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Water Resources of Nebraska

Welcome to the USGS Web page for the Nebraska Water Science Center (NEWSC). Here you'll find information on Nebraska's rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems.

Featured Water News

USGS donates computers for education and to those in need

study site.The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Nebraska Water Science Center has donated several computers and other computer hardware, such as monitors, laptops, keyboards, to the Lincoln Public Schools Information Technology Focus Program. Students in the program will collect the hardware and re-furbish and update them. The program will then partner with local agencies that work with low-income families to distribute the computers to families in need.

"The USGS uses computers with the power and speed to accomplish our needs," said Robert Swanson, Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center. "It's gratifying to know that even though these machines have outlived their usefulness to the USGS that they will continue to provide service without becoming part of a land fill and that they will provide educational opportunities for our next generation of information technology professionals."

Nebraskast: A NEWSC Podcast

Episode 10:
USGS Activities During Missouri River Flooding 2011

USGS Nebraska Water Science Center Associate Director Richard "Rick" Wilson describes the reasons for and extent of the flooding on the Missouri River in 2011, the risks associated with the flooding, and the work the USGS is doing on the river to characterize the amount of scour and other potential damage resulting from the flood waters. (40 Mb)

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Highlighted Publications

The Nebraska Water Science Center produces publications about water resources.

FS 2011-3069
Changes in Water Levels and Storage in the High Plains Aquifer, Predevelopment to 2009

SIR 2011-5089
Water-Level Changes in the High Plains Aquifer, Predevelopment to 2009, 2007-08, and 2008-09, and Change in Water in Storage, Predevelopment to 2009

Data Series 581
Time-Domain Electromagnetic Soundings Collected in Dawson County, Nebraska, 2007–09

OFR 2011-1049
Characteristics of Suspended and Streambed Sediment within Constructed Chutes and the Main Channel at Upper Hamburg and Glovers Point Bends, Missouri River, Nebraska, 2008

Data Series 572
Sediment Samples and Channel-Geometry Data, Lower Platte River Watershed, Nebraska, 2010

OFR 2010-1288
Helicopter Electromagnetic and Magnetic Geophysical Survey Data, Swedeburg and Sprague Study Areas, Eastern Nebraska, May 2009

SIR 2009-5175
Water Quality of Combined Sewer Overflows, Stormwater, and Streams, Omaha, Nebraska, 2006–07

SIR 2010-5149
Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Effects of Groundwater Irrigation on Stream Base Flow in the Elkhorn and Loup River Basins, Nebraska, 1895–2055—Phase Two

SIR 2010-5141
Hydrogeomorphic Segments and Hydraulic Microhabitats of the Niobrara River, Nebraska—With Special Emphasis on the Niobrara National Scenic River

