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North Platte River
Date Published: March 28, 2018
Status: Active

Drought Conditions in Wyoming and Montana

The USGS monitors drought conditions at more than 300 streamgages across Wyoming and Montana. Low-flow conditions are expressed as percentiles comparing current (within the past few hours) instantaneous flow to historical daily mean flow for all days of the year.

Contacts: Kirk A Miller
Carbon County Water Resources Study Area Map
Date Published: March 28, 2018
Status: Archived

Carbon County Water Resources Study

In cooperation with the Wyoming State Engineer, the USGS conducted a study of the water resources of Carbon County, Wyoming. This study followed the general plan of previous "County Studies". Surface water and ground water resources were evaluated through a combined approach that analyzed and summarized existing data and, as a consequence of the data analysis, identified key data gaps and...

Sweetwater County Water Resources Study Area Map
Date Published: March 28, 2018
Status: Archived

Sweetwater County Water Resources Study

In cooperation with the Wyoming State Engineer, the USGS conducted a study of the water resources of Sweetwater County, Wyoming. This study followed the general plan of previous "County Studies". Surface water and ground water resources were evaluated through a combined approach that analyzed and summarized existing data and, as a consequence of the data analysis, identified key data gaps and...

Yellowstone streamflow statistics study area map
Date Published: March 27, 2018
Status: Archived

Streamflow Statistics for Unregulated and Regulated Conditions for Selected Locations on the Yellowstone, Tongue, Powder, and Bighorn Rivers, Montana

Major floods in 1996-1997 on the Yellowstone River intensified public debate over the effects of human activities on the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone River Conservation District Council partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a cumulative-effects study on the Yellowstone. For that study, the USGS calculated streamflow statistics for unregulated (no development) and...

Flint Creek
Date Published: March 26, 2018
Status: Active

Flooding and High-Flow Conditions in Wyoming and Montana

The USGS monitors flood and high-flow conditions at more than 300 streamgages across Montana and Wyoming.  Water level and flow information are used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to make accurate flood forecasts. High-flow conditions are expressed as percentiles comparing current (within the past few hours) instantaneous flow to historical daily mean flow for ...

Contacts: Kirk A Miller
Measuring streamflow using ADCP, Fish Creek
Date Published: March 20, 2018
Status: Completed

Characterization of Fish Creek and Evaluation of Nutrient Inputs to Watershed

Fish Creek, an approximately 15-mile long tributary of the Snake River, is located in Teton County in western Wyoming near the town of Wilson.  Local residents began observing an increase in the growth of algae and aquatic plants in Fish Creek in about 2000. 

Estimated Nitrogen and Phosphorus Input to Fish Creek Watershed
Date Published: March 20, 2018
Status: Active

Geospatial Research and Development to Understand Hydrologic Processes

All natural phenomena have a spatial component. Remote sensing, GIS, and geostatistical methods can be used to evaluate the spatial components of hydrologic phenomena and understand characteristics, such as water quality, streamflow, and hydraulics.

Image shows a landscape view of the Southern High Plains
Date Published: March 9, 2018
Status: Active

New Mexico Water Science Center Webcams

Webcams have been installed at three real-time stream-gaging sites and one site which houses only a webcam. The webcams provide valuable information to the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and area residents to evaluate real-time conditions in river environments during storms.

Contacts: Kyle C Davis
Basemap showing Great Basin and model study area
Date Published: February 13, 2018
Status: Completed

Great Basin Carbonate and Alluvial Aquifer System (GBCAAS)

The Great Basin Carbonate and Alluvial Aquifer System (GBCAAS) was part of the federally-funded USGS Water Availability Program. Specific objectives of the study included quantifying current ground-water resources, evaluating how those resources have changed over time, and developing tools to assess system responses to stresses from future human uses and climate variability. The GBCAAS study...

Contacts: Thomas Marston
Great Salt Lake, old staff plate
Date Published: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

Great Salt Lake Elevations

Great Salt Lake Elevations

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has been collecting water-surface-elevation data from Great Salt Lake since 1875 and continuously since October 1902. The north part of the lake has been monitored since April 1966.

Get current and historical lake levels here....

Contacts: Mike Freeman
Measuring discharge with hydroacoustics instrument under ice
Date Published: January 1, 2018
Status: Completed

Under-Ice: Computing Real-time Discharge

Under-ice discharge is estimated using open-water reference hydrographs; however, the ratings for ice-affected sites are generally qualified as poor.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, conducted a proof-of-concept to develop an alternative method for computing under-ice discharge using hydroacoustics and the Probability...

