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Nebraska Water Science Center delivers real-time water data for Nebraska streams and aquifers to cooperators and the public. We operate flood alert systems for the Lincoln and Omaha metro areas and create flood inundation maps for partner cities. Our expertise includes groundwater studies and models, water quality, geomorphology, and ecology; allowing for integrated water research in the State.

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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

Using Quantile Regression to Investigate Ecological Limiting Factors

Unexplained heterogeneity in statistical models of animal responses to their physical environment is reasonable to expect because the measured habitat resources are a constraint on—but not the sole determinant of—abundance, survival, fecundity, or fitness. The ecological understanding and reliability of management predictions based on animal habitat models can be improved by shifting focus ...

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. 

Date published: July 19, 2016

Quantitative and Statistical Research Collaboration

Mathematical and statistical models are powerful research tools that play several important roles in conceptualizing and understanding the structure and dynamics of complicated ecological systems, including developing mechanistic hypotheses pertaining to ecological systems, designing studies that elucidate ecosystem structure and function, and extracting information from data.

Date published: June 21, 2009
Status: Completed

NAWQA High Plains Regional Groundwater Study

As part of the National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), the USGS has evaluated ground-water quality in the High Plains aquifer system. Beginning in 1999 and continuing for a period of 6 years, the High Plains Regional Groundwater Study intensively investigated the...

Date published: June 19, 2000
Status: Completed

NAWQA South Platte River Basin Study

The South Platte River Basin study, conducted as part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment Program, combines information on water chemistry, physical characteristics, stream habitat, and aquatic life to provide science-based insights for current and...

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Photo of Steve Peterson making a stream discharge measurement.
November 15, 2006

Steve Peterson making a stream discharge measurement.

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center Elkhorn-Loup Model project chief, Steve Peterson, making a stream discharge measurement. The project collected hundreds of discharge measurements in 2006 to determine base flow in the study area.

Photo of Platte River near Alda, Nebraska at sunset
November 6, 2006

Platte River near Alda, Nebraska at sunset.

Platte River near Alda, Nebraska at sunset, Nov. 6, 2006.

Photo of Sandhills Lake
June 25, 2005

Wetlands in the Sandhills of Nebraska

Wetlands in the Nebraska Sandhills typically are at the groundwater and surface water interface. You are essentially seeing the groundwater level in the area. 

Image: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Boat

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Boat

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission collaborates with USGS on the Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project tracking telemetered pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River.

April 12, 2021

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use; 1971–2017

This data set contains supplemental aggregates data for the USGS Minerals Yearbook Volume II—Area Reports: Domestic. It contains data for the years 1971 through 2017 and replaces the discrete construction aggregate tables that were included in the individual State chapters prior to 2014. It contains

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in NE & WY as of 12/10/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in NE & WY as of 12/10/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in NE & WY as of 12/23/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in NE & WY as of 12/23/20

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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.

Image: Pallid Sturgeon
January 23, 2015

BOZEMAN – Pallid sturgeon come from a genetic line that has lived on this planet for tens of millions of years; yet it has been decades since anyone has documented any of the enormous fish successfully producing young that survive to adulthood in the upper Missouri River basin.

North Platte, Nebraska US Topo quadrangle: 2014
January 3, 2015

Newly released US Topo maps for Nebraska now feature trails provided to the USGS through a “crowdsourcing” project operated by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Several of the 1,376 new US Topo quadrangles for the state now display trails along with other improved data layers such as map symbol redesign and new road source data.

December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, is awarding nearly $400,000 to universities and other partners.

December 16, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2013, and 2011 to 2013.

Image: Flooding in Nebraska
October 1, 2014

Scientists and technicians from the U.S. Geological Survey are conducting flood measurements in four different locations in the Lincoln and Omaha metropolitan areas in response to the high flows produced by the heavy rains over the last 24 hours.

July 28, 2014

Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends. 

December 19, 2013

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior's North Central Climate Science Center is awarding slightly more than one million dollars to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.