Unified Interior Regions

North Dakota

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.

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Science Center Link

Dakota Water Science Center

Dakota Water Science Center
Science Center Link

States L2 Landing Page Tabs

Filter Total Items: 49
Date published: August 15, 2017

Droughts and Flooding in Devils Lake Basin

Learn about Past Droughts and Flooding that has Occured in the Devils Lake Basin.

Date published: August 15, 2017
Status: Completed

Devils Lake Basin Overview

Learn the Basics of Devils Lake Basin

Date published: August 15, 2017
Status: Completed

Hydrology of the Devils Lake Basin

Learn about Hydrology of the Devils Lkae Basin

Date published: August 15, 2017

Climatology of the Devils Lake Basin

Learn about Climatology of the Devils Lake Basin

Date published: August 15, 2017

Geology of the Devils Lake Basin

Learn about the Geology of the Devils Lake Basin

Date published: August 15, 2017

Recreation and Fishery, Devils Lake Basin

The Devils Lake area has been a popular recreational area for at least the last 120 years, and Devils Lake has been the main attraction for much of the recreation.

Date published: August 10, 2017

Red River Basin Flooding

Learn about and look at pictures from the Red River Basin floods.

Date published: August 10, 2017
Status: Active

Ice Formations on selected North Dakota Rivers and Streams

Learn about and view pictures of ice formtions on North Dakota rivers and streams.

Date published: August 4, 2017

North Dakota Drought Watch

Drought watch for North Dakota.

Date published: August 3, 2017

How/Why Does the USGS Collect Streamflow Data

Learn how and why the USGS collects streamflow data.

Date published: August 2, 2017

Missouri River Stream Flow-Gaging Station

The Missouri River streamflow-gaging station at Bismarck was established in 1927 and is one of more than 100 gaging stations in North Dakota. 

Date published: August 2, 2017

Wetlands of North Dakota

Wetlands once covered about 4.9 million acres of North Dakota--11 percent of the State. By the 1980's, the acreage had decreased to about 2.7 million acres, a loss of about 45 percent.

Filter Total Items: 135
December 31, 2017

Streamflow Measurements Under Ice Using Acoustic Doppler Technology

Hydrologic Technicians from USGS offices across North and South Dakota took part in training on how to make flow measurements under ice using acoustic Doppler technology. This technology increases measurement quality, while decreasing time, effort, and risk to the individuals making the measurements. The photograph was taken at USGS streamgage 05059300 Sheyenne River above

...
Oil and Gas1
December 31, 2016

Well Drill in the Bakken Formation near Williston

Water truck in background is providing maintenance water to a producing well drilled in the Bakken Formation near Williston, North Dakota. 

Oil and Gas 2
December 31, 2016

Oil Wells in ND

Water is used for many direct aspects of unconventional oil and gas development including drilling, development, and maintenance of wells. (Photograph by Janet Carter, USGS)

ground squirrel eating fast as an animated GIF
October 28, 2016

Snacker

An animated GIF of a ground squirrel appearing to eat repeatedly, really fast. The animated GIF was created from a clip within a USGS video entitled, "USGS Pollinator Research and Monitoring."

Satellite image showing mining in North Dakota.
August 17, 2016

Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America Near Town of Center

Mining has been part of Center's history for more than a century. In August 1984, the Landsat 5 image shows significant surface mining of lignite coal just to the southeast of town, during a summer when drought had browned the countryside. Thirty-two years later, the mining activity moved to the southwest of Center. An additional mining operation also began near the Milton

...
A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast North Dakota.
August 8, 2016

A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast North Dakota.

A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast/Central ND - Stutsman and Kidder counties, ND in grassland and on farms. 

A person's hand holding a 31mm sturgeon on their index finger.
July 8, 2016

31mm Sturgeon

A 31-mm sturgeon captured in the Missouri River near Williston, North Dakota, on July 8 using a beam trawl. Sampling efforts occurred in support of a recent inter-agency collaborative drift experiment involving 700,000 sturgeon embryos. This sturgeon will be genetically test to see if it is from those used for the experiment.

Image: Oil Pads in the North Dakota Badlands
March 14, 2016

Oil Pads in the North Dakota Badlands

A view of the badlands terrain with Bakken oil and gas production "pads" in the distance, Billings County, North Dakota. 

Image: Oil Pads in the North Dakota Badlands
March 14, 2016

Oil Pads in the North Dakota Badlands

A view of the badlands terrain with Bakken oil and gas production "pads" in the distance, Billings County, North Dakota. 

January 8, 2016

USGS Pollinator Research and Monitoring

The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, located in the Northern Great Plains state of North Dakota highlights their current and ongoing research on land use and pollinator health.

This part of the country represents critical summer forage habitat for commercial beekeepers and their honey bees. Colonies located here in the summer produce honey and go on

Graphic of Williston Basin Oil and Gas Wells, North Dakota, South Dakota and Eastern Montana, 2016
January 1, 2016

Graphic of Williston Basin Oil and Gas Wells

This is a graphic showing the boundary of the Williston Basin Province and Oil and Gas Wells, North Dakota, South Dakota and Eastern Montana, 2016

Oil and Gas 4
December 31, 2015

Oil Well being Drilled into the Bakken Formation

Oil well being drilled into the Bakken Formation in North Dakota in 2015.

Filter Total Items: 85
USGS science for a changing world logo
November 19, 2015

Piping plovers, a federally threatened species of shorebirds, are likely losing wetland breeding habitat in the Great Plains as a result of wetland drainage, climate change or both, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS science for a changing world logo
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
August 19, 2015

U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer will join leaders from the U.S. Geological Survey and other state and local officials for a 50th anniversary ceremony at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) in Jamestown, North Dakota, this Friday. 

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.

USGS
July 27, 2015

New wind energy facilities placed in prime wildlife habitat in North and South Dakota can influence the distribution of several species of grassland birds for years after construction, including species whose populations are in serious decline.

USGS
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: Invasives Williston
March 23, 2015

The presence of non-native plant species is significantly greater adjacent to oil well pads than in non-developed areas of the Williston Basin, according to a first-of-its-kind U.S. Geological Survey study for this area.

USGS
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.

Image: Blackfoot River, Southeastern Idaho
December 3, 2014

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have published one of the first comprehensive assessments of selenium in eastern Idaho’s upper Blackfoot River. 

Image: USGS Scientist Researching  Bakken Formation Water Samples
November 17, 2014

Energy development in the Williston Basin oil production area of Montana and North Dakota, which includes the Bakken and Three Forks Formations, has not affected shallow groundwater quality, according to a recently published study in the journalGroundwater.

Filter Total Items: 43

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Science Center Link

Dakota Water Science Center

Dakota Water Science Center
Science Center Link