The Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with many other agencies, obtains a large amount of data pertaining to the water resources of North Dakota each water year. These data, accumulated during many water years, constitute a valuable data base for developing an improved understanding of the water resources of the State. To make these data readily available to interested parties outside the U.S. Geological Survey, the data are published annually in this report series entitled "Water Resources Data - North Dakota."

This report includes records of discharge, stage, and water quality for streams and contents, stage, and water quality for lakes and reservoirs. Specifically, it contains records of water discharge for 101 streamflow-gaging stations; stage only for 21 river-stage stations; contents and/or stage for 13 lake or reservoir stations; annual maximum discharge for 35 crest-stage stations; and water quality for 90 streamflow-gaging stations, 3 river-stage stations, 11 lake or reservoir stations, 2 miscellaneous sample sites on rivers and 57 miscellaneous sample sites on lakes and wetlands. Locations of these stations are shown in figures 1 and 2 except for the miscellaneous water-quality sites. Data are included for 9 water-quality monitor sites on streams and for 2 precipitation-chemistry stations. These data represent that part of the National Water Data System collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and cooperating State and Federal agencies in North Dakota.

This series of annual reports for North Dakota began with the 1961 water year with a report that contained only data relating to the quantities of surface water. For the 1964 water year, a similar report was introduced that contained only data relating to water quality. For the l975-95 water years, the report format was changed to present, in one volume, data on quantities of surface water, quality of surface and ground water, and ground-water levels. Beginning with the 1996 water year, ground-water levels and ground-water quality data have been published in a separate volume for North Dakota.

Prior to introduction of this series and for several water years concurrent with it, water-resources data for North Dakota were published in U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Papers. Data on stream discharge and stage and on lake or reservoir contents and stage, through September 1960, were published annually under the title "Surface-Water Supply of the United States, Parts 5 and 6." For the 1961 -70 water years, the data were published in two 5-year reports. Data on chemical quality, temperature, and suspended sediment for the 1941-70 water years were published annually under the title "Quality of Surface Waters of the United States," and ground-water levels for the 1935-74 water years were published under the title "Ground-Water Levels in the United States." The above mentioned Water-Supply Papers may be consulted in the libraries of the principal cities of the United States and may be purchased from U.S. Geological Survey, Branch of Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, CO 80225-0286.

Publications similar to this report are published annually by the U.S. Geological Survey for all States. These official Survey reports have an identification number consisting of the two-letter State abbreviation, the last two digits of the water year, and the volume number. For example this volume is identified as "U.S. Geological Survey Water-Data Report ND-2000-1." For archiving and general distribution, the reports for l971-74 water years also are identified as water-data reports. These water-data reports are for sale in paper copy or in microfiche by the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.

Additional information, including current prices, for ordering specific reports may be obtained from the District Chief at the address given on the back of the title page or by telephoning (701) 250-7406.

Figure 1. Location of active surface-water gaging stations

Location of active surface-water gaging stations

Figure 2. Location of active surface-water-quality stations

Location of active surface-water-quality stations

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