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Dakota Water Science Center: Hydrology, cooperation, and diversity in data collection for the Missouri, Souris, and Red River Basins including focusing on emerging environmental issues. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center conducts applied research supporting policy and management decisions for partners on vulnerable prairie grassland and wetland ecosystems of global importance.

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Dakota Water Science Center: Hydrology, cooperation, and diversity in data collection for the Missouri, Souris, and Red River Basins including focusing on emerging environmental issues. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center conducts applied research supporting policy and management decisions for partners on vulnerable prairie grassland and wetland ecosystems of global importance.

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Date published: July 21, 2020

Assessment of Mercury Bioaccumulation in US National Parks Using Citizen Science

A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

Date published: March 31, 2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Hall Structures in MT, ND, & SD

This challenge is now complete!!  Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Date published: March 19, 2020

LCMAP Promises New Insight on Land Surface Change

Landsat satellite imagery has been a boon to the study of the Earth’s surface for nearly five decades, but researchers at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have only recently begun to tap into the full potential of its long historical record.

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Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

Summer 2011 Missouri River Basin flood

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2011 Missouri River Basin Flood resulting from higher-than-average snowmelt runoff combined with heavy spring rains.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

Spring/Summer 2011 Mississippi River Basin Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the Spring/Summer 2011 floods throughout the Mississippi River Basin.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

April 2011 North Dakota Flood

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the April 2011 North Dakota Flood resulting from sudden winter snowmelt due to warmer-than-expected temperatures and rain.

Date published: February 22, 2019
Status: Active

Yellowstone River Compact Commission: Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

The Yellowstone River Compact Commission Technical Advisory committee meets periodically. The official minutes of each meeting  can be accessed below by clicking on the appropriate link.

Date published: February 22, 2019
Status: Active

Yellowstone River Compact Commission: Annual Reports

The Yellowstone River Compact Commission was established in 1951 and meets annually.

The Commission's formational meeting minutes and annual reports can be accessed below by clicking on the appropriate link. The official minutes of each meeting are incorporated into the Commission's annual reports.

Date published: December 12, 2018
Status: Active

Application and Refinement of a Systems Model for Prairie Pothole Wetlands

The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of North America is one of the most important breeding areas for continental waterfowl populations, a Department of Interior (DOI) trust resource. Land use and climate both influence the functioning of the region’s wetland ecosystems, with effects not just on the waterfowl that depend on these wetlands, but also on the services they provide to society, such as...

Contacts: David Mushet
Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Denver Basin Province 5039 in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming:

  • 2003 Conventional and Continuous Assessment (DDS 69-P)
  • 1995 Assessment (
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Date published: November 28, 2018
Status: Active

Natural Drought and Flood Histories from Lacustrine Archives

Previous work performed as part of the USGS Holocene Synthesis project illuminated complex centennial-scale patterns of drought and wetter-than-average conditions across the North American continent interior during the past two millennia, where paleorecord data coverage is sparse.  In order to explain the patterns of naturally-occurring drought, floods, and storms for the past, identified by...

Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Yellowstone River Compact Commission

The Yellowstone River Compact was ratified in 1950 and became effective in 1951. The Yellowstone River Compact Commission (YRCC) is a three member commission charged with apportioning the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.

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Date published: April 23, 2020

Domestic Wells in the United States

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Date published: January 10, 2020

YRCC Technical Advisory Committee meeting notes for 04/09/2019

These are the notes from the April 9, 2019 Yellowstone River Compact Commission Technical Advisory Committee meeting in Sheridan, WY.

Date published: March 25, 2019

Downloadable Data for National Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for the National Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Williston Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Williston Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: October 2, 2018

Input forms for 2016 water and proppant assessment of the Bakken and Three Forks Formations, Williston Basin, USA

The input form provides a record of the complete input values required for the quantitative assessment of water and proppant associated with oil and gas production for the continuous oil and gas resource in a geologically defined Assessment Unit, and the same form template is used for all such assessments. Each USGS water and proppant assessment builds from a USGS petroleum assessment that...

Date published: August 28, 2018

USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results...

