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United States Geological Survey (USGS): Water Resources of Florida
The mission of the Water Discipline, which supports the overall mission of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey, is to provide the hydrologic information and understanding needed for the best use and management of the Nation's water resources for the benefit of the people of the United States.
The USGS provides current ("real-time") stream stage and streamflow, water-quality, and groundwater levels for sites in Florida. The NWIS Mapper is available to display active and historical station locations with links to their available data.
USGS Florida Science Highlights
Carbonate Aquifer Characterization Laboratory
The Carbonate Aquifer Characterization Laboratory (CACL) was initiated to promote collaborative research on carbonate aquifer characterization between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Florida Water Science Center (Davie office) and other governmental scientific agencies and academia. And, also to provide applied research for local, state, and federal agencies, and private industry, when research needs are within the scope of the USGS mission.
Gages Remain Unfunded
Notice: (April 1, 2013)-- USGS to Discontinue Streamgages Due to Sequestration
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will discontinue operation of up to 375 streamgages nationwide due to budget cuts as a result of sequestration. Additional streamgages may be affected if partners reduce their funding to support USGS streamgages. The USGS is working to identify which streamgages will be impacted and will post this information as it becomes available. Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and address drought and flood conditions by monitoring water availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal, State, and local agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network, which consists of over 8,000 streamgages. When budgets fluctuations occur, the network is impacted.
Budget shortfalls at all levels of government have caused reductions in the amount of hydrologic data collected in Florida. As of October 1, 2011, 322 USGS stream, lake, rainfall, water quality, and groundwater monitoring sites have been discontinued, and there are 9 sites scheduled to be discontinued between April 30 and September 30, 2013 unless alternate sources of funding are identified.
For a map of discontinued sites, go to Florida discontinued stations. Although historic data for these sites will remain accessible through this web site, no new data will be collected by the USGS. For some sites, data collection has been taken over by other agencies and new data may be available through them.
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The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text messages when certain parameters measured by a USGS water-monitoring site exceed user-definable thresholds. You can subscribe to Florida water-monitoring sites and be alerted when high water hits.
Maps Deliver Current Streamflow Conditions
A Google-Map based Web page to deliver map-based current surface-water resources conditions in Florida was recently added.
The maps utilize zoom and pan to allow you to focus in on the water-monitoring sites that interest you. Maps and data about current and past streamflow, floods, and drought are available.