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USGS scientist recording data near alpine waterway
Date Published: August 20, 2004
Status: Completed

Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB): Loch Vale Watershed

Loch Vale is an alpine/subalpine watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park where the U.S. Geological Survey has been conducting research since the 1980s. Our research has focused on the effects of climate change and atmospheric pollutants on water, soil, vegetation, and aquatic life. The alpine/subalpine ecosystem in Loch Vale is sensitive to changes in climate and air pollution. Our long-term...

Collage of pictures about groundwater
Date Published: August 8, 2004
Status: Completed

South Platte Decision Support System (SPDSS) Well Installation and Aquifer Testing in Shallow Alluvial and Bedrock Aquifers, Adams County, Colorado

The South Platte Decision Support System (SPDSS) is a data base system being developed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to provide water users, managers, and State of Colorado agencies access to important information related to water management issues affecting the South Platte River system.

Contacts: Suzanne Paschke
USGS
Date Published: July 2, 2004
Status: Active

Estimating Evaporative Losses Incurred by Conveyance of City of Albuquerque San Juan-Chama Water: Jemez to Albuquerque

The City of Albuquerque is in the process of implementing the Drinking Water Project, which is part of the Albuquerque Water Resources Management Strategy. As part of this strategy, the City will begin accepting delivery of imported San Juan-Chama water to supplement present municipal water supplies. The City of Albuquerque’s annual allotment of imported San Juan-Chama water is 48,200 acre-...

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View of three USGS Visual Identity items
Date Published: September 30, 2003
Status: Completed

Comparison of the power consumption coefficient (PCC) method to totalizing flow meter (TFM) for estimating ground-water pumpage in the Arkansas River Valley, Colorado

In the mid-1990s, the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) adopted rules governing measurement of tributary ground-water pumpage for the Arkansas River Basin. The rules allowed ground-water pumpage to be determined using one of two approaches—power conversion coefficient (PCC) or totalizing flowmeters (TFM). In addition, the rules allowed a PCC to be applied to the electrical power...

Contacts: William S Banks
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Date Published: September 1, 2003
Status: Completed

Hydrogeology and water quality of the shallow unconsolidated-rock aquifers in the Upper Arkansas River Basin from Buena Vista to Salida, Colorado

The upper Arkansas River Basin between Buena Vista and Salida, Colorado, is a downfaulted basin, the Buena Vista-Salida structural basin, located between the Sawatch and Mosquito Ranges. The primary aquifers in the Buena Vista-Salida structural basin consist of poorly consolidated to unconsolidated Quaternary-age alluvial and glacial deposits and Tertiary-age basin-fill deposits. Maximum...

Contacts: William S Banks
USGS
Date Published: June 5, 2003
Status: Completed

Development of a Plan of Study on the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources of the Salt Basin in New Mexico

The New Mexico part of the Salt Basin covers about 2,400 square miles of the south central part of the State. The principal aquifers in the basin are included in the San Andres Limestone, the Yeso Formation and the Abo Formation all of Permian age. Groundwater recharge to the basin is about 35,078 acre-feet per year with about half of the recharge coming from the watershed feeding the...

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View of three USGS Visual Identity items
Date Published: May 1, 2003
Status: Completed

Stochastic Modeling of Effects that the Sulphur Gulch Reservoir May Have on Colorado River Water Quality near Grand Junction, Colorado

Sulphur Gulch, a new reservoir proposed to be located about 25 miles east of Grand Junction, Colorado, on a tributary to the Colorado River that drains the Sulphur Gulch watershed between De Beque and Cameo, Colorado. The primary use of the Sulphur Gulch Reservoir would be to provide the Colorado River with up to 5,412.5 acre-feet of late-season water in support of the Endangered Fish Recovery...

Contacts: Kenneth J Leib
USGS
Date Published: October 1, 2002
Status: Completed

Sources of Metal Loading to the Lake Fork from Turquoise Lake to the confluence with the Arkansas River

The Lake Fork emerges from the outlet of Turquoise Lake at the Sugarloaf dam and flows approximately 5 miles before joining the upper Arkansas River. The first reach of the Lake Fork downstream from the dam is affected by drainage from abandoned mines in the Sugarloaf mining district. Whereas remediation of some of the mine sites has been initiated, Federal Land holders are interested in...