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06803510: Flow=22cfs,Stage=2.21ft,2012-01-12 11:45,High,Little Salt Creek near Lincoln, Nebr. 06813500: Flow=38100cfs,Stage=8.89ft,Floodstage=17ft,2012-01-12 11:30,>90,Missouri River at Rulo, NE 06807000: Flow=36800cfs,Stage=9.79ft,Floodstage=18ft,2012-01-12 12:00,>90,Missouri River at Nebraska City, NE 06805500: Flow=9120cfs,Stage=4.17ft,Floodstage=9ft,2012-01-12 11:15,>90,Platte River at Louisville, Nebr. 06801000: Flow=6790cfs,Stage=15.84ft,Floodstage=20ft,2012-01-12 11:15,>90,Platte River near Ashland, Nebr. 06794000: Flow=134cfs,Stage=4.11ft,Floodstage=15ft,2012-01-12 11:45,>90,Beaver Creek at Genoa, Nebr. 06770500: Flow=2460cfs,Stage=4.07ft,Floodstage=6.5ft,2012-01-12 11:15,>90,Platte River near Grand Island, Nebr. 06768000: Flow=2780cfs,Stage=4.14ft,Floodstage=7ft,2012-01-12 11:00,>90,Platte River near Overton, Nebr. 06610000: Flow=29100cfs,Stage=12.10ft,Floodstage=29ft,2012-01-12 12:00,>90,Missouri River at Omaha, NE 06486000: Flow=25200cfs,Stage=9.36ft,Floodstage=30ft,2012-01-12 12:00,>90,Missouri River at Sioux City, IA 06463500: Flow=168cfs,Stage=2.05ft,2012-01-12 11:45,>90,Long Pine Creek near Riverview, Nebr. 06461500: Flow=1040cfs,Stage=3.03ft,Floodstage=6ft,2012-01-12 11:15,>90,Niobrara River near Sparks, Nebr. 06786000: Flow=317cfs,Stage=3.10ft,Floodstage=6ft,2012-01-12 11:45,<10,North Loup River at Taylor, Nebr. 06821500: Flow=0.00cfs,Stage=3.92ft,Floodstage=12ft,2012-01-12 10:30,<10,Arikaree River at Haigler, Nebr. 06762500: Flow=0.00cfs,Stage=1.16ft,2012-01-12 10:45,<10,Lodgepole Creek at Bushnell, Nebr. 06884000: Flow=183cfs,Stage=8.42ft,Floodstage=17.5ft,2012-01-12 11:45,76-90,Little Blue River near Fairbury, Nebr. 06838000: Flow=29cfs,Stage=5.26ft,2012-01-12 11:30,76-90,Red Willow Creek near Red Willow, Nebr. 06804000: Flow=55cfs,Stage=4.35ft,Floodstage=19ft,2012-01-12 11:15,76-90,Wahoo Creek at Ithaca, Nebr. 06790500: Flow=1050cfs,Stage=3.20ft,Floodstage=5.5ft,2012-01-12 11:15,76-90,North Loup River near Saint Paul, Nebr. 06784000: Flow=233cfs,Stage=2.75ft,Floodstage=6.5ft,2012-01-12 11:45,76-90,South Loup River at Saint Michael, Nebr. 06775500: Flow=486cfs,Stage=3.20ft,2012-01-12 11:45,76-90,Middle Loup River at Dunning, Nebr. 06774000: Flow=2730cfs,Stage=4.35ft,Floodstage=8ft,2012-01-12 11:30,76-90,Platte River near Duncan, Nebr. 06882000: Flow=118cfs,Stage=3.38ft,Floodstage=20ft,2012-01-12 11:00,10-24,Big Blue River at Barneston, Nebr. 06834000: Flow=23cfs,Stage=2.65ft,Floodstage=7ft,2012-01-12 11:45,10-24,Frenchman Creek at Palisade, Nebr. 06803500: Flow=61cfs,Stage=2.46ft,Floodstage=20.5ft,2012-01-12 11:15,10-24,Salt Creek at Lincoln, Nebr. 06884025: Flow=125cfs,Stage=2.36ft,Floodstage=19ft,2012-01-12 11:00,25-75,Little Blue River at Hollenberg, KS 06883000: Flow=61cfs,Stage=2.60ft,Floodstage=10ft,2012-01-12 10:45,25-75,Little Blue River near Deweese, Nebr. 06881000: Flow=98cfs,Stage=7.44ft,Floodstage=18ft,2012-01-12 11:45,25-75,Big Blue River near Crete, Nebr. 06853500: Flow=264cfs,Stage=2.83ft,Floodstage=11ft,2012-01-12 11:30,25-75,REPUBLICAN R NR HARDY, NE 06843500: Flow=136cfs,Stage=2.74ft,Floodstage=9ft,2012-01-12 11:45,25-75,Republican River at Cambridge, Nebr. 06837000: Flow=60cfs,Stage=4.05ft,Floodstage=9ft,2012-01-12 11:30,25-75,Republican River at McCook, Nebr. 06815000: Flow=89cfs,Stage=4.11ft,Floodstage=23ft,2012-01-12 11:45,25-75,Big Nemaha River at Falls City, Nebr. 06814000: Flow=4.9cfs,Stage=1.65ft,Floodstage=21ft,2012-01-12 11:45,25-75,TURKEY C NR SENECA, KS 06811500: Flow=78cfs,Stage=3.11ft,Floodstage=22ft,2012-01-12 11:15,25-75,Little Nemaha River at Auburn, Nebr. 06810000: Flow=274cfs,2012-01-12 09:00,Stage=8.05ft,2012-01-12 12:00:00,Floodstage=23ft,25-75,Nishnabotna River above Hamburg, IA 06806500: Flow=41cfs,Stage=3.31ft,Floodstage=25ft,2012-01-12 11:15,25-75,Weeping Water Creek at Union, Nebr. 06803555: Flow=168cfs,Stage=2.70ft,Floodstage=20ft,2012-01-12 11:15,25-75,Salt Creek at Greenwood, Nebr. 06796000: Flow=2910cfs,Stage=3.70ft,Floodstage=8ft,2012-01-12 11:15,25-75,Platte River at North Bend, Nebr. 06775900: Flow=208cfs,Stage=1.01ft,2012-01-12 11:45,25-75,Dismal River near Thedford, Nebr. 404824096380001: Stage=1.46ft,2011-12-08 10:45,Not ranked,Deadmans Run trib at Mesaverde Dr at Lincoln, NE 06881380: Stage=9.91ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Turkey Creek near DeWitt, Nebr. 06880800: Stage=3.00ft,2012-01-12 11:00:00,Floodstage=15ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,West Fork Big Blue River near Dorchester, Nebr. 06852500: Not ranked,Seasonal site,Courtland Canal at Nebraska-Kansas Stateline 06849000: Stage=1946.56ft,2012-01-12 11:30,Not ranked,Harlan County Lake Near Republican City, Nebr. 06848500: Stage=3.36ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Floodstage=21ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,PRAIRIE DOG C NR WOODRUFF, KS 06847500: Stage=7.39ft,2012-01-12 11:00:00,Floodstage=19ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Sappa Creek near