National Water Census

National Water Census

Data and Products

National Water Census Data Portal

National estimates of water budget components for local watersheds, water withdrawal data for counties, tools to calculate statistics of daily streamflow records, modeled daily streamflow at ungaged stations, and access to records of aquatic biology observations.

Publications

National Water Census Products

Alley, W.M., Evenson, E.J., Barber, N.L., Bruce, B.W., Dennehy, K.F., Freeman, M.C., Freeman, W.O., Fischer, J.M., Hughes, W.B., Kennen, J.G., Kiang, J.E., Maloney, K.O., Musgrove, M., Ralston, B., Tessler, S., and Verdin J.P., 2013, Progress toward establishing a national assessment of water availability and use: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1384, 34 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1384.

Jones, Sonya, 2015, Progress Toward a National Water Census: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3045, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153045.

2018

Focus Area Studies Products

Coastal Carolinas

Sanchez, G.M. , Smith, J.W., Terando, A., Sun, G., and Meentemeyer, R.K., 2018, Spatial patterns of development drive water use: Water Resources Research, https://doi.org/10.1002/2017WR021730

Colorado River Basin

Bruce, B.W., Prairie, J.R., Maupin, M.A., Dodds, J.R., Eckhardt, D.W., Ivahnenko, T.I., Matuska, P.J., Evenson, E.J., and Harrison, A.D., 2018, Comparison of U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation water-use reporting in the Colorado River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5021, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185021.

Maupin, M.A., Ivahnenko, T., and Bruce, B., 2018, Estimates of water use and trends in the Colorado River Basin, Southwestern United States, 1985–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5049, 61 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185049. Associated data release

Topical Studies Products

Ecoflows

Arthington, A.H., Kennen, J.G, Stein, E.D., and Webb, J.A., 2018, Recent advances in environmental flows science and water management—Innovation in the Anthropocene: Journal of Freshwater Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13108

Cuffney, T.F., and Kennen, J.G, 2018, 2018, Potential Pitfalls of aggregating aquatic invertebrate data from multiple agency sources: Implications for detecting aquatic assemblage change across alteration gradients: Journal of Freshwater Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13031

Hain, E.F., Kennen, J.G., Caldwell, P.V., Nelson, S.A.C., Ge Sun, McNulty, S.G., 2018, Using regional scale flow-ecology modeling to identify catchments where fish assemblages are most vulnerable to changes in water availability: Journal of Freshwater Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13048

Kennen, J.G., Stein, E.D., and Webb, J.A., 2018, Evaluating and managing environmental water in a water-scarce and uncertain future: Journal of Freshwater Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13104.

McKenna, J.E., Reeeves, H.W., and Seelbach, P.W., 2018, Measuring and evaluating ecological flows from streams to regions: steps toward national coverage: Journal of Freshwater Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13086

Groundwater Availability

Hodgkins, G.A., Dudley, R.W., Nielsen, M.G., Qi, S.L., 2018, Estimating historical groundwater levels based on relations with hydrologic and meteorological variables in the U.S. glacial aquifer system, Journal of Hydrology, Volume 562, pages 530-543,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.05.019  

Water Use

Dieter, C.A., Maupin, M.A., Caldwell, R.R., Harris, M.A., Ivahnenko, T.I., Lovelace, J.K., Barber, N.L., and Linsey, K.S., 2018, Estimated use of water in the United States in 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1441, 65 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1441. [Supersedes USGS Open-File Report 2017–1131.]

Maupin, M.A., 2018, Summary of estimated water use in the United States in 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3035, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183035.

Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Barnhart, T.B., Sando, R., Carter, J.M., and Lundgren, R.F., 2018, Conceptual model to assess water use associated with the life cycle of unconventional oil and gas development: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5027, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185027.

