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New & Noteworthy

* New!: Press Release: High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline

* new: Regional Groundwater Availability Study Geospatial Data

* Press Release: USGS Assesses Current Groundwater-Quality Conditions in the Williston Basin Oil Production Area

* HydroClimATe -- Hydrologic and Climatic Analysis Toolkit

* National Groundwater Awareness Week 2014

* National Brackish Groundwater Assessment

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USGS Groundwater Watch

USGS maintains a network of active wells to provide basic statistics about groundwater levels.

 [Image: USGS active water level wells location map.]

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Data & Information

One of the goals of the USGS Groundwater Resources Program (GWRP) is to identify, describe, and make available fundamental information regarding groundwater availability in the Nation's major aquifer systems:

Groundwater Level Data

 [Image: USGS active water level wells location map.]

Measurements of groundwater levels from wells are used to monitor changes in groundwater conditions due to climate variability and withdrawals (pumping). The GWRP has supported the development of a Groundwater Climate-Response Network, a network of wells selected to illustrate the response of the groundwater system to climate variations nationwide.

The Climate Response Network Web site is part of the USGS Groundwater Watch web site, which is the official USGS Web site for illustrating current groundwater conditions in the United States and Puerto Rico.


Regional Evaluations of Groundwater Levels

The GWRP also supports the regional evaluations of groundwater levels in areas of the country where groundwater resources have undergone intensive development. Recent examples include:


Geospatial Data

Large amounts of digital-spatial data are generated as part of USGS efforts to holistically assess the Nation's groundwater available. Regional groundwater availability studies are currently taking place to document the supply and demand of this important natural resource for the United States. It is essential to document the status and trends in groundwater availability for planning a sustainable future. The USGS is maximizing the impact of these studies by preserving and increasing access to this pertinent information. Providing these data allows the scientific and water management community to more easily access and use the compiled existing and newly derived geologic and hydrologic data to address water related issues/concerns by partners, stakeholders, and the public.

Geospatial data for regional Groundwater Availability Studies shown in green on the map can be acquired by clicking on the study area of interest. Data are available in several formats, including non-proprietary formats when possible.

 [Map: Locations of GWRP groundwater availability studies.]

Map of U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Groundwater Resources Program regional scale groundwater study areas. Explanation indicates the availability of geospatial data for that study.


Aquifer Systems with Available Data

Aquifer Systems with Data in Progress

  • Denver Basin
  • Floridan
  • Glacial
  • Hawaiian Volcanics
  • Lake Michigan Basin
  • North Atlantic Coastal Plain
  • North and South Carolina Atlantic Coastal Plain
  • Ozark Plateau
  • Pennsylvanian/Mississippian aquifers

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