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
Status: Active

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The USGS National Water-Use Information Program collects data about the quantities of water withdrawn for specific uses: public supply, domestic, industrial, mining, thermoelectric power, irrigation, livestock, and aquaculture.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

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. & 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

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

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

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February 22, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer in two separate periods: from 1950–the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development–to 2011, and 2009 to 2011. 

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November 6, 2012

Ken Pierce, U.S. Geological Survey Geologist Emeritus, has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Career Award of the Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America, to be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, N.C.  

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November 1, 2012

Former U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) scientist, Lewis M. Cowardin, was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists for his pioneering work with waterfowl ecology, wetland classification, remote sensing, and model-assisted decision making.

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August 6, 2012

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), will be used August 21-23 to monitor Missouri River bank erosion on the Lower Brule Reservation, S.D. 

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July 19, 2012

Streamflow levels are below normal across much of the Midwest states of Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Many states are experiencing severe drought, such as Iowa, where flows are less than 25 percent of normal streamflow conditions for the majority of the state. 

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July 19, 2012

Algal toxins and related taste-and-odor compounds were transported 173 miles down the Kansas River during reservoir releases in September and October of 2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.  

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June 4, 2012

The Platte River near Duncan streamgage, just upstream from the Platte's confluence with the Loup River, began operating on June 4, 1895. For more than a century of operation, this U.S. Geological Survey streamgage has contributed abundant information about water levels to farmers, decision makers, scientists, planners, and the public by helping assure future water supplies, sound...

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May 30, 2012

Flood Markers in Rapid City Vicinity Highlight ‘72 Flood Levels
 

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April 4, 2012

The public is invited to attend a free conference about critical South Dakota water resources and geology on April 19 in Rapid City.

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April 3, 2012

The Web-based StreamStats tool for South Dakota streams is now publicly available from the U.S. Geological Survey. StreamStats provides users with access to tools that are critical for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering design applications, such as the design of culverts and bridges. 

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February 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have, for the first time, demonstrated how aquifer composition can affect how excessive levels of phosphorous (an essential nutrient contained in fertilizers) can be carried from fertilized agricultural fields via groundwater to streams and waterways. 

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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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