Oklahoma Water Science Center
ABOUT THE OKLAHOMA WSC
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
A Welcome from the USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center Director
The USGS was established by Congress in 1879 to provide the Nation with reliable and impartial information in order to understand the Nation's natural resources. This information is used to protect life and property from natural disasters, manage the Nation's natural resources, and protect the environment. The USGS is a scientific organization concerned with providing credible, relevant, impartial, and timely information to all.
The USGS was established in 1879 with a science-based mission to provide reliable and impartial natural resource information needed to:
The USGS does not have land management responsibility or regulatory authority.
The USGS is widely known for its long-term and extensive data-collection networks, peer-reviewed scientific interpretation and report development, and applied research. The culmination of these efforts provides the information needed to understand problems and make informed decisions.
The Oklahoma Water Science Center (OKWSC) is a state-based operation with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Woodward. We address quantity and quality concerns related to both surface and groundwater. Congressional authority and funding for this work comes primarily from two sources:
The OKWSC currently works with federal, state, tribal and local entities to:
Critical to these efforts are the national databases and management software provided through such programs as the National Water Information System (NWIS) . NWIS allows water science center staff to permanently archive collected data and make that data publicly available. The USGS Publications Warehouse provides similar archiving and access to scientific reports. USGS policy and applications provide the standardized national framework of protocols and tools that allow uniform and efficient data collection and storage. Scientifically defensible bureau approval methods are used for data analysis, interpretation, and report publishing. The agency’s most valuable resource; however, remains its highly trained and dedicated technicians, scientists, and support staff - including the men and women of the OKWSC.
I hope you find the information on this webpage helpful, interesting, and informative. If you have any comments or suggestions on how the pages could be improved to better serve your needs, please contact the Oklahoma Water Science Center Webmaster. Best Regards,William J. Andrews, PhD, USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center Director firstname.lastname@example.org)