Water Priorities for the Nation—USGS Integrated Water Science Basins

Fact Sheet 2021-3041
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The United States faces growing challenges to its water supply, infrastructure, and aquatic ecosystems because of population growth, climate change, floods, and droughts. To help address these challenges, the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Mission Area is integrating recent advances in monitoring, research, and modeling to improve assessments of water availability throughout the United States. A key part of this effort is the intensive study of 10 Integrated Water Science (IWS) basins across the Nation between 2019 and 2028.

The goal is to study 10 IWS basins that are representative of large geographic regions across the United States and that encompass a variety of potential threats to the amount and quality of water across the Nation. Lessons learned from these smaller IWS basins (10,000–20,000 square miles in size) about the interactions among climate, human effects, surface water, groundwater, water quality, and water supply and demand will be used to help quantify and forecast water availability in the larger regions and ultimately the Nation.

Suggested Citation

Miller, M.P., Eberts, S.M., and Sprague, L.A., 2021, Water priorities for the Nation—USGS Integrated Water Science basins: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3041, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213041.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • The Integrated Water Science Basin Plan—Intensive Study of Representative Basins in the United States
  • Implementing the USGS Integrated Water Science Basin Plan
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Water priorities for the Nation—USGS Integrated Water Science basins
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2021-3041
DOI 10.3133/fs20213041
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Office of the AD Water, WMA - Office of Planning and Programming
Description 2 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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