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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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Nebraska Water Science Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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Groundwater Quality Monitoring Well near Ashland, NE
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...

Vegetation along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon
Date Published: December 1, 2016
Status: Active

Riparian Ecology

Riparian ecologists in the AS Branch 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. For example,...

Canvasback ducks in a wetland.
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, Jeff Warren
Image: Madison Limestone in Spearfish Canyon, SD
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...

Image: Various Karst Features Along Peace River, Fl
Date Published: October 25, 2016
Status: Active

Webinar: Karst, Critters, and Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Karst Species Vulnerability to Climate Change

View this webinar to learn how scientists are exploring the vulnerability of karst species to climate change.

Contacts: Barbara Mahler
Image shows sagebrush lands with cloudy sky
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. 

Ozark sunset
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
Scientist in Lab running tests on water
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...

A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast North Dakota.
Date Published: August 16, 2016

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...

Photo of algal toxins in a creek
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.

Picture of field
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.

Photo of cows at feed lot
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.

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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

July 20, 2017

Image of the Week: Iceberg Separates from Larsen C Ice Shelf

Thermal satellite images are tracking A-68, a newly calved iceberg off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antartica.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.
Hyperlink: USGS EROS Center (

July 11, 2017

20th Anniversary - EROS Center Hailstorm

Softball-sized hail caused millions of dollars of damage to the USGS EROS Center 20 years ago this week. July 13, 1997, marks the date of the massive hailstorm in southeastern South Dakota. 

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth’s land surface.

Chad Reese and Chuck Parrett measuring channel width for a small stream near Helena, MT.
July 11, 2017

Chad Reese and Chuck Parrett measuring channel width

Chad Reese and Chuck Parrett measuring channel width for a small stream near Helena, MT.

Indian Creek
July 7, 2017

Indian Creek in Overland Park

Photo taken along Indian Creek in Overland Park Kansas. Two people walk along the bank in the center of the photo. Foliage covers both banks.

July 5, 2017

Return of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

Yellowstone grizzly bears inhabit federal, state, tribal, and private lands, and long-term research requires careful coordination across governmental levels. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) is an interdisciplinary group of scientists and biologists responsible for long-term monitoring and research efforts on grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone

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September 8, 2010

The Missouri River will be dyed red today for a water flow study being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

USGS
August 31, 2010

The Missouri River will be dyed red for a water flow study being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

USGS
August 26, 2010

The Missouri River will be dyed red for a water flow study being conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

USGS
August 17, 2010

A distinguished award from The Wildlife Society will be granted to local scientists for their research on grizzly bear populations in northwestern Montana. 

USGS
August 5, 2010

Heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches in South Dakota has caused record flooding in Firesteel Creek and Sand Creek in the eastern part of the state.

USGS
June 21, 2010

Nebraska residents should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying helicopter over western areas of the state in late-June.

USGS
May 10, 2010

Water resources and climate challenges such as increased potential for natural disasters and stress on water supplies are anticipated this century, and many have already emerged. Media are invited to learn about the innovative U.S. Geological Survey technologies and research being developed to address these challenges at a La Vista, Nebraska conference on Tuesday, May 11.

USGS
May 6, 2010

Large amounts of nitrogen are stored in the soils of agricultural areas in Nebraska and Maryland, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Once in the soil, nitrogen can be converted to nitrate, which can readily move to groundwater.

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November 9, 2009

Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in "Corn Belt" rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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November 5, 2009

Recent streamflow measurements show that the Red River in Fargo is flowing at the highest level ever for the month of November. The Red in Fargo was flowing at a rate of 8040 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Nov. 4 making it the highest steamflow recorded for the month of November since measurements were started in the year 1901, according to water scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

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November 4, 2009

Greater sage-grouse populations have declined substantially in many areas in the West, though populations in some locations remain relatively stable, according to a comprehensive publication written by federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. The population assessment is one of numerous sage-grouse topics covered in the 24 chapters released today.

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September 24, 2009

USGS will Grant Universities $5 Million to Beef Up Public Safety Grants totaling $5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being awarded to 13 universities nationwide to upgrade critical earthquake monitoring networks and increase public safety.

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