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: 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...

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 25, 2017
Status: Active

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, Ph.D., Kate Kendall
Date published: January 17, 2017
Status: Active

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...

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: Craig Painter
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
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
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
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
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
Date published: December 7, 2016
Status: Active

Groundwater-Quality Monitoring near Ashland, Nebraska

Since 1991, the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center has collected water samples from six monitoring wells in the Platte River alluvial aquifer near Ashland. Analytes include major and trace metals, nutrients, dissolved organic carbon, pesticides and their degradates, and arsenic species. The samples are analyzed by the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory. The USGS also collects additional...

Date published: December 1, 2016
Status: Active

Riparian Ecology

Riparian ecologists at the Fort Collins Science Center 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. ...

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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 - 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.

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.

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

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August 17, 2011

Flights using an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will monitor bank erosion on the Lower Brule Reservation, S.D., the week of August 22.

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July 20, 2011

Flooding along the Missouri River continues as shown in Landsat satellite images of the Nebraska and Iowa border. Heavy rains and snowmelt have caused the river to remain above flood stage for an extended period.

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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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