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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

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USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative and collaborative projects with other agencies and partners. A sampling of those projects are shown below on this web page.

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Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Eastern Great Basin Province of eastern Nevada, western Utah, southeastern Idaho, and northwestern Arizona 5019.

     

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    Yellowstone River Compact Commission

    The Yellowstone River Compact was ratified in 1950 and became effective in 1951. The Yellowstone River Compact Commission (YRCC) is a three member commission charged with apportioning the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.

    Date published: November 15, 2018
    Status: Active

    Water-Quality Summaries for Several Major River Basins in Colorado

    Summaries of water-quality monitoring data are available for several major river basins in Colorado.

    For each basin, current data from a network of sites are compared to previously collected data and instream standards. Lowess curves are provided on plots for selected constituents where a sufficient period of record and limited censored data are available.

    Date published: November 6, 2018
    Status: Active

    Integrated Uranium Resource and Environmental Assessment

    The US Geological Survey has assembled a small group of scientists who are assessing the uranium resource potential of the United States.  Uranium is used to fuel the 98 operable nuclear reactors in the United States, providing 20% of the nation’s electricity. More than 95% of this uranium is imported, and the rest is produced from uranium mines in Wyoming, Nebraska and Texas and a uranium...

    Contacts: Susan M Hall
    Date published: November 2, 2018
    Status: Active

    Gas Hydrates

    Central Energy Resources Science Center - Gas Hydrates Project Page

    Date published: October 16, 2018
    Status: Active

    Groundwater Models

    Groundwater is an important resource, but availability, quality, and sustainability during growth have become major concerns. Groundwater models are numerical representations that help hydrologists better understand groundwater systems. These models also provide tools for water managers. The Utah Water Science Center has groundwater models for many seperate areas in Utah as well as two...

    Date published: October 12, 2018
    Status: Completed

    New Methods for Dating and Sequencing Ancient Earthquakes Along the Wasatch Fault Zone

    Release Date: OCTOBER 12, 2018

    Complex geologic sites, like those between the fault segments along the Wasatch fault zone in Utah, make the dating and ordering past earthquakes a difficult task. Two new methods were used to make this task easier and to get better results.

    Date published: October 4, 2018
    Status: Active

    Water Use in Wyoming

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has compiled estimates of water use in Wyoming and the rest of the United States at 5-year intervals since 1950.

    Date published: September 26, 2018
    Status: Active

    EcoFlows: Understanding Streamflow Dynamics in Small Mountain Streams

    The WY-MT WSC is collaborating with the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center to understand the dynamics of streamflows in small, mountain streams during the course of the year, and to describe the amount of variability associated with those measurments. These findings will assist fisheries biologists who are researching temperature and streamflow effects on cutthroat trout and will help...

    Date published: September 10, 2018
    Status: Active

    Reconstructing Ancient Human and Ecosystem Responses to Holocene Climate Conditions

    This research project will reconstruct Holocene climatic conditions to better understand human adaptation and response to past environmental variability. 

    Date published: August 30, 2018
    Status: Active

    Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory

    The Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory applies a collaborative transdisciplinary approach to conduct research to minimize the risk to human and aquatic organism health from exposure to contaminants in water supplies.

    Date published: August 30, 2018
    Status: Active

    Geospatial Analyses and Applications — Salt Lake City, Utah

    About the Research

    The Environmental Health Program collaborates with scientists within the Geospatial Analyses and Applications Team to develop and apply geospatial analytical methods to answer broad-scale questions about source-sink and cause-effect relationships between contaminants and vulnerable communities. Multivariate statistics are used to identify connections...

    USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin collect a wide variety of natural resource data types including spatial, geologic, hydrologic, and biologic data. Data included in USGS-series publications that are not publically available in USGS databases are published in Data Releases. Tools are USGS products that can be used to analyze those types of data.

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    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

    Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments 

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

     Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments 

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Downloadable Data for San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Eastern Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Downloadable Data for Eastern Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Date published: November 29, 2018

    Downloadable Data for Wind River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

     Downloadable Data for Wind River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    Date published: November 28, 2018

    Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers

    This is the home page for ISIS, a digital image processing software package. The focus of the software is to manipulate imagery collected by current and past NASA and International planetary missions sent throughout our Solar System.

    Date published: October 30, 2018

    Current Streamflow and Water-Quality Monitoring at Select Sites in the Animas and San Juan River Basins, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah

    The USGS monitors current streamflow and water-quality conditions at various sites in the Animas and San Juan River Basins in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, including areas below the Gold King Mine release area. These streamgages provide continuous data on streamflow and select water-quality constituents including specific conductance, water temperature, pH, and turbidity.

    USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin produce hundreds of USGS-series publications, journal papers, and books each year that are subject to rigorous review by USGS specialists. The publications shown below on this page are related to study areas and staff members of USGS Science Centers in Region 7 compiled from the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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    Quick and dirty (and accurate) 3-D paleoseismic trench models using coded scale bars

    Structure‐from‐motion (SfM) modeling has dramatically increased the speed of generating geometrically accurate orthophoto mosaics of paleoseismic trenches, but some aspects of this technique remain time and labor intensive. Model accuracy relies on control points to establish scale, reduce distortion, and orient 3D models. Traditional SfM methods...

