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 8, 2017
Status: Active

Swiftcurrent Glacier 1910 - 2016

In 1910, the year Glacier National Park was established, Swiftcurrent Glacier filled this hanging valley just below the Continental Divide.  In 2016, it is obvious where the glacier has receded from the cliff edge and lateral moraine that once defined its extent.  Swiftcurrent fire lookout can be seen on top of the pyramid-shaped mountain in the 2016 photo.  

Please respect the...

Date published: November 8, 2017
Status: Active

Grinnell Glacier 1938 - 2016

Notice the man standing on the glacier in the center of the historic photograph.  The figure lends a frame of reference to the photo pair, allowing the viewer to more easily interpret the depth of ice and the loss of volume when compared to the 2016 image. 

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: November 8, 2017
Status: Active

Grinnell Glacier 1911 - 2016

The historic image shows how the upper bench of ice flowed into the main body of Grinnell Glacier.  By the early 1920s, the glacier’s volume had been reduced to the point that the two pieces became disconnected.  The upper bench, considered a separate glacier, was later renamed The Salamander Glacier for its salamander-like profile against the headwall.  The Continental Divide runs along the...

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: November 8, 2017
Status: Active

Grinnell Glacier, circa 1888-2016

This historic image is one of the oldest images re-photographed among the collection.  The massive wall of ice that constituted the terminus of Grinnell Glacier has receded beyond view from this point.  Each summer thousands of hikers take the well-worn trail to be rewarded with the sight of the remnant Grinnell Glacier and Upper Grinnell Lake.

 

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Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: November 7, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods Since 1877

Summary of Floods in the Black Hills Area Since 1877.

Date published: November 7, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1921 to 1930

Black Hills Area Floods - 1921 to 1930

Date published: November 2, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 2000 to 2009

Black Hills Area Floods - 2000 to 2009

Date published: September 28, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Hydrology Study

Black Hills Hydrology Study

Date published: September 21, 2017

The 1972 Black Hills-Rapid City Flood

The 1972 Black Hills-Rapid City Flood Revisited

Date published: September 21, 2017

RRAWFLOW: Rainfall-Response Aquifer and Watershed Flow Model

RRAWFLOW: Rainfall-Response Aquifer and Watershed Flow Model

Contacts: Andrew J Long
Date published: September 21, 2017

Concepts for Study of the Contamination Potential of Bedrock Aquifers in the Black Hills Area, Western South Dakota

Concepts for Study of the Contamination Potential of Bedrock Aquifers in the Black Hills Area, Western South Dakota

Date published: September 21, 2017
Status: Completed

Hydrologic Units for South Dakota in Google Earth

Project Period: 2009
Cooperator: Hyde County Conservation District, South Dakota Association of Conservation Districts
Project Chief: Ryan Thompson

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Date published: July 24, 2013

Data Entry Module for the Land Treatment Digital Library (LTDL)

This software allows agencies, organizations, and individuals to download an empty, stand-alone Land Treatment Digital Library database to individual or networked computers. Data entered in these databases may be submitted to the USGS for possible inclusion in the online Land Treatment Digital Library (https://ltdl.wr.usgs.gov).

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Discharge Measurement on Moreau River near Faith (06359500)
June 26, 2018

Discharge Measurement on Moreau River near Faith (06359500)

Hydrologic technicians Sarah Davis and Jackie Eldredge preparing for a discharge measurement of the Moreau River near Faith, SD (streamgage 06359500). During high flows, the USGS uses a tractor to assist in the discharge measurement where other technology like acoustics will not work due to the high sediment within the stream and where a heavy weight is needed to keep the

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June 2018 Flow on Elk Creek near Rapid City, SD (06425100)
June 21, 2018

June 2018 Flow on Elk Creek near Rapid City, SD (06425100)

USGS Hydrologic Technician Kammy Durham measuring discharge of Elk Creek near Rapid City, SD (streamgage 06407500), to capture peak flow after heavy rains during the week of June 18, 2018. The flow at this streamgage was 81 cubic feet per second on June 21, 2018. USGS staff collect streamflow information (discharge, river stage, and high water marks) on a regular basis and

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June 2018 Flow on Spring Creek near Keystone, SD (06407500)
June 21, 2018

June 2018 Flow on Spring Creek near Keystone, SD (06407500)

USGS Hydrologic Technician Kammy Durham measuring discharge of Spring Creek near Keystone, SD (streamgage 06407500), to capture peak flow after heavy rains during the week of June 18, 2018. The flow at this streamgage was 69 cubic feet per second on June 21, 2018. USGS staff collect streamflow information (discharge, river stage, and high water marks) on a regular basis

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Canada lynx
June 21, 2018

Canada Lynx

– Scientists at the USGS Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and
Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in
collaboration with The Rockefeller University’s Vertebrate Genome Laboratory,
New York, are releasing to a public repository at the vertebrate lab, for use by
geneticists, conservationists and other researchers around the

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Verification of High Water Mark on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD
June 20, 2018

Verification of High Water Mark on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD

On June 20, 2018, hydrologic technician Kammy Durham verified the high water mark on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD (streamgage 06436180) after the watershed received about 2 inches of rain the previous evening. Streams in the Black Hills of western South Dakota can rise and fall quickly in response to rain.

