Online water resources tool sheds light on U.S. waterway conditions

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Dec. 31, 2013 -- A new online fact sheet published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides one-stop information on the organization's data sources for waterways across the United States.

The database comprises information on the nation's streams, groundwater and water-quality. Further, in cooperation with local, state and federal partners, the USGS operates about 7,400 streamgages nationwide and provides online access to water-resources data collected at over 1.5 million sites in the U.S. and other selected areas.

Utility managers, industry leaders and the public rely upon such tools for information related to stream health, recreation and the protection of life and property, including during floods and drought. This new publication can help citizens quickly navigate the extensive sources of USGS water data that are available online.

"The USGS offers much more than topographic maps, earthquake and volcano information," said Kimberly Shaffer, outreach coordinator for the USGS Ohio Water Science Center. "Our local and national water data are available in a variety of formats and are free to the public -- even during natural hazards."

For more information on USGS water research, visit the USGS Water Resources website

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