Wednesday, April 13, 2011

River discharges, from "Stats R US"

The "US" here stands for U.S., as in the federal government and its many department and agency websites. For example, someone was in recently looking for water discharge rates from the Chenango River here in NY. One might well wonder, where the heck am I going to find that?! But the data is actually readily available at the USGS (US Geological Survey) site. At their site they have the handy "USGS Water Surface Data for the Nation" page.

If you're wondering how you would be able to get a handle on where all the statistics and reports are the government puts out, our library research guides are a great place to look. The different guides have links to relevent government sites, and there are two guides focused just on government sites, one for NY and one for the federal government.

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