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Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

2017 Midwest Spring Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2017 Midwest Spring Floods that occurred across large portions of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arkansas in late April and early May, 2017.

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

2016 Southern Spring Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2016 Southern Spring Floods. These floods were caused by significant amounts of tropical moisture that was funneled through a narrow zone across East Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, creating severe flood conditions.

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Archived

Continuous Water-Quality Monitoring During December 2015-January 2016 Flood Events

During the late December 2015-early January 2016 storm event, two sewage-treatment plants and a drinking-water plant in Missouri were inundated by water and failed, contributing untreated sewage to the floodwaters. The USGS collected water-quality samplesat key locations in the Mississippi and Missouri River Basins and continued to sample the flood surge as it moved down the Mississippi River...

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

Summer 2015 Central Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the Summer 2015 Central Floods that occured when heavy rains caused flooding in four states in the central U.S.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

May-June 2013 Midwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the May-June 2013 Midwest Floods.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership - Suspended Sediment and Nutrient Delivery to the Gulf of Mexico

Suspended sediment and nutrients from greater San Antonio can affect instream ecological health of the San Antonio River and ultimately impact Gulf of Mexico bays and estuaries. Real-time monitoring in urban and rural parts of the river basin may provide a glimpse into the importance of urban sediment and nutrient sources. Real-time sensors provide a tool to better understand and manage water...

Date published: February 14, 2019
Status: Active

Hydrologic Summary for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Jurisdictional Area

The objectives of this proposed project are to compile and evaluate existing data and reports from the USGS, other government agencies, and tribes to summarize the types of data that have been collected in the area and identify gaps in those data. Such analysis will provide a comprehensive background document of geographic, hydrologic, and environmental features of the area and will identify...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Arkoma Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Arkoma Basin Province 5062:

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Southern Oklahoma Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered continuous oil and gas resources of the Southern Oklahoma Province (5061):

 

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Nemaha Uplift Province Oil and Gas Assessment

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Nemaha Uplift Province (5055):

 

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

Marathon Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Asessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Marathon Thrust Belt province 5046 in southwestern Texas:

 

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Palo Duro Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Palo Duro Basin Province 5043 in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma:

 

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Date published: November 29, 2018

Downloadable Data for Bend Arch-Fort Worth Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Downloadable Data for Bend Arch-Fort Worth Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

Date published: November 20, 2018

Downloadable Data for Permian Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Follow this link to access downloadable GIS and tabular data for this province.

Date published: August 28, 2018

USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results...

Date published: January 19, 2018

Oblique Aerial Photography Viewer

Obique photos offer a unique perspective of the coast. Features such as beach erosion or accretion, dune erosion and overwash can all be clearly characterized in this imagery. It also documents coastal infrastructure, as well as the damage that infrastructure may incur as the result of an impacting hurricane. 

Date published: January 1, 2018

USGS National and Global Oil and Gas Assessment Project-Permian Basin Province, Midland Basin, Spraberry Formation Assessment Units

The Assessment Unit is the fundamental unit used in the National Assessment Project for the assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources. The Assessment Unit is defined within the context of the higher-level Total Petroleum System. The Assessment Unit is shown herein as a geographic boundary interpreted, defined, and mapped by the geologist responsible for the province and incorporates...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Airborne Magnetic Surveys over Oklahoma, 2017

Airborne magnetic surveys were conducted in Oklahoma from August 11th, 2017-October 28th, 2017, by Goldak Airborne Surveys. Here we present downloadable flight line data from those surveys in comma-separated values (csv format). Three areas were flown along a draped surface with a nominal survey height above ground of 120 meters. The flight line spacing for these areas was 200 to 400 m

Date published: December 11, 2017

Gulf of Mexico Dashboard

The USGS Southeast Regional Office has funded a cross-center collaboration between the Wetland and Aquatic Research Center and the Texas Water Science Center for the development of the Gulf of Mexico Water Dashboard. 

Date published: August 24, 2017

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Interactive access to coastal change science and data for our Nation’s coasts. Information and products are organized within three coastal change hazard themes: 1) extreme storms, 2) shoreline change, and 3) sea-level rise. Displays probabilities of coastal erosion.

Date published: April 27, 2017

U.S. Drought Portal

National Integrated Drought Information System's U.S. Drought Portal.

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OK flood map example
January 1, 2010

View flooding high and low flows for streams and rivers throughout Oklahoma on the USGS WaterWatch website.