Arkansas River in Colorado
Date Published: September 30, 2002
Status: Completed

Arkansas River Water-Quality Data

The Arkansas River Basin drains an area of 24,904 square miles of southeastern Colorado. Like other basins on the Front Range, the Arkansas Basin has experienced growth and is expected to have significant increases in growth in the future. Demands on the limited water resources also will increase as changes in water storage, water releases, and/or transfer of waters within or outside of the...

Contacts: William S Banks
View of three USGS Visual Identity items
Date Published: September 1, 2002
Status: Completed

Water-Quality Assessment of Wolford Mountain Reservoir on Muddy Creek near Kremmling, Colorado

In March 1985 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD), began a monitoring program on Muddy Creek in anticipation of the construction of a water storage project. A site upstream of the proposed reservoir (Muddy Creek above Antelope Creek, 09041090), and a downstream site (Muddy Creek at Kremmling, 09041500) were chosen to...

Cover SIR 2013-5129, Snake River CO
Date Published: August 1, 2002
Status: Completed

Blue River Water-Quality Data

The Blue River drains approximately 680 square miles west of the Continental Divide in central Colorado before flowing northward into the Colorado River near Kremmling, Colorado. The Blue River watershed (BRW) is almost entirely located in Summit County and includes the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Montezuma, and Silverthorne. Dillon Reservoir and Green Mountain Reservoir are major...

Contacts: Nancy J Bauch
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Date Published: May 20, 2002
Status: Completed

Hydrologic assessment of groundwater resources in a foothills watershed in Jefferson County, Colorado

Water quantity, water-quality, and growth issues are of concern to Jefferson County, Colorado, officials who must balance the needs of current (2002) residents and requests for future development with protection and allocation of available water resources.

The current status of groundwater resources in the mountainous parts of Jefferson County must be determined as a basis for...

Contacts: Suzanne Paschke
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Year Published: 2018

Quantifying post-wildfire hillslope erosion with lidar

Following a wildfire, flooding and debris- flow hazards are common and pose a threat to human life and infrastructure in steep burned terrain. Wildfire enhances both water runoff and soil erosion, which ultimately shape the debris flow potential. The erosional processes that route excess sediment from hillslopes to debris-flow channels in...

Rengers, Francis K.; McGuire, Luke

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Strategic and critical metals in produced geothermal fluids from Nevada and Utah

Herein we summarize the results of an investigation dealing with the concentrations and inventories of strategic, critical and valuable materials (SCVM) in produced fluids from geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoirs (50-250° C) in Nevada and Utah. Water samples were collected from thirty-four production wells across eight geothermal fields, the...

Simmons, Stuart F.; Kirby, Stephe H.; Verplanck, Philip L.; Kelley, Karen Duttweiler

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Year Published: 2018

Contaminants of emerging concern in the environment: Where we have been and what does the future hold?

In 1962, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring alerted the nation to the dangers of manmade chemicals and indiscriminate use of pesticides. DDT was the culprit and its use threatened a variety of wildlife, including the national bird, bald eagles. In 1969, pressured by scientists and the public, the United States banned almost all uses of DDT;...

Battaglin, William A.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Furlong, Edward T.; Glassmeyer, Susan; Blackwell, Brett R.; Corsi, Steven; Meyer, Michael T.; Bradley, Paul M.
Battaglin, W.A., Koplin, D.W., Furlong, E.T., Glassmeyer, S., Blackwell, B., Corsi, S.R., Meyer, M. T., and Bradley, P.M., 2018, Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the Environment: Where We Have Been and What Does the Future Hold?: Water Resources IMPACT, vol. 20, no. 6, p. 8-11. https://www.awra.org/impact/

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Estimating metal concentrations with regression analysis and water-quality surrogates at nine sites on the Animas and San Juan Rivers, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

The purpose of this report is to evaluate the use of site-specific regression models to estimate metal concentrations at nine U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging stations on the Animas and San Juan Rivers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Downstream users could use these regression models to determine if metal concentrations are elevated and...

Mast, Alisa
Mast, M.A., 2018, Estimating metal concentrations with regression analysis and water-quality surrogates at nine sites on the Animas and San Juan Rivers, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5116, 68 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185116.

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Estimating soil respiration in a subalpine landscape using point, terrain, climate and greenness data

Landscape carbon (C) flux estimates are necessary for assessing the ability of terrestrial ecosystems to buffer further increases in anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Advances in remote sensing have allowed for coarse-scale estimates of gross primary productivity (GPP) (e.g., MODIS 17), yet efforts to assess spatial patterns in...

