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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

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Kansas Water Science Center

Nebraska Water Science Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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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...

Snowpit Loch Vale Watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park
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
Animated GIF of a bear rubbing up against a tree which appears to be dancing
Date Published: January 25, 2017

Long Term Research in northwest Montana

The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) in northwest Montana is one of the last strongholds of the grizzly bear in the lower 48 states. Of the six established grizzly bear recovery zones, the NCDE is the third largest in area, potentially harboring the greatest number of grizzly bears, and is the only zone contiguous to a strong Canadian population. However, little information exists...

Contacts: Tabitha Graves, Kate Kendall
Dead and dying cottonwoods along the Mojave River, California, following a decrease in the riparian water table
Date Published: January 17, 2017

Ecological Drought in Riparian Ecosystems

Drought is killing riparian trees along many rivers in the western United States. The cause can be increasing temperature or decreasing precipitation, flow or water-table elevation. At multiple locations we are relating water availability to physiological measurements of tree survival and water stress, such as ring width, carbon stable isotope ratio and branch hydraulic conductivity. These...

 0.00 cfs at Smoky Hill River near Schoenchen, KS (06862700) on July 26, 2012. Photo by Andrew Clark
Date Published: January 12, 2017
Status: Active

Kansas Drought

Droughts affect more people in North America than any other natural hazard. The cost of losses due to drought in the United States averages $8-9 billion every year. In Kansas, the droughts of the 1930s and 1950s resulted in severe economic impacts that included crop losses and damage, high livestock mortality rates, tree loss due to disease, damage to fish habitat due to low streamflows, and...

Contacts: C Craig Painter
Bioretention cell at the Douglas County Health Center, Nebraska
Date Published: January 6, 2017

Bioretention Cell Monitoring, Douglas County, Nebraska

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center hydrologists, in cooperation with Douglas County, Nebraska, are monitoring the performance of stormwater bioretention cells that use “green” infrastructure techniques in Omaha, Nebraska. Bioretention cells are used to reduce the quantity of stormwater that flows into a combined sewer overflow (CSO) system which reduces discharge of raw sewage into local...

Contacts: Kellan Strauch
Well sampling in eastern Nebraska
Date Published: January 5, 2017

Groundwater Quality and Age of Secondary Bedrock Aquifers, Eastern Nebraska

In eastern Nebraska, secondary aquifer systems are increasingly being considered to supplement growing municipal, domestic, and agricultural water demands. Within the Eastern Nebraska Water Resources Assessment (ENWRA) area, airborne geophysical surveys have mapped the thickness and extent of these aquifers over much of eastern Nebraska; however little is known about the age and quality of...

Contacts: Amanda Flynn
Sampling a well in the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District
Date Published: January 5, 2017

Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District Groundwater Quality Monitoring

The USGS Nebraska Water Science Center has been collecting groundwater quality samples in cooperation with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD) since 1992 in support of the NRD's groundwater management plan. The basic geochemistry and age of the groundwater was established. Well waters are sampled yearly throughout the NRD to monitor the resource and assess concentrations...

Contacts: Amanda Flynn
Holt Creek, Nebraska in winter
Date Published: January 5, 2017

Sand Hills and Dissected Plains Water Budgets

A detailed annual water budget is invaluable for effective interrelated water management, particularly in river valleys where streamflow and crop demands are key components of the budget. Extraction of groundwater or diversion of surface water can affect flow to streams, wetlands, and other surface-water bodies. We are providing new insights into the water budget by estimating quantities of...

Contacts: Amanda Flynn
Bioretention cell during rainstorm at Omaha Sewer Maintenance Facility
Date Published: December 12, 2016

Bioretention Cell Monitoring, Omaha Sewer Maintenance Facility

Stormwater management methodologies are shifting from the traditional storm sewer to a more green-infrastructure approach that stresses the importance of capturing, retaining and treating stormwater. The implementation of green infrastructure uses various Best Management Practices (BMPs) to mitigate the effects of stormwater on flooding and water quality. A bioretention cell is a BMP that...

Contacts: David Rus
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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

 Low-Flow Streamflow Measurement at Little Missouri River
November 16, 2017

Low-Flow Streamflow Measurement at Little Missouri River

Hydrologic technician Sarah Davis measured low-flow discharge at USGS streamgage 06334500, Little Missouri River near Camp Crook, SD (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/sd/nwis/inventory/?site_no=06334500&agency_cd=USGS&) on November 16, 2017. 

November 7, 2017

Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has improved Landsat data quality and usability through the creation of Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for the conterminous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Landsat ARD greatly reduces the preparatory work currently required to do time-series analysis for understanding landscape change for operational and science users. Landsat Collections

October 25, 2017

Choosing a Data Access Tool: AppEEARS Area Sampler

This video focuses on the Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρEEARS) Area Sampler. With AρρEEARS, users can retrieve analysis ready data for specific areas of interest for a variety of NASA data products, including those derived from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. AρρEEARS

Channel measurement section locations for Ruby River above Reservoir
October 12, 2017

Channel measurement section locations for Ruby River above Reservoir

Channel measurement section locations for Ruby River above Reservoir.

Screenshot of phenocam at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
October 1, 2017

EROS Phenocam

A screenshot of the phenocam at the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD. EROS established a near-ground automated digital camera in 2014 and joined over 100 other core sites in the PhenoCam Network. Following the protocols of the network, the EROS camera

Surveying water surface along with other methods to describe scour
September 20, 2017

Surveying water surface along with other methods to describe scour

Surveying water surface to tie into bathymetry measurments on Bitterroot River near Hamilton, MT to describe scour near the bridge.

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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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April 6, 2011

The public is invited to attend a free conference about critical South Dakota water resources and geology on April 28 in Rapid City.

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April 4, 2011

Loss of glaciers and snowpack due to climate warming in alpine regions is putting pressure on a rare aquatic insect, the meltwater stonefly, according to a study recently released in Climatic Change Letters.

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March 31, 2011

The Equus Beds aquifer in Kansas has recovered about 65 percent of its water storage volume that was lost from 1940 through 1992, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study. 

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March 22, 2011

Streamflow of the Moreau River near Whitehorse, SD set a new record high when the water level peaked on Sunday, March 20, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data.

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March 17, 2011

Record-breaking floods are possible in various locations in South Dakota this spring, and the public can track flood levels throughout South Dakota using the U.S. Geological Survey’s FloodWatch webpage.

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March 15, 2011

When flooding occurs, the U.S. Geological Survey helps to reduce losses of life and property by providing real-time water level and flow information to the public and emergency managers.The 

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March 8, 2011

Nutrient levels decreased in the upper Blue River following upgrades to the Johnson County’s Blue River Main Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) in Overland Park, Kansas, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study.

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March 4, 2011

A distinguished award from The Wildlife Society’s North Dakota Chapter was recently granted to Dr. Marsha A. Sovada, a U.S. Geological Survey wildlife biologist, in recognition of her service to wildlife research and conservation.

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February 9, 2011

Regional flood and storm potentials are highest along the eastern and northeastern periphery of the Black Hills and generally include the areas from Hot Springs to Spearfish, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

November 30, 2010

Everyday, high above the clouds, dozens of sophisticated imaging satellites circle the Earth, capturing extraordinary conditions and events that are nearly impossible to document from the surface of the planet. These images reveal the planet's surface through the "eyes" of a space satellite.

November 17, 2010

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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