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Year Published: 2019

Peak streamflow and stages at selected streamgages on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas, May to June 2019

As much as 22 inches of rain fell in Oklahoma in May 2019, resulting in historic flooding along the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The flooding along the Arkansas River and its tributaries that began in May continued into June 2019. Peaks of record were measured at 12 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages on various streams in...

Lewis, Jason M.; Trevisan, Adam R.
Lewis, J.M., and Trevisan, A.R., 2019, Peak streamflow and stages at selected streamgages on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas, May to June 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1129, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191129.

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Potentiometric surface of groundwater-level altitudes near the planned Highway 270 bypass, east of Hot Springs, Arkansas, July–August 2017

The Ouachita Mountains aquifer system potentiometric-surface map is one component of the Hot Springs Bypass Groundwater Monitoring Project. The potentiometric-surface map provides a baseline assessment of shallow groundwater levels and flow directions before the construction of the Arkansas Department of Transportation planned extension of the...

Nottmeier, Anna M.; Hays, Phillip D.
Nottmeier, A.M., and Hays, P.D., 2019, Potentiometric surface of groundwater-level altitudes near the planned Highway 270 bypass, east of Hot Springs, Arkansas, July–August 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3444, 13 p., 1 sheet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3444.

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Groundwater availability in the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system

Executive SummaryThe study described in this report, initiated by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2014, was designed to evaluate fresh groundwater resources within the Ozark Plateaus, central United States, as an area within a broader national assessment of groundwater availability. The goals of the Ozark study were to evaluate historical effects of...

Clark, Brian R.; Duncan, Leslie L.; Knierim, Katherine J.
Clark, B.R., Duncan, L.L., and Knierim, K.J., 2019, Groundwater availability in the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1854, 82 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1854.

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Withdrawal and consumption of water by thermoelectric power plants in the United States, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed models to estimate thermoelectric water use based on linked heat and water budgets. The models produced plant-level withdrawal and consumption estimates using consistent methods for 1,122 water-using, utility-scale thermoelectric power plants in the United States for 2015. Total estimated withdrawal for...

Harris, Melissa A.; Diehl, Timothy H.
Harris, M.A., and Diehl, T.H., 2019, Withdrawal and consumption of water by thermoelectric power plants in the United States, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5103, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195103.

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Status of groundwater-level altitudes and long-term groundwater-level changes in the Chicot, Evangeline, and Jasper aquifers, Houston-Galveston region, Texas, 2019

Since the early 1900s, most of the groundwater withdrawals in the Houston-Galveston region, Texas, have been from the three primary aquifers that compose the Gulf Coast aquifer system—the Chicot, Evangeline, and Jasper aquifers. Withdrawals from these aquifers are used for municipal supply, commercial and industrial use, and irrigation. This...

Braun, Christopher L.; Ramage, Jason K.; Shah, Sachin D.
Braun, C.L., Ramage, J.K., and Shah, S.D., 2019, Status of groundwater-level altitudes and long-term groundwater-level changes in the Chicot, Evangeline, and Jasper aquifers, Houston-Galveston region, Texas, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5089, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195089.

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Potentiometric surface of the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2016

A potentiometric surface map for spring 2016 was created for the Mississippi River Valley alluvial (MRVA) aquifer using selected available groundwater-altitude data from wells and surface-water-altitude data from streamgages. Most of the wells were measured annually or one time after installation, but some wells were measured more than one time or...

McGuire, Virginia L.; Seanor, Ronald C.; Asquith, William H.; Kress, Wade; Strauch, Kellan R.
McGuire, V.L., Seanor, R.C., Asquith, W.H., Kress, W.H., and Strauch, K.R., 2019, Potentiometric surface of the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer, spring 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3439, 14 p., 5 sheets, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3439.

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Emerging contaminants in groundwater, karst, and the Edwards Aquifer

Karst aquifers have hydrogeologic characteristics that render them uniquely vulnerable to contamination from emerging contaminants (ECs). ECs comprise numerous chemical groups, including pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, flame retardants, perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds, nanoparticles and microplastics. Many ECs have sources,...

Mahler, Barbara; Musgrove, Marylynn

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Flood-inundation maps for a 23-mile reach of the Medina River at Bandera, Texas, 2018

In 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District and the Texas Water Development Board, studied floods through the period of record to create a library of flood-inundation maps for the Medina River at Bandera, Texas. Digital flood-inundation maps for a 23-mile reach of the...

Choi, Namjeong; Engel, Frank L.
Choi, N., and Engel, F.L., 2019, Flood-inundation maps for a 23-mile reach of the Medina River at Bandera, Texas, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5067, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195067.