Berryman, Erin Michele; Vanderhoof, Melanie K.; Bradford, John B.; Hawbaker, Todd J.; Henne, Paul D.; Burns, Sean P.; Frank, John M.; Birdsey, Richard A.; Ryan, Michael G.

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Year Published: 2018

Honolulu Magnetic Observatory

Tucked in a grove of thorny mesquite trees, on an ancient coral reef on the south side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu, west of Pearl Harbor, a small unmanned observatory quietly records the Earth’s time-varying magnetic field. The Honolulu Magnetic Observatory is 1 of 14 that the U.S. Geological Survey Geomag­netism Program operates at various...

Love, Jeffrey J.; Finn, Carol A.
Love, J.J., and Finn, C.A., 2018, Honolulu Magnetic Observatory: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3029, 2 p.

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Year Published: 2018

Disparate perspectives on evidence from the Cerutti Mastodon site: A reply to Braje et al.

The Perspective editorial by Braje, T., T. D. Dillehay, J. M. Erlandson, S. M. Fitzpatrick, D. K. Grayson, V. T. Holliday, R. L. Kelly, R. G. Klein, D. J. Meltzer, and T. C. Rick (2017. “Were Hominins in California ∼130,000 Years Ago?” PaleoAmerica 3 (3): 200–202) takes issue with our argument [Holen, S. R., T. A. Deméré, D. C. Fisher, R...

Holen, Steven R.; Demere, Thomas A.; Fisher, Daniel C.; Fullagar, Richard; Paces, James B.; Jefferson, George T.; Beeton, Jared M.; Rountrey, Adam N.; Holen, Kathleen A.
Holen, S.R., Deméré, T.A., Fisher, D.C., Fullagar, R., Paces, J.B., Jefferson, G.T., Beeton, J.M, Cerutti, R.A., Rountrey, A.N., Vescera, L. & Holen, K.A., 2018, Disparate perspectives on evidence from the Cerutti Mastodon Site: A reply to Braje et al. PaleoAmerica, vol. 4, issue 1, p. 12-15 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/20555563.2017.1396836

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Groundwater chemistry and water-level elevations in bedrock aquifers of the Piceance and Yellow Creek watersheds, Rio Blanco County, Colorado, 2013–16

The Piceance and Yellow Creek watersheds in Rio Blanco County, Colorado, are known to contain important energy resources (oil shale and natural gas) and mineral resources (nahcolite). The primary sources of fresh groundwater in the Piceance and Yellow Creek watersheds are bedrock aquifers in the Uinta and Green River Formations. The aquifers are...

Thomas, Judith C.; McMahon, Peter B.
Thomas, J.C., and McMahon, P.B., 2018, Groundwater chemistry and water-level elevations in bedrock aquifers of the Piceance and Yellow Creek watersheds, Rio Blanco County, Colorado, 2013–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5142, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185142.

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Structural evolution of a gold-bearing transtensional zone within the Archean Porcupine-Destor deformation zone, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, eastern Ontario, Canada

The Garrison camp comprises four structurally distinct orogenic gold deposits that formed in different host lithologies during progressive deformation. Detailed field mapping, drill core logging, and geochronological constraints suggest that the 2678 ± 2 Ma Garrison granitic stock played a fundamental rheological role in the...

Nassif, Miguel T.; Kuiper, Yvette D.; Goldfarb, Richard J.; Monecke, Thomas; Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.

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Geologic map of the north half of the Lake Walcott 30'×60' quadrangle, Idaho

The geologic map of the northern half of the Lake Walcott 30ʹ×60ʹ quadrangle shows the volcanic geology of the southern part of the Craters of the Moon lava field, the complex geologic features of the Holocene Kings Bowl and Wapi lava fields, and the southern part of the Great Rift volcanic rift zone. The long extent and distribution of skylights...

Kuntz, Mel A.; Champion, Duane E.; Turrin, Brent R.; Gans, Philip B.; Covington, Harry R.; VanSistine, D. Paco
Kuntz, M.A., Champion, D.E., Turrin, B.R., Gans, P.B., Covington, H.R., and VanSistine, D.P., 2018, Geologic map of the north half of the Lake Walcott 30'×60' quadrangle, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 3405, pamphlet 25 p., scale 1:100,000, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3405.

