USGS Streamgaging and Innovative Approaches to Data Delivery

Presentation: PowerPoint 

Author(s): Jeremy S. White Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center U.S. Geological Survey

Abstract: The U.S. Geological Survey has been collecting streamflow data for over 125 years, and within that time, the tools of the trade have continued to progress to keep up with the needs of data users. Data that used to be collected with mechanical velocity meters is now collected with high tech acoustic Doppler technology. Even recently, data were analyzed and published in Annual Data Reports on an annual basis, and in the world of “NOW”, data delivery is provided on a near real-time basis to keep up with the needs of users, whether it be the Army Corps of Engineers to regulate flows from reservoirs, or the National Weather Service using current streamflow to predict flooding potential, or private industry to determine whether they can make water withdrawals, or for Joe Public to decide that he needs to take the day off to hit his favorite fishing hole. This presentation will discuss recent and likely future changes to continuous streamflow and water-quality data collection and the ways in which these data are delivered to users.