Water-data program of the U.S. Geological Survey

Circular 863
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The U.S. Geological Survey is the principal Federal agency responsible for the collection of hydrologic data needed for the planning, development, use, and management of the Nation 's water resources. These data are the foundation necessary for conducting analytical and interpretive appraisals describing the occurrence and availability of surface and ground waters, and their physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. The data are likewise required for basic and problem-oriented research in hydraulics, hydrology, and related fields. Hydrologic data collection by the Geological Survey began in 1894. Current operations include about 17,000 stations for collection of river, lake, and reservoir data; about 27,000 wells for collection of ground-water data; and almost 17,000 stations for collection of water-quality information. These activities are described as well as the means by which the data are made available, and how the program is coordinated with other agencies. (USGS)
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water-data program of the U.S. Geological Survey
Series title Circular
Series number 863
DOI 10.3133/cir863
Edition -
Year Published 1982
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey,
Description iii, 16 p. :ill., maps ;27 cm.
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