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National Water Information System Data for the Nation DLESE Reviewed Collection
The National Water Information System (NWISWeb) provides real-time and historical data on water flow, water levels, and water quality for approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The types of data collected generally fit into the broad categories of surface water and ground water. Surface-water data such as gage height (stage) and stream flow (discharge) is collected at major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Groundwater data such as water level is collected at wells and springs. Water-quality data (temperature, specific conductance, pH, nutrients, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds) are available for both surface water and groundwater. Data can be retrieved by category such as surface water, groundwater, or water quality, or by geographic area.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this website is considered public information (unless otherwise noted) and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested. We strongly recommend that USGS data be acquired directly from a USGS server and not through other sources that may change the data in some way. While USGS makes every effort to provide accurate and complete information, various data such as names, telephone numbers, etc. may change prior to updating. USGS welcomes suggestions on how to improve our home page and correct errors. USGS provides no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of furnished data.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-068
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Geology and Human Health'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey