Texas Water Science Center
ABOUT THE TEXAS WSC
USGS IN YOUR STATE
USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.
Frequently Asked Questions
Much of the historical data and current data for many stations in Texas can be accessed on the Texas Water Science Center web page at http://tx.usgs.gov/. Links are provided for stations nationwide. If you do not have access to the World Wide Web, call or write the Public Information Officer with the U.S. Geological Survey, Texas Water Science Center:
A listing of USGS Texas publications covering low flow and flood frequency topics may be found online at URL: http://water.usgs.gov/osw/programs/nss/pubs.html#tx
To retrieve Water Year Summaries
Additional information on hydrologic conditions in Texas may be found at: http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/?m=real&r=tx&w=real%2Cmap
Contact NOAA at:
National Climatic Data Center
River stage forecasts for most rivers in Texas are available from NOAA at the West Gulf River Forecast Center http://www.srh.noaa.gov/wgrfc/; the Arkansas-Red Basin RFC http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abrfc/ and the Lower Mississippi
Basin RFC http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lmrfc/.
Information on Wetlands is available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at http://wetlands.fws.gov/
A dynamic Mapper integrates digital map data with our information at URL: http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Data/Mapper.html
For hard copies of National Wetlands Inventory Maps see the web page with Distribution Centers listed at URL: http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Data/DistributionCenters.html
Nautical Charts may be ordered from www.nauticalchartsonline.com/n.c/NOAA-Nautical-Charts-Gulf.html
All flood maps should be obtained from Federal Emergency Management Agency
To order flood insurance rate maps write to:
Water Quality and Health Issues
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water has a Frequently Asked Questions listing at URL: http://water.epa.gov/drink/contact.cfm, which answers many questions people have about their self-supplied drinking water. You can check the listing of State Certification Officers for Drinking Water Laboratories at URL: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/drinkingwater/labcert/statecertification.cfm#t to find listing for certified labs in Texas.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is responsible for regulating the water-quality standards in Texas. See information posted on their public web page at URL: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/implementation/water/tmdl/whatisquality05.pdf
See the information posted at URL: http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/tx.cfm and http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/nav/util_water/drinking_wq.html or telephone (512) 239-4691
Look at the Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Seafood & Aquatic Life Group information posted at URL: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/seafood/Survey.shtm#advisory
Mapping and Related Topics
First identify the quadrangles you need from the state index, which can be obtained from the USGS by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS or visit the web at http://nationalmap.gov/maps.html
You may also call 1-888-275-8747 to inquire about obtaining these maps. Texas quadrangles are available also through the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) in Austin at (512) 463-8337. Maps may be purchased locally from commercial dealers (see your yellow pages or Texas commercial map dealers) at URL:
You can use the online application EarthExplorer at URL: http://edcsns17.cr.usgs.gov/EarthExplorer/ Contact Satellite Data Business Partners on the list at URL:http://landsat.usgs.gov/satellite_data_bus_partners.php
Or call the EROS data center in Sioux Falls SD at (605) 594-6151.
See the EROS Data Center's web page at http://eros.usgs.gov/#/Find_Data/Products_and_Data_Available/Aerial_Products
Depending on what survey benchmark information you're looking for will determine where to look. Most survey benchmarks were not established by the U.S. Geological Survey, but, instead by the National Geodetic Survey, and are available on their website at http://www.ngs.noaa.gov. From there, click on the "Datasheets" link at the top of the page and navigate the subsequent retrieval links. If you need further assistance you can call 301-713-3242 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Eastern U.S. vertical and horizontal control information contact the USGS in Rolla, Missouri, by calling 573-308-3500 or e-mailing email@example.com. For Western U.S. vertical and horizontal control information, contact the USGS in Denver, Colorado, by telephone at 303-202-4400 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need information on a National Geodetic Survey (formerly Coast and Geodetic Survey [C & GS] ) benchmark contact:
National Geodetic Survey, N/NGS12
The National Geodetic Service (NGS) programs NADCON and UTMS are available for free downloading at:
More sites with information on datums and coordinate conversions:
The National Geodetic Service (NGS) has GPS correction data available at:
Geology and Related Topics
Historical data on major earthquakes in the U.S. (including Texas) is published in Professional Paper 1527. For other earthquake information contact:
More information is available at http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/
For data on trace metals in soils see USGS Professional Paper 1270; for other soils data see USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Internet site at URL: http://soils.usda.gov/
Or call the Temple Texas NRCS office at (254) 742-9860
Generally, University of Texas’ Bureau of Economic Geology is the best source for geologic maps of Texas. You may view their information online at URLs:
For Information on minerals visit The USGS Mineral Resources Program at http://minerals.usgs.gov
USGS Activities Texas and USGS Publications
All recently published USGS series publications such as Fact Sheets or Scientific Investigation Reports are available from the Pubs Warehouse at URL: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/. For historical publications, you can telephone 1 (888) 275-8747 to order any USGS publications or you can contact the Texas Water Science Center by email for information on the availability of any report authored by an employee of the Texas Water Science Center.
See the Texas public web page at URL: http://tx.usgs.gov/
The main office of Texas is located in Austin, with program offices in San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth. Field offices are located in Wichita Falls, San Angelo, El Paso, Corpus Christi and Lubbock. See the URL http://tx.usgs.gov/about/officelocations.html for more details.