Discharge Measurement on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD
June 20, 2018

Discharge Measurement on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD

On June 20, 2018, hydrologic technician Kammy Durham measured a discharge of 209 cubic feet per second on Whitewood Creek above Whitewood, SD (streamgage 06436180) after the watershed received about 2 inches of rain the previous evening. Streams in the Black Hills of western South Dakota can rise and fall quickly in response to rain.

Water Sampling Locations Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake
June 8, 2018

Water Sampling Locations Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake

Water-quality sampling locations on Rapid Creek and Canyon Lake in Rapid City, SD.

May 16, 2018

An Overview of EROS

The EROS mission is to document and study changes to earth. With a vast archive of imagery from multiple sources, the EROS archive is the longest continuous record or earth's changing landscapes.

High water mark sign at Yellowstone River at Carters Bridge
May 11, 2018

High water mark sign at Yellowstone River at Carters Bridge

High water mark sign at Yellowstone River at Carters Bridge

Measuring streamflow on St.Regis River at St Regis
May 9, 2018

Measuring streamflow on St.Regis River at St Regis

Measuring streamflow on St.Regis River at St Regis

Streamflow measurement on Flathead River at Flathead, B.C.
May 9, 2018

Streamflow measurement on Flathead River at Flathead, B.C.

Streamflow measurement on Flathead River at Flathead, B.C.

Alkalinity Sample Analysis to Ensure Accuracy of Field Results
May 1, 2018

Alkalinity Sample Analysis to Ensure Accuracy of Field Results

 

USGS Field Technician, Kammy Durham, analyzing an alkalinity sample for the National Field Quality Assurance (NFQA) project.  Nationwide, hundreds of field measurements are made daily by USGS field analysts. The data reported by the NFQA project provides a confidence level to these field measurements by testing the proficiency of the instruments and the field

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Image: USGS Scientist Researching  Bakken Formation Water Samples
November 17, 2014

Energy development in the Williston Basin oil production area of Montana and North Dakota, which includes the Bakken and Three Forks Formations, has not affected shallow groundwater quality, according to a recently published study in the journalGroundwater.

USGS
October 29, 2014

Wichita’s water-use strategy has helped preserve the Equus Beds aquifer during the recent drought of 2011-12, according to a new report released by the U.S. Geological Survey and prepared in cooperation with the city of Wichita.

Image: Low-level Helicopter Towing a Large Wire-Loop Contraption Hanging from a Cable
October 28, 2014

Citizens should not be alarmed if they see a low-flying helicopter towing a large wire-loop contraption hanging from a cable in the Poplar, Montana area during the next couple of weeks.

Image: American Bullfrog
October 2, 2014

The American bullfrog has expanded its invasion of the Yellowstone River floodplain in Montana, according to a new study released in “Aquatic Invasions.”

Image: Flooding in Nebraska
October 1, 2014

Scientists and technicians from the U.S. Geological Survey are conducting flood measurements in four different locations in the Lincoln and Omaha metropolitan areas in response to the high flows produced by the heavy rains over the last 24 hours.

USGS
October 1, 2014

Nutrient levels decreased 40 to 55 percent in Indian Creek following upgrades and changes to treatment processes at the Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin and Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facilities (WWTFs) in Johnson County, Kansas, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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September 11, 2014

Above normal precipitation in the Heart, Knife and Green River Basins of North Dakota led to record-breaking streamflows at several U.S. Geological Survey streamgages this past August.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
September 2, 2014

A U.S. Geological Survey streamgage will be dedicated by Congressional and city officials on September 3 in Rapid City. This showcase streamgage is located on Rapid Creek at Rapid City in Founders Park and will provide visitors with critical information about how streamflow is measured and other water-resource issues related to floods, droughts, water supply and recreation.

USGS
August 7, 2014

Chloride contamination of Wichita’s water-supply wells is inevitable unless actions are taken, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists and authors of a new modeling report describing chloride movement in the area's aquifer.

USGS
July 28, 2014

Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends. 

USGS science for a changing world logo
June 19, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on the Big Sioux River and its tributaries in South Dakota.

2014 US Topo map of the Dewey, Montana area with image layer turned on.
June 4, 2014

Just in time to explore the great outdoors this summer, newly designed US Topo maps covering Montana are now available online for free download.

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