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: November 18, 2016

Wetland State-and-Transition Model Project

The Wetland STM project is creating a state-and-transition model to inform management of semi-permanently flooded wetlands in the Intermountain West and western Prairie Pothole Region, as well as designing a monitoring scheme to allow determination of current wetland condition.

Contacts: Kathi Irvine, Ph.D., Jeff Warren
Date published: November 2, 2016

Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the Madison and Minnelusa Aquifers, Black Hills Area

The Madison and Minnelusa aquifers are critically important water resources that were a primary focus of the Black Hills Hydrology Study of the 1990s. These aquifers have a large influence on surface-water systems and provide the most important source of groundwater for municipal, domestic, agricultural, and industrial use in the area. Rapidly increasing demand from these aquifers may affect...

Date published: September 30, 2016
Status: Completed

Sagebrush Mineral Resource Assessment

The USGS Mineral Resources Program completed a comprehensive assessment and inventory of potential mineral resources covering approximately10 million acres of federal and adjacent lands in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. 

Date published: September 15, 2016

Ozark 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. Assessments will be completed for the Nation's principal aquifer systems to help characterize...

Contacts: Brian R Clark
Date published: August 16, 2016
Status: Active

Analytical Capabilities, Sample Requirements, and Instrumentation

OGRL works independently or collaboratively to pair fate and transport with biological
experiments and effects. OGRL has three main focuses:
 1. Development and modification of robust analytical methods needed for analysis of
compounds in multiple matrices to address relevant environmental health issues.
 2. Conduct independent and collaborative lab to national based...

Date published: August 16, 2016
Status: Archived

Pesticides in the Prairie Pothole Region

Wetlands of the northern Great Plains are crucial feeding grounds for migrating birds and waterfowl embedded in an agricultural landscape. Land use and hydrology can affect adult aquatic insects – crucial prey for critically declining populations of insectivorous birds. Current studies focus on effects of current-use pesticides on adult aquatic insects to inform decision making about...

Date published: August 16, 2016
Status: Active

OGRL Algal Toxins Methods of Analysis

Algal toxins are a group of toxic compounds produced by a range of photosynthetic freshwater and marine plankton. These toxins have the ability to cause sickness in animals and humans and in severe cases lead to death. OGRL has the ability to evaluate and conduct occurrence, fate, transport, effects, and treatability studies methods.

Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Glyphosate, AMPA, and Glufosinate Method of Analysis: OGRL LCGY

Glyphosate and glufosinate are herbicides used for weed and vegetation control. AMPA, aminomethylphosphonic acid, is a degradation product of glyphosate. Since the introduction of glyphosate resistant (round-up ready) corn and soybeans glyphosate has become the most widely used herbicide in the world.

Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Antibiotic Methods of Analysis: OGRL LCAB

Antibiotics are used for human health and livestock management and health. The increase of antibiotic resistant infections has resulted in concern that sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics for weight gain in livestock and the release of low levels of antibiotics into surface and groundwater from urban and agricultural sources may be contributing to this problem.

Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Kansas Floods

Floods in Kansas have caused millions of dollars in damage and loss of life. Nationwide, floods are responsible for more property damage and loss of life than any other natural hazard. The USGS monitors flood conditions at more than 180 streamgages across Kansas. Water level and flow information are used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to make accurate flood forecasts. Included in this...

Contacts: Craig Painter
Date published: August 15, 2016
Status: Active

Parents and Degradation Products of Analysis: OGRL LCEA

Triazines and phenylureas are commonly used herbicides for controlling weeds in row crops. These herbicides and their degradation products have been found in samples collected from surface water, groundwater, and precipitation throughout the United States. Atrazine until recently was the most widely applied herbicide in the U.S. and is still a widely applied preplanting corn herbicide.

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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.

September 19, 2017

Landsat Collections — What are Tiers?

This is the third video in a series describing 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. This video explains how Landsat Collection Level-1 data products

Panoramic image from Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park showing smoke from forest fires.
September 12, 2017

Panoramic image from Sperry Glacier in Glacier NP showing fire smoke.

Panoramic image from Sperry Glacier in Glacier National Park showing smoke from forest fires. Information gathered by the USGS managed Sperry Weather Station are being used by regional fire managers to forecast fire weather and future fire behavior.

USGS scientist doing weather station repairs in Glacier National Park.
September 12, 2017

USGS scientist doing weather station repairs in Glacier National Park.

USGS scientist Erich Peitzsch does repair on the Sperry Weather Station in Glacier National Park. Information gathered by the USGS managed Sperry Weather Station are being used by regional fire managers to forecast fire weather and future fire behavior during the 2017 fire season. 

USGS weather station repair operations in Glacier NP.
September 12, 2017

USGS weather station repair operations in Glacier NP.

Crews perform repairs on the Sperry Weather Station as part of Fire Operations in Glacier National Park. Information gathered by the USGS managed Sperry Weather Station are being used by regional fire managers to forecast fire weather and future fire behavior during the 2017 fire season. 

Establishing a survey base station in Lame Deer, Montana
September 12, 2017

Establishing a survey base station in Lame Deer, Montana

Establishing a survey base station in Lame Deer, Montana

August 21, 2017

The 2017 Solar Eclipse: Where Will You Be?

On Monday, August 21, 2017, several locations throughout the United States will experience total darkness during the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in nearly 40 years. Follow along with this video to see satellite imagery of several of these locations that will experience complete darkness for a few minutes when the eclipse occurs. Will you be watching from one of

Using kayak to measure cross-sectional depth and water surface of Gallatin River
August 2, 2017

Measuring cross-sectional depth and water surface of Gallatin River

Using kayak to measure cross-sectional depth and water surface of Gallatin River

July 31, 2017

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 1

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 1: All About Accessing Data
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This video focuses on Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) surface reflectance data products created by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and

July 31, 2017

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 2

Getting Started with VIIRS Surface Reflectance Data Part 2: Using the Data
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This video focuses on how to use Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Surface Reflectance data products created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA

Measuring the groundwater level in a well near Lame Deer, Montana
July 25, 2017

Measuring the groundwater level in a well near Lame Deer, Montana

Measuring the groundwater level in a well near Lame Deer, Montana

Measuring discharge of Lame Deer Creek near Lame Deer, Montana
July 24, 2017

Measuring discharge of Lame Deer Creek near Lame Deer, Montana

Measuring discharge of Lame Deer Creek near Lame Deer, Montana

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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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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.

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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.

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