2017

Topical Studies Products

Groundwater Availability

Reeves, H.W., Bayless, E.R., Dudley, R.W., Feinstein, D.T., Fienen, M.N., Hoard, C.J., Hodgkins, G.A., Qi, S.L., Roth, J.L., and Trost, J.J., 2017, Generalized hydrogeologic framework and groundwater budget for a groundwater availability study for the glacial aquifer system of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5015, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175015.
  
Bayless, E.R., Arihood, L.D., Reeves, H.W., Sperl, B.J.S., Qi, S.L., Stipe, V.E., and Bunch, A.R., 2017, Maps and grids of hydrogeologic information created from standardized water-well drillers’ records of the glaciated United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5105, 34 p.,https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20155105

Hodgkins, G.A., Dudley, R.W., Nielsen, M.G., Renard, B., Qi, S.L., 2017, Groundwater-level trends in the U.S. glacial aquifer system, 1964–2013, Journal of Hydrology, Volume 553, pages 289–303, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.07.055

 

Water Use

Dieter, C.A., and Maupin, M.A., 2017, Public supply and domestic water use in the United States, 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 
2017–1131, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171131.

Harris, M.A. and Diehl, T.H., 2017. A comparison of three Federal datasets for thermoelectric water withdrawals in the United States for 2010. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1–19, https://doi.org/10.1111/1752-1688.12551.

Focus Area Studies Products

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

Jones, L.E., Painter, Jaime, LaFontaine, Jacob, Sepulveda, Nicasio, and Sifuentes, D.F., 2017, Groundwater-flow budget for the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia and parts of Florida and Alabama, 2008–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5141, 76 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175141.

LaFontaine, J.H., Jones, L.E., and Painter, J.A., 2017, Simulations of hydrologic response in the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Southeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5133, 112 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175133.

Regan, R.S., and LaFontaine, J.H., 2017, Documentation of the dynamic parameter, water-use, stream and lake flow routing, and two summary output modules and updates to surface-depression storage simulation and initial conditions specification options with the Precipitation-Runoff Modeling System (PRMS): U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 6, chap. B8, 60 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm6B8.

2016

Topical Studies Products

Streamflow Estimates

Bock, A.R., L.E. Hay, G.J. McCabe, S.L. Markstrom, and R.D. Atkinson, 2016. Parameter regionalization of a monthly water balance model for the conterminous United States. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20:2861-2876.

Bock, A.R., Hay, L.E., Markstrom, S.L., and Atkinson, R.D., 2016, Monthly Water Balance Model Hydrology Futures: U.S. Geological Survey data release, accessed June 2016, at http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7VD6WJQ.

Markstrom, S. L., Hay, L. E., and Clark, M. P., 2016. Towards simplification of hydrologic modeling: identification of dominant processes, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, doi:10.5194/hess-2015-508

Farmer, W. H.: Ordinary kriging as a tool to estimate historical daily streamflow records, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2721-2735, doi:10.5194/hess-20-2721-2016, 2016.

Pugliese, A., W. H. Farmer, A. Castellarin, S. A. Archfield, R. M. Vogel, Regional flow duration curves: Geostatistical techniques versus multivariate regression, Advances in Water Resources, Volume 96, October 2016, Pages 11-22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.06.008.

Evapotranspiration (ET)

Chen, M. , G.B. Senay, R.K Singh, and J.P. Verdin, 2016. Uncertainty analysis of the Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) model at multiple flux tower sites. Journal of Hydrology. 536: 384-399. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.12.043

Water Use

Carter, J.M., Macek-Rowland, K.M., Thamke, J.N., Delzer, G.C., 2016, Estimating national water use associated with unconventional oil and gas development: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3032, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163032.

Groundwater

Fienen, M.N., Nolan, B.T., and Feinstein, D.T., 2016, Evaluating the sources of water to wells— three methods for metamodeling of a groundwater flow model: Environmental Modelling & Software, v. 77, pg. 95-107, doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.11.023

Focus Area Studies Products

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

Lawrence, S.J., 2016, Water use in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, 2010, and water-use trends, 1985–2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5007, 72 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165007.

