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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This image shows the perimeter of Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park in 1966,1998, 2005, and 2015.
Date Published: May 9, 2017

Time Series of Glacier Retreat

The retreat of glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana, has received widespread attention by the media, the public, and scientists because it is a clear and poignant indicator of change in the northern Rocky Mountains of the USA.  In 2017 the...

This is a glacier animation for Glacier National Park.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Status: Active

GLACIER SIMULATION

NOTICE:  Updated glacier projections are now available for Glacier National Park's glaciers in this 2019 publication 

The simulation reflects the predicted exponential rise in atmospheric CO2...

Cheney Reservoir study site
Date Published: February 28, 2017
Status: Active

Cheney Reservoir and Water Quality Studies

Cheney Reservoir is located on the North Fork Ninnescah River in south-central Kansas, 20 miles west of Wichita. Cheney Reservoir is the primary drinking water supply for the city and a popular recreational resource for the region. After cyanobacterial blooms in 1990 and 1991, which caused servere taste-and-odor events, the USGS Kansas Water Science Center partnered with the City of Wichita ...

Contacts: Ariele Kramer
USGS
Date Published: February 28, 2017
Status: Active

Effects of Wastewater Discharge and Treatment Facility Upgrades on Environmental and Biological Conditions of Indian Creek, Johnson County, Kansas

The purpose of the study is to assess the effects of wastewater discharge and treatment facility upgrades on the environmental and biological conditions of Indian Creek, downstream from the Middle Basin wastewater treatment facility (WWTF). Streamflow, discrete and continuously measured stream-water chemistry, streambed-sediment chemistry, and habitat data will be used to: evaluate differences...

Lovewell Reservoir Dam in Jewell County, KS
Date Published: February 27, 2017

Lakes and Reservoirs in Kansas

The lakes and reservoirs in Kansas are located in two major river basins—the Missouri River Basin and the Arkansas River Basin. Basin summaries and individual lake and reservoir information are available courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S Bureau of Reclamation.

Contacts: C Craig Painter
USGS well near the confluence of the Elkhorn and Lower Platte Rivers
Date Published: February 27, 2017

Groundwater/surface-water interaction near the confluence of the Elkhorn and Lower Platte Rivers

Recent droughts in Nebraska (2000–06; 2012–13) have amplified concerns about the long-term sustainability of groundwater and surface-water resources as well as concerns about the effect of groundwater irrigation on streamflow and water supplies needed to meet wildlife, recreational, and municipal needs.  The Lower Platte River Basin-wide Management Plan is currently being developed jointly by...

Educational outreach at Cub Creek, Homestead National Monument, Nebr.
Date Published: February 24, 2017

Improving the Water Quality of Cub Creek: Homestead National Monument Water Quality Partnership

Homestead National Monument of America, (HOME) a National Park Service (NPS) site which commemorates the impacts of the Homestead Act of 1862 is located on the site of one of the first homestead claims filed in the United States of America, a site that was chosen by Daniel Freeman because of the clean abundant water that Cub Creek provided for...

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center scientist preparing water-quality samples
Date Published: February 23, 2017

Missouri River Water-Quality Monitoring in Relation to Combined Sewer Overflow Systems near Omaha, Nebraska

In 2012, the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, in cooperation with the City of Omaha, began monitoring the Missouri River near Omaha to document water-quality changes in the river as the City improved their combined sewer overflow (CSO) system.  The monitoring program includes both discrete and continuous data collection at four sampling sites on the Missouri River. Monitoring at each site...

Continuous water-quality monitor in the Niobrara River at Sparks, Neb.
Date Published: February 23, 2017

Continuous Water-Quality Monitoring Network

The USGS Nebraska Water Science Center maintains a network of continuous water-quality monitors across Nebraska which provide near-real-time water-quality data. Continuous water-quality monitors are typically installed at or near existing USGS stream gages or wells. Parameters that are monitored at continuous water-quality sites include water temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen...

Corn field in Nebraska
Date Published: February 21, 2017
Status: Active

High Plains Water-Level Monitoring Study

The High Plains aquifer underlies 111.8 million acres (about 175,000 square miles) in parts of eight States—Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. In response to a directive from Congress, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with local, state, and federal entities, has collected water-level data from wells screened in the High Plains...

Photo of agricultural tile drain in eastern Nebraska.
Date Published: February 16, 2017

Delineation of Areas Potentially Drained by Tile Drains and Updating of Streamflow-Trend Statistics from the Elkhorn River Basin in Eastern Nebraska

Water resource sustainability in the Elkhorn River Basin, Nebraska is a critical issue. Understanding streamflow trends is important to the determination of sustainable surface water and groundwater in the basin. The Lower Elkhorn and Upper Elkhorn Natural Resources Districts and the USGS cooperatively studied trends in streamflow characteristics of sites in the Elkhorn River, Salt Creek, and...

