Water Resources of Arkansas

Water Resources of Arkansas

Welcome to the USGS Web page that provides access to water resources information for Arkansas; this is your direct link to Arkansas water-resources data--quantity and quality of ground water, quantity and quality of surface water, and water use. You'll also find information about USGS publications and investigations conducted by the USGS and its cooperators.

Real-Time Data in Arkansas

Are you an angler, boater, water-resources manager, or other person who needs to know the amount of water
Streamflow Graph
(volume=streamflow, height at a specific location=stage) currently flowing down one of Arkansas' streams? The USGS provides realtime streamflow, stage, and precipitation information for more than 150 locations across Arkansas. This information is updated to our web page hourly via satellite. Users can view the information on graphs showing changes in streamflow or stage during a user-specified time period. Real-time water quality and ground water data also are available.

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Ozark NAWQA Study Unit

The Ozark Plateaus NAWQA is one of more the 50 study units that are part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The Ozark Plateaus study unit is approximately 48,000 square miles in size and inclu des parts of northern Arkansas, southeastern Kansas, southern Missouri, and nort heastern Oklahoma.

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New FS 2013-3042 HTML Version Acrobat Version Application
Arkansas Groundwater-Quality Network
Aaron L. Pugh, Barry T. Jackson, and Roger Miller

SIR 2014-5057 HTML Version Acrobat Version
Simulated Effects of Existing and Proposed Surface-Water Impoundments and Gas-Well Pads on Streamflow and Suspended Sediment in the Cypress Creek Watershed, Arkansas
Rheannon M. Hart

SIR 2013-5208 HTML Version Acrobat Version
Digital Surfaces and Thicknesses of Selected Hydrogeologic Units Within the Ozark Plateaus Aquifer System, Northwestern Arkansas
John B. Czarnecki, Susan E. Bolyard, Rheannon M. Hart, and Jimmy M. Clark

SIR 2014-5006 HTML Version Acrobat Version
Mean Annual, Seasonal, and Monthly Precipitation and Runoff in Arkansas, 1951-2011
Aaron L. Pugh and Drew A. Westerman

Water News and Notices

No Contamination from Fayetteville Shale Exploration Found in Sampled Wells (02/04/2013 )
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A study that examined the water quality of 127 shallow domestic wells in the Fayetteville Shale natural gas production area of Arkansas found no groundwater contamination associated with gas production, according to a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Jim Petersen

Fayetteville Shale groundwater quality (01/23/2013 )
Domestic water wells in proximity to natural gas drilling sites in north central Arkansas are the subject of a newly released regional baseline study. The collaborative project, coordinated by the Arkansas U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Resources Program was the first of its kind in the nation. And as Jacqueline Froelich reports, the results were surprising.
Jacqueline Froelich, KUAF

Water Board tests for stress on aquifer (01/26/2012 )
Despite a few technical skips and bumps in the road, the Union County Water Conservation Board began on Tuesday the third aquifer stress test in the last century in an effort to determine how well the Sparta Aquifer responds to the stress of continuous pumping.
Allison Gatlin, El Dorado News-Times

Illinois River Basin biology study (11/30/2011)
Last summer, the US Geological Survey began an ambitious biological sampling of the Illinois River in Washington and Benton Counties. We provide a progress report.
Jacqueline Froelich, KUAF radio Ozarks at Large

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