Peterson, J.T., and Freeman, M.C.,  2016, Integrating modeling, monitoring, and management to reduce critical uncertainties in water resource decision making:  Journal of Environmental Management, v. 183, p. 361–370, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.03.015.

Colorado River Basin

Clow, D.W., Williams, M.W., Schuster, P., 2016, Increasing aeolian dust deposition to snowpacks in the Rocky Mountains inferred from snowpack, wet deposition, and aerosol chemistry: Atmos. Environ., doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.06.076.

Miller, M. P., S. G. Buto, D. D. Susong, and C. A. Rumsey, 2016, The importance of base flow in sustaining surface water flow in the Upper Colorado River Basin, Water Resour. Res (52) 3547-3562.

Sexstone, G.A., Clow, D.W., Stannard, D.I., and Fassnacht, S.R., 2016, Comparison of methods for quantifying surface sublimation over seasonally snow-covered terrain: Hydrol. Proc., doi: 10.1002/hyp.10864.

Solder, J.E., Stolp, B.J., Heilweil, V.M., and Susong, D.D., 2016, Characterization of mean transit time at large springs in the Upper Colorado River Basin, USA—A tool for assessing groundwater discharge vulnerability: Hydrogeology Journal, v. 24, p. 2017–2033. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-016-1440-9

Delaware River Basin

Williamson T.N., Nystrom E.A., Milly P.C.D. 2016. Sensitivity of the projected hydroclimatic environment of the Delaware River basin to formulation of potential evapotranspiration. Climatic Change 139:215-228. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1782-2.

Galbraith, H.S., Blakeslee, C.J., Cole, J.C., Talbert, C.A. and Maloney, K.O., 2016. Evaluating Methods to Establish Habitat Suitability Criteria: A Case Study in the Upper Delaware River Basin, USA. River Research and Applications.

Maloney, K.O., Cole, J.C., and Schmid, M., 2016, Predicting thermally stressful events in rivers with a strategy to evaluate management alternatives, 10 p., River Res. Applic. (2016), DOI: 10.1002/rra.2998 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rra.2998/full

Stuckey, M.H.., and Ulrich, J.E., 2016, User’s Guide for the Delaware River Basin Streamflow Estimator Tool (DRB-SET): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1192, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151192.

2015

Jones, Sonya, 2015, Progress Toward a National Water Census: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015—3045, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153045.

Topical Studies Products

Evapotranspiration (ET)

Moorhead, Jerry, Prasanna Gowda, Mike Hobbins, Gabriel Senay, George Paul, Thomas Marek, and Dana Porter, 2015. Accuracy Assessment of NOAA Gridded Daily Reference Evapotranspiration for the Texas High Plains. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12303.

Ji, L., G.B. Senay, J.P. Verdin, 2015. Evaluation of the Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) air temperature data products. Journal of Hydrometeorology.16: 2463-2480. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-14-0230.1.

Ecoflows

Caldwell, Kennen et al, A comparison of hydrologic models for ecological flows and water availability: Wiley Online Library -- Ecohydrology (PDF)

Groundwater

Fienen, M.N., Nolan, B.T., Feinstein, D.F., and Starn, J.J., 2015, Metamodels to bridge the gap between modeling and decision support: Groundwater, v. 53, no. 4, pg. 511-12, DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12339

Feinstein, D., Fienen, M., Reeves, H., and Langevin, C., 2015, A semi-structured MODFLOW-USG model to evaluate local water sources to wells for decision support: Groundwater, v. 54, no. 4, pg. 532-544, DOI: 10.1111/gwat.12389

Streamflow

Farmer, W.H., Archfield, S.A., Over, T.M., Hay, L.E., LaFontaine, J.H., and Kiang, J.E., 2014, A comparison of methods to predict historical daily streamflow time series in the southeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5231, 34 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir2014-5231

Focus Area Studies Products

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

Painter, J.A., Torak, L.J., and Jones, J.W., 2015, Evaluation and comparison of methods to estimate irrigation withdrawal for the National Water Census Focus Area Study of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in southwestern Georgia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5118, 32.