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Two-event lode-ore deposition at Butte, USA: 40Ar/39Ar and U-Pb documentation of Ag-Au-polymetallic lodes overprinted by younger stockwork Cu-Mo ores and penecontemporaneous Cu lodes

The ore-genesis model for world-class deposits of the Butte mining district, Montana, USA, is deep pre-Main Stage porphyry Cu-Mo and overlying Main Stage Ag-Zn-Cu zoned-lode deposits, both of which formed from hydrothermal fluids driven by minor volumes of rhyolitic magma. The lode-specific model is that hydrothermal processes diminished in...

Lund, Karen; McAleer, Ryan J.; Aleinikoff, John N.; Cosca, Michael A.; Kunk, Michael J.

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Assessment of managed aquifer recharge at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Washington County, Utah, updated to conditions through 2016

Sand Hollow Reservoir in Washington County, Utah, was completed in March 2002 and is operated primarily for managed aquifer recharge by the Washington County Water Conservancy District. From 2002 through 2016, surface-water diversions of about 256,000 acre-feet (acre-ft) to Sand Hollow Reservoir have allowed the reservoir to remain nearly full...

Marston, Thomas M.; Nelson, Nora C.
Marston, T.M., and Nelson, N.C., 2018, Assessment of managed aquifer recharge at Sand Hollow Reservoir, Washington County, Utah, updated to conditions through 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1140, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181140.

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Rio Grande near Montaño Bridge
January 24, 2016

Rio Grande, about 1 mile southwest of Montaño Bridge, SIR 2016–5021

Upstream view of the Rio Grande from a location about 1 mile southwest of the Montaño Bridge. Photograph was taken January 24, 2016, by Nathan Myers.

Rio Grande, about 1 mile southwest of Montaño Bridge, SIR 2016–5021
January 24, 2016

Rio Grande, about 1 mile southwest of Montaño Bridge, SIR 2016–5021

Upstream view of the Rio Grande from a location about 1 mile southwest of the Montaño Bridge. Photograph was taken January 24, 2016, by Nathan Myers.

La Sal Mountain Range
January 13, 2016

La Sal Mountain Range

Snow-capped peaks of the La Sal Mountain Range as seen from the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. This is one area in the Southwest where biocrust plays an important role. 

A mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park.
December 31, 2015

A mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park.

A USGS grizzly bear researcher snapped this picture of a mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park. Recent research shows that fffspring of grizzly bear mothers with a history of human-bear conflicts are more likely to be involved in human-bear conflicts than offspring of mothers without a history of human-bear conflicts. 

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection in Yellowstone National Park between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.
December 31, 2015

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection.

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection in Yellowstone National Park between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.

December 31, 2015

Flat Canyon Trench Excavation, Wasatch Fault Zone, Utah

A time-lapse video of the excavation of the trench for a paleoseismology research project at Flat Canyon, Utah, along the Wasatch fault zone.
 

Grizzly bear caching an elk carcass in Grand Teton National Park
December 31, 2015

Grizzly bear caching an elk carcass in Grand Teton National Park

A grizzly bear has cached an elk carcass in Grand Teton National Park. Scientists used DNA from hair samples collected from barbed wire to estimate whether the availability of carcasses associated with an elk hunting season resulted in temporary immigration of grizzly bears. 

Looking down and across the Great Salt Lake
November 23, 2015

Great Salt Lake

Looking down and across the Great Salt Lake.

Receding Great Salt Lake as seen from causeway
November 23, 2015

Great Salt Lake Receding

Receding Great Salt Lake as seen from causeway

Collecting water sample in tall grass at Kane Springs, Utah on beautiful fall day.
November 19, 2015

Kane Springs, San Juan County, Utah Fall 2015

Collecting sample in tall grass at Kane Springs, San Juan County, Utah, Fall 2015.

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June 9, 1997

The 1996/97 austral summer season marked the beginning of the newest deep ice core drilling project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs.

USGS
June 2, 1997

The U. S. Geological Survey has released Open-File Report 97-59 entitled: Geology and Structure of the Pine River, Florida River, Carbon Junction, and Basin Creek Gas Seeps, La Plata County, Colorado.

USGS
November 21, 1996

The gasoline additive MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) was detected in some urban stormwater samples collected in 16 cities and metropolitan areas by the U.S. Geological Survey, but all detections of MTBE were less than the lower limit of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft lifetime health advisory for drinking water.

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