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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!

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Nebraska Water Science Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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Image: Earth Science Day outreach in Rapid City, SD, 2014
October 11, 2014

Earth Science Day outreach in Rapid City, SD, 2014

USGS student hydrologist Bill Eldridge demonstrates an interactive groundwater model to kids attending the Earth Science Day event on October 12, 2014, at the Journey Museum in Rapid City, SD.

Image: Flooding in Nebraska
September 30, 2014

Flooding in Nebraska

Jet ski in fotsam at Salt Creek at Greenwood, NE.

Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.
September 28, 2014

Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.

Agricultural tile drain emptying into waterway.

Instrumented tile drain at edge of field.
September 26, 2014

Tile drain in eastern Nebraska equipped with monitoring instruments.

Tile drain in eastern Nebraska equipped with monitoring instruments.

Looking out the mouth of Reynolds Glacier in Glacier National Park.
September 24, 2014

Looking out the mouth of Reynolds Glacier in Glacier National Park.

Looking out the mouth of Reynolds Glacier in Glacier National Park. Glacier National Park is iconic of the combined impacts of climate change and snow and ice loss – over 80 percent of the park’s glaciers have been lost since the mid-19th century.

Image: Slope-Area Measurements in Northern Black Hills, SD
September 21, 2014

Slope-Area Measurements in Northern Black Hills, SD

USGS researchers running slope-area measurement in Ward Draw following storm of August 5, 2014. A group of thunderstorms produced greater than 4 inches of rain during four periods of progressively more intense rainfall across a small part of a relatively high-elevation area of the northern Black Hills on August 5, 2014. The resulting hydrologic response was noteworthy in

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Image: Slope-Area Measurements in Northern Black Hills, SD
September 14, 2014

Slope-Area Measurements in Northern Black Hills, SD

USGS researchers running slope-area measurement in Keough Draw following storm of August 5, 2014. A group of thunderstorms produced greater than 4 inches of rain during four periods of progressively more intense rainfall across a small part of a relatively high-elevation area of the northern Black Hills on August 5, 2014. The resulting hydrologic response was noteworthy in

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Image: USGS South Dakota Water Science Center
September 2, 2014

USGS South Dakota Water Science Center

The USGS South Dakota Water Science Center is located in Rapid City, SD.

Image: Stormwater Runoff in Rapid City, SD
August 7, 2014

Stormwater Runoff in Rapid City, SD

Looking downstream at the 3rd Street wetland channel following an August 2014 runoff event in Rapid City, SD. Runoff from this wetland channel discharges into Rapid Creek. Stormwater runoff from urbanized lands is known to harm surface-water resources by increasing stream velocities, destroying natural habitat, and increasing pollutant loads in the receiving waters. The

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Image: Stormwater Runoff in Rapid City, SD
August 7, 2014

Stormwater Runoff in Rapid City, SD

Automated sampler bottles containing stormwater runoff from the Arrowhead drainage basin in Rapid City, SD, being processed in the laboratory. Stormwater runoff from urbanized lands is known to harm surface-water resources by increasing stream velocities, destroying natural habitat, and increasing pollutant loads in the receiving waters. The City of Rapid City, SD,

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Image:  USGS Bee Research in North Dakota
July 31, 2014

USGS Bee Research in North Dakota

The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center partners with professional beekeepers in North Dakota to evaluate what plant species honey bees forage on and when. 

Society needs healthy bees and other insects to pollinate crops, but land use changes that decrease flower abundance can affect bee health and pollination services. Midwestern states are losing native

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Algae information board
July 27, 2014

Blue Green Algae Information at Milford

A posted sign at Milford Lake warns and educates visitors on the dangers of Blue Green Algae. In the background a USGS boat is tied to the dock.