Colorado River Basin

Bruce, B.W., Clow, D.W., Maupin, M.A., Miller, M.P., Senay, G.B., Sexstone, G.A., and Susong, D.D., 2015, U.S. Geological Survey National Water Census—Colorado River Basin Geographic Focus Area Study: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015–3080, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153080.

Miller, M.P., D.D. Susong, C.L. Shope, V.M. Heilweil, and B.J. Stolp (2015) A new approach for continuous estimation of baseflow using discrete water quality data: Method description and comparison with baseflow estimates from two existing approaches: Journal of Hydrology 522 (2015) 203–210 (PDF)

Rumsey, Christine A., Miller, Matthew P., Susong, David D., Tillman, Fred D., and Anning, David W., 2015, Regional scale estimates of baseflow and factors influencing baseflow in the Upper Colorado River Basin: Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies (PDF), Volume 4, Part B, September 2015, Pages 91-107., http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.04.008.

Senay, G.B., Friedrichs, MacKenzie, SIngh, R.K., and Velpun, N.M., 2015, Evaluating Landsat 8 evapotranspiration for water use mapping in the Colorado River Basin: Remote Sensing of the Environment, available online http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2015.12.043

Delaware River Basin

Hutson, Susan S., Linsey, Kristin S., Ludlow, Russell A., Reyes, Betzaida, and Shourds, Jennifer L., 2015, Estimated Use of Water in the Delaware River Basin in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5142.

Maloney, K.O., C.B. Talbert, C.B., J.C. Cole, J.C., H.S. Galbraith, H.S., C.J. Blakeslee, C.J., L. Hanson, L., and C.L. Holmquist-Johnson, C.L. ., 2015. An integrated riverine environmental flow decision support system (REFDSS) to evaluate the ecological effects of alternative flow scenarios on river ecosystems. Fundamental and Applied Limnology/Archiv für Hydrobiologie 186:171-192. doi: 10.1127/fal/2015/0611

Stuckey Marla H., and Ulrich, James E., 2015, Estimation of Daily Mean Streamflows for Ungaged Locations in the Delaware River Basin, Water Years 1960-2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5157.

Williamson, Tanja N., Lant, Jeremiah G., 2015, User Manuals for the Delaware River Basin Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (DRB-WATER) and associated WATER Application Utilities: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1196.

Williamson, Tanja N., Lant, Jeremiah G., Claggett, Peter, Nystrom, Elizabeth, Milly, Paul C.D., Nelson, Hugh, Hoffman, Scott, Colarullo, Susan, and Fischer, Jeffrey M., 2015, Summary of hydrologic modeling for the Delaware River Basin using the Water Availability Tool for Environmental Resources (WATER): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5143.

2014

Topical Studies Products

Streamflow Estimates

Farmer, W.H., Archfield, S.A., Over, T.M., Hay, L.E., LaFontaine, J.H., and Kiang, J.E., 2014, A comparison of methods to predict historical daily streamflow time series in the southeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5231, 34 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir2014-5231.

Evapotranspiration (ET)

Singh, R.K., G.B. Senay, M.N. Velpuri, S. Bohms, J. Verdin, 2014a. Actual Evapotranspiration (Water Use) Assessment of the Colorado River Basin at the Landsat Resolution using the Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance Model. Remote Sensing, 6(1):233-256. doi:10.3390/rs6010233.

Singh, R.K.; G.B. Senay, N.M.Velpuri, S. Bohms, J.P. Verdin, 2014b. Downscaling of Actual Evapotranspiration Maps Based on Combination of MODIS and Landsat-Based Actual Evapotranspiration Estimates. Remote Sens. 6, 10483-10509.

