Nevada Water Science Center

Nevada Water Science Center Drought Science Contributions PDF

Nevada Drought

Ongoing drought, in Nevada and across the West, will require scientists to develop new ideas and techniques for measuring, monitoring, modeling, and managing water resources. NVWSC has the capabilities to meet these challenges with our extensive scientific expertise in data collection, modeling, and research. We also are creating new ways to provide data to the public and stakeholders through print and the internet. The brochure, “Drought Science Contributions,” has additional details about our commitment to water-resources challenges.

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Nevada Water Science Center

The Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) is committed to providing reliable scientific information about Nevada's natural resources to customers, cooperators, and the public. To provide this scientific information, we operate a widespread surface- and groundwater data collection network as well as research a wide range of scientific issues throughout Nevada.

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Evapotranspiration (ET) is the process that transfers water from land surface to the atmosphere as evaporation (or sublimation when below freezing) from open water, soil, and plant canopies and as transpiration by plants. ET is measured by scientists for many different reasons. Hydrologists from the Nevada Water Science Center (NVWSC) typically measure ET to help quantify water budgets.

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Going Fishing?

USGS operates hundreds of data collection sites in Nevada. These sites provide critical water data to our customers and cooperators for managing Nevada's water resources. But, did you know that our data can also be helpful with planning water activities throughout the state? Fishing and boating enthusiasts use USGS data to determine river and lake conditions so that they can make sure they are prepared for current conditions.

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Spring Runoff

During late spring, when the snow in higher elevations begins to melt, rivers and creeks in Nevada begin to have much greater amounts of water in them than they would during summer and winter months. This increase in water in referred to as "spring runoff". Spring runoff varies from year-to-year depending on snow pack depth, air temperature, and precipitation. While spring runoff can be fun to watch, it can also be very dangerous. Streams will be much deeper, colder, and faster moving than other times of the year.

Hydro Mapping

The Walker Basin Hydro Mapper provides a basin-wide perspective of real-time streamflow and lake and reservoir storage capacity and stage for the Walker River Basin in Nevada and California. The application also provides interactive access to historic streamflow and lake and reservoir data in geospatial and graphical representations. This tool was developed to create a common operating reference frame for the various water users and stakeholders in the Walker River Basin.

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Got a Water Question?

We might just have the answer.
We have two main offices in Nevada:

Carson City Office
2730 N. Deer Run Rd.
Carson City, NV 89701
phone: 775-887-7600
Henderson Office
160 N. Stephanie St.,
Henderson, NV 89074
phone: 702-564-4500

We also have a smaller field office:

Mercury Field Office
phone: 702-564-4500

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Water Data & Information

USGS currently operates hundreds of data collection sites in Nevada for acquiring information on surface water, groundwater, water quality, and precipitation.

Surface Water
Stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, water quality, and rainfall.
Real-time table :: Daily Values :: Peak Flow :: NWIS:Mapper
Site location and description, ground-water levels, and water-quality data for wells and springs.
Real-time table :: Site Inventory :: Levels
Water Quality
Chemical, physical, and biological properties of water and sediment.
Real-time table :: Samples


USGS water data are stored in the National Water Information System (NWIS). NWIS is a national database and contains data from approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 states, puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, America Somoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The public can search and download data through NWISWeb. In Nevada, much of the data are available on NWISWeb in near real-time or at periodic intervals. Data also are compiled and published annually in the Nevada water-data report (ADR).

NWISweb :: Annual Data Report

Natural Hazards

Drought: Current and historic information

Floods: Current and historic information

Earthquakes: Real-time information


Virgin River Flooding

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