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The main Oklahoma Water Science Center office.



USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.

There is a USGS Water Science Center office in each State. Washington Oregon California Idaho Nevada Montana Wyoming Utah Colorado Arizona New Mexico North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Texas Minnesota Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Wisconsin Illinois Mississippi Michigan Indiana Ohio Kentucky Tennessee Alabama Pennsylvania West Virginia Georgia Florida Caribbean Alaska Hawaii New York Vermont New Hampshire Maine Massachusetts South Carolina North Carolina Rhode Island Virginia Connecticut New Jersey Maryland-Delaware-D.C.

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:

  • Minimize loss of life and property during natural disasters
  • Manage and appreciate the Nation's natural resources
  • Wisely develop economic opportunities
  • Understand human health and environmental issues

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:

  • Cooperative Water Program (CWP): Established in 1895, the CWP is an ongoing partnership between the USGS and non-federal agencies designed to answer local water resource concerns while addressing broader national needs.
  • National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP): One of the most important activities of the USGS is to provide accurate and reliable streamflow information. NSIP provides limited direct funding to help meet a portion of this need in all states and territories.

The OKWSC currently works with federal, state, tribal and local entities to:

  • Operate over 200 real-time and/or continuously recording surface and groundwater gages
  • Continually monitor water quality conditions or conduct specific water quality investigations
  • Determine constituent concentrations and loads in streams needed for water quality assessments and calibration of stream and lake models
  • Develop and calibrate groundwater models to better understand water availability and climate scenarios

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

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