Senay, G.B., P.H. Gowda, S. Bohms, T. Howell, M. Friedrichs, T. Marek, J.P. Verdin, 2014c. Evaluating the SSEBop Approach for Evapotranspiration Mapping with Landsat Data Using Lysimeteric Obsercations in the Semi-arid Texas High Plains. Hydrology and earth System Sciences (HESS). Hydr. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss, 11: 723-756.

Water Use

Diehl, T.H., and Harris, M.A., 2014, Withdrawal and Consumption of Water by Thermoelectric Power Plants in the United States, 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5184, 28 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145184.

Maupin, M.A., Kenny, J.F., Hutson, S.S., Lovelace, J.K., Barber, N.L., and Linsey, K.S., 2014, Estimated use of water in the United States in 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1405, 56 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1405.

Groundwater

Fienen, M.F., and Plant, Nathaniel, 2014, A cross-validation package driving Netica with Python: Environmental Modelling & Software, v. 63, p. 14-23, doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.09.007

Focus Area Studies Products

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

Clarke, J.S., and Painter, J.A., 2014, Influence of septic systems on stream base flow in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin near Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5144, 68 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145144.

Colorado River Basin

Garcia, A., Masbruch, M.D., and Susong, D.D., 2014, Geospatial database of estimates of groundwater discharge to streams in the Upper Colorado River Basin, U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 851, 6 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds851

Miller, M.P., D.D. Susong, C.L. Shope, V.M. Heilweil, and B.J. Stolp (2014) Continuous estimation of baseflow in snowmelt-dominated steams and rivers in the Upper Colorado River Basin: A chemical hydrograph separation approach, Water Resour. Res., 50, doi:10.1002/2013WR014939

Singh, R.K., G.B. Senay, N.M. Velpuri, S. Bohms, R.L. Scott, and J.P. Verdin, 2014.  Actual Evapotranspiration (Water Use) Assessment of the Colorado River Basin at the Landsat Resolution using the Operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance Model. Remote Sensing, 2014, 6(1):233-256. doi:10.3390/rs6010233. 

Singh, R.K.;  G.B. Senay,  N.M.Velpuri,  S. Bohms,  J.P. Verdin, 2014. On the Downscaling of Actual Evapotranspiration Maps Based on Combination of MODIS and Landsat-Based Actual Evapotranspiration Estimates. Remote Sens. 2014, 6, 10483-10509.

Delaware River Basin

Cole, J.C., K.O. Maloney, M. Schmid, and J.E. McKenna. 2014. Developing and testing temperature models for regulated systems: a case study on the upper Delaware River. Journal of Hydrology 519:588-598.

Talbert, C., K.O. Maloney, C. Holmquist-Johnson, and L. Hanson, 2014. User’s manual for the Upper Delaware River Riverine Environmental Flow Decision Support System (REFDSS). Open-file Report 2014–1183. Reston, VA: U.S. Geological Survey. 23 p.

2013

Alley, W.M., Evenson, E.J., Barber, N.L., Bruce, B.W., Dennehy, K.F., Freeman, M.C., Freeman, W.O., Fischer, J.M., Hughes, W.B., Kennen, J.G., Kiang, J.E., Maloney, K.O., Musgrove, MaryLynn, Ralston, Barbara, Tessler, Steven, and Verdin J.P., 2013, Progress toward establishing a national assessment of water availability and use: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1384, 34 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1384

Focus Area Studies Products

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

Freeman, M.C., Buell, G.R., Hay, L.E., Hughes, W.B., Jacobson, R.B., Jones, J.W., Jones, S.A., LaFontaine, J.H., Odom, K.R., Peterson, J.T., Riley, J.W., Schindler, J.S., Shea, Colin, and Weaver, J.D., 2013, Linking river management to species conservation using dynamic landscape-scale models: River Research and Applications, v. 29, p. 906–918, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rra.2575/full.