Date published: May 3, 2018

Land Treatment Exploration Tool

The Land Treatment Exploration Tool is designed for resource managers to use when planning land treatments. The tool provides useful summaries of environmental characteristics of planned treatment areas and facilitates adaptive management practices by comparing those characteristics to other similar treatments within a specified distance or area of interest. ...

Date published: April 23, 2018

Yellowstone River Basin Water-Quality Assessment data tables

Data collected in the Yellowstone River basin since 1998 are available from this link. Data from the Yellowstone River Basin NAWQA study unit and other study units that overlap into Wyoming, such as the Upper Snake River, the Great Salt Lake Basins, and the South Platte River study units, also are available from the...

Date published: September 1, 2017

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to real-time and historical surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Date published: August 17, 2017

Statewide Historic Water-Quality Data

Field/lab samples, real-time data, and tutorial
 

Date published: June 22, 2017

North Dakota Water Quality Data

At selected surface-water and groundwater sites, the USGS maintains instruments that continuously record physical and chemical characteristics of the water including pH, specific conductance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and percent dissolved-oxygen saturation. Supporting data such as air temperature and barometric pressure are also available at some sites.

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Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
April 23, 2020

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of 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.

Screen capture of the Red-Assiniboine SPARROW online mapper.
April 10, 2016

This mapper displays SPARROW nutrient load and yield data and the importance of various nutrient sources for the RARB, given nutrient inputs similar to 2002. Rankings can be shown by country, state/province, HUC4, HUC8, and catchment. Nutrient data can be explored using maps and interactive graphs and tables. Modeling results can be exported as an Excel spreadsheet or a geospatial dataset.

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The hyper-enrichment of V and Zn in black shales of the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian Bakken Formation (USA)

Black shales of the Late Devonian to Early Mississippian Bakken Formation are characterized by high concentrations of organic carbon and the hyper-enrichment (> 500 to 1000s of mg/kg) of V and Zn. Deposition of black shales resulted from shallow seafloor depths that promoted rapid development of euxinic conditions. Vanadium hyper-...

Scott, Clint; Slack, John F.; Kelley, Karen Duttweiler
Clint Scott, John F. Slack, Karen D. Kelley, The hyper-enrichment of V and Zn in black shales of the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian Bakken Formation (USA), In Chemical Geology, Volume 452, 2017, Pages 24-33

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Year Published: 2015

Petrology and diagenetic history of the upper shale member of the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian Bakken Formation, Williston Basin, North Dakota

The organic-rich upper shale member of the upper Devonian–lower Mississippian Bakken Formation (Williston Basin, North Dakota, USA) has undergone significant diagenetic alteration, irrespective of catagenesis related to hydrocarbon generation. Alteration includes precipitation of numerous cements, replacement of both detrital and authigenic...

Neil S. Fishman; Sven O. Egenhoff; Boehlke, Adam; Lowers, Heather A.
Fishman, N.S., Egenhoff, S.O., Boehlke, A., and Lowers, H.A., 2015, Petrology and diagenetic history of the upper shale member of the Late Devonian-Early Mississippian Bakken Formation, Williston Basin, North Dakota in Larsen, D., Egenhoff, S.O., Fishman, N.S., ed., Paying Attention to Mudrocks: Priceless!: Geological Society of America Special Papers, Vol. 515, p. 125-151. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/2015.2515(07)

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Quality and age of shallow groundwater in the Bakken Formation production area, Williston Basin, Montana and North Dakota

The quality and age of shallow groundwater in the Bakken Formation production area were characterized using data from 30 randomly distributed domestic wells screened in the upper Fort Union Formation. Comparison of inorganic and organic chemical concentrations to health based drinking-water standards, correlation analysis of concentrations with...

