Unified Interior Regions

Montana

Welcome to the Midwest Region! Our region includes 18 Science Centers in 11 States from the Great Lakes to the Dakotas, south to Missouri and Kentucky. Our streamgage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the region. Other research focuses on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, midcontinental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

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Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

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Date published: May 6, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrologic Characterization of Potential Sites for Restored and Constructed Wetlands, Montana

Projects conducted by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) sometimes result in unavoidable impacts to wetlands and other aquatic habitats. To compensate for these impacts, MDT mitigates the loss of wetlands by providing replacement wetlands within the watershed.

Date published: May 5, 2018
Status: Active

Establishment of a baseline groundwater monitoring program in an area identified for energy development on the Blackfeet Reservation, Montana

As a result of energy development, the Blackfeet Environmental Office has developed a groundwater monitoring program specifically focused on the Cut Bank Creek watershed of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The addition of groundwater data to an existing surface-water monitoring program will help the Blackfeet Tribe develop a more complete understanding of the current conditions of their water...

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...

Date published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Delineation of Brine Contamination in and near the East Poplar Oil Field, Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Northeastern Montana

Brine is a byproduct of crude oil production. Handling and disposal of brine during the last 50 years in the East Poplar oil field has resulted in contamination of not only the shallow Quaternary aquifers, but also the Poplar River. Previous investigations have documented and partially delineated the extent of brine contamination in the East Poplar oil field during the early 1990s...

Contacts: Joanna Thamke
Date published: April 30, 2018
Status: Completed

Williston and Powder River Basins Groundwater Availability Study

The development of two nationally important energy-producing areas, the Williston structural basin (containing the Bakken Formation) and Powder River structural basin, provide a critical opportunity to study the water-energy nexus within a groundwater context. Large volumes of water are needed for energy development in these basins. The hydraulically connected aquifers in the...

Date published: April 29, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrologic Assessment with an Emphasis on Water Quality within the Lame Deer Creek Watershed, Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana

The Lame Deer Creek watershed of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana encompasses about 82 square miles and is home to the community of Lame Deer. Local water resources within the Lame Deer Creek watershed include Lame Deer Creek and groundwater within unconsolidated sediments and bedrock aquifers. In 2017 the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Northern...

Date published: April 29, 2018
Status: Active

Smith River Watershed Investigations

The Smith River watershed is an important recreational and agricultural area in Meagher and Cascade counties in west-central Montana. Thousands of visitors travel to the area annually to float and fish the Smith River. Additionally, most of the water used to irrigate 36,000 acres of the upper Smith River watershed is withdrawn from the Smith River or its tributaries. During a...

Date published: April 28, 2018
Status: Active

Living on the Edge: Predicting Effects of Climate Change on Native Fishes in Northern Great Plains Streams

Organisms that live in the semi-arid prairies in the Northern Great Plains are able to live through conditions of extreme heat, cold, floods, and drought. The fish that inhabit the warm, turbid waters of northern Great Plains streams are indicators of change in these delicate ecosystems, where water quantity and water quality are often precariously close to ecological tolerance limits. In fact...

Date published: April 28, 2018
Status: Active

Yellowstone River Basin Water-Quality Assessment

The Yellowstone River Basin (YELL) study-unit in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota, is part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The long-term goals of this program are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large, representative part of the Nation's surface- and ground-water resources, and to provide a sound, scientific...

Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Archived

Tongue River Surface-Water-Quality Monitoring Network

Coal-bed methane development is in the initial stages of exploration and production in the Tongue River watershed. Long-term monitoring is needed to provide information to evaluate any changes or trends in surface-water quality and support informed decisions about resource use and management. The goals of this monitoring program are to collect water-quality data and disseminate...

Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Archived

Assessment of Aquatic Communities in Northeastern Wyoming and Southeastern Montana

The Powder River Structural Basin (PRB) in northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana is an important source of energy resources for the United States. Resources developed from the basin include coal, oil, uranium, conventional natural gas, and within the last decade coal-bed natural gas (CBNG) which often is referred to as coal-bed methane. As of 2008, about 20,000 CBNG wells had been...

Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Archived

Diel cycling of trace metals in streams

Historically, scientists have assumed that a properly collected water sample will provide an accurate assessment of constituent concentrations in a water body on a given day assuming constant hydrologic conditions.  However, an increasing body of evidence indicates that the concentration of many potentially toxic trace elements (such as arsenic, cadmium, copper, manganese, zinc) in streams can...

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Date published: February 20, 2018

McGinnis Meadows wetland sites in Montana

McGinnis Meadows wetland sites in Montana

Date published: February 20, 2018

Richardson wetland sites in Montana

Richardson wetland sites in Montana

Date published: February 20, 2018

Rostad wetland sites in Montana

Rostad wetland sites in Montana

Date published: February 20, 2018

Schrieber wetland sites in Montana

Schrieber wetland sites in Montana

Date published: February 20, 2018

Silicon Mountain wetland sites in Montana

Silicon Mountain wetland sites in Montana

Date published: February 20, 2018

Sportsman wetland sites in Montana

Sportsman wetland sites in Montana

Date published: February 20, 2018

Tunnicliff wetland sites in Montana

Tunnicliff wetland sites in Montana

Date published: January 1, 2018

U-Pb SHRIMP and 40Ar/39Ar geochronologic data and backscatter electron (BSE) and panchromatic cathodoluminescent (CL) imagery of sample materials for study of dikes, country rock, and alteration systems, Butte, U.S.A.

These data are for a multidisciplinary study of dikes, country rock, and alteration systems, Butte, U.S.A. Results of the study are described and interpreted in Lund and others (2018). Data included are U-Pb sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) geochronology for quartz porphyry dikes, 40Ar/39Ar thermochronologic data for biotite, hornblende, and K-feldspar fro

Date published: January 1, 2018

Digital Data for the Geologic Map of the Central Beaverhead Mountains, Lemhi County, Idaho, and Beaverhead County, Montana

This Data Release contains geospatially-enabled geological data to accompany the Geologic Map of the Central Beaverhead Mountains, Lemhi County, Idaho, and Beaverhead County, Montana. This map portrays detailed geology of the central Beaverhead Mountains, printable at 1:50,000 scale. These data were collected between 1997 and 2017, and synthesized to provide significant new strati

Date published: January 1, 2018

Electron microprobe data for monazite and xenotime used in consideration of gold deposit formation models

The genetic origin of many gold deposits, including Pogo in Alaska, remains controversial with questions as to whether they formed due to magmatic-hydrothermal or metamorphic-hydrothermal fluids. Gaining a better understanding of the formation mechanisms for these deposits is critical for defining proper exploration criteria in gold-bearing regions and production within these deposits. Monaz...

Date published: December 22, 2017

Streamflow Observation Points in the Pacific Northwest, 1977-2016

This dataset includes spatial locations in the Pacific Northwest where streamflow observations were recorded. For the purpose of this investigation, all streamflow observations were converted into wet or dry indicator values.

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Measuring streamflow on St.Regis River at St Regis
May 9, 2018

Measuring streamflow on St.Regis River at St Regis

Measuring streamflow on St.Regis River at St Regis

Streamflow measurement on Flathead River at Flathead, B.C.
May 9, 2018

Streamflow measurement on Flathead River at Flathead, B.C.

Streamflow measurement on Flathead River at Flathead, B.C.

