Message from David Berger, USGS Nevada Water Science Center Director
Welcome to the USGS Nevada Water Science Center Web Page! This site is your access to data, interpretive reports, press releases, and other information on the hydrology of Nevada. The mission of the USGS Nevada Water Science Center is to collect high-quality hydrologic data and conduct objective scientific investigations on the quantity, quality, and use of surface- and ground-water resources of the State. These efforts provide policy makers, managers, and scientists, and the general public with information needed to understand and make informed decisions about the State of Nevada's water resources.
The USGS Nevada Water Science Center carries out its activities from 2 offices in Carson City and Henderson, with a highly trained staff of engineers, scientists, technicians and support personnel committed to providing accurate and timely natural resource information. The technical staff is organized into two sections: 1) Hydrologic Data Section, which operate the data collection networks, and 2) the Studies Section, which investigates and assesses the quantity, quality and use of the State's water resources.
The Hydrologic Data Section maintains a network of hydrologic data-collection sites and compiles hydrologic data collected from these sites for public use. Hydrologic data include records of 1) stage and discharge of principal rivers and streams, 2) water quality, and 3) water levels in selected aquifers. The data are compiled and permanently archived into a USGS databases and published annually on-line. Many sites are available in real-time, using satellite telemetry to transmit current hydrologic conditions at the more than 180 streamflow-gaging stations in Nevada.
The investigation and assessment of the surface- and ground-water resources of Nevada is accomplished through a series of projects conducted by the Studies Section. Program emphasis is to provide timely, objective hydrologic information to Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies regarding water-supply availability, water quality, water-source identification, and water-resource management.
I trust you will find the information on the following pages to be helpful, interesting, and informative. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or needs for information regarding Nevada's water resources.
David L. Berger
Director, Nevada Water Science Center
Carson City, NV