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Date published: April 21, 2017
Status: Archived

Estimated Water Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 2005

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 2005. The data presented here are the result of the 2005 compilation effort for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: April 21, 2017
Status: Archived

Estimated Water Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 2000

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 2000. The data presented here are the result of the 2000 compilation effort for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: April 21, 2017
Status: Archived

Estimated Water Withdrawals in Oklahoma, 1995

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) established the National Water-Use Information Program in 1977 to collect uniform, current, and reliable information on water use. The USGS has compiled national estimates every 5 years since 1950. The most recent national water use compilation is for 1995. The data presented here are the result of the 1995 compilation effort for Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water...

Contacts: Carol Becker
Date published: April 20, 2017
Status: Completed

North Fork Red River Aquifer Study

In 2012 the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the OWRB, began an update of the hydrologic investigation and development of a groundwater-flow model for the North Fork Red River alluvial aquifer in Beckham, Greer, Jackson, and Kiowa Counties.

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: April 20, 2017
Status: Active

Upper Washita River Alluvial Aquifer Study

This project is a detailed study of the groundwater and surface water, the hydrogeology, climate, and base flow to streams, and the effects of water use and changes in weather and climate on the hydrologic system. The study includes field collection of groundwater and streamflow data, mapping the water table, aquifer base, and water use.

Date published: April 20, 2017
Status: Active

Salt Fork Red River Alluvial Aquifer Study

The objectives of this project are to describe the hydrogeology of the Salt Fork Red River alluvial aquifer and to produce numerical groundwater-flow models that can be used to simulate the transient groundwater-flow system. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) will use the outcomes from this project to determine the MAY and effects of future water extraction and drought. The geographic...

Contacts: John Ellis
Date published: April 14, 2017
Status: Active

Red River Water Availability and Use and Ecological Characteristics Focus Area Study

Staff members of the Oklahoma Water Science Center in Oklahoma City and of the Oklahoma Coop Unit at Stillwater are working with USGS staff members from Water Science Centers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and New Jersey to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of water-resource availability, refine water-use estimates, and characterize aquatic ecology and streamflows needed to support selected...

Date published: April 14, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma FloodWatch

By combining the historical record, data from ongoing streamgage monitoring, and data on new events, the USGS is able to develop the expertise and tools that help Federal, State, and local community leaders not only to enhance short-term preparation, aid, and recovery efforts, but to better understand how their flood risk may be changing over time and how they can reduce their risk in future...

Contacts: Jason Lewis
Date published: April 13, 2017
Status: Active

Subject-Area Specialists

Please feel free to contact any of our subject-area specialists.  

Center Director/Surface-water specialist - Jason Lewis
Data Chief - Vacant
Studies Chief - Matthew Varonka
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist -...

Date published: April 13, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma DroughtWatch

The U.S. Geological Survey Oklahoma Water Science Center continuously monitors the status of surface water in the State's principal rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers. Selected index stations with long-term continuous record spanning many drought periods are used to compare existing streamflows, reservoir storage, and ground-water levels with normal and extreme recorded values. These comparisons...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: April 13, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma StreamStats

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) periodically publishes streamflow statistics, such as flood-frequency, flow-duration, and mean annual streamflow statistics, for gaged sites with long-term record. Regionalized regression methods recently have been developed for estimating many of these streamflow statistics at ungaged sites as a function of measured physical and climatic drainage basin...

Contacts: S. Jerrod Smith
Date published: January 1, 2017
Status: Active

Oklahoma Water Science Center Publications

This page will help you locate, view, and download scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by our scientists and partners.

The USGS Publications Warehouse contains on-line content and citations for over 100,000...

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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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Hydrogeological framework, numerical simulation of groundwater flow, and effects of projected water use and drought for the Beaver-North Canadian River alluvial aquifer, northwestern Oklahoma

This report describes a study of the hydrology, hydrogeological framework, numerical groundwater-flow models, and results of simulations of the effects of water use and drought for the Beaver-North Canadian River alluvial aquifer, northwestern Oklahoma. The purpose of the study was to provide analyses, including estimating equal-proportionate-...

