Unified Interior Regions

Wyoming

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

Go to Science Center

States L2 Landing Page Tabs

Filter Total Items: 95
Date published: March 26, 2018
Status: Active

Flooding and High-Flow Conditions in Wyoming and Montana

The USGS monitors flood and high-flow conditions at more than 300 streamgages across Montana and Wyoming.  Water level and flow information are used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to make accurate flood forecasts. High-flow conditions are expressed as percentiles comparing current (within the past few hours) instantaneous flow to historical daily mean flow for ...

Contacts: Kirk A Miller
Date published: March 20, 2018
Status: Completed

Characterization of Fish Creek and Evaluation of Nutrient Inputs to Watershed

Fish Creek, an approximately 15-mile long tributary of the Snake River, is located in Teton County in western Wyoming near the town of Wilson.  Local residents began observing an increase in the growth of algae and aquatic plants in Fish Creek in about 2000. 

Date published: March 20, 2018
Status: Active

Geospatial Research and Development to Understand Hydrologic Processes

All natural phenomena have a spatial component. Remote sensing, GIS, and geostatistical methods can be used to evaluate the spatial components of hydrologic phenomena and understand characteristics, such as water quality, streamflow, and hydraulics.

Date published: December 13, 2017
Status: Active

Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) is an interdisciplinary group of scientists and biologists responsible for long-term monitoring and research efforts on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). The team was formed by the Department of the Interior (DOI) in 1973 as a direct result of controversy...

Date published: November 16, 2017
Status: Active

Impacts of Disease on Wolves in Yellowstone National Park

In 1995 and 1996, wolves were reintroduced into the Northern Rockies where they have since established and spread. Within Yellowstone National Park, one of the core protected release sites, the unmanaged population steadily increased to high densities, producing a large wolf population susceptible to infections such as canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV) and sarcoptic mange...

Contacts: Paul Cross, Ph.D., Emily Almberg, Doug Smith, Ellen Brandell & Peter Hudson
Date published: November 16, 2017
Status: Active

Brucellosis

Brucellosis is a nationally and internationally regulated disease of livestock with significant consequences for animal health, public health, and international trade.

Contacts: Paul Cross, Ph.D., Emily Almberg, Kelly Proffitt, Brandon Scurlock, & Eric Maichak, Jared Rogerson & Hank Edwards, Mark Drew & Paul Atwood , Eric Cole, Angela Brennan
Date published: September 20, 2017

Land Treatment Digital Library

The LTDL was created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to catalog information about land treatments on Federal lands in the western United States for all interested parties. The flexible framework of the library allows for the storage of a wide variety of data in different formats. The LTDL currently stores previously established land treatments or what often are called legacy data. The...

Date published: August 30, 2017

Reconstructing Flow History From Riparian Tree Rings

Aquatic Systems Branch scientists analyze rings of riparian trees relating tree growth and establishment to historical flow. We then use the tree rings to reconstruct the flow in past centuries. Flow reconstructions discover the frequency and magnitude of past droughts and floods—information that is essential for management of rivers and water supplies. We also use downscaled climate...

Date published: February 28, 2017
Status: Active

USGS Data at Risk: Expanding Legacy Data Inventory and Preservation Strategies

As one of the largest and oldest science organizations in the world, USGS has produced more than a century of earth science data, much of which is currently unavailable to the greater scientific community due to inaccessible or obsolescent media, formats, and technology. Tapping this vast wealth of “dark data” requires 1) a complete inventory of legacy data and 2) methods and tools to...

Contacts: Lance Everette, Tara M Bell, Cristiana Falvo
Date published: January 25, 2017
Status: Active

Rocky Mountain Regional Snowpack Chemistry Monitoring Study

Snowpacks collect atmospheric deposition throughout the snowfall season and offer a unique opportunity to obtain a composite sample of the chemistry of most of the annual precipitation at high elevations [> 1,800 meters]. The purpose of the snowpack network is to determine annual concentrations and depositional amounts of selected nutrients and other constituents in snow resulting from...

Contacts: Graham Sexstone
Date published: January 13, 2017
Status: Completed

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network

A wide range of activities have the potential to contaminate groundwater. In addition, several naturally-occurring constituents can limit the suitability of groundwater for some uses. The State of Wyoming has established rules and programs to protect groundwater quality, as well as agencies to implement the rules and programs. The Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network (WGQMN) is one...

Contacts: Gregory K Boughton , Nicole Twing, Cheryl Nelson
Date published: December 1, 2016
Status: Active

Riparian Ecology

Riparian ecologists in the AS Branch study interactions among flow, channel change, and vegetation along rivers across the western United States and worldwide. Our work focuses on issues relevant to the management of water and public lands, including dam operation, climate change, invasive species, and ecological restoration. Investigations take place on a range of scales. For example,...

Filter Total Items: 76
Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Johnson County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Johnson County.

Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Laramie County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Laramie County.

Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Niobrara County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Niobrara County.

Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Platte County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Platte County.

Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Sheridan County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Sheridan County.

Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Sublette County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Sublette County.

Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Sweetwater County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Sweetwater County.

