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Date published: February 1, 2018
Status: Completed

Hurricane Harvey - Forecast and Documentation of Coastal Change

Hurricane Harvey coastal change forecast and pre- and post-storm photos documenting coastal change.

Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards

This project focuses on understanding the magnitude and variability of extreme storm impacts on sandy beaches. The overall objective is to improve real-time and scenario-based predictions of coastal change to support management of coastal infrastructure, resources, and safety. 

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

The original national coastal vulnerability index (CVI) assessment was motivated by expected accelerated sea-level rise (SLR) and the uncertainty in the response of the coastline to SLR. This research was conducted between 1999 and 2001, and is currently being updated using new data sources and methodology. This original study was part of the ...

Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Long-Term Coastal Change

Goals of this task include developing and improving coastal-change assessments and supporting long-term planning and decision making to ensure sustainable coastal economies, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

Date published: December 11, 2017
Status: Active

Use of Remote Sensing Data to Quantify Bird and Bat Distributions and Inform Migratory Bird Conservation Efforts

Three federal wildlife refuge complexes on the upper Texas coast include portions of the Columbia Bottomlands and other forests that are important for migratory birds and possibly bats: Texas Mid-Coast, Trinity River, and Chenier Plain.

Date published: December 11, 2017
Status: Active

Use of Remote Sensing Data to Quantify Bird Distributions and Aid in the Environmental Assessment of Energy Development in the Gulf of Mexico Region

Knowing where migratory birds consistently stop to rest and forage is critical for conservation planning, particularly along the northern and western Gulf where there is increased interest in energy development.

Date published: December 7, 2017
Status: Active

Geologic and Morphologic Evolution of Coastal Margins

A combination of geophysics, sediment sampling, and chronology techniques are used to characterize the regional geomorphologic response of coastal systems to environmental changes.

Date published: December 5, 2017
Status: Active

The Gulf of Mexico Water Dashboard: Cross-Center Collaboration Brings Real-time, USGS Water Data to the Gulf Coast through a Spatially Enabled Mapping Application

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. The objective of this effort is to expand the Texas Water Dashboard platform to include the coastal regions of the five Gulf states: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and...

Date published: September 21, 2017
Status: Active

Flood Database for Oklahoma

A web-mapping application for historical flood information organization and access.

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: August 2, 2017
Status: Active

Green Infrastructure, CECs, and Geochemistry in Urban Stormwater Runoff used to Recharge Groundwater

This national project is a joint effort between the USGS and EPA looking at contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in urban stormwater runoff that is infiltrated into the subsurface or likely to be infiltrated in the future.

Phase I of the project aims to provide a broad-scale assessment of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and basic composition of water chemistry in urban...

Contacts: Jason Masoner
Date published: August 1, 2017
Status: Active

Deep Well Monitoring During Seismic Activity

The USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center is working cooperatively with the USGS Earthquake Science Center (California) to monitor real-time downhole pressures, temperatures, and water levels in an effort to understand changes in pore-fluid pressure in the Arbuckle Group associated with seismic activity.

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Year Published: 2016

Occurrence and concentrations of selected trace elements and halogenated organic compounds in stream sediments and potential sources of polychlorinated biphenyls, Leon Creek, San Antonio, Texas, 2012–14

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued fish consumption advisories in 2003 and 2010 for Leon Creek in San Antonio, Texas, based on elevated concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in fish tissues. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) measured elevated PCB concentrations in stream-sediment samples collected during 2007–9...

Wilson, Jennifer T.
Wilson, J.T., 2016, Occurrence and concentrations of selected trace elements and halogenated organic compounds in stream sediments and potential sources of polychlorinated biphenyls, Leon Creek, San Antonio, Texas, 2012–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5039, 99 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165039.

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Source, variability, and transformation of nitrate in a regional karst aquifer: Edwards aquifer, central Texas.

Many karst regions are undergoing rapid population growth and expansion of urban land accompanied by increases in wastewater generation and changing patterns of nitrate (NO3−) loading to surface and groundwater. We investigate variability and sources of NO3− in a regional karst aquifer system, the Edwards aquifer of central Texas...

Musgrove, MaryLynn; Opsahl, Stephen P.; Mahler, Barbara; Herrington, Chris; Sample, Thomas; Banta, John

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Changes between early development (1930–60) and recent (2005–15) groundwater-level altitudes and dissolved-solids and nitrate concentrations In and near Gaines, Terry, and Yoakum Counties, Texas

Llano Estacado Underground Water Conservation District, Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District, and South Plains Underground Water Conservation District manage groundwater resources in a part of west Texas near the Texas-New Mexico State line. Declining groundwater levels have raised concerns about the amount of available groundwater...