    Delano, Jaime; Briggs, Richard W.; Duross, Christopher; Gold, Ryan D.

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    The timing and magnitude of changes to Hortonian overland flow at the watershed scale during the post-fire recovery process

    Extreme hydrologic responses following wildfires can lead to floods and debris flows with costly economic and societal impacts. Process-based hydrologic and geomorphic models used to predict the downstream impacts of wildfire must account for temporal changes in hydrologic parameters related to the generation and subsequent routing of infiltration...

    Liu, Taojun; McGuire, Luke A.; Wei, Haiyan; Rengers, Francis K.; Gupta, Hoshin; Ji, Lin; Goodrich, David C.

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    Using the landsat burned area products to derive fire history relevant for fire management and conservation in the state of Florida, southeastern USA

    Development of comprehensive spatially explicit fire occurrence data remains one of the most critical needs for fire managers globally, and especially for conservation across the southeastern United States. Not only are many endangered species and ecosystems in that region reliant on frequent fire, but fire risk analysis, prescribed fire planning...

    Teske, Casey; Vanderhoof, Melanie K.; Hawbaker, Todd J.; Noble, Joe; Hires, J. Kevin

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    Postwildfire soil‐hydraulic recovery and the persistence of debris flow hazards

    Deadly and destructive debris flows often follow wildfire, but understanding of changes in the hazard potential with time since fire is poor. We develop a simulation‐based framework to quantify changes in the hydrologic triggering conditions for debris flows as postwildfire infiltration properties evolve through time. Our approach produces time‐...

    Thomas, Matthew A.; Rengers, Francis K.; Kean, Jason W.; McGuire, Luke A.; Staley, Dennis M.; Barnhart, Katherine R.; Ebel, Brian A.

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    Assessment of undiscovered conventional oil and gas resources in the lower Paleozoic of the Williston Basin Province, 2020

    Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 83 million barrels of oil and 351 billion cubic feet of gas in lower Paleozoic strata of the Williston Basin Province, North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota.

    Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Finn, Thomas M.; Le, Phuong A.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
    Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Ellis, G.S., Finn, T.M., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2021, Assessment of undiscovered conventional oil and gas resources in the lower Paleozoic of the Williston Basin Province, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3063, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203063.

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    Assessment of undiscovered conventional oil and gas resources of upper Paleozoic strata in the Williston Basin Province, 2020

    Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean oil and gas resources of 134 million barrels of oil and 81 billion cubic feet of gas in upper Paleozoic strata of the Williston Basin Province in North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota.

    Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Finn, Thomas M.; Le, Phuong A.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
    Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Ellis, G.S., Finn, T.M., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2021, Assessment of undiscovered conventional oil and gas resources of upper Paleozoic strata in the Williston Basin Province, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3023, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213023.

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    Assessment of undiscovered gas resources in the Williston Basin Province, 2020

    Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean of 2,438 billion (2.4 trillion) cubic feet of gas resources in the Williston Basin Province, in North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota.

    Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Finn, Thomas M.; Le, Phuong A.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
    Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Ellis, G.S., Finn, T.M., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2021, Assessment of undiscovered gas resources in the Williston Basin Province, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3024, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213024.

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    Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Pennsylvanian Tyler Formation of the Williston Basin Province, 2020

    Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 161 million barrels of oil and 93 billion cubic feet of gas in the Tyler Formation of the Williston Basin Province, North Dakota.

    Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Finn, Thomas M.; Le, Phuong A.; Marra, Kristen R.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
    Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Finn, T.M., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Ellis, G.S., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2021, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Pennsylvanian Tyler Formation of the Williston Basin Province, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3067, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203067

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    lsforce: A Python-based single-force seismic inversion framework for massive landslides

    We present an open‐source Python package, lsforce, for performing single‐force source inversions of long‐period (tens to hundreds of seconds) seismic signals. Although the software is designed primarily for landslides, it can be used for any single‐force seismic source. The package allows users to produce estimates of the three‐component time...

    Toney, Liam De La Hunt; Allstadt, Kate

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    U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan defines critical, core fire science capabilities for understanding fire-related and fire-responsive earth system processes and patterns, and informing management decision making. Developed by USGS fire scientists and executive leadership, and informed by conversations with...

    Steblein, Paul F.; Loehman, Rachel A.; Miller, Mark P.; Holomuzki, Joseph R.; Soileau, Suzanna C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Drane-Maury, Mia; Hamilton, Hannah M.; Kean, Jason W.; Keeley, Jon E.; Mason, Robert R.; McKerrow, Alexa J.; Meldrum, James R.; Molder, Edmund B.; Murphy, Sheila F.; Peterson, Birgit; Plumlee, Geoffrey S.; Shinneman, Douglas J.; van Mantgem, Phillip J.; York, Alison
    Steblein, P.F., Loehman, R.A., Miller, M.P., Holomuzki, J.R., Soileau, S.C., Brooks, M.L., Drane-Maury, M., Hamilton, H.M., Kean, J.W., Keeley, J.E., Mason, R.R., Jr., McKerrow, A., Meldrum, J.R., Molder, E.B., Murphy, S.F., Peterson, B., Plumlee, G.S., Shinneman, D.J., van Mantgem, P.J., and York, A., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1471, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1471.