Date published: January 13, 2017

Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network Data for Uinta County

National Water Information System Mapper View of Wyoming Groundwater-Quality Monitoring Network sites in Uinta County.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Description of core collected during installation of a Wasatch aquifer monitoring well in the Green River Basin, Sublette County, Wyoming

A monitoring well was installed in the Wasatch aquifer in the Green River Basin, Sublette County, Wyoming in August 2015. Core collected during drilling activities was described to a depth of 170 feet. The data release contains a detailed description of the lithology and physical characteristics of the core sections, as well as numerous photographs. The data release was produced in complian...

Date published: January 1, 2017

Digital map of hydrothermal alteration type, key mineral groups, and green vegetation of the northwestern United States derived from automated analysis of ASTER satellite data

Mineral groups identified through automated analysis of remote sensing data acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) were used to generate a map showing the type and spatial distribution of hydrothermal alteration, other exposed mineral groups, and green vegetation across the northwestern conterminous United States. Boolean algebra was used to

Date published: October 26, 2016

Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment Data Sources

List of USGS information resources used in carrying out the Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment in 2016. Portal to an interactive map and OGC WMS service.

Date published: October 26, 2016

Locatable Mineral Assessment Tracts for the U.S. Geological Survey Sagebrush Mineral-Resource Assessment Project

The polygon (vector) feature class represents locatable mineral resource assessment tracts (tracts of land) associated with the Department of the Interior (DOI) Sagebrush Focal Areas (SFAs) in Montana, Wyoming and Utah, central Idaho, and the Oregon-Nevada-Idaho border area. The mineral-resources tracts are geographic areas that were assessed by the USGS and were determined

Filter Total Items: 300
May 10, 2019

Image of the Week - A New Yellowstone Hot Spot

Scientists with the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory use satellite and aerial imagery to map hot springs, geothermal vents, and geysers at Yellowstone National Park. They recently found an entirely new thermal area miles from the nearest trailhead. Landsat 8's thermal infrared sensors captured the change in a nighttime image from April of 2017. Aerial images reveal a

Littlefield Creek middle study site
May 6, 2019

Littlefield Creek middle study site

Littlefield Creek middle study site

using doppler on the ice
March 27, 2019

Doppler through the ice

An intern uses Dopplar to gather streamflow data through the ice at the Little Wind River near Riverton, Wyoming.

ice measurement equipment
March 27, 2019

Ice Measurement Equipment

Doppler is used to peer under the ice to "see" the flow in the Little Wind River near Riverton, Wyoming.

equipment and ice measurement looking across the channel
March 27, 2019

Intern Using Doppler

One of our interns uses Dopplar to gather streamflow data through the ice at the Little Wind River near Riverton, Wyoming.

employee clearing the ice and snow for a streamflow measurement
March 8, 2019

Clearing the Ice

Clearing the ice and snow to measure streamflow in South Fork Spread Creek. 

employee testing water through ice
February 14, 2019

New Fork River Sample Collection

We are using this piece of equipment to instantly measure stream temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and electrical conductivity. When you move the probe up and down in the water column, you can tell if the stream has stratification. Stratification is why our sample collection bottles are moved up and down and across the stream when we collect a water sample from New Fork

...
employee using Doppler to measure streamflow
February 8, 2019

Winter Streamflow

Using Doppler to peer under the ice and measure streamflow at New Fork River near Big Piney, Wyoming.

employee ice augering on a river
February 1, 2019

Employee Using an Ice Auger

A USGS employee uses a motorized auger to drill a two-foot hole in the ice for the purpose of measuring streamflow on the Sweetwater River. This image shows the final stages of the drilling process for one hole out of the twelve drilled that day.

Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

Filter Total Items: 121
collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
May 12, 2015

The latest coal resource assessment of the Powder River Basin showcases the newly revised USGS’ assessment methodology, which, for the first time, includes an estimate of the reserve base for the entire basin.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
May 5, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Low-quality nesting and winter seasonal habitats are strong predictors of reduced gene flow between greater sage-grouse breeding locations, according to research just published in Ecology and Evolution and authored by the U.S. Geological Survey and their colleagues at the University of Waterloo.

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 10, 2015

Sioux Falls, SD. — Climate change may pose a substantial future risk for sagebrush habitat in southwestern Wyoming, and thus adversely affect the regional summer habitat and nesting areas of sage-grouse, according to a new study by the United States Geological Survey.

Image: Elk Traveling
March 2, 2015

LARAMIE, WY — Seeking insights to help moose, elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep populations, researchers from the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Geological Survey and other partners will spend much of March capturing animals on their winter ranges in western and southern Wyoming.

Image: Radio Marked Sage-grouse Hen
February 27, 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Greater sage-grouse nests found in natural gas development areas where mitigation actions were taken to minimize development impacts had slightly higher nest survival than similar areas where such actions were not taken, according to research by U.S. Geological Survey and others.

USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Southwest Climate Science Center is awarding nearly a 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.

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.

USGS
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: Transporting a Captured Mule Deer
December 8, 2014

Wyoming's struggling mule deer populations are receiving significant attention from University of Wyoming researchers, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Geological Survey and others, with at least five studies underway that could assist efforts to enhance deer numbers and their habitats.