Contacts: John W Fulton
Looking downstream along Fountain Creek, CO at the US Highway 50 bridge culvert after Aug. 23, 2016 flood
Date Published: December 15, 2017
Status: Completed

Peak Discharge, Flood Frequency, and Peak Stage of Floods

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Transportation, determined the peak discharge, annual exceedance probability (flood frequency), and peak stage of two floods that took place on Big Cottonwood Creek at U.S. Highway 50 near Coaldale, Colorado (hereafter referred to as “Big Cottonwood Creek site”), on August 23, 2016, and on Fountain Creek below U....

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Surface-Water Data For Arizona (NWIS Web)
February 6, 2018

Access to current conditions, historical observations, daily data, statistics, peak-flow data, and field measurements for streamflow gaging stations in Arizona.

Screenshot plots of 5-year mean SnowModel simulation output
February 6, 2018

This data release includes simulation output from SnowModel, a well-validated process-based snow modeling system, and supporting snow, meteorological, and streamflow observations from the water years 2011 through 2015 (October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2015) across a 3,600 square kilometer model domain in the north-central Colorado Rocky Mountains.

View of three USGS Visual Identity items
January 3, 2018

These data were used for an analysis as part of a long-term project monitoring the biological communities, habitat, and water quality of the Fountain Creek Basin. Biology, habitat, and water quality data have been collected at 10 sites starting in 2003. These data include annual samples of aquatic invertebrate communities, fish communities, water quality, and quantitative riverine habitat collecte

Cover image SIR 2017-5162
January 3, 2018

These data were used for an analysis as part of a long-term project monitoring the biological communities, habitat, and water quality of the Fountain Creek Basin. Biology, habitat, and water quality data have been collected at 10 sites starting in 2003. These data include annual samples of aquatic invertebrate communities, fish communities, water quality, and quantitative riverine.

View of three USGS Visual Identity items
January 3, 2018

These data were used for an analysis as part of a long-term project monitoring the biological communities, habitat, and water quality of the Fountain Creek Basin. Biology, habitat, and water quality data have been collected at 10 sites starting in 2003. These data include annual samples of aquatic invertebrate communities, fish communities, water quality, and quantitative riverine habitat collecte

USGS
January 1, 2018

In 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with Colorado Springs Utilities selected 10 study reaches along Fountain Creek between Colorado Springs, Colorado and the confluence of Fountain Creek with the Arkansas River for annual bed and bank characterization and topographic surveys. The 10 study reaches are approximately 5 to 20 bank-full channel widths in length. Data wer

USGS
January 1, 2018

This dataset contains monthly crop irrigation requirement (CIR) values from 1938 through 2014 for six canal service units used in the Lower Rio Grande Basin groundwater flow model (SSPA, 2007). CIR values from 1938 through 2010 were extracted from the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer’s (NMOSE’s) Canal spreadsheet, version 11.2 (Barroll, P., NMOSE, wr

USGS
January 1, 2018

This point vector dataset represents 3,959 agricultural well locations and attributes used as input data for the Rio Grande Transboundary Integrated Hydrologic Model (RGTIHM). Attributes include well construction information, historic water use information, and flags indicating assumptions made for modeling purposes. Data were compiled from various sources; see Supplemental Informatio

USGS
January 1, 2018

This is a data release comprised of data compiled during the construction of monitoring wells at four sentinel well sites: Trumbull, Cesar Chavez, Southern, and VA. These wells are located in southeastern Albuquerque, New Mexico (Figures 1 and 2). Between March 2013 and April 2016, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo Cou

USGS
January 1, 2018

This data release supports the following publication: 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. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U. S. Envir

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Year Published: 2019

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Love, Jeffrey J.; Klesman, Alison

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Willingness to pay for conservation of transborder migratory species: A case study of the Mexican free-tailed bat in the United States and Mexico

We estimated U.S. and Mexican citizens’ willingness to pay (WTP) for protecting habitat for a transborder migratory species, the Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana), using the contingent valuation method. Few contingent valuation surveys have evaluated whether households in one country would pay to protect habitat in another...

Haefele, Michelle; Loomis, John B.; Merideth, Robert W.; Lien, Aaron M.; Semmens, Darius J.; Dubovsky, Jim; Wiederholt, Ruscena; Thogmartin, Wayne E.; Huang, Ta-Ken; McCracken, Gary; Lopez-Hoffman, Laura; Medellin, Rodrigo; Diffendorfer, James E.

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Using social-context matching to improve spatial function-transfer performance for cultural ecosystem service models

Recreational and aesthetic enjoyment of public lands is increasing across a wide range of activities, highlighting the need to assess and adapt management to accommodate these uses. Despite a growing number of studies on mapping cultural ecosystem services, most are local-scale assessments that rely on costly and time-consuming primary data...