Stamford, Nebr. 06846500: Flow=0.00cfs,Stage=2.80ft,Floodstage=16ft,2012-01-12 11:00,Not ranked,BEAVER C AT CEDAR BLUFFS, KS 06845110: Stage=5.43ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Floodstage=17ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,SAPPA C NR LYLE, KS 06844500: Stage=2.06ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Republican River near Orleans, Nebr. 06836500: Stage=2.76ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Floodstage=17ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Driftwood Creek near McCook, Nebr. 06835500: Stage=3.02ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=8ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Frenchman Creek at Culbertson, Nebr. 06828500: Stage=7.59ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=11ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Republican River at Stratton, Nebr. 06827500: Stage=2.15ft,2012-01-12 10:30:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,South Fork Republican River near Benkelman, Nebr. 06824000: Stage=1.12ft,2012-01-12 10:45:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Rock Creek at Parks, Nebr. 06823500: Stage=1.19ft,2012-01-12 10:45:00,Floodstage=11ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Buffalo Creek near Haigler, Nebr. 06823000: Stage=1.31ft,2012-01-12 10:30:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,North Fork Republican River at Colorado-Nebraska 06814500: Stage=2.53ft,Floodstage=28ft,2012-01-12 11:00,Not ranked,North Fork Big Nemaha River at Humboldt, Nebr. 06810070: Flow=39800cfs,Stage=25.59ft,Floodstage=33ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Missouri River at Brownville, NE 06805600: Stage=15.60ft,2012-01-12 11:00,Not ranked,Missouri River at Plattsmouth, NE 06805020: 2012-01-12 11:00,Not ranked,Platte River at South Bend, Nebr. 06804700: Stage=5.01ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=19ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Wahoo Creek at Ashland, Nebr. 06803530: Stage=0.76ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Rock Creek near Ceresco, Nebr. 06803520: Stage=1.47ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Stevens Creek near Lincoln, Nebr. 06803513: Flow=77cfs,Stage=4.01ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Salt Creek at 70th Street at Lincoln, Nebr. 06803495: Flow=55cfs,Stage=8.94ft,2012-01-12 11:30,Not ranked,Salt Creek at Fairgrounds at Lincoln, Nebr. 06803486: Stage=1.21ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Oak Creek at Air Park Road at Lincoln, Nebr. 06803197: Stage=0.49ft,2011-12-06 15:15,Not ranked,Antelope Cr Trib, Pioneers & 63 St, at Lincoln, Ne 06803170: Flow=8.3cfs,Stage=1.94ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Middle Creek at SW 63rd St at Lincoln, Nebr. 06803093: Flow=4.6cfs,Stage=2.85ft,2012-01-12 11:30,Not ranked,Haines Branch at SW 56th St at Lincoln, Nebr. 06803080: Stage=5.18ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Salt Creek at Pioneers Boulevard at Lincoln, Nebr. 06803000: Stage=1.74ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=19ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Salt Creek at Roca, Nebr. 06800500: Stage=3.07ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=17ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Elkhorn River at Waterloo, Nebr. 06800000: Stage=3.15ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=11.5ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Maple Creek near Nickerson, Nebr. 06799500: Stage=4.36ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=18ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Logan Creek near Uehling, Nebr. 06799445: Flow=134cfs,Stage=7.71ft,Floodstage=28ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,Logan Creek at Wakefield, Nebr. 06799350: Stage=7.34ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=12ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Elkhorn River at West Point, Nebr. 06799315: Stage=7.37ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=12ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Elkhorn River at Pilger, Nebr. 06799100: Stage=3.05ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=12ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,North Fork Elkhorn River near Pierce, Nebr. 06799000: Stage=2.08ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=12ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Elkhorn River at Norfolk, Nebr. 06797500: Stage=2.97ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Elkhorn River at Ewing, Nebr. 06796550: Flow=6850cfs,Stage=12.11ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Platte River near Venice, Nebr. 06796500: Flow=5840cfs,Stage=4.79ft,Floodstage=8ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Platte River near Leshara, Nebr. 06795500: Stage=1.82ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Floodstage=20ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Shell Creek near Columbus, Nebr. 06794650: Flow=13cfs,Stage=4.13ft,Floodstage=8ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,Clear Creek 1.75 mile W of Polk County line, Nebr. 06793000: Stage=6.60ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=9ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Loup River near Genoa, Nebr. 06792500: Stage=3.60ft,2012-01-12 10:45:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Loup River Power Canal near Genoa, Nebr. 06785500: Flow=240cfs,Stage=2.97ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,North Loup River at Brewster, Nebr. 06785000: Stage=4.48ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=8ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Middle Loup River at Saint Paul, Nebr. 06781600: Flow=17cfs,Stage=4.23ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,South Loup River at Arnold, Nebr. 06773500: Flow=16cfs,Stage=2.96ft,Floodstage=9ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,Prairie Creek near Silver Creek, Nebr. 06772898: Flow=6.8cfs,Stage=3.80ft,Floodstage=12ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,Silver Creek, at Mile 4 near Silver Creek, Nebr. 06772775: Flow=2.8cfs,Stage=2.62ft,Floodstage=10ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,Warm Slough near Central City, Nebr. 06772100: Not ranked,Seasonal site,Wood River at Grand Island, Nebr. 06770200: Flow=3080cfs,Stage=3.99ft,Floodstage=6ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Platte River near Kearney, Nebr. 06769525: Stage=1.16ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=10ft,Not ranked,Elm Creek near Elm Creek, Nebr. 06769000: Stage=3.16ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=15ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Buffalo Creek near Overton, Nebr. 06768035: Flow=2300cfs,Stage=6.04ft,2012-01-12 11:45,Not ranked,Platte R Mid-Ch, Cottonwood Ranch nr Elm Cr, Nebr. 06768025: Flow=161cfs,Stage=4.11ft,2012-01-12 11:00,Not ranked,Platte R,So-Ch,Cottonwood Ranch nr Overton, Nebr. 06768020: Stage=4.62ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=11ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Spring Creek near Overton, Nebr. 06764880: Flow=792cfs,Stage=4.51ft,Floodstage=9ft,2012-01-12 10:30,Not ranked,South Platte River at Roscoe, Nebr. 06674500: Stage=2.28ft,2012-01-12 07:45:00,Floodstage=5.5ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,NORTH PLATTE RIVER AT WYOMING-NEBRASKA STATE LINE 06610795: 2012-01-12 03:15,Not ranked,Papillion Creek at Fort Crook, Nebr. 06610750: 2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Little Papillion Creek near Irvington, Nebr. 06610732: Not ranked,Seasonal site,Big Papillion Creek at Fort Street at Omaha, Nebr. 06609100: Stage=11.08ft,2012-01-12 12:00,Not ranked,Missouri River at Blair, NE 06601200: Flow=27100cfs,Stage=19.71ft,Floodstage=35ft,2012-01-12 12:00,Not ranked,Missouri River at Decatur, NE 06601000: Stage=2.16ft,2012-01-12 11:45:00,Floodstage=18ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Omaha Creek at Homer, Nebr. 06600900: Stage=6.52ft,2012-01-12 11:00:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,South Omaha Creek at Walthill, Nebr. 06600000: Stage=6.84ft,Floodstage=24ft,2012-01-12 11:00,Not ranked,Perry Creek at 38th Street at Sioux City, IA 06479010: Stage=3.84ft,2012-01-12 11:30:00,Floodstage=21ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,VERMILLION RIVER NR VERMILLION,SD 06478526: Stage=18.07ft,Floodstage=30ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Missouri River near Maskell, Nebr. 06467500: Stage=11.98ft,Floodstage=20ft,2012-01-12 11:30,Not ranked,MISSOURI R AT YANKTON,SD 06466700: Stage=7.96ft,Floodstage=10ft,2012-01-12 11:30,Not ranked,LEWIS AND CLARK LAKE AT SPRINGFIELD,SD 06466500: Stage=2.89ft,2012-01-12 11:00:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Bazile Creek near Niobrara, Nebr. 06466400: Stage=2.59ft,2012-01-12 11:00:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Bazile Creek at Center, Nebr. 06466010: Stage=15.53ft,Floodstage=21ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Missouri River at Niobrara, Nebr. 06466000: Stage=30.87ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Niobrara River at Niobrara, Nebr. 06465700: Stage=3.78ft,2012-01-12 04:45:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,Verdigre Creek near Verdigre, Nebr. 06465500: Stage=2.64ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=7ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Niobrara River near Verdel, Nebr. 06464500: Stage=2.08ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Not ranked,Ice affected,KEYA PAHA R AT WEWELA,SD 06453620: Stage=17.17ft,2012-01-12 11:15,Not ranked,Missouri River blw Ponca Creek nr Verdel, Nebr. 06453600: Stage=5.16ft,2012-01-12 11:15:00,Floodstage=12ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,Ponca Creek at Verdel, Nebr. 06445685: Stage=4.15ft,2012-01-12 10:45:00,Floodstage=15ft,Not ranked,Ice affected,WHITE R NR NE-SD STATE LINE Go to WaterWatch (offsite) for a larger map with additional options