCP's for Velocity and Discharge Measurements; 2002; Conference Paper; Hydraulic Measurements and Experimental Methods; Oberg, K.

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National water summary 1987: Hydrologic events and water supply and use

Water use in the United States, as measured by freshwater withdrawals in 1985, averaged 338,000 Mgal/d (million gallons per day), which is enough water to cover the 48 conterminous States to a depth of about 2.4 inches. Only 92,300 Mgal/d, or 27.3 percent of the water withdrawn, was consumptive use and thus lost to immediate further use; the...

Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.
National water summary 1987: hydrologic events and water supply and use; 1990; WSP; 2350; Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.

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Year Published: 1988

Estimated water use in Iowa, 1985

Periodic assessments of water use in Iowa are needed to understand and manage the demands for the available water resources. This report summarizes where, how much, and for what purposes water was used in Iowa during 1985. The data are presented for the following categories: agricultural, self-supplied commercial, self-supplied domestic, self-...

Clark, Melanie L.; Thamke, Joanna N.
Estimated water use in Iowa, 1985; 1988; OFR; 87-704; Clark, Melanie L.; Thamke, Joanna N.

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Evaluation of the U.S. Geological Survey's gaging-station network in Illinois

Data collected at 97 of the 176 gaging stations operated in Illinois during 1983 were used to describe rainfall-runoff processes, to monitor and forecast floods, and to monitor and regulate lake levels, discharge from reservoirs, or discharge of navigable streams. Stream-gaging stations on the Illinois River at Havana, East Branch Du Page River,...

Mades, D.M.; Oberg, K.A.
Evaluation of the U.S. Geological Survey's gaging-station network in Illinois; 1986; WRI; 86-4072; Mades, D. M.; Oberg, K. A.

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Permitted water use in Iowa, 1985

This report summarizes where, how much and for what purpose water is allocated for use in Iowa with permits issued by the Department of Water, Air and Waste Management. In Iowa, from a total permitted water use of 855,175.45 million gallons per year, about 58 percent is from surface-water sources and about 42 percent is from ground-water sources....

Runkle, D.L.; Newman, J.L.; Shields, E.M.
Permitted water use in Iowa, 1985; 1985; OFR; 86-302; Runkle, D. L.; Newman, J. L.; Shields, E. M.

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Cost effectiveness of the U.S. Geological Survey's stream-gaging program in Illinois

Data uses and funding sources were identified for 138 continuous-record discharge-gaging stations currently (1983) operated as part of the stream-gaging program in Illinois. Streamflow data from five of those stations are used only for regional hydrology studies. Most streamflow data are used for defining regional hydrology, defining rainfall-...

Mades, D.M.; Oberg, K.A.
Cost effectiveness of the U.S. Geological Survey's stream-gaging program in Illinois; 1984; WRI; 84-4123; Mades, D. M.; Oberg, K. A.

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Cedar Rapids
December 31, 2017

Pilot and Crew Discussing Flight Plan for collecting AEM Data

Helicopter pilot and crew discussing flight plan and data collection before lifting off.

Cedar Rapids
December 31, 2017

Helicopter Lifting Off to Start a Data Collection Run for EM Data

Helicopter lifting off to start a data collection run.

Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey
May 5, 2017

Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey

A helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor will make low-level flights over parts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as part of a groundwater survey in May 2017.

The flights will collect and record underground geologic measurements to help the U.S. Geological Survey better determine groundwater resources in the Cedar River Aquifer. The helicopter, operated by 

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Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey - Helicopter and Sensor
May 3, 2017

Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey - Helicopter and Sensor

A helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor will make low-level flights over parts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as part of a groundwater survey in May 2017.

The flights will collect and record underground geologic measurements to help the U.S. Geological Survey better determine groundwater resources in the Cedar River Aquifer. The helicopter, operated by 

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Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey - Helicopter and Sensor 2
May 3, 2017

Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey - Helicopter and Sensor 2

A helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor will make low-level flights over parts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as part of a groundwater survey in May 2017.

The flights will collect and record underground geologic measurements to help the U.S. Geological Survey better determine groundwater resources in the Cedar River Aquifer. The helicopter, operated by 

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Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey - Team with Sensor
May 1, 2017

Cedar Rapids Geophysical Survey - Team with Sensor

A helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor will make low-level flights over parts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as part of a groundwater survey in May 2017.

The flights will collect and record underground geologic measurements to help the U.S. Geological Survey better determine groundwater resources in the Cedar River Aquifer. The helicopter, operated by 

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Team of scientists studied changes in nitrapyrin
December 31, 2016

Team of scientists studied changes in nitrapyrin

A team of scientists studied changes in nitrapyrin — a nitrification inhibitor applied with fertilizers as a bactericide to kill natural soil bacteria for the purpose of increasing crop yields — occurrence associated with land use changes from March to June 2016. The above photographs document the following conditions: recent anhydrous ammonia application (upper left),

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Satellite image that shows the flooding in Iowa for the Cedar River.
September 26, 2016

Cedar River Surges to Second-Highest Level in Eastern Iowa

Images from Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager sensor show the dramatic transformation of the river as it flows toward Cedar Rapids. On July 8, 2016, the shallow river meanders into the city, surrounded by green crops in the heart of the growing season. The September 26 image shows the overflowing river at a time when magenta tones around it speak to a countryside

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Photo showing a corn farm in northeast Iowa.
June 6, 2016

Farm in northeast Iowa

A corn farm in northeast Iowa. A new USGS report shows that drought periods followed by rainfall caused nitrate levels to increase to the highest ever measured in some Midwest streams during a 2013 study. 

View of Old Mans Creek near Iowa City, Iowa
April 30, 2016

View of Old Mans Creek near Iowa City, Iowa

View of Old Mans Creek near Iowa City, Iowa upstream from a bridge used for collecting water-quality samples (USGS Site ID: 05455100). This site was part of the sampling network for the first reconnaissance study to assess

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Image: Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010
March 16, 2010

Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010

U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technician measuring streamflow at the Big Sioux River at Arkon, Iowa, on March 17, 2010, during flooding conditions.

Image: Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010
March 16, 2010

Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010

Flooding conditions at USGS streamgage 06485500, Big Sioux River at Arkon, Iowa, on March 17, 2010. Daily mean streamflow on this date was more than 30,000 cubic feet per second.

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Image: Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010
May 10, 2019

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they inspect high-water marks? Please contact Marisa Lubeck or Paul Rydlund. 

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
December 7, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system, which includes parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Exterior of a municipal water pumping station
December 6, 2017

Oxygen levels, dissolved minerals among factors responsible for high concentrations of radium in untreated water from aquifer that underlies six states

Image of a red dye study conducted in the Brandon Road Lock on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, in 2015.
June 6, 2017

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will inject a harmless, bright red fluorescent dye into the auxiliary lock at Locks and Dam 14 on the Mississippi River near Pleasant Valley, Iowa, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, weather permitting. If needed, a backup date is scheduled for June 27, 2017.  

Low-flying helicopter survey
April 27, 2017

Starting on May 2 and lasting for about two days, a helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor will make low-level flights over parts of Cedar Rapids as part of a groundwater survey.

USGS: Science for a changing world
September 26, 2016

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they measure flooding? Please contact Jason McVay at 319-430-6962.

Iowa
September 23, 2016

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they measure flooding? Please contact Jason McVay at 319-430-6962.

Iowa
August 24, 2016

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they measure flooding? Please contact Jason McVay at 319-430-6962.

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