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Flood warning toolset for the Medina River in Bandera County, Texas

OverviewFloods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. The Medina River in Bandera County, Texas, is in the Edwards Plateau, where high-intensity rain rates and steep terrain frequently contribute to severe flash flooding capable of causing loss of life and property. For example, the July 5, 2002, flood claimed a total of 12...

Engel, Frank L.; Choi, Namjeong
Engel, F.L., and Choi, N., 2019, Flood warning toolset for the Medina River in Bandera County, Texas: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3043, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193043.

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Urban stormwater: An overlooked pathway of extensive mixed contaminants to surface and groundwaters in the United States

Increasing global reliance on stormwater control measures to reduce discharge to surface water, increase groundwater recharge, and minimize contaminant delivery to receiving waterbodies necessitates improved understanding of stormwater-contaminant profiles. A multi-agency study of organic and inorganic chemicals in urban stormwater from 50 runoff...

Masoner, Jason R.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Barber, Larry B.; Burden, D.S.; Foreman, William T.; Forshay, Kenneth J.; Furlong, Edward; Groves, Justin F.; Hladik, Michelle; Hopton, Matthew E.; Jaeschke, Jeanne B.; Keefe, Steffanie H.; Krabbenhoft, David; Lowrance , Richard; Romanok, Kristin; Rus, David L.; Selbig, William R.; Williams, Brad; Bradley, Paul

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Chemical and physical controls on mercury source signatures in stream fish from the northeastern United States

Streams in the northeastern U.S. receive mercury (Hg) in varying proportions from atmospheric deposition and legacy point sources, making it difficult to attribute shifts in fish concentrations directly back to changes in Hg source management. Mercury stable isotope tracers were utilized to relate sources of Hg to co-located fish and bed sediments...

Janssen, Sarah E.; Riva-Murray, Karen; DeWild, John F.; Ogorek, Jacob M.; Tate, Michael T.; Van Metre, Peter C.; Krabbenhoft, David P.; Coles, James F.
Janssen SE, Riva-Murray K, DeWild JF, Ogorek JM, Tate MT, Van Metre PC, et al. Chemical and Physical Controls on Mercury Source Signatures in Stream Fish from the Northeastern United States. Environmental Science & Technology 2019.

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Documentation of a Soil-Water-Balance Model to estimate recharge to Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Mesozoic Basin fractured-rock aquifers, Fauquier County, Virginia, 1996 through 2015

This report documents a Soil-Water-Balance (SWB) model that was developed for an area covering the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Mesozoic basin fractured-rock aquifers in Fauquier County, Virginia, for the calendar years 1996–2015. The SWB model includes an area of 1,498 square miles, divided into 1,076-square-foot (100-square-meter) grid cells on...

McCoy, Kurt J.; Ladd, David E.
McCoy, K.J., and Ladd, D.E., 2019, Documentation of a Soil-Water-Balance model to estimate recharge to Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Mesozoic Basin fractured-rock aquifers, Fauquier County, Virginia, 1996 through 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5056, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195056.

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Rafters on the Illinois River
May 7, 2018

Illinois River Floatcam

Rafters enjoy the floating down the Illinois River in northeast Okalahoma.

Image shows a drill rig and vehicles near a road at dawn
April 17, 2018

Eagle Ford Test Well Drilling in Texas

USGS researchers drill a research well located on the south side of U.S. 90, 7.1 miles east of Brackettville, Texas. This core was drilled by USGS during field work for an oil and gas assessment for the Eagle Ford of the Gulf Coast Basins. Cores like these provide information on the various rock layers, such as their make-up, their age, etc. The borehole, core, and logging

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Photograph showing the Blanco River Valley, looking north from Little Arkansas Road, Hays County, Texas.
February 27, 2018

Blanco River Valley

Photograph showing the Blanco River Valley, looking north from Little Arkansas Road, Hays County, Texas (photograph by Allan K. Clark, U.S. Geological Survey, February 27, 2018).
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3418, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3418.

Photograph showing a low water crossing on the Blanco River
February 27, 2018

Low water crossing on the Blanco River, Hays County, Texas

Photograph showing a low water crossing on the Blanco River, looking south from Little Arkansas Road, Hays County, Texas (photograph by Allan K. Clark, U.S. Geological Survey, February 27, 2018).
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3418, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3418.

Photograph showing swimming hole on Cypress Creek
February 27, 2018

Swimming hole on Cypress Creek in Blue Hole Regional Park, Wimberley

Photograph showing swimming hole on Cypress Creek in Blue Hole Regional Park, Wimberley, Hays County, Texas (photograph by Allan K. Clark, U.S. Geological Survey, February 27, 2018).
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3418, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3418.

