Nevada Water Science Center

Tahoe Nearshore Web Site

We are working with the University of Nevada-Reno, in cooperation with the Lahontan Regional Control Board, to investigate the cause and effect relationships between periphyton biomass and chemical and physical characteristics of the lake and shallow groundwater surrounding Ward Creek, near Tahoe City, California. Our new web site describes the monitoring strategy, data collected, and analysis and also includes a photo timeline.

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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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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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The NVWSC recently released a new publication:

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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: 702-295-7016

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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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