USGS hydrographer on cableway at USGS 12304500, Yaak River near Troy,
April 30, 2018

USGS hydrographer on cableway, USGS 12304500, Yaak River near Troy, MT

USGS hydrologic technician Kevin Kirlin on the cableway over the Yaak River near Troy, Montana

Measuring flood flow at Milk River near Harlem, MT
April 24, 2018

Measuring flood flow at Milk River near Harlem, MT

Measuring flood flow at Milk River near Harlem, MT

Flooding Milk River nr Harlem streamgage, 06154100
April 24, 2018

Flooding Milk River nr Harlem streamgage, 06154100

Flooding Milk River nr Harlem streamgage, 06154100

Streamflow measurement at Milk River near Harlem, Montana
April 24, 2018

Streamflow measurement at Milk River near Harlem, Montana

Streamflow measurement at Milk River near Harlem, Montana

Water-quality sampling sites in the upper Clark Fork Basin, Montana
April 19, 2018

Water-quality sampling sites in the upper Clark Fork Basin, Montana

Water-quality sampling sites in the upper Clark Fork Basin, Montana

Milk River at Havre at NWS flood stage
April 19, 2018

Milk River at Havre at NWS flood stage

Milk River at Havre at NWS flood stage

March 22, 2018

PubTalk 3/2018 - Snow & Avalanche Science

Title: Snow and Avalanche Science - Highlights of applied avalanche research and forecasting

  • Avalanches impact transportation corridors, with subsequent economic ramifications, including the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.
  • Large magnitude avalanches affect the landscape creating new habitat for flora and fauna.
  • Dendrochronology
Flow over road on way to Teton Riv nr Dutton streamgage
March 21, 2018

Flow over road on way to Teton Riv nr Dutton streamgage

Flow over road on way to Teton Riv nr Dutton streamgage

March 7, 2018

Yellowstone Volcano Observatory Scientists Host Facebook Live Event

USGS–Yellowstone Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Mike Poland, Deputy Scientist-in-Charge Wendy Stovall, and Chief Seismologist Jamie Farrell answer questions from the public about Yellowstone earthquakes, deformation, eruptive history, the magmatic plumbing system, and more, during a USGS Volcanoes Facebook Live event recorded on March 7, 2018, at the USGS–Cascades

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December 14, 2015

A new approach to ranking copper resources could result in identifying future supplies of copper while saving both time and money, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image:  Big Sagebrush Re-establishing 15 Years Post-wildfire Along the Boise Front Mountains
December 7, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Ecosystem restoration is complex and requires an understanding of how the land, plants, and animals all interact with each other over large areas and over time. Today, the U.S. Geological Survey published part two of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level.

A female grizzly with a cub.  Adult females are considered the most important segment of the grizzly population and consequently
October 30, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Genetic data show the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has grown since the 1980s with no loss in genetic diversity, according to a report by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team.

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October 14, 2015

Many grassland bird species in the Bakken shale region, including some seriously declining populations, are displaced from their habitats as a result of oil and gas development, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

USGS scientists prepare to launch the Raven-A sUAS at the start of civil twilight. Credit: USGS Fort Collins Science Center
September 14, 2015

The term crepuscular describes events relating to, resembling, or occurring during twilight, meaning morning and evening hours. An animal described as crepuscular is active during twilight.

Image: Pallid Sturgeon
July 30, 2015

Three tiny fish larvae that were captured by U.S. Geological Survey scientists in May 2014 have just been confirmed to be pallid sturgeon. These new genetic identifications add to mounting evidence that critically endangered pallid sturgeon spawned successfully in the Lower Missouri River downstream of Gavins Point Dam, South Dakota.

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July 15, 2015

The drainage of small wetlands can decrease wildlife habitat and may contribute to flooding in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Image: USGS Idaho Water Science Director Dr. Kyle Blasch
June 15, 2015

Dr. Kyle W. Blasch begins work today as the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Idaho Water Science Center, headquartered in Boise.

Image: Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout
May 12, 2015

Scientists have discovered that the diversity of a threatened native trout species will likely decrease due to future climate change. 

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
May 12, 2015

The latest coal resource assessment of the Powder River Basin showcases the newly revised USGS’ assessment methodology, which, for the first time, includes an estimate of the reserve base for the entire basin.

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Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

Go to NOROCK

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

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