Unified Interior Regions

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: June 9, 2017
Status: Completed

Shawnee Twin Lakes Bathymetry

Shawnee Reservoir (locally known as Shawnee Twin Lakes) is a man-made reservoir on South Deer Creek with a drainage area of 32.7 square miles in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Shawnee, has operated a real-time stage (water-surface elevation) gage (USGS station 07241600) at Shawnee Reservoir since 2006. The purposes of the...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: May 12, 2017
Status: Active

Washita River Reach 3 and 4 Alluvial Aquifer Study

The objectives of this investigation are to describe the hydrogeology, and construct, calibrate, and use a numerical groundwater-flow model to simulate the effects of transient stresses and various pumping and climate scenarios for Reaches 3 and 4 of the Washita River alluvial aquifer.

Date published: May 12, 2017
Status: Active

Boone and Roubidoux Aquifers Study

The objective of the study is to conduct an investigation of the hydrogeology of the Boone and Roubidoux aquifers that will provide information to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that will enable that agency to determine maximum annual yield of the aquifers based on different proposed management plans.

Date published: May 11, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Modeling at the Oklahoma Water Science Center

The Oklahoma Water Science Center performs computer simulations using MODFLOW to simulate groundwater/surface-water interaction, quantify groundwater resources, and evaluate the effects of withdrawals on future groundwater supplies for various aquifers in Oklahoma.

Date published: May 11, 2017
Status: Active

Investigation of Hydrogeology and Water Availability in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the spatial distribution and volume of the fresh and brackish (saline) groundwater resources on the Reservation of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. This investigation will evaluate the sources of water and water use in the Reservation, through activities such as historical water use, characterization of water wells, and predicting the potential effects...

Date published: May 11, 2017
Status: Completed

Rush Springs Aquifer Study

The objectives of this project are to quantify the groundwater resources of the Rush Springs aquifer by developing a numerical groundwater-flow model, evaluate the effects of estimated equal proportionate share (EPS) on aquifer storage and streamflow for time periods of 20, 40, and 50 years into the future by using numerical groundwater-flow models, and evaluate the effects of present-day...

Contacts: John Ellis
Date published: April 21, 2017
Status: Completed

Estimated Water Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 2010

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 2010. The data presented here are the result of the 2010 compilation effort for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water...

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Date published: April 21, 2017
Status: Archived

Estimated Water Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 2005

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 2005. The data presented here are the result of the 2005 compilation effort for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: April 21, 2017
Status: Archived

Estimated Water Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 2000

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 2000. The data presented here are the result of the 2000 compilation effort for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: April 21, 2017
Status: Archived

Estimated Water Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 1995

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 1995. The data presented here are the result of the 1995 compilation effort for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: April 20, 2017
Status: Completed

North Fork Red River Aquifer Study

In 2012 the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the OWRB, began an update of the hydrologic investigation and development of a groundwater-flow model for the North Fork Red River alluvial aquifer in Beckham, Greer, Jackson, and Kiowa Counties.

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
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.

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 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

Date published: April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), 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.

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Date published: March 12, 2016

WaterWatch

WaterWatch is a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) World Wide Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. The real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Oklahoma Climate Trends, 1895-2015

Precipiation and temperature trends for 1895-2015 for Oklahoma.

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Historical water-quality data for the High Plains Regional Ground-Water Study Area in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, 1930-98

The High Plains aquifer underlies 174,000 square miles in parts of eight States and includes eight primary hydrogeologic units, including the well-known Ogallala Formation. The High Plains aquifer is an important resource, providing water for 27 percent of the Nation?s irrigated agricultural lands in an otherwise dry landscape. Since the 1980?s...

Litke, David W.
Historical water-quality data for the High Plains Regional Ground-Water Study Area in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming, 1930-98; 2001; WRI; 2000-4254; Litke, David W.

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Year Published: 1996

Estimated Freshwater Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 1990

This report presents 1990 freshwater withdrawal estimates for Oklahoma by source and category. Withdrawal source is either ground water or surface water. Withdrawal categories include: irrigation, water supply, livestock, thermoelectric-power generation, domestic and commercial, and industrial and mining. Withdrawal data are aggregated by county,...

Lurry, Dee L.; Tortorelli, Robert L.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimated Freshwater Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 1990; 1996; WRI; 95-4276; Lurry, Dee L.; Tortorelli, Robert L.

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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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Year Published: 1985

Reported withdrawals and estimated use of water in Oklahoma during 1982

Reported water withdrawals in Oklahoma during 1982 were 1,270.64 million gallons per day. The withdrawals were about equally distributed between ground water and surface water with 46 percent being ground water and 54 percent being surface water. In general, the western counties rely on ground water and the eastern counties rely on surface water...

Stoner, J.D.
Attribution: Water Resources
Reported withdrawals and estimated use of water in Oklahoma during 1982; 1985; WRI; 85-4084; Stoner, J. D.

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Year Published: 1984

Estimate of self-supplied domestic water use in Oklahoma during 1980

Reported or measured water-use data for the domestic self-supplied user were not available for Oklahoma; therefore estimates of water use within this classification were derived. The total self-supplied population in Oklahoma during 1980 was estimated to be 343,615, which was 11.4 percent of the total 1980 State population. The rate of water use...

Stoner, J.D.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimate of self-supplied domestic water use in Oklahoma during 1980; 1984; WRI; 83-4223; Stoner, J. D.

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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Panoramic view of a chat pile on the St. Joe property, Picher, Oklahoma, looking east.
December 31, 2013

Panoramic view of a chat pile on the St. Joe property, Picher, Oklahom

Panoramic view of a chat pile on the St. Joe property, Picher, Oklahoma, looking east.

August 27, 2013

Water-level Change in the High Plains Aquifer System

In 1986, Congress directed the USGS to regularly report groundwater-level changes in the High Plains aquifer system. To comply with this directive, the USGS compares water levels measured every two years. By measuring water levels across the entire aquifer in one year, measurements made two years later enable calculation of changes over time. Measured water levels from

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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March 6, 2015

Reactivated faults that have produced thousands of Oklahoma earthquakes are capable of causing larger seismic events, according to U.S. Geological Survey research published today in Geophysical Research Letters.

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December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center is awarding nearly $550,000 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.

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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.

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September 25, 2014

Collaboration between federal Climate Science Centers, partner agencies and tribes is vital for minimizing and adapting to potential harmful effects of climate change on human society and surrounding ecosystems, according to a newly-released U.S. Geological Survey circular.

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May 6, 2014

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in central Oklahoma. 

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March 12, 2014

The biology of small streams in the Illinois River Basin has been disturbed by a mix of factors, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

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March 6, 2014

 In a new study involving researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists observed that a human-induced magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Prague, Oklahoma in November 2011 may have triggered the larger M5.7 earthquake less than a day later. 

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December 19, 2013

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center is awarding about $1.2 million 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.

USGS
February 22, 2013

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 in two separate periods: from 1950–the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development–to 2011, and 2009 to 2011. 

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May 25, 2012

The effects of floods resulting from dam breaches at Lakes Ellsworth and Lawtonka in southwestern Okla. were recently simulated and results are available today in a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Lawton.

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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