Ryter, Derek W.; Correll, Jessica S.
Ryter, D.W., and Correll, J.S., 2016, Hydrogeological framework, numerical simulation of groundwater flow, and effects of projected water use and drought for the Beaver-North Canadian River alluvial aquifer, northwestern Oklahoma (ver.1.1, February 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5183, 63 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155183.

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Year Published: 2015

Spatial and temporal migration of a landfill leachate plume in alluvium

Leachate from unlined or leaky landfills can create groundwater contaminant plumes that last decades to centuries. Understanding the dynamics of leachate movement in space and time is essential for monitoring, planning and management, and assessment of risk to groundwater and surface-water resources. Over a 23.4-year period (1986–2010), the...

Masoner, Jason R.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.

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Regional potentiometric surface of the Ozark aquifer in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, November 2014–January 2015

The Ozark aquifer, within the Ozark Plateaus aquifer system (herein referred to as the “Ozark system”), is the primary groundwater source in the Ozark Plateaus physiographic province (herein referred to as the “Ozark Plateaus”) of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Groundwater from the Ozark system has historically...

Nottmeier, Anna M.
Nottmeier, A.M., 2015, Regional potentiometric surface of the Ozark aquifer in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, November 2014–January 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3348, 1 sheet, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3348.

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Potentiometric surface of the Catahoula aquifer in central Louisiana, 2013

The Catahoula aquifer is an important source of fresh groundwater in central Louisiana. In 2010, about 3.96 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) were withdrawn from the Catahoula aquifer in Louisiana. In 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources began a study to document current water levels in...

Fendick, Jr., Robert B.; Carter, Kayla
Fendick, R.B., Jr., and Carter, Kayla, 2015, Potentiometric surface of the Catahoula aquifer in central Louisiana, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3339, 1 sheet, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sim3339.

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Simulation of the effects of different inflows on hydrologic conditions in Lake Houston with a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model, Houston, Texas, 2009–10

Lake Houston, an important water resource for the Houston, Texas, area, receives inflows from seven major tributaries that compose the San Jacinto River Basin upstream from the reservoir. The effects of different inflows from the watersheds drained by these tributaries on the residence time of water in Lake Houston and closely associated physical...

Rendon, Samuel H.; Lee, Michael T.
Rendon, S.H., and Lee, M.T., 2015, Simulation of the effects of different inflows on hydrologic conditions in Lake Houston with a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model, Houston, Texas, 2009–10: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5153, 42 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155153.

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Nutrient-enhanced decomposition of plant biomass in a freshwater wetland

We studied soil decomposition in a Panicum hemitomon (Schultes)-dominated freshwater marsh located in southeastern Louisiana that was unambiguously changed by secondarily-treated municipal wastewater effluent. We used four approaches to evaluate how belowground biomass decomposition rates vary under different nutrient regimes in this...

Bodker, James E.; Turner, Robert Eugene; Tweel, Andrew; Schulz, Christopher; Swarzenski, Christopher M.
Bodker, JE, Turner, RE, Tweel, A, Schulz, C, and Swarzenski, C (2015) Nutrient-enhanced decomposition of plant biomass in a freshwater wetland. Aquatic Botany v 127, p. 44-52

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myScience—Engaging the public in U.S. Geological Survey science

myScience (http://txpub.usgs.gov/myscience/) is a Web application developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Texas Water Science Center through a partnership with the USGS Community for Data Integration to address the need for increasing public awareness and participation in existing USGS citizen science projects. The myScience application...

Holl, Sally
Holl, Sally, 2015, myScience—Engaging the public in U.S. Geological Survey Science: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3070, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153070.

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Image: USGS Streamgage near Derby, Texas
April 13, 2016

USGS Streamgage near Derby, Texas

Currently, most of the streamflow equipment is located on a streambank or bridge. Large structures are no longer needed at most streamgage locations. Today, streamgage equipment can be contained in small metal shelters that are located on streambanks or bridges.

Image: USGS Streamgage near Junction, Texas
April 13, 2016

USGS Streamgage near Junction, Texas

A modern 21st century version of a streamgage structure.

Image: USGS Streamgage in Dallas, Texas
April 13, 2016

USGS Streamgage in Dallas, Texas

This 2014 photo shows the new location of the USGS streamgage that measures high flows on the Trinity River in Dallas. The gage was once located on a pier, but in 1975 was moved next to the stream. 