Topical Studies Products

Streamflow Estimates

Kiang, J.E., Stewart, D.W., Archfield, S.A., Osborne, E.B., and Eng, Ken, 2013, A national streamflow network gap analysis: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5013, 79 p. plus one appendix as a separate file, https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5013/.

Evapotranspiration (ET)

Senay, Gabriel B., Stefanie Bohms, Ramesh K. Singh, Prasanna H. Gowda, Naga M. Velpuri, Henok Alemu, James P. Verdin. 2013. Operational Evapotranspiration Mapping Using Remote Sensing and Weather Datasets: A New Parameterization for the SSEB Approach. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA). 49(3):577-591 [Journal Abstract]

Velpuri, N. M., G.B. Senay, R.K. Singh, S. Bohms and J.P. Verdin, 2013. A comprehensive evaluation of two MODIS evapotranspiration products over the conterminous United States: Using point and gridded FLUXNET and water balance ET, Remote Sensing of Environment, 139, 35-49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2013.07.013, 2013.

Velpuri, NM. and G.B. Senay, 2013. Analysis of long-term trends (1950–2009) in precipitation, runoff and runoff coefficient in major urban watersheds in the United States. Environ. Res. Lett. 8 (2): 024020.

Savoca, M.E., G.B. Senay, M.A. Maupin, J.F. Kenny, and C.A. Perry, 2013, Actual evapotranspiration modeling using the operational Simplified Surface Energy Balance (SSEBop) approach: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5126, 16 p., https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5126.

Water Use

Diehl, T.H., Harris, M.A., Murphy, J.C., Hutson, S.S., and Ladd, D.E., 2013, Methods for estimating water consumption for thermoelectric power plants in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5188, 78 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5188/

Levin, S.B., and Zarriello, P.J., 2013, Estimating irrigation water use in the humid eastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013-5066, 32 p., https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5066/

Groundwater

Callegary, J.B., Kikuchi, C.P., Koch, J.C., Lilly, M.R., Leake, S.L., 2013, Review: Groundwater in Alaska: Hydrogeology Journal, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp 25-39. Invited submission to special issue on cold-region hydrology. [Journal Abstract]

Ecoflows

Archfield, S. A., Kennen, J. G., Carlisle, D. M., & Wolock, D. M., 2013, An Objective and Parsimonious Approach for Classifying Natural Flow Regimes at a Continental Scale. River Research and Applications. [Journal Article]

2012

Topical Studies Products

Groundwater

Kahle, S.C. and Futornick, Z.O., 2012, Bibliography of groundwater resources of the glacial aquifer systems in Washington, Idaho, and northwestern Montana, 1905-2011: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1053, 32 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1053/

Focus Area Studies Products

Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

Gordon, D.W., Peck, M.F., and Painter, J.A., 2012, Hydrologic and water-quality conditions in the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint and parts of the Aucilla-Suwanee-Ochlockonee River basins in Georgia and adjacent parts of Florida and Alabama during drought conditions, July 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5179, 69 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2012/5179/

Colorado River Basin

Bruce, B.W., 2012, WaterSMART-The Colorado River Basin focus-area study: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012-3114, 6 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3114/

Clow, D.W., Nanus, L., Verdin, K.L., Schmidt, J., 2012. Evaluation of SNODAS snow depth and snow water equivalent estimates for the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA. Hydrological Processes 26, 2583-2591.

2011

Topical Studies Products

Water Use

Dickens, J.M., Forbes, B.T., Cobean, D.S., and Tadayon, Saeid, 2011, Documentation of methods and inventory of irrigation data collected for the 2000 and 2005 U.S. Geological Survey Estimated use of water in the United States, comparison of USGS-compiled irrigation data to other sources, and recommendations for future compilations: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5166, 60 p. https://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2011/5166/