of the Water Resources Division
The U.S. Geological Survey has
the principal responsibility within the Federal Government to provide
the hydrologic information and understanding needed by others to
achieve the best use and management of the Nation's water resources.
To accomplish this mission, the Water Resources Division, in
cooperation with State, local, and other Federal agencies,
collects and analyzes data to evaluate the quantity, quality, and
use of the Nation's water resources and provides results of these
investigations to the public.
water-resources appraisals describing the occurrence,
availability, and physical, chemical, and biological
characteristics of surface and ground water.
basic and problem-oriented hydrologic and related research that
aids in alleviating water resources problems and provides an
understanding of hydrologic systems sufficient to predict their
response to natural or human-caused stress.
the activities of Federal agencies in the acquisition of water
resources data for streams, lakes, reservoirs, estuaries, and
scientific and technical assistance in hydrologic fields to other
Federal, State, and local agencies, to licensees of the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission, and to international agencies on
behalf of the Department of State.
the State Water Resources Research Institutes Program and the
National Water Resources Research Grants Program.
National Water Information Center is designed to serve as a focus
for the dissemination of water-resources information to all levels of
government, academia, the private sector, and the general public.
An "800" number is available for receiving water information
requests by telephone. Services include referrals to appropriate
sources of hydrologic information, as well as providing single copies
of Fact Sheets on various water resources topics. 1-888-ASK-USGS