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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Photo of the Dismal River Valley south of Thedford
August 22, 2013

The Dismal River on U.S. Highway 83 south of Thedford, Nebr.

This view is looking south to the Dismal River from the U.S. Highway 83 scenic overlook south of Thedford, Nebraska.

Photo of sunflowers blooming in the Nebraska Sandhills
August 22, 2013

Sunflowers blooming in the Nebraska Sandhills

During the summer of 2013, the Nebraska Sandhills exhibited a unusually significant sunflower emergence probably triggered by environmental conditions from the preceeding 2012 drought. Also, the Eastern Red Cedar is a particularly agressive invasive species which has become well established in Nebraska.

Image: Buffalo at Indirect Measurement at Beaver Creek, SD
August 15, 2013

Buffalo at Indirect Measurement at Beaver Creek, SD

U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Technician, Joel Petersen, has a buffalo audience while performing an indirect streamflow measurement survey at Beaver Creek near Pringle on August, 15, 2013.

Glacial fed alpine stream in Glacier National Park.
August 8, 2013

Glacial fed alpine stream in Glacier National Park.

Scientists sample for alpine insects in streams like this near Blackfoot Glacier in Glacier National Park. Alpine streams environments in the northern Rocky Mountains are especially vulnerable to climate change due to rapid warming resulting in loss of glaciers and snowpack. Glacier National Park is iconic of the combined impacts of climate change and snow and ice loss –

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A glacier stonefly (Zapada glacier) on a snowy backdrop in Glacier National Park.
July 24, 2013

Western glacier stonefly on a snowy backdrop in Glacier National Park

A glacier stonefly (Zapada glacier) on a snowy backdrop in Glacier National Park. The species is threatened by climate warming induced glacier and snow loss and has been petitioned for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act due to climate-change-induced habitat loss.

An oil well on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
July 17, 2013

An oil well on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

An oil well on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Image: Flooding on Hidewood Creek near Estelline, SD
June 23, 2013

Flooding on Hidewood Creek near Estelline, SD

Localized flooding on Hidewood Creek near Estelline, SD, on June 23, 2013. Severe storms during June 21-22, 2013, in eastern South Dakota resulted in high flows in several streams across the area. The peak discharge on Hidewood Creek (streamgage 06479640) from this storm event was about 4,200 cubic feet per second.

Image: Baldhill Dam 2013
June 22, 2013

Baldhill Dam 2013

Downstream view of Sheyenne River and fish hatchery ponds.

Image: Baldhill Dam 2013
June 22, 2013

Baldhill Dam 2013

Northeast facing view of gates and spillway.

Image: Baldhill Dam 2013
June 22, 2013

Baldhill Dam 2013

East facing partial view of gates, spillway, and fish hatchery ponds.

Image: Baldhill Dam 2013
June 22, 2013

Baldhill Dam 2013

East facing view of glory hole.

Image: USGS Provides Training on Use of Flow Meter
June 19, 2013

USGS Provides Training on Use of Flow Meter

U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Technician, Kammy Durham, provides training on use of a flow meter to Crow Creek Sioux Tribe 106 Program staff.