Unified Interior Regions

Region 5: Missouri Basin

USGS Science Centers in the Missouri Basin Region

For more information on what each center is doing in the Missouri Basin, please follow the links below!

Wyoming - Montana Water Science Center

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Kansas Water Science Center

Nebraska Water Science Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Dakota Water Science Center

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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
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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 7, 2017

Water Use in South Dakota

Water Use in South Dakota

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.

Date published: August 2, 2017

Oil and Gas Resources

Information on the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin in the north central part of the United States and associated studies pertaining to the oil and gas development in western North Dakota and in nearby states.

Date published: July 18, 2017

Water Use in North Dakota

The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture. 

Date published: July 5, 2017

Ozark Plateaus Groundwater Availability Study

The U.S. Geological Survey's Groundwater Resources Program (GWRP) is conducting an assessment of groundwater availability throughout the United States to gain a better understanding of the status of the Nation's groundwater resources and how changes in water use and climate may affect those resources. 

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Contacts: Brian R Clark
Date published: June 30, 2017

Tri-State Ground-Water Modeling

Short Title: Tri-State Ground-Water Model
Project Chief: Jonathan Gillip
Cooperators: Kansas Water Board
Project Time Frame: 2005 - present

To assess the effect that increased water use is having on the long-term availability of groundwater within the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, a...

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February 1, 2018

Landsat 8: 5-Year Anniversary

February 11 will mark the 5th anniversary of the launch of Landsat 8! 

Since 2013, over 1.1 million scenes have been acquired, adding to the Landsat archive which started almost 45 years ago, and continue to help support studies in agriculture, forest and water quality/use/management, natural disasters, and land change. 

The Landsat Program is a series of

Hauling equipment to measure streamflow, Tongue River nr Decker
January 24, 2018

Hauling equipment to measure streamflow, Tongue River nr Decker

Hauling equipment to measure streamflow, Tongue River nr Decker

PROSPER classifications for a portion of the Little Blackfoot River basin near Deer Loddge, MT
January 24, 2018

PROSPER classifications for a portion of the Little Blackfoot River ba

PROSPER classifications for a portion of the Little Blackfoot River basin near Deer Loddge, MT

January 19, 2018

Landsat in Action - Free & Open Landsat Archive with Barbara Ryan

Barbara Ryan, Director of GEO talks about the distribution of Landsat data, starting in 1972, and ultimately transitioning to the free and open policy of today.
 

Zero Streamflow at Souris River near Westhope, ND (05124000)
January 4, 2018

Zero Streamflow at Souris River near Westhope, ND (05124000)

USGS hydrologic technicians Kevin Baker (shown in the picture) and Jarvis Kaderlik found the Souris River near Westhope, ND (streamgage 05124000) to be at zero flow on January 4, 2018. More information on USGS streamgage 05124000 can be found at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?

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Streamflow Measurement Under Ice at Cheyenne River near Wasta, SD
January 4, 2018

Streamflow Measurement Under Ice at Cheyenne River near Wasta, SD

 During wintry conditions, streamflow is often measured under ice. This often means using an ice auger to cut holes through the ice, at increments across the full width of the stream. This photograph shows a USGS Hydrologic Technician making a streamflow measurement on January 4, 2018, at the Cheyenne River near Wasta, SD (streamgage 06423500; 

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Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation study area
December 31, 2017

Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation study area

Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation study area

December 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Therm. Anom. & Fire Data Part 1

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Thermal Anomalies and Fire data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC).  Information about the MODIS Version 6 Thermal Anomalies and Fire data products, changes between the

Map of Lake Koocanusa, Montana, U.S.A., and British Columbia, Canada
December 31, 2017

Map of Lake Koocanusa, Montana, U.S.A., and British Columbia, Canada

Map of Lake Koocanusa, Montana, U.S.A., and British Columbia, Canada

December 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Therm. Anom. and Fire Data Part 2

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Thermal Anomalies and Fire data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC).  Information about the MODIS Version 6 Thermal Anomalies and Fire data products, the thematic fire

December 31, 2017

MODIS Observes Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor is located onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. MODIS data are crucial tools for studying changes that have occurred on the surface of the Earth, including during times of drought. This video highlights Terra MODIS data over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and the changes in the amount of snowpack in

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February 16, 2012

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Joanna Thamke will receive the National Level Silver Medal Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today at a ceremony in Denver, Colo.  

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February 13, 2012

High concentrations of naturally occurring arsenic are present in interconnected water bodies within Wind Cave National Park, S.D., 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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January 10, 2012

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, S.D., announces the selection of Dr. Frank P. Kelly to serve as the Center Director and USGS Space Policy Advisor. 

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December 12, 2011

Kanopolis and Tuttle Creek Lakes in Kansas are losing water storage capacity because they retain at least 95 percent of the sediment transported by streams, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

Deposition of sediment reduces the ability for Kanopolis and Tuttle Creek Lakes to serve several purposes including flood control, water supply, and recreation. 

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October 5, 2011

Dr. Gary Krapu, U.S. Geological Survey scientist and Dickey County, N.D. native, was recently elected Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union for his exceptional contributions to ornithology through research, conservation efforts, and education.  

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October 5, 2011

Multiple floods during the last 2,000 years were substantially larger than the devastating Black Hills, S.D. flood of 1972 that resulted in at least 238 deaths in the Rapid City and Keystone areas, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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September 26, 2011

The effects of urbanization, wastewater discharge and treatment facility upgrades on Indian Creek, in Johnson County, Kan., will be evaluated in a new study developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Johnson County Wastewater. 

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September 20, 2011

The Kansas River is the drinking water source for more than 600,000 people in Topeka, Lawrence, and Johnson County, Kan. Water suppliers in these areas requested that the USGS sample the Kansas River to determine if algal toxins and taste and odor compounds were present. While taste-and-odor compounds are not harmful, algal toxins can be poisonous to people, aquatic life, pets and livestock. 

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September 15, 2011

U.S. Geological Survey biologist Dr. Marsha A. Sovada was recently granted the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award, the second highest award for a DOI career employee, for her contributions to the development and management of wildlife research studies.

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September 9, 2011

A non-toxic dye, rhodamine WT, will be injected into Tenmile Creek near Rimini, Mont., downstream from the City of Helena’s municipal water intake on Sept. 13 and 14.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will continually inject a small stream of the dye as part of a metal-loading study being conducted by the USGS, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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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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