Nebraska Water Science Center

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Congressional Visit 2015

Nebraska Water Science Center Science by Congressional District

Map of USGS science in congressional district 1

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Map of USGS science in Congressional District 3

Nebraska Water Science Center Expertise

Real-Time and Laboratory Analyzed Water-Quality Monitoring

Surface water and groundwater monitoring:

  • Ensure water used for consumption meets drinking water standards.
  • Ambient monitoring of streams, rivers, and lakes.
  • Monitoring of nitrates, pesticides, bacteria, sediment, other pollutants, and water-quality parameters.
  • Instantaneous results available to the public through NWISweb. (National Water Information System;


Groundwater and surface-water models including:

  • Advanced regional and local numerical groundwater models which run on an extensive computer array.
  • Multi-dimensional and steady and unsteady flow models.
  • Flood inundation maps and flood insurance studies.
  • Empirical and theoretical run-off models.
  • Innovative and complex numerical optimization and parameter
  • estimation techniques.

Sonar, Geophysical, and LiDAR Surveys

Advanced multibeam echosounder sonar unit:

  • Hydrographic surveys, river and lake assessments.
  • Rapid data collection and processing of data sets.

Geophysical surveying:

  • Geologic framework, levee seepage and integrity, and canal leakage studies.
  • Extensive datasets enhance groundwater models and geological framework studies.

Ground-based LiDAR:

  • Rapid topographic and structures, and quantity surveying.

Sediment Transport/Geomorphology

  • Monitoring and assessment of geomorphic change and sediment transport in constructed river side-channels and chutes.
  • Empirical and theoretical sediment transport studies.
  • Hydroacoustic streamflow measurement and sediment transport.

Mobile Laboratory

Advanced laboratory which includes

  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
  • Sample processing and analysis capabilities.

Packet Materials

Thumbnail of about us pageAbout the Nebraska Water Science Center (PDF)
Contact and funding information.

Thumbnail of congressional district pageNEWSC Science in Each Congressional District (PDF)
Maps of USGS study areas in each congressional district.

Thumbnail of expertise page NEWSC Expertise (PDF)
Highlights of the capabilities of NEWSC scientists.

Thumbnail of expertise page NEWSC Science Themes (PDF)
Concise descriptions of selected projects within the NEWSC science themes: hydrologic monitoring, environmental health, drought and water availability, hazards, and ecosystem understanding.

Thumbnail of expertise page Emerging Science: Frac Sand
Can sand from dredged reservoirs be used a proppant in a fracking well?

Thumbnail of expertise page Emerging Science: Fracking Wastewater (PDF)
Proposed Fracking Wastewater Injection, Sioux County

Thumbnail of expertise page Recent Publications (PDF)
NEWSC publications from 2014 and the first few months of 2015.

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