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    A maximum rupture model for the central and southern Cascadia subduction zone—reassessing ages for coastal evidence of megathrust earthquakes and tsunamis

    A new history of great earthquakes (and their tsunamis) for the central and southern Cascadia subduction zone shows more frequent (17 in the past 6700 yr) megathrust ruptures than previous coastal chronologies. The history is based on along-strike correlations of Bayesian age models derived from evaluation of 554 radiocarbon ages that date...

    Nelson, Alan; Duross, Christopher; Witter, Robert C.; Kelsey, Harvey M.; Engelhart, Simon E.; Mahan, Shannon A.; Gray, Harrison J.; Hawkes, Andrea D.; Horton, Benjamin P.; Padgett, Jason S.

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    Geometry of the Bushveld Complex from 3D potential field modelling

    A full three-dimensional (3D) potential field model of the central and southern Bushveld Complex reveals information about the Complex in areas obscured by younger geological cover. Previously, two-dimensional gravity models and a few magnetic models limited to certain sections of the Bushveld Complex have been used to propose geometries for the...

    Cole, Janine; Finn, Carol A.; Webb, Susan J.

    Photos and videos described and linked on this webpage come from a wide variety of USGS science activities and presentations performed by USGS Science Center staff members in the Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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    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.

    Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map
    December 31, 2017

    Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

    Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

    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.

    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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    Digital elevation model created by an Unmanned Aerial System
    December 31, 2017

    Digital Elevation Model Created by an Unmanned Aerial System

    This digital elevation model was created using structure from motion software mounted to an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to analyze bridge scour. Studies using UAS have included stream temperature analyses, bird and mammal surveys, coastal change mapping, sandbar habitat surveys, fluvial erosion rates, microclimate mapping, air quality analysis, plant stress assessment,

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    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

    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

    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.

    Outside stream stage of Bull Lake Creek abv Bull Lake
    December 13, 2017

    Reading stream stage at Bull Lake Creek above Bull Lake streamgage

    The wire weight is lowered to determine stage of Bull Lake Creek above Bull Lake

    Wire weight mounted on bridge crossing Blacks Fork, streamgage 09219200
    November 29, 2017

    Wire weight mounted on bridge crossing Blacks Fork, streamgage 0921920

    Wire weight mounted on bridge crossing Blacks Fork, streamgage 09219200

    News items shown on this page are highlights of selected studies conducted and publications produced by USGS Science Center staff members in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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    USGS: Science for a changing world
    March 8, 2017

    In order to provide long-term storage of diverted surface water from the Rio Grande as part of the Aamodt water rights settlement, managed aquifer recharge by surface infiltration in Pojoaque River Basin arroyos was proposed as an option.

    USGS
    February 17, 2017

    Small variations in the density of the earth’s crust—undetectable to humans without sensitive instruments—influence where earthquakes may occur in the central United States. These new findings from the U.S. Geological Survey, published today in Nature Communications, may allow scientists to map where future seismicity in the center of the country is most likely.

    Photo of an active oil and gas pad on Bureau of Land Management lands near Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
    February 7, 2017

    A new scientific approach can now provide regional assessments of land recovery following oil and gas drilling activities, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

    Dubois Badlands Wilderness Study Area, Wyoming
    January 19, 2017

    The U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Land Management today released a collaborative report with new information and tools to support effective management of millions of acres of BLM public lands.  The report underscores the value of a landscape approach to management, and shows that the BLM manages some of the largest areas of intact public lands in the west. 

    Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
    January 19, 2017

    A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers, which include parts of Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and adjacent states, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Photo of USGS scientist Robert Baskin deploying a side scan sonar in the Salton Sea, California. 
    January 18, 2017

    U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Robert Baskin is being awarded with a 2016 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present awards to 11 individuals and one company at the 30th anniversary awards dinner tonight.

    USGS
    January 12, 2017

    Helpful new information for anyone designing structures over or near water, managing water distribution, or interested in the flow of local streams.

    Map of Northern High Plains Aquifer
    December 13, 2016

    A new U.S. Geological Survey publication and model can be applied by multiple entities to better understand flow, quantity, sources and sinks of groundwater in the Northern High Plains Aquifer, which covers approximately 100,000 square miles across Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.

    Photo showing the Great Basin area
    October 11, 2016

    Large precipitation events that occur about every 10 years are a critical source of recharge for replenishing groundwater resources, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation.

    This page includes links to Social Media accounts (top of page), Science Centers (middle of page), and Regional Office staff members (bottom of page) of the USGS Region 7--Upper Colorado Basin.

    USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative, co-funded science and monitoring projects with many other Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies. Please scroll below to see the agencies with which those Science Centers currently have cooperative agreements.

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