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Water Data for the Nation

Water Programs



USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.

There is a USGS Water Science Center office in each State. Washington Oregon California Idaho Nevada Montana Wyoming Utah Colorado Arizona New Mexico North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Texas Minnesota Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Wisconsin Illinois Mississippi Michigan Indiana Ohio Kentucky Tennessee Alabama Pennsylvania West Virginia Georgia Florida Caribbean Alaska Hawaii New York Vermont New Hampshire Maine Massachusetts South Carolina North Carolina Rhode Island Virginia Connecticut New Jersey Maryland-Delaware-D.C.

USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF)

Our Mission

To provide quality hydrologic equipment and instrumentation support to the United States Geological Survey and other Federal Agencies.

Featured Project

Rapid Deployment Gages (RDG)

Rapid Deployment Gages are quick to install, temporary, self-contained streamgages.

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Evaluation Reports

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Example graphic of evaluation data

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Instrumentation Services

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HIF Training Courses

The HIF offers several hydrologic instrument training courses to USGS as well as other federal and state agencies. Courses provide lectures and "hands-on" experience with equipment and instruments.

Click to View details for Basic Electronics Course

Basic Electronics Course

Click to View details for QW Probes Course

Water Quality Instrumentation Course

Click to View details for DCP Workshop

DCP Workshop

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Streamflow Conditions in the United States

Current streamflow conditions in the United States; click to go to a live map.
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USGS activities include:

  • Presentation of real-time streamflow, water-quality, ground-water levels data.
  • Operation and oversight of an extensive network of water-resource monitoring sites.
  • Archive of water-resource information collected for more than 100 years.
  • Data collection and investigative studies related to issues of concern to water-management entities and citizens.
  • Publishing data and topical reports.

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How to use WaterNow

USGS WaterAlert

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For more information visit: WaterAlert


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