USGS “Water On-the-Go” App Helps Keep Texans Safe with Current Stream Conditions

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For more than 100 years, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has monitored flow in selected streams and rivers across Texas. The information collected at USGS monitoring stations is routinely used for water supply and management, monitoring floods and droughts, bridge and road design, determination of flood risk, and for many recreational activities.

USGS monitoring station (left). Blanco River flood near Martindale, TX on Memorial Day 2015 (Right)

Following a period of prolonged drought, the State of Texas experienced a series of devastating floods in 2015 and 2016 that broke the 5-year drought and led to a new era of innovative web development to distribute real-time water information to the public.  In response to those events, the USGS Texas Water Science Center developed a new mobile web app called “Water On-the-Go” that gives people easy access to current water conditions across Texas direct to their mobile device.

The new mobile-friendly website allows users to quickly locate nearby USGS monitoring stations and access up-to-date streamflow, stream height, rainfall or lake level information in a few easy clicks.  The application offers three ways to find streamflow or other data, which include; using your mobile device’s on-board GPS, clicking on an area of interest, or by searching for a physical location by name. Results show what is happening in streams and lakes near you and how quickly conditions are changing around you!

Be safe. Be smart. #BeWaterAware. Go to https://txpub.usgs.gov/water-onthego and bookmark the link today!

Daniel Pearson

Daniel has been with the USGS Texas Water Science Center since 2002. He currently serves as the Data and Spatial Studies Section Chief in Austin, TX. He provides technical expertise to Texas Water Science Center cooperators and staff, and oversees a team of geographers, developers, and hydrologists whose function is to produce innovative geospatial solutions in the water science arena. More info: https://webapps.usgs.gov