McMahon, Peter B.; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Galloway, Joel M.; Valder, Joshua F.; Hunt, Andrew G.
McMahon, P.B., Caldwell, R.R>, Galloway, J.M., Valder, J.F., and Hunt, A.G., 2014, Quality and age of shallow groundwater in the Bakken Formation Production Area, Williston Basin, Montana and North Dakota: Groundwater, DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12296

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Year Published: 2010

Chemical and morphological comparison of erionite from Oregon, North Dakota, and Turkey

Erionite, a fibrous zeolite, occurs in pediment gravel deposits near Killdeer Mountain, North Dakota. Material from these pediment deposits has been excavated for use as roadbed throughout Dunn County, North Dakota. Erionite also occurs in the Cappadocian region of Turkey, where a link between malignant mesothelioma and inhalation of this mineral...

Lowers, Heather; Adams, David T.; Meeker, Gregory P.; Nutt, Constance J.
Chemical and morphological comparison of erionite from Oregon, North Dakota, and Turkey; 2010; OFR; 2010-1286; Lowers, Heather A.; Adams, David T.; Meeker, Gregory P.; Nutt, Constance J.

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Comparative morphology among northern populations of breeding Cooper's Hawks

Few studies at a broad geographical scale have characterized intraspecific variation in morphology of woodland hawks in the genus Accipiter. From 1999 to 2007 we investigated morphological variation in large samples of live Cooper's Hawks (A. cooperii) nesting in four study areas: coniferous woodland around Victoria, British Columbia, Canada...

Rosenfield, Robert N.; Rosenfield, Laura J.; Bielefeldt, John; Murphy, Robert K.; Stewart, Andrew C.; Stout, William E.; Driscoll, Timothy G.; Bozek, Michael A.

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Year Published: 2004

Water-use data for the Red River of the North Basin, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota, 1979-2001

The Red River of the North, located in the north-central plains of the United States, plays an important role in population growth and economic development of the region. Because of recent and projected growth in population, industry, and agriculture in the Red River of the North Basin, alternatives to additional water resources will be needed to...

Macek-Rowland, Kathleen M.; Arntson, Allan D.; Ryberg, Karen R.; Dahl, Ann L.; Lieb, Amy
Water-use data for the Red River of the North Basin, North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota, 1979-2001; 2004; OFR; 2004-1308; Macek-Rowland, Kathleen M.; Arntson, Allan D.; Ryberg, Karen R.; Dahl, Ann L.; Lieb, Amy

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Estimated use of water in North Dakota in 1985 and trends during 1960-85

Estimates of water use in North Dakota have been compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey every 5 years since 1950.  These estimates have been published in national summaries of water use (MacKichan, 1951, 1957; MacKichan and Kammerer, 1961; Murray, 1968; Murrary and Reeves, 1972, 1977; and Solley and others, 1983, 1987).  In this report,...

Wesolowski, Edwin A.
Estimated use of water in North Dakota in 1985 and trends during 1960-85; 1991; WRI; 89-4003; Wesolowski, Edwin A.

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Year Published: 1990

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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June 11, 2020

Land Treatment Exploration Tool—Step 1: Describe Proposed Treatment

This video describes Step 1 of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. In Step 1 the user defines a name, the planned treatment/s, and a file name for exported items.

These tutorial videos were created to aid in the use of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool (LTET). These videos guide a user through the main steps of the tool.

June 11, 2020

Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 2: Select Treatment Boundary

This video describes Step 2 of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. In Step 2 the user defines their planned treatment boundary. The user can load a zipped shapefile or on-screen digitize their boundary.  

These tutorial videos were created to aid in the use of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool (LTET). These videos guide a

June 11, 2020

Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 3: Explore Site Characteristics

This video describes Step 3 of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. In Step 3 the user is guided to the Site History tab to explore land treatment and wildfire history of their planned treatment area. They are also directed to the Fish and Wildfire Information for Planning and Consultation tool to investigate areas of overlap with endangered species, migratory birds, and

June 11, 2020

Land Treatment Exploration Tool— Step 4: Prop. Treatment Area & Report

This video describes Step 4 and the developing report of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. In Step 4 the used selects layers to generate spatial overlap statistics with their planned treatment boundary. Summary tables are generated and displayed in the Report tab, where a user can create a PDF Site Characterization Report for their planned treatment boundary. Optionally

June 11, 2020

Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 5: Select Search Parameters

This video describes Step 5 of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. In Step 5 the user determines a distance or boundary to search for legacy Land Treatment Digital Library records. The user also indicates if the returned LTDL treatments are statistically evaluated against the planned treatment boundary using a Bray-Curtis Dissimilarity calculation.