Thomas, Jonathan V.; Teeple, Andrew ; Payne, Jason ; Ikard, Scott
Thomas, J.V., Teeple, A.P., Payne, J.D., and Ikard, Scott, 2016, Changes between early development (1930–60) and recent (2005–15) groundwater-level altitudes and dissolved-solids and nitrate concentrations in and near Gaines, Terry, and Yoakum Counties, Texas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3355, 2 sheets, pamphlet, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3355.

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Water resources of Washington Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Washington Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-resource management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. Information on the availability, past...

White, Vincent E.; Prakken, Lawrence B.
White, V.E., and Prakken, L.B., 2016, Water resources of Washington Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3083, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153083.

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U.S. Geological Survey response to flooding in Texas, May–June 2015

As a Federal science agency within the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects and disseminates streamflow stage and discharge information along with other types of water information as a major part of its Water mission area. Data collected at USGS streamflow-gaging stations (hereinafter referred to as “streamgages...

East, Jeffery W.
East, J.W., 2016, U.S. Geological Survey response to flooding in Texas, May–June 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3027, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163027.

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Simulation of streamflow and the effects of brush management on water yields in the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River watershed, western Texas 1994–2013

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Lubbock and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, developed and calibrated a Soil and Water Assessment Tool watershed model of the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River watershed in western Texas to simulate monthly mean streamflow and to evaluate the effects of brush management...

Harwell, Glenn R.; Stengel, Victoria G.; Bumgarner, Johnathan R.
Harwell, G.R., Stengel, V.G., and Bumgarner, J.R., 2016, Simulation of streamflow and the effects of brush management on water yields in the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River watershed, western Texas 1994–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5032, 39 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165032.

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Municipal solid waste landfills harbor distinct microbiomes

Landfills are the final repository for most of the discarded material from human society and its “built environments.” Microorganisms subsequently degrade this discarded material in the landfill, releasing gases (largely CH4 and CO2) and a complex mixture of soluble chemical compounds in leachate. Characterization of “landfill microbiomes” and...

Stamps, Blake W.; Lyles, Christopher N.; Suflita, Joseph M.; Masoner, Jason R.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Stevenson, Bradley S.
Stamps, B.W., Lyles, C.N., Suflita, J.M., Masoner, J.R., Cozzarelli, I.M., Kolpin, D.W., and Stevenson, B.S., 2016, Municipal solid waste landfills harbor distinct microbiomes: Frontiers in Microbiology, v. 7, no. 534.

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Arsenic and radionuclide occurrence and relation to geochemistry in groundwater of the Gulf Coast Aquifer System in Houston, Texas, 2007–11

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Houston, began a study in 2007 to determine concentrations, spatial extent, and associated geochemical conditions that might be conducive for mobility and transport of selected naturally occurring trace elements and radionuclides in the Gulf Coast aquifer system in Houston, Texas....

Oden, Jeannette H.; Szabo, Zoltan
Oden, J.H., and Szabo, Zoltan, 2015, Arsenic and radionuclide occurrence and relation to geochemistry in groundwater of the Gulf Coast Aquifer System in Houston, Texas, 2007–11: U.S. Geological Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5071, 105 p., 4 apps., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155071.

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New insights into the Edwards Aquifer—Brackish-water simulation, drought, and the role of uncertainty analysis

The Edwards aquifer is an important water resource in south-central Texas, providing water for residents, businesses, and ecosystems. The aquifer is a highly complex karst system characterized by areas of rapid groundwater flow, faulted and fractured Cretaceous-age rocks, and multiple water-quality zones. Karst aquifer systems include soluble...

Foster, Linzy K.; White, Jeremy T.
Foster, L.K., and White, J.T., 2016, New insights into the Edwards aquifer—Brackish-water simulation, drought, and the role of uncertainty analysis: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3002, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163002.

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Potentiometric surfaces of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Area, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee, May and September 2011

Arnold Air Force Base occupies about 40,000 acres in Coffee and Franklin Counties, Tennessee. The primary mission of Arnold Air Force Base is to provide risk-reduction information in the development of aerospace products through test and evaluation. This mission is achieved in part through test facilities at Arnold Engineering Development Complex...

Haugh, Connor J.; Robinson, John A.
Haugh, C.J., and Robinson, J.A., 2016, Potentiometric surfaces of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex area, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee, May and September 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5165, 23 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155165.

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Fish assemblage composition and mapped mesohabitat features over a range of streamflows in the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico, winter 2011-12, summer 2012

This report documents differences in the mapped spatial extents and physical characteristics of in-channel fish habitat evaluated at the mesohabitat scale during winter 2011–12 (moderate streamflow) and summer 2012 (low streamflow) at 15 sites on the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico starting about 3 kilometers downstream from Cochiti Dam and...