Contacts: Kellan Strauch
Photo of Sandhills Lake
Date Published: January 26, 2017
Status: Active

Elkhorn-Loup Model

In the Elkhorn River and Loup River Basins, Natural Resources Districts (Upper Elkhorn, Lower Elkhorn, Upper Loup, Lower Loup, Middle Niobrara, Lower Niobrara, Lewis and Clark, and Lower Platte North) are collecting data and developing tools to assist with water resource planning. Critical planning issues in the Elkhorn River and Loup River basins are focused on the availability of the...

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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

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

Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Therm. Anom. & Fire Data Part 3

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 MODIS Thermal Anomalies and Fire quality information, including how to decode

Measuring streamflow in slushy Sun River at Simms, MT
December 20, 2017

Measuring streamflow in slushy Sun River at Simms, MT, station 0608580

Measuring streamflow in slushy Sun River at Simms, MT, station 06085800

Measuring streamflow on the Yaak River near Troy, MT, station 12304500
December 19, 2017

Measuring streamflow on the Yaak River near Troy, MT, station 12304500

Measuring streamflow on the Yaak River near Troy, MT, station 12304500

December 14, 2017

Landsat in Action - Changing Forest Phenology with Andrew Elmore

When parking lots go up, when rooftops multiply, land cover and land uses change. Professor Andrew Elmore with the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science understands that very well, and explains how he uses Landsat to study and quantify that change in USGS EROS’ latest “Landsat in Action” video conversation. Elmore delves into the changing phenology of

Rapid Creek below Canyon Lake Sampling Site
December 12, 2017

Rapid Creek below Canyon Lake sampling site

Rapid Creek below Canyon Lake sampling site at Meadowbrook Golf Course (USGS site 06413200), December 2017.

December 6, 2017

Every Pixel - Landsat's Orbit

Ever wonder how Landsat 8 orbits our planet? Here is an overview to explain this part of how we capture every pixel.
 

December 6, 2017

Every Pixel - Landsat's Sensors

On board Landsat 8 are two sensors that capture data about earth's surface. Here is an explanation of the instruments that capture every pixel.
 

December 6, 2017

Every Pixel - Recording Data

Recording every pixel as Landsat orbits Earth is a complicated task. Here is an overview of how that data goes from the sensors into the recorder.
 

November 21, 2017

EROS Science Center Overview

The EROS Science Center is responsible for acquiring earth observations, archiving that data, and developing applications for the data to learn more about our planet. Visit https://eros.usgs.gov
 

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July 12, 2011

Peak streamflow during the current Souris River flood was almost twice the previous record in Sherwood, N.D., according to U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data.

The flooded Souris, or "Mouse," River peaked at 29,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) on June 24 at the USGS-operated streamgage in Sherwood—almost doubling the 1976 record of 14,800 cfs at this location. 

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July 6, 2011

Record flooding along the Souris River near Minot, N.D. and record drought at O.C. Fisher Lake near San Angelo, Texas have more than their contrasting water conditions in common.

These places, nearly 1,000 miles apart, are situated almost exactly north and south of each other near the100th meridian of longitude.  On average they have similar amounts of precipitation. 

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June 27, 2011

The Landsat 7 satellite recorded the flooding of the city of Minot, North Dakota, at its peak on June 25, 2011, when the Souris River in north central North Dakota surpassed an 1881 record flood reading by a wide margin.

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June 23, 2011

Runoff due to recent wide-scale rainfall in South Dakota has led to very high streamflows for local Missouri River tributaries, according to several U.S. Geological Survey streamgages.

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June 10, 2011

High or low flood risks can determine where wetland restoration might occur on the lower Missouri River, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey Columbia Environmental Research Center and the Nature Conservancy’s Missouri River Program.

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May 26, 2011

Recent heavy rainfall in southeastern Montana has resulted in record streamflows in many rivers and streams, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 

In Montana, there are more than 210 USGS-operated streamgages that measure water levels and streamflow. Twenty streamgage stations have reached flood stage, and six are above record levels.

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May 25, 2011

Streamflow of the Little Missouri River at Camp Crook, S.D., set a new record high when the water level peaked on Tuesday, May 24, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data.

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May 17, 2011

Clinton Lake, near Lawrence, Kan., is filling up with sediment about 70 percent faster than what was originally planned when the reservoir was completed in 1977, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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April 25, 2011

The Souris River above Minot reached its highest flow rate in about 40 years on Thursday, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data. 

The flow at the USGS Souris River above Minot streamgage reached 4,900 cubic feet per second on Thursday, which is its largest flow rate since the flood of 1979 and its fifth highest flow since 1912.

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April 20, 2011

Many points in the Souris River Basin of North Dakota and Canada reached all-time record streamflows during the past week, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey international streamgage data.

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April 15, 2011

Many points in the Devils Lake Basin of North Dakota reached all-time record streamflows during the past few days, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data. 

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April 15, 2011

Many points on the Sheyenne River reached all-time record streamflows during the past week, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data.  

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