Image: USGS Streamgage near Carrollton, Texas.
April 13, 2016

USGS Streamgage near Carrollton, Texas.

Modern-day USGS streamgage at Elm Fork Trinity River near Carrollton, Texas.

Image: 1955 USGS streamgage near Carrollton, Texas
April 13, 2016

1955 USGS streamgage near Carrollton, Texas

Nearly completed construction of a streamgage structure in 1955 at Elm Fork Trinity River near Carollton, Texas.

Image: USGS streamgage in 1940 near Derby, Texas
April 13, 2016

USGS streamgage in 1940 near Derby, Texas

In the earlier years of streamgaging, large “stilling wells” were constructed to contain the equipment needed to collect streamflow data. Historically, most of the streamflow equipment may have been located in these large structures, which were placed in the middle or next to the stream.

Image: Oldest version of a USGS streamgage in Texas
April 13, 2016

Oldest version of a USGS streamgage in Texas

One of the oldest versions of a streamgage structure constructed in Texas.

Image: Oldest version of a USGS streamgage in Texas
April 13, 2016

Oldest version of a USGS streamgage in Texas

A close-up view of the top part of one of the oldest streamgage structures constructed in Texas.

Image: Early USGS streamgage in Texas
April 13, 2016

Early USGS streamgage in Texas

Looking upstream from gage site at Trinity River at Commerce Street Bridge.

Image: Early USGS streamgage in Dallas, Texas
April 13, 2016

Early USGS streamgage in Dallas, Texas

This 1922 photo shows an early USGS streamgage on the Trinity River in Dallas.

Satellite image showing the fires by Oklahoma and Kansas border
April 7, 2016

Wildfires Scorch Large Swaths Along Oklahoma-Kansas Border

Using shortwave infrared, near infrared, and visible bands, these Landsat images provide a before and after look at the 350 Complex and Anderson Creek fires.

A family enjoys paddleboarding at Schreiner Park during spring break in Kerrville, Texas.
March 17, 2016

Paddle Boarding on the Guadalupe River

Cool, clear rivers of the Texas Hill Country attract visitors for many recreational opportunities. Here, a family enjoys paddleboarding at Schreiner Park during spring break in Kerrville, Texas.

The new USGS Texas Water Dashboard is a cutting-edge USGS map that provides critical current water information and National Weather Service forecast data at your fingertips

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November 3, 2014

For the first time ever, scientists have simulated the movement of sediment throughout the San Antonio River Basin with a new U.S. Geological Survey model, created in cooperation with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA).

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October 8, 2014

Historical groundwater withdrawals have caused the loss of land-surface elevation, or subsidence, in the Houston-Galveston region. Loss of surface elevation is a concern as it may increase the potential for more intense flooding in the study area according to the latest annual report conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

USGS
October 2, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey has installed two streamgages to be used for flood monitoring in the City of Laredo, Texas.

collage of scientists
September 25, 2014

Collaboration between federal Climate Science Centers, partner agencies and tribes is vital for minimizing and adapting to potential harmful effects of climate change on human society and surrounding ecosystems, according to a newly-released U.S. Geological Survey circular.

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September 3, 2014

Beginning this week, the U.S. Geological Survey will be drilling two test boreholes near Del Rio, Texas, to collect core samples and geophysical information important to better understand the physical properties of the subsurface.

USGS
July 30, 2014

Nesting loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico feed among areas that were oiled by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and where human activities occur, several of which are known to pose threats to sea turtles, a new U.S Geological study showed.

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June 16, 2014

The 2006 prohibition on the use of coal-tar-based pavement sealants in Austin, Texas, has resulted in a substantial reduction in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Lidar image showing the upper parts of the landslide that occurred in northwest Washington on March 22, 2014.
May 14, 2014

Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.

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May 6, 2014

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging quake in central Oklahoma. 

Map of the Illinois River in northwest Arkansas shows the 18 sites at which this study was conducted.
March 12, 2014

The biology of small streams in the Illinois River Basin has been disturbed by a mix of factors, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

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March 6, 2014

 In a new study involving researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists observed that a human-induced magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Prague, Oklahoma in November 2011 may have triggered the larger M5.7 earthquake less than a day later. 

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