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Oklahoma

The Southwest Region ranges from the Colorado Rockies to the Gulf Coast and the Western Deserts to the Great Plains. The Southwest Region conducts multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring in locations across the Region, the United States, around the world, and across our solar system.

Oklahoma Water Science Center

Oklahoma Water Science Center

The OKWSC collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on Oklahoma's water resources.

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South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

South Central CASC researchers are working throughout the region to understand how future climate might impact fish, wildlife, water, land, and people.

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Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Date published: April 20, 2017
Status: Active

Upper Washita River Alluvial Aquifer Study

This project is a detailed study of the groundwater and surface water, the hydrogeology, climate, and base flow to streams, and the effects of water use and changes in weather and climate on the hydrologic system. The study includes field collection of groundwater and streamflow data, mapping the water table, aquifer base, and water use.

Date published: April 20, 2017
Status: Active

Salt Fork Red River Alluvial Aquifer Study

The objectives of this project are to describe the hydrogeology of the Salt Fork Red River alluvial aquifer and to produce numerical groundwater-flow models that can be used to simulate the transient groundwater-flow system. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will use the outcomes from this project to determine the MAY and effects of future water extraction and drought. The geographic...

Contacts: John Ellis
Date published: April 14, 2017
Status: Active

Red River Water Availability and Use and Ecological Characteristics Focus Area Study

Staff members of the Oklahoma Water Science Center in Oklahoma City and of the Oklahoma Coop Unit at Stillwater are working with USGS staff members from Water Science Centers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and New Jersey to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of water-resource availability, refine water-use estimates, and characterize aquatic ecology and streamflows needed to support selected...

Date published: April 14, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma FloodWatch

By combining the historical record, data from ongoing streamgage monitoring, and data on new events, the USGS is able to develop the expertise and tools that help Federal, State, and local community leaders not only to enhance short-term preparation, aid, and recovery efforts, but to better understand how their flood risk may be changing over time and how they can reduce their risk in future...

Contacts: Jason Lewis
Date published: April 13, 2017
Status: Active

Subject-Area Specialists

Please feel free to contact any of our subject-area specialists.  

Center Director/Surface-water specialist - Jason Lewis
Data Chief - Vacant
Studies Chief - Matthew Varonka
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist -...

Date published: April 13, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma DroughtWatch

The U.S. Geological Survey Oklahoma Water Science Center continuously monitors the status of surface water in the State's principal rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers. Selected index stations with long-term continuous record spanning many drought periods are used to compare existing streamflows, reservoir storage, and ground-water levels with normal and extreme recorded values. These comparisons...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: April 13, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma StreamStats

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) periodically publishes streamflow statistics, such as flood-frequency, flow-duration, and mean annual streamflow statistics, for gaged sites with long-term record. Regionalized regression methods recently have been developed for estimating many of these streamflow statistics at ungaged sites as a function of measured physical and climatic drainage basin...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: January 1, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma Water Science Center Publications

This page will help you locate, view, and download scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by our scientists and partners.

The USGS Publications Warehouse contains on-line content and citations for over 100,000...

Date published: January 1, 2017
Status: Active

Interpretive Reports

The Oklahoma Water Science Center publishes water-information reports on many topics and in many formats. From this Web page, you can locate, view, download, or order scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by our scientists and partners.

Scientific...

Date published: January 1, 2017
Status: Active

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets are intended as a short publication that provides for rapid publication and dissemination of facts and findings.

Date published: January 1, 2017
Status: Active

Open-File Reports

Open-file reports include unpublished manuscript reports, maps, and other material and are made available for public consultation and use. They are a nonpermanent form of publication that may be cited in other publications as sources of information.

Date published: January 1, 2017
Status: Archived

Aquifer Characteristics of Selected Aquifers in Oklahoma

Digital geospatial data sets of aquifer characteristics have been produced from existing, published paper reports for major aquifers in Oklahoma. The aquifer characteristics compiled include hydraulic conductivity, recharge, water-level elevation, and aquifer boundaries.