Semmens, Darius J.; Sherrouse, Ben C.; Ancona, Zachary H.
Semmens, D. J., Sherrouse, B. C., & Ancona, Z. H. (2019). Using social-context matching to improve spatial function-transfer performance for cultural ecosystem service models. Ecosystem Services, 38, 100945.

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Monarch habitat as a component of multifunctional landscape restoration using continuous riparian buffers

Stabilizing the eastern, migratory population of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) is expected to require substantial habitat restoration on agricultural land in the core breeding area of the Upper Midwestern U.S. Previous research has considered the potential to utilize marginal land for this purpose because of its low productivity, erodible...

Semmens, Darius J.; Ancona, Zachary H.
Semmens, D. J., & Ancona, Z. (2019). Monarch Habitat as a Component of Multifunctional Landscape Restoration Using Continuous Riparian Buffers. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 7, 126.

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Assessment of undiscovered gas hydrate resources in the North Slope of Alaska, 2018

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of about 54 trillion cubic feet of gas resources within gas hydrates in the North Slope of Alaska.

Collett, Timothy S.; Lewis, Kristen A.; Zyrianova, Margarita V.; Haines, Seth S.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Pitman, Janet K.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Houseknecht, David W.
Collett, T.S., Lewis, K.A., Zyrianova, M.V., Haines, S.S., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Brownfield, M.E., Gaswirth, S.B., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Pitman, J.K., Tennyson, M.E., Woodall, C.A., and Houseknecht, D.W., 2019, Assessment of undiscovered gas hydrate resources in the North Slope of Alaska, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3037, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193037.

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Controls on spatial and temporal variations of brine discharge to the Dolores River in the Paradox Valley, Colorado, 2016–18

The Paradox Valley in southwestern Colorado is a collapsed anticline formed by movement of the salt-rich Paradox Formation at the core of the anticline. The salinity of the Dolores River, a tributary of the Colorado River, increases substantially as it crosses the valley because of discharge of brine-rich groundwater derived from the underlying...

Mast, Alisa; Terry, Neil
Mast, M.A., and Terry, N., 2019, Controls on spatial and temporal variations of brine discharge to the Dolores River in the Paradox Valley, Colorado, 2016–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5058, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195058.

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The landscape of soil carbon data: Emerging questions, synergies and databases

Soil carbon has been measured for over a century in applications ranging from understanding biogeochemical processes in natural ecosystems to quantifying the productivity and health of managed systems. Consolidating diverse soil carbon datasets is increasingly important to maximize their value, particularly with growing anthropogenic and climate...

Avni Malhotra; Katherine Todd-Brown; Luke Nave; Niels Batjes; James Holmquist; Alison Hoyt; Colleen Iversen; Jackson, Robert B.; Kate Lathja; Lawrence, Corey R.; Olga Vinduśková; William Wieder; Matt Williams; Gustaf Hugelias; Jennifer Harden

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Numerical model simulations of potential changes in water levels and capture of natural discharge from groundwater withdrawals in Snake Valley and adjacent areas, Utah and Nevada

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are concerned about cumulative effects of groundwater development on groundwater-dependent resources managed by, and other groundwater resources of interest to, these agencies in Snake Valley and adjacent areas, Utah and Nevada. Of particular concern to the NPS and BLM are...

Masbruch, Melissa D.
Masbruch, M.D., 2019, Numerical model simulations of potential changes in water levels and capture of natural discharge from groundwater withdrawals in Snake Valley and adjacent areas, Utah and Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1083, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191083.

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Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015

The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative is a program created to implement a long-term, science-based program of assessing natural resources while facilitating responsible energy and other development and does studies in much of southwestern Wyoming, including all or parts of Lincoln, Sublette, Fremont, Sweetwater, and Carbon Counties. A...

Eddy-Miller, Cheryl A.; Davidson, Seth L.; Wheeler, Jerrod D.; Davis, Sarah J.; Stephens, J. Brooks; Campbell, James R.
Eddy-Miller, C.A., Davidson, S.L., Wheeler, J.D., Davis, S.J., Stephens, J.B., and Campbell, J.C., 2019, Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5081, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195081.

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Benthic algal (Periphyton) growth rates in response to nitrogen and phosphorus: Parameter estimation for water quality models

Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are important pollutants that can stimulate nuisance blooms of algae. Water-quality models (e.g., WASP, CE-QUAL-R1, CE-QUAL-ICM, QUAL2k) are valuable and widely used management tools for algal accrual because of excess nutrients in the presence of other limiting factors. These models utilize the Monod and Droop...

