Nevada Water Science Center


The Nevada Water Science Center is planning for the future by developing new approaches and innovative ways to meet the critical need for sound, objective scientific information. The questions asked by policy makers are more complex than in the past and typically involve more than one area of scientific expertise: water quantity and quality assessments are essential for evaluating ecosystem health and sustainability; predictive hydrologic models are key to evaluating future responses of the water cycle to climate change; water resource assessments are instrumental to policy makers for clearly weighing  the competing energy alternatives and evaluating the environmental cost for energy development; accurate, real-time streamflow data continues to safeguard people during flood events; and advances in water-quality monitoring techniques have resulted in detection of emerging and other drinking-water contaminants that pose a risk to public health.

Our current research to meet the need for sound, objective scientific information is listed below by area.


Aquifer Hydraulics

Development of Guidance for Geothermal Energy Project Analysis and Monitoring in Nevada

Evapotranspiration Studies

Surface-Water/Groundwater Model Development

TROD: Temperature Profiling Probe

Northern Nevada

Humboldt Depletion

Southern Nevada

Amargosa Desert Research Site

Characterizing Local Climate and Soils, Spring Mountain and Sheep Range

Drilling in the Carbonate Aquifer, Clark County

Endocrine Disruption in Lake Mead

Evaluating Groundwater Discharge Rates, Nye County

Lake Mead Evaporation Rates

USGS/U.S. Department of Energy Cooperative Studies

Western Nevada

Algal Studies, East Fork Carson River

Effects of Groundwater Withdrawals, Tracy Segment

Evaluation of Groundwater Flow, Middle Carson River Basin

Groundwater Nitrogen Budget for Carson Valley

Lake Tahoe Nearshore Periphyton Study

Lake Tahoe Tributary Monitoring

Monitoring Sediment and Water Quality in Clear Creek

Walker River Basin Hydrology

Completed Studies

Studies for which the funding period has ended are listed on the Completed Studies page.These projects may still be publishing or releasing data. The links to publications or any other information is available on each individual study page. Studies completed prior to 2014 are not available from our website.

About NVWSC Science

The USGS has been collecting water-resources data in Nevada since 1889. Since that time, the NVWSC has been responsible for providing reliable, impartial, and timely information needed to understand Nevada's water resources.


The foundation of our science is our staff. At the NVWSC, our staff is as diverse as the science we study. We have over 70 scientists including hydrologists, modelers, physical scientists, geographers, and hydrologic technicians. We also have more than 20 support staff.


Employee Directory

Publishing Science

Publications Warehouse

USGS publications can be searched through the USGS Publications Warehouse.In addition to all the latest USGS publications, the publications warehouse team has scanned thousands of older USGS publications into PDF files. These PDF files are accessible through the search feature of the publications warehouse.


Maps and Geospatial Data

USGS offers several map products: printed maps,

geospatial data, and interactive maps. Not sure what you need? Descriptions of USGS maps can be found here: USGS Maps.


USGS also offers a service called US Topo. From the US Topo site, users can customize and download printable topographic maps for free.


Aerial photos and Satellite Images

USGS has many different kinds of imagery from LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) to Astrogeology images: Available Data.



Completed Studies

Studies for which the funding period has ended are available on the completed studies page. These projects may still be publishing or releasing data. The links to publications or any other information is available on each individual study page available here: Completed Studies

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