Conglomerates within the Sycamore Sand at Hammetts Crossing
February 27, 2018

Conglomerates, Sycamore Sand at Hammetts Crossing, Travis Cty, Texas

Conglomerates within the Sycamore Sand at Hammetts Crossing, Travis County, Texas (photograph by Allan K. Clark, U.S. Geological Survey, February 27, 2018).
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3418, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3418

Bedding plane porosity
February 27, 2018

Bedding plane porosity in fracture at Cow Creek Limestone

Bedding plane porosity that developed at the junction between the bedding plane and a fracture within the Cow Creek Limestone (Cow Creek hydrostratigraphic unit) at Hammetts Crossing, Travis County, Texas (photograph by Allan K. Clark, U.S. Geological Survey, February 27, 2018).

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3418,

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Jacobs Well Spring
February 27, 2018

Jacobs Well Spring, headwaters of Cypress Creek, Wimberley, Tex.

Jacobs Well Spring, which forms the headwaters of Cypress Creek north of Wimberley, Texas (photograph by Allan K. Clark,
U.S. Geological Survey, February 27, 2018).

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3418, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3418

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

Photograph showing pump hoist truck at Shavano Park at Fawn Drive
December 31, 2017

Pump hoist truck at Shavano Park at Fawn Drive

Back cover photo from
Opsahl, S.P., Musgrove, M., Mahler, B.J., and Lambert, R.B., 2018, Water-quality observations of the San Antonio segment of the Edwards aquifer, Texas, with an emphasis on processes influencing nutrient and pesticide geochemistry and factors affecting aquifer vulnerability, 2010–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–

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Photograph showing Groundwater sampling equipment at AY-68-27-610 (Parkwood Park)
December 31, 2017

Groundwater sampling equipment at AY-68-27-610 (Parkwood Park).

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Opsahl, S.P., Musgrove, M., Mahler, B.J., and Lambert, R.B., 2018, Water-quality observations of the San Antonio segment of the Edwards aquifer, Texas, with an emphasis on processes influencing nutrient and pesticide geochemistry and factors affecting aquifer vulnerability, 2010–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–

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Prairie dog and SPV bait
December 13, 2017

About 70 percent of wild prairie dogs successfully ingested baits containing an oral sylvatic plague vaccine, or SPV, that were distributed throughout their habitats, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
December 7, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Rio Grande aquifer system, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image shows a detail shot of finchite
October 1, 2017

Everyone’s seen the news–scientists discover a new species of fly and name it for Beyonce; scientists discover a new species of monkey and auction its name off; etc. Hundreds of new species of animals, plants, and other organisms are discovered and named every year. But did you know that dozens of minerals are discovered every year too?

Image: Rio Grande and Cliffs in Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park
September 14, 2017

A new U.S. Geological Survey report describes the below ground geology of the Rio Grande transboundary region of New Mexico and Texas, United States, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

USGS scientists J. Alton Anderson and Carole D. Johnson prepare to collect a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) log at a well.
September 13, 2017

Digital borehole geophysical logs and related data files are now easily accessible through GeoLog Locator a new web-based, map view and retrieval tool developed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS scientist David Rodriguez records high water marks from storm surge following Harvey near Corpus Christi, Texas. 
September 8, 2017

Editor’s note: this news release will be updated online with more information on the streamgage records being set in Texas as it becomes available.

Rivers and streams reached record levels as a result of Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall, with about 40 U.S. Geological Survey streamgages measuring record peaks.

Satellite captured image of the rapidly intensifying storm, Harvey
September 8, 2017

As Harvey’s record breaking rainfall and catastrophic flood waters recede in Texas and western Louisiana, U.S. Geological Survey teams are collecting high water marks, monitoring water levels and coastal change, retrieving storm tide sensors and collecting samples for water quality analysis.

A USGS crew measures flood waters off a bridge.
August 30, 2017

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Harvey, visit the USGS Hurricane Harvey page.

A USGS crew prepares to measure Hurricane Harvey floodwaters off of a bridge.
August 29, 2017

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding? Please contact Jennifer LaVista or Lynne Fahlquist. 

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts of south-central Texas following intense rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey.

A USGS crew prepares to measure Hurricane Harvey floodwaters off of a bridge.
August 29, 2017

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding? Please contact Jennifer LaVista or Lynne Fahlquist. 

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts of south-central Texas following intense rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey.

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