Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Programs

The USGS Water Resources Mission Area is authorized by Congress through four budget programs, by key initiatives and cooperative activities are funded. Congressional appropriations support USGS, with partners, to monitor, assess, conduct targeted research, and deliver information on a wide range of water resources.

    • Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program

      The Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program (GWSIP) serves as the national source of impartial, timely, rigorous, and relevant data for short- and long-term water decisions by stakeholders across the United States. In 2018, the USGS began piloting the Nation’s Next Generation Water Observing System (NGWOS) that will provide high-fidelity, real-time data on water quantity and quality.

    • National Water Quality Program

      The National Water Quality Program provides an understanding of water-quality conditions; whether conditions are getting better or worse over time; and how natural features and human activities affect those conditions.

    • Water Availability and Use Science Program

       The Water Availability and Use Science Program (WAUSP) assists in the determination of water that is available for human and ecological uses, now and in the future.

    • Water Resources Research Act Program

      The Water Resources Research Act Program is a Federal-State partnership that plans, facilitates, and conducts research that helps resolve State and regional water problems; promotes technology transfer; promotes dissemination and application of research; trains scientists through participation in research; and awards competitive grants under the Water Resources Research Act.