USGS reservoir and lake gage network: Elevation and volumetric contents data, and their uses

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Abstract

In December of 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) marked the 125th anniversary of the installation of its first official water level and streamflow gage, on the Rio Grande at Embudo, New Mexico. The gage was installed because it was recognized that water data were important to expanding irrigation needs. The USGS is a federal agency that provides nationally consistent and unbiased surface-water elevation and streamflow data at more than 10,000 gaging locations in the United States, about 330 of which are lakes and reservoirs (referred to hereafter as lakes) (Figure 1). The job of quantifying water resources, whether lakes, streams, or aquifers, is fundamental to proper water management and conservation of resources.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title USGS reservoir and lake gage network: Elevation and volumetric contents data, and their uses
Series title Lakeline
Volume Spring 2014
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher North American Lake Management Society
Contributing office(s) Kansas Water Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 8
Last page 12
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N