Pearson, Daniel K.; Braun, Christopher L.; Moring, J. Bruce
Pearson, D.K., Braun, C.L., and Moring, J.B., 2015, Fish assemblage composition and mapped mesohabitat features over a range of streamflows in the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico, winter 2011–12, summer 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3350, 7 sheets, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3350.

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Summary of U.S. Geological Survey studies conducted in cooperation with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, central Oklahoma, 2011–14

The U.S. Geological Survey conducted hydrologic studies and published three U.S. Geological Survey scientific investigations reports in cooperation with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation from 2011 to 2014 to characterize the quality and quantity of water resources. The study areas of those reports consisted of approximately 960 square miles in parts...

Andrews, William J.; Becker, Carol J.; Ryter, Derek W.; Smith, S. Jerrod
Andrews, W.J., Becker, C.J., Ryter, D.W., and Smith, S.J., 2016, Summary of U.S. Geological Survey studies conducted in cooperation with the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, central Oklahoma, 2011–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5182, 22 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155182.

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Groundwater-monitoring well in Osage County, Oklahoma.
April 5, 2017

Groundwater-monitoring well in Osage County, Oklahoma.

Groundwater-monitoring well and telemetry equipment in Osage County, Oklahoma

March 31, 2017

Drilling a Research Well in the Eagle Ford

USGS scientists drill a research well near Waco, Texas, as part of the assessment of oil and gas resources in the Eagle Ford Group.  Cores like these provide information on the various rock layers, such as their make-up, their age, etc. 

March 31, 2017

Awareness: USGS "Water-on-the-Go" Mobile App (Texas)

The USGS Texas Water Science Center has developed a new mobile application called “Water On-the-Go” that gives people easy access to current conditions in streams across Texas. The information reflects what is happening in streams near you at that very moment. Go to -- https://txpub.usgs.gov/water-onthego

March 31, 2017

Be Water Aware: USGS "Water-on-the-Go" Mobile Application

The USGS Texas Water Science Center has developed a new mobile application called “Water On-the-Go” that gives people easy access to current conditions in streams across Texas. The information reflects what is happening in streams near you at that very moment. Go to -- https://txpub.usgs.gov/water-onthego

Kansas Wildfires, March 2017, Landsat 8
March 31, 2017

March Wildfires Scorch Kansas, Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Land

This March 2017 Landsat 8 image shows massive burned scars in Kansas and Oklahoma. More than 730,000 acres of farm and ranchland were scorched by wind-driven wildfires that began March 6 and were finally extinguished on March 22.

Satellite image showing burn damage caused by fires.
March 17, 2017

Fires Burn Farms and Ranches in Oklahoma and Kansas

Landsat's shortwave infrared (SWIR) band measures reduced moisture content in soil and vegetation. When combined with its near-infrared (NIR) band, which helps reveal actively growing vegetation, Landsat produces highly accurate images and maps of burned areas.

U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging station 08111000 Navasota River near Bryan, Texas, upstream from U.S. Hwy. 190.
August 27, 2016

USGS station 08111000 Navasota River near Bryan, Texas

U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging station 08111000 Navasota River near Bryan, Texas, looking upstream from U.S. Highway 190 bridge, August 27, 1975.

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November 3, 2015

On average, streams in the Niobrara-Mowry Play of eastern Wyoming, Fayetteville Play of Arkansas, and Barnett Play of Texas ranked most vulnerable to unconventional oil and gas development, but for different reasons, according to recent U.S. Geological Survey coauthored research.

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October 30, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts of central Texas following intense rainfall.

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October 26, 2015

The rate of earthquakes has increased sharply since 2009 in the central and eastern United States, with growing evidence confirming that these earthquakes are primarily caused by human activity, namely the injection of wastewater in deep disposal wells.

Image: Hallettsville, Texas Streamgage
September 15, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey installed a new gage to be used for streamflow monitoring in the City of Hallettsville, Texas.

Image: San Angelo Streamgage
September 15, 2015

A newly installed U.S. Geological Survey streamgage on the South Concho River is providing dam operators and downstream users critical information about the river.

USGS
July 23, 2015

Scientists have a better understanding of how water flows throughout the San Antonio, Texas, segment of the Edwards aquifer because of a new U.S. Geological Survey groundwater flow model, developed in cooperation with San Antonio Water System.

USGS
June 18, 2015

Several U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding in south-central Oklahoma due to heavy rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Depression Bill.

Graphic showing new interactive geologic map of Texas.
June 2, 2015

Do you know where to find extinct volcanoes or where the dinosaurs once roamed in Texas? Can you find where unconventional oil and gas formations are present at the land surface? A new interactive map viewer displaying the geology of Texas will help you explore what’s under your feet and across the state!

USGS
May 20, 2015

As moderate to major flooding in southern Oklahoma continues, multiple crews of U.S. Geological Survey scientists are in the field measuring how the recent heavy rains are impacting streamflows and streamgages.

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