These tutorial

June 11, 2020

Land Treatment Exploration Tool — Step 6: Compare the LTDL Treatments

This video describes Step 6 of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. In Step 6 the user filters through the returned list of legacy LTDL treatments to identify records that contain useful information or context for the current planned treatment boundary. Selected treatments are added to the developing report and subsequent exported Site Characterization PDFs.  

These

June 11, 2020

Land Treatment Exploration Tool: A Quick Introduction

This is a quick introduction video to the Land Treatment Exploration Tool. This short video includes a summary of the tool with screen clips of the fact sheet, web tool, and an example Site Characterization Report.

These tutorial videos were created to aid in the use of the Land Treatment Exploration Tool (LTET). These videos

On April 6, USGS hydrographer Spencer Wheeling carries equipment out to measure high water on the Tongue River near Akra, ND.
April 6, 2020

USGS Responds to Spring Flooding in North Dakota

On April 6, USGS hydrographer Spencer Wheeling carries equipment out to measure high water on the Tongue River near Akra, North Dakota. 

The USGS Dakota Water Science Center began their spring flood response on March 9, 2020, when melting snow caused river levels to exceed flood stage at sixteen USGS streamgage locations in eastern South Dakota.  At the height of

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August 27, 2019

Image of the Week - Night Lights in North Dakota

Daytime and nightime imagery from Earth-observing satellites reveal dramatic changes in North Dakota during the Bakken oil boom.
 

April 16, 2019

Variable Warming Upper Midwest Lakes and Implications for Sport Fish

Climate change is predicted to alter sport fish communities in Midwestern lakes, but managers currently have limited information on individual lakes that can be used to set local expectations or intervene with mitigation strategies. Northeast and North Central CASC supported researchers, with strong participation from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership, have combined

Measuring floodwater in Fargo, ND
April 7, 2019

Measuring floodwater in Fargo, ND

A USGS crew measures flooding on the Red River in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. The orange instrument is an acoustic Doppler current profiler, which is used to measure streamflow as it's pulled across the water.

Measuring high flows in Fargo, ND
April 7, 2019

Measuring high flows in Fargo, ND

 

An instrument called an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) takes streamflow measurements during flooding. The ADCP is attached to a buoy that is dragged in the water either alongside a boat or by hand. USGS hydrologist Dan Thomas points to the ADCP sensor on the Red River of the North during flooding in downtown Fargo, ND.

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Dragonfly larvae being held in an open hand
July 21, 2020

A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

USGS LCMAP data overlay on east-central North Dakota wetlands
March 19, 2020

Landsat satellite imagery has been a boon to the study of the Earth’s surface for nearly five decades, but researchers at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center have only recently begun to tap into the full potential of its long historical record.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MT, ND, & SD
February 26, 2020

This challeng is SO CLOSE to being finished! 

Approximately 80 edits came in since last week, leaving less than 20 existing points to be reviewed.  Don't forget to check for missing city/town halls, too.  

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MT, ND, & SD
February 20, 2020

This challenge continues to move along nicely with another 100 edits in the last week! 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MT, ND, & SD
February 12, 2020

This challenge is coming along nicely with another 30 points added and 50 edits submitted since last week!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MT, ND, & SD
February 6, 2020

This challenge is coming along nicely with 20 points added since last week and another 80 points edited!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MT, ND, & SD
January 30, 2020

Here's another challenge for city/town halls in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota!

Image: Honey Bees Make Life Sweet
June 20, 2019

Do you eat fruits and vegetables? What about nuts? If so, you can thank an insect pollinator, usually a honey bee. These small insects play a major role in pollinating the world’s plants, including those we eat regularly. They also increase our nation’s crop values each year by more than 15 billion dollars.

A USGS technician measures the overflow of water on a flooded roadway
April 5, 2019

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding in and near Fargo, North Dakota? Please contact Dave Ozman, Marisa Lubeck or Chris Laveau.

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