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Region 4: Mississippi Basin

Welcome to the Mississippi Basin Region! Our streamgage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the region. Other research focuses on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, midcontinental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

News

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From the Seafloor to Outer Space, USGS is on the Case

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Media Alert: Low-Level Flights to Image 3D Geology in Western Arkansas

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A Legacy Continues with Landsat 9 Launch

Publications

Hydraulics of freshwater mussel habitat in select reaches of the Big River, Missouri

The Big River is a tributary to the Meramec River in south-central Missouri. It drains an area that has been historically one of the largest lead producers in the world, and associated mine wastes have contaminated sediments in much of the river corridor. This study investigated hydraulic conditions in four study reaches to evaluate the potential contribution of physical habitat dynamics to mechan

Aquatic-life criteria compared to concentrations of cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc in streams near Fort Polk Military Reservation, Louisiana, December 2015–August 2016

The primary focus of this study was to document cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc concentrations in selected streams near the U.S. Army Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Fort Polk Military Reservation and to compare those values to Federal and State aquatic-life criteria guidelines. The acute aquatic-life criteria used for this study are as follows: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Surface-water-quality data to support implementation of revised freshwater aluminum water-quality criteria in Massachusetts, 2018–19

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, performed a study to inform the development of the department’s guidelines for the collection and use of water-chemistry data to support calculation of site-dependent aluminum criteria values. The U.S. Geological Survey collected and analyzed discrete water-quality samples at four wastewater-t

Science

Mapping Avian Habitat for the Gulf Coast Joint Venture

The Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) was established in 1988 as a result of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, which espouses the restoration of continental waterfowl populations through conservation partnerships in priority habitat regions. Since that time GCJV partners have expanded their mission and purpose to include the provision of habitat to support other priority bird species...
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Mapping Avian Habitat for the Gulf Coast Joint Venture

The Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) was established in 1988 as a result of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, which espouses the restoration of continental waterfowl populations through conservation partnerships in priority habitat regions. Since that time GCJV partners have expanded their mission and purpose to include the provision of habitat to support other priority bird species...
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CarpDAT Invasive Carp Data Catalog

Four types of invasive carp fish species are currently found in the United States: black, grass, silver, and bighead carps. These species are fast growing, prolific feeders that out-compete native fish species and drastically alter the natural ecosystems they invade.
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CarpDAT Invasive Carp Data Catalog

Four types of invasive carp fish species are currently found in the United States: black, grass, silver, and bighead carps. These species are fast growing, prolific feeders that out-compete native fish species and drastically alter the natural ecosystems they invade.
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Department of Interior the Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award for FY19-20 for efforts associated with the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

Congratulations to the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership for receiving a 2020 Department of the Interior Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award. The Team received this award in the Trailblazer category for efforts to address concerns related to the Monarch butterfly including conducting extinction risk research to establish the minimum overwintering population size required to...
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Department of Interior the Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award for FY19-20 for efforts associated with the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership

Congratulations to the Monarch Conservation Science Partnership for receiving a 2020 Department of the Interior Natural Resource Conservation Achievement Award. The Team received this award in the Trailblazer category for efforts to address concerns related to the Monarch butterfly including conducting extinction risk research to establish the minimum overwintering population size required to...
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