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: June 14, 2017
Status: Active

Urban Water Quality Monitoring in Johnson County Kansas

Johnson County, a suburban part of the Kansas City metropolitan area, is one of the most populated counties in Kansas with 544,000 people in 2010, a 21 percent increase in population since 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Located in northeastern Kansas, about one-half of the county is urban. Urban, industrial, and agricultural land uses affect the quality of streams and lakes in the...

Date published: May 16, 2017
Status: Completed

Watershed Contamination from Hard Rock Mining

Since 1986, the USGS Hard-Rock Mining Toxic-Substances Hydrology Project has focused on metal transport in streams affected by mining. Tracer-injection studies in St. Kevin Gulch, near Leadville, Colorado, helped the USGS design methods to characterize loading from mining activities on a watershed scale. Tracer-injection studies were done in 1995, in support of the planning needs of ederal...

Date published: May 9, 2017
Status: Active

Time Series of Glacier Retreat

The retreat of glaciers (see PDF at end of page) 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 USGS and Portland State University released a dataset which describes the...

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
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...

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: Craig Painter
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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
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This image shows the perimeter of Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park in 1966,1998, 2005, and 2015.
December 31, 2017

Sperry Glacier perimeter: 1966,1998, 2005, 2015.

This image shows the perimeter of Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park in 1966,1998, 2005, and 2015. 

Scientist participating in snowmobile training in Montana.
December 31, 2017

Scientist participating in snowmobile training in Montana.

Scientist participating in snowmobile training in Montana.

This image shows the perimeter of Chaney Glacier in Glacier National Park in 1966, 1998, 2005, and 2015.
December 31, 2017

Chaney Glacier perimeter: 1966, 1998, 2005, 2015.

This image shows the perimeter of Chaney Glacier in Glacier National Park in 1966, 1998, 2005, and 2015.

Rainbow Glacier perimeter: 1966, 1998, 2005, 2015.
December 31, 2017

Rainbow Glacier perimeter: 1966, 1998, 2005, 2015.

This image shows the perimeter of Rainbow Glacier in Glacier National Park: 1966, 1998, 2005, 2015. 

Siyeh Glacier (upper – 2015 satellite photo,  lower - 2005 aerial photo)
December 31, 2017

Siyeh Glacier: upper - 2015 satellite photo, lower - 2005 aerial photo

Siyeh Glacier (upper – 2015 satellite photo,  lower - 2005 aerial photo). The glacier margin is more clearly identified in the 2015 image  because seasonal snow is persisting on the ice and rock debris atop the ice can be more clearly seen than in the heavily shaded 2005 image.  

December 31, 2017

Groundwater use from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010

Groundwater use from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system, 1900 to 2010” is a short video showing modeled groundwater withdrawal rates from the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system (Ozark system) in the central United States. The Ozark Plateaus Groundwater Availability Study aims to quantify current groundwater resources in the Ozark system, evaluate how these resources have changed

Streamflow Measurements Under Ice Using Acoustic Doppler Technology
December 31, 2017

Streamflow Measurements Under Ice Using Acoustic Doppler Technology

Hydrologic Technicians from USGS offices across North and South Dakota took part in training on how to make flow measurements under ice using acoustic Doppler technology. This technology increases measurement quality, while decreasing time, effort, and risk to the individuals making the measurements. The photograph was taken at USGS streamgage 05059300 Sheyenne River above

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December 31, 2017

Streamflow Measurements Under Ice Using Acoustic Doppler Technology

Hydrologic Technicians from USGS offices across North and South Dakota took part in training on how to make flow measurements under ice using acoustic Doppler technology. This technology increases measurement quality, while decreasing time, effort, and risk to the individuals making the measurements. The photograph was taken at USGS streamgage 05059300 Sheyenne River above

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December 31, 2017

Landsat Collections

Landsat Collections: Providing a Stable Environmental Record for Time Series Analysis

This video introduces the new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure. Collection 1 required the reprocessing of all archived Landsat data to achieve radiometric and geometric consistency of Level-1 products through time and across all Landsat sensors

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

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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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