Super gages are an important tool providing real-time, continuous water-quality data at streamgages or groundwater wells. They are designed to address specific water-resource threats such as water-related human health issues including harmful algal blooms, floods, droughts, and hazardous substance spills. In addition, super gages improve our understanding of the effects land-use practices have on critical water resources. Super gage data allow the development of surrogates, a continuous in-stream sensor measurement used to estimate something of greater interest to environmental managers, to be modeled and reported in near real-time concentrations and loads. This fact sheet presents some of the ways water-quality data from a USGS super gage network benefits all of us.
Crain, A.S., 2020, The importance of U.S. Geological Survey water-quality super gages: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3019, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203019.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)
Table of Contents
- What is a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Super Gage?
- What can be Measured at a Super Gage?
- What are the Benefits of USGS Super Gage Data?
- Why Does My State Need a Super Gage Network?
- How do you Access the Data?
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||The importance of U.S. Geological Survey water-quality super gages|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Google Analytic Metrics||Metrics page|