Schmidt, Travis S.; Konrad, Christopher; Miller, Janet L.; Whitlock, Stephen D.; Stricker, Craig A.

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Alaska Geochemical Database Version 3.0 (AGDB3)—Including “Best Value” Data Compilations for Rock, Sediment, Soil, Mineral, and Concentrate Sample Media

The Alaska Geochemical Database Version 3.0 (AGDB3) contains new geochemical data compilations in which each geologic material sample has one “best value” determination for each analyzed species, greatly improving speed and efficiency of use. Like the Alaska Geochemical Database Version 2.0 before it, the AGDB3 was created and designed to compile...

Granitto, Matthew; Wang, Bronwen; Shew, Nora B.; Karl, Susan M.; Labay, Keith A.; Werdon, Melanie B.; Seitz, Susan S.; Hoppe, John E.
Granitto, M., Wang, B., Shew, N.B., Karl, S.M., Labay, K.A., Werdon, M.B., Seitz, S.S., and Hoppe, J.E., 2019, Alaska Geochemical Database Version 3.0 (AGDB3)—Including “best value” data compilations for rock, sediment, soil, mineral, and concentrate sample media: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1117, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1117.

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Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium
December 31, 2017

Fathead minnows swimming in an experimental aquarium

Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory — Boulder, Colorado. Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium. The aquarium is part of an experiment to assess endocrine disruption in fish.

Unmanned Aerial System prior to takeoff
December 31, 2017

Unmanned Aerial System

This small unmanned aerial system with digital camera has been used to create digital elevation models to answer questions about erosion, bridge scour, and other hydraulics analyses. 

Unmanned Aerial System takes images in Arizona
December 31, 2017

Unmanned Aerial System in Flight

Small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) collecting digital photos to create digital elevation models. UAS are an increasingly important tool for monitoring, assessing, and conducting targeted scientific research for the nation.

Lake Powell
December 31, 2017

Lake Powell

The USGS Utah Water Science Center and the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted a collaborative geophysical research effort within Lake Powell, UT-AZ to map the bathymetry of the lake and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers.

Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant
December 31, 2017

Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to sewage effluent

Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
December 31, 2017

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts. White efflorescent salts form on the soil surface as water evaporates from the soil leaving the salt at the surface. 

Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to

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Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map
December 31, 2017

Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

Close-up of dried, cracked soil with small plants trying to survive in this soil.
December 31, 2017

Dry, cracked soil (RAMPS)

Rangelands of the desert Southwest can be in a degraded condition and lacking perennial vegetation, which can lead to exposed soil and erosion. RAMPS is working to mitigate degradation by increasing 

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Measuring streamflow in Goose Creek, near Acme
December 27, 2017

Measuring streamflow in Goose Creek, near Acme, station 06305700

Measuring streamflow in Goose Creek, near Acme, station 06305700

Measuring streamflow in Pass Creek, near Parkman, WY, station 06289600
December 27, 2017

Measuring streamflow under ice, Pass Creek, nr Parkman, WY

Measuring streamflow under ice, Pass Creek, near Parkman, WY, station 06289600

USGS scientists check breach on glass-calm Great Salt Lake in surreal light.
December 19, 2017

Great Salt Lake, USGS boat at work

USGS scientists check breach on glass-calm Great Salt Lake in surreal light.

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USGS
February 17, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey senior scientist Dr. Jill Baron has been named the new Director of the North American Nitrogen Center, one of five globally distributed centers of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI).

USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center is awarding nearly $550,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Southwest Climate Science Center is awarding nearly a million dollars to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

USGS
December 16, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2013, and 2011 to 2013.

Image: Ready for Action
December 15, 2014

Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.

Image: Transporting a Captured Mule Deer
December 8, 2014

Wyoming's struggling mule deer populations are receiving significant attention from University of Wyoming researchers, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Geological Survey and others, with at least five studies underway that could assist efforts to enhance deer numbers and their habitats.

Image: Mammoth Fossils
November 24, 2014

Four years ago, a bulldozer operator turned over some bones during construction at Ziegler Reservoir near Snowmass Village, Colorado. Scientists from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science were called to the scene and confirmed the bones were those of a juvenile Columbian mammoth, setting off a frenzy of excavation, scientific analysis, and international media attention.

USGS
October 7, 2014

Basins in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains at risk for a rainfall-generated debris-flow following a wildfire are identified by a new method for estimating post-fire erosion hazards before a wildfire actually burns, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

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: Wind Turbine and Forest
September 29, 2014

Certain bats may be approaching wind turbines after mistaking them for trees, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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