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 15, 2017
Status: Active

Fluvial Geomorphology

An understanding of river- and stream-channel geomorphic responses to various human-caused and natural disturbances is important for effective management, conservation, and rehabilitation of rivers and streams to accommodate multiple, often conflicting, needs. Channel changes may have implications for the protection of property and structures, water supply, navigation, and habitat. The channel...

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

Time Series of Glacier Retreat

The retreat of glaciers 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...

Date published: May 9, 2017
Status: Active

GLACIER SIMULATION

NOTICE:  Updated glacier projections are now available for Glacier National Park's glaciers in this 2019 publication 

The simulation reflects the predicted exponential rise in atmospheric CO2...

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...

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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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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

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

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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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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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