The individual aquifer characteristic data sets are designed especially for use with Geographic Information Systems (...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Image: House Damage from 2011 Oklahoma Earthquake
November 6, 2011

House Damage from 2011 Oklahoma Earthquake

House damage in central Oklahoma from the magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 6, 2011. Research conducted by USGS geophysicist Elizabeth Cochran and her university-based colleagues suggests that this earthquake was induced by injection into deep disposal wells in the Wilzetta North field.

Lake Overholser in drought conditions, 2011
October 31, 2011

Lake Overholser in drought conditions, 2011

Lake Overholser in drought conditions, 2011

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Oklahoma Groundwater Efforts

Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Oklahoma Groundwater Efforts

Hydrogeologists examining the Garber-Wellington aquifer and Hennessey Shale confining unit contact near Arcadia Lake, Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Groundwater Efforts

Photo of observation well, pressure transducer, and electric water-level tape in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Groundwater Efforts

USGS Hydrologists using the USGS Well Flowmeter and Downhole Sampler on a well in Moore, Oklahoma. More info can be found in Fact Sheet 2005-3111 (PDF).

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Oklahoma Groundwater Efforts

USGS Student Jessica Magers examining outcrop of the Rush Springs aquifer in Caddo County, Oklahoma for arsenic and other metals concentration.

Illinois River Floatcam

Illinois River Floatcam

The Illinois River Floatcam is located at USGS station 07196320 on the Illinois River near Moodys, OK (Combs Bridge), about 36 miles downstream from the Arkansas state line. This station does not provide continuous monitoring of flow and stage, but these measurements are

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April 8, 2020

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use; 1971–2016

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 2016 and replaces the discrete construction aggregate tables that were included in the individual State chapters prior to 2014. It contains

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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May 14, 2012

Concentrations of the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus have decreased at several locations in two creeks that flow into Lake Eucha and Spavinaw Lake, near the City of Tulsa, Okla., according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. 

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February 1, 2012

Groundwater withdrawals for crop irrigation have increased to over 16 million acre-feet per year in the High Plains Aquifer, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

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October 6, 2011

Concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus and some pesticides have increased from 1999-2009 in parts of the North Canadian River watershed, downstream of Oklahoma City, Okla., according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

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September 16, 2011

Simulated effects of withdrawing water from the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer in south-central Oklahoma are now available in a new U.S. Geological Survey report, done in cooperation with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

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August 23, 2011

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake rattled southern Colorado Monday, August 22, at 11:46PM MDT, causing strong shaking, but minor damage, and was felt throughout the state of Colorado and neighboring states. The USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) system issued a Green Alert, indicating a low probability for fatalities or significant economic losses.

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April 26, 2011

U.S. Geological Survey crews are measuring all-time record flooding on the Illinois River in Oklahoma, and substantial flooding in Eastern and Northeastern parts of the state. 

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March 7, 2011

Studies to determine the quality and quantity of Oklahoma’s groundwater are underway by the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners. Oklahoma relies heavily on groundwater – 570 million gallons are used each day by more than 20,000 homeowners for household or yard use. This essential resource is vital for the health and well being of humanity and the environment.

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July 16, 2009

Water produced by the High Plains aquifer, which provides water to eight states, is generally acceptable for human consumption, irrigation, and livestock watering, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study highlighted at the summer meeting of the Western States Water Council in Park City, Utah.

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June 25, 2007

Watch history in action as U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists share the secrets of sampling for metals in water with the Indian Tribes from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Region VI.

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May 15, 2007

Talks, workshops and demos in Tulsa, Okla., May 15-17, 2007

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August 8, 2006

A report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contains a regional map and an associated database that inventory 36 locations of reported natural asbestos and fibrous amphibole occurrences in the central United States.

Oklahoma Groundwater Effects. Turner Falls, the largest waterfall in Oklahoma, near Davis, Oklahoma. Springs discharging from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer into Honey Creek are the source of water to Turner Falls.

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Oklahoma Water Science Center

Oklahoma Water Science Center

The OKWSC collects high-quality hydrologic data and conducts unbiased, scientifically sound research on Oklahoma's water resources.

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South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

South Central CASC researchers are working throughout the region to understand how future climate might impact fish, wildlife, water, land, and people.

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