How to Use Next Generation Monitoring Location Pages
Learn how to use WDFN's Next Generation Monitoring Location Pages.
Date PostedSeptember 8, 2021Last UpdatedOctober 19, 2023
AuthorNicole Felts and Brad Garner
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Last updated April 7th, 2022
Welcome to our how-to guide for WDFN's Next Generation Monitoring Location Pages
Looking for guidance on how to use the NextGen pages? You’re in the right place! If you’re not familiar with our NextGen pages, check out this blog post. Throughout this document, unless otherwise noted, the example monitoring location is 01584050, which is associated with a STREAM in BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND.
New data are collected continuously. In an effort to make water data and information available to users as rapidly as possible, and until new data can be checked and reviewed and approved, the USGS releases data in near real-time in a provisional status. Provisional data are shown on graphs with a line color that is orange, and approved data are shown with a line color that is dark blue (these colors are subject to change). The color code legend for the graphs can be found below the graphs. When viewing the data in tabular form, the value “P” is provided for provisional data and “A” is provided for approved data in the field for “Data-value qualification code." The colors used on the graph are subject to change with the evolution of this product; we will update this guide as necessary. We encourage all users to familiarize themselves with the limitations of provisional data by reading the provision data statement linked below the hydrograph on each monitoring location page.
The links shown in the images below provide additional information about water data reliability, availability, and collection. Our provisional data statement is vital to correctly interpreting water data from USGS – make sure to give it a read!
Interact with the Hydrograph
Move your computer mouse or tap your device’s screen over top of the plot to expose the date, time, and value on the graph.
Select ‘Compare to last year’ and / or ‘Display Median’ to add historical data and statistical data, when available. Note: Median is not computed for gage height, but it is sometimes available for other parameters.
Choose a 7-day, 30-day, or 1-year preset time span.
Consider viewing the period of record for the specific parameter beforehand. To choose a custom date range, click “change time span.” The date range of your choice will populate once you click the second “change time span.”
Drag the handles on the plot below the main plot to zoom in on a specific time frame. Drag the shortened window (shown in the highlighted red box below) to pan across other dates.
Download data by clicking on the “Retrieve data” tab, to the right of the “Change time span” tab. Select one of the three options, then click “Retrieve” at the bottom.
Below the hydrograph, under the header, “Select Data to Graph,” is the option to graph various available data parameters. Select one radio button at a time to display different data types available for each site.
This section provides hydrograph data in tabular format. Toggle this menu visible and invisible by clicking the horizontal line on the right, as noted by the red box.
Interact with the Map
Press and hold your cursor or finger on the map, then drag the cursor in any direction to move the focused view of the map.
Notice the red dots on the map, which indicate other nearby active monitoring locations, as indicated by the Legend in the bottom right corner of the map. You can click or tap on the red dots to view other locations.
Users can change the map background by clicking on the symbol that looks like a stack of papers at the top right of the map. Selected background options are available.
Explore Other NextGen Features
Some groundwater sites are monitored continuously at various time-series intervals. Monitoring location 350002110355501 is an example well in Navajo County, Arizona where depth-to-water level is continuously monitored at 15-minute intervals.
One monitoring location can be associated with a group of monitoring locations; those groups, or networks, help us understand more about water resources. This section displays links to networks of monitoring locations. Toggle this menu visible or invisible by clicking the horizontal line on the right, as seen by the red box.
The monitoring location page shows some of the most important data, but often the monitoring locations have a lot more data available; this section displays a summary of all the types of data available, with link(s) to access the data. Toggle this menu visible or invisible by clicking anywhere on the gray box. This accordion is indicated by the plus or minus in the red box.
Metadata provides context for data and provides additional information about the monitoring location such as when the station was established, its elevation, etc. Toggle this menu visible or invisible by clicking the horizontal line on the right, as noted by the red box.
USGS monitoring locations are operated using funding and support from USGS and/ or from other sources such as other federal agencies, states, cities, local agencies, and others. The ‘cooperating’ funding source agencies are shown below the Metadata section.
Navigate to other USGS pages that relate to water science.
Visit links that provide additional information about water data reliability, availability, and collection. Our provisional data statement is vital to correctly interpreting water data from USGS – make sure to give it a read!
Stay connected with us! Follow our blog by clicking What’s New in Water Data for the Nation. Our blog provides easily understandable explanations of water data techniques and methods, and R code. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well by following the icons in the top right, as indicated by the red box.
This drop-down menu provides links to other pages with more water data or descriptions of data for this monitoring location. Explore them to learn more!
Select the correct timeframe by selecting a preset timespan of 30 days.
Select precipitation by choosing the correct data to graph.
We have both Celsius and Fahrenheit represented on our Next Generation page hydrograph. Unlike the legacy page, where they are featured on the same graph, our page features them as separate graphs. If you scroll down to the “Select Data to Graph” section, you will find “Temperature, water, degrees Fahrenheit (calculated)” listed below the Celsius option. Once selected, the data will be reflected in the hydrograph above.
Next Generation Monitoring Location Pages Go Live Soon!
August 17, 2021
Last updated October 21, 2021
To learn more about these changes, watch the recording of our October 2021 public webinar.
What are Monitoring Location Pages? Monitoring location pages are web pages that the USGS Water Mission Area offers to display important water data like discharge (also referred to as streamflow), gage height, precipitation, water-levels, temperature, etc.
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