This page contains links to online databases that may be related to water and agriculture. These databases contain such information as bibliographic citations, current research, streamflow data, species information, and chemical and toxicology data. For information on water-related bibliographic databases available to USDA employees, see WQIC's Water Quality Information on Digitop page.

Ag Data Commons Beta - Agroecosystems & Environment

USDA, National Agricultural Library

"Ag Data Commons (ADC) provides access to a wide variety of open data relevant to agricultural research. We are a centralized repository for data already on the web, as well as for new data being published for the first time. While compliance with the U.S. Federal public access and open data directives is important, we aim to surpass them. Our goal is that ADC will foster innovative data re-use, integration, and visualization to support bigger, better science and policy."

Agriculture Network Information Center logo AgNIC

Database of agricultural information resources, including information on water.


USDA. National Agricultural Library.

Bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library and its cooperators. Production of these records in electronic form began in 1970, but the database covers materials in all formats, including printed works from the 15th century. The records describe publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.

Stream Agricultural Research Service Water Database

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Collection of precipitation and streamflow data from small agricultural watersheds in the United States.

Flower on water APIRS Online: The Aquatic, Wetland, and Invasive Plants Database

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

"A free online resource devoted to freshwater aquatic and wetland plants, as well as terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants. The database includes annotated citations for more than 65,000 research articles, books and reports about plant ecology, physiology, utilization and control. Items in many languages dating back to the 18th century are in this inclusive database."


UN. Food and Agriculture Organization.

"The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) global information system of water and agriculture developed by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO. The objective of AQUASTAT is to provide users with comprehensive information on the state of agricultural water management across the world, with emphasis on developing countries and countries in transition."

Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification (BEACON)

Environmental Protection Agency

"BEACON is EPA's application to make state beach advisory and closing data available to the public. EPA created BEACON to meet the Agency's Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act requirements. The BEACH Act (section 406(e)) requires EPA to make a national coastal recreation water pollution occurrence database, which contains state reported beach monitoring and notification data available to the public by electronic means."

BioData - Aquatic Bioassessment Data for the Nation

DOI. United States Geological Survey.

"Retrieval system which provides access to aquatic bioassessment data (biological community and physical habitat data) collected by USGS scientists from stream ecosystems across the nation."


CambridgeSoft Corporation.

A chemical database that provides physical property data and 2D chemical structures; also gives access to " the largest single list of chemical information sites (by at least double the size of the next-largest) that we [ChemFinder] are aware of."

Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic (COINAtlantic)

Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee.

"Provides open access to data, information and applications relevant to Atlantic Canada" through the COINAtlantic Search Utility (CSU) and Map Gallery.

Current Research Information System logo Current Research Information System

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Documentation and reporting system for publicly supported agricultural, food and nutrition, and forestry research in the United States.

Decadal Change in Groundwater Quality

U. S. Geological Survey

"About 140 million people—almost one-half of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water, and the demand for groundwater for irrigation and agriculture continues to increase. This mapper shows how concentrations of pesticides, nutrients, metals, and organic contaminants in groundwater are changing during decadal periods across the Nation."

Child drinking water Drinking Water Tools

EPA. Office of Water.

"The Drinking Water tools assist with analyzing drinking water data."

Distributed Structure-Searchable Toxicity (DSSTox) Database Network

"DSSTox provides a public forum for publishing downloadable, structure-searchable, standardized chemical structure files associated with chemical inventories or toxicity data sets of environmental relevance..." The network is "helping to build a public data foundation for improved structure-activity and predictive toxicology capabilities."

Canvasback Duck DUCKDATA

DOI. USGS. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Bibliographic database for North American waterfowl and their wetland habitats.

Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO)

Environmental Protection Agency

"Use EPA's ECHO website to search for facilities in your community to assess their compliance with environmental regulations. You can also investigate pollution sources, examine and create enforcement-related maps, or explore your state's performance."

Enviro-Science e-Print Service

EPA. Environmental Information Management System.

Provides access to "manuscripts of journal articles and book chapters, conference papers, presentations, posters, and selected technical reports in environmental management science."

Environmental Fate Data Base (EFDB)

Syracuse Research Corporation.

The purpose of this database is "1. To allow rapid access to all available fate data on a given chemical without having to resort to expensive, time consuming, and inefficient primary literature searches; 2. To identify critical gaps in the available information to facilitate planning of research needs; and 3. To provide a data source for constructing structure-activity correlations for degradability and transport of chemicals in the environment."

EPA's Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO)

Environmental Protection Agency

"ECHO provides fast, integrated searches of EPA and state data for 800,000+ regulated facilities; integrates inspection, violation, and enforcement for the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and hazardous waste laws; includes Safe Drinking Water Act data, Toxics Release Inventory data, National Emissions Inventory data, and Water Quality Data."

EPA's Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants Database

EPA. Grants Reporting and Tracking System.

EPA's Nonpoint Source Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS) is the primary tool for management and oversight of state Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Programs under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. Use the GRTS database to find information about NPS pollution control projects.

EXTOXNET (Extension Toxiocology NETwork)

Oregon State University.

Information available includes toxicology newsletters and fact sheets and keyword searchable Pesticide Information Profiles and Toxicology Information Briefs.

Federal Support Toolbox - Databases, models and programs

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and others.

This is a database of programs, models and databases helpful for used to planning, monitoring, managing, or forecasting needs for water resources.

Salmon FishBase

"Global information system with all you ever wanted to know about fishes. FishBase is a relational database with information to cater todifferent professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists and many more. FishBase on the web contains practically all fish species known to science."

Freshwater Biological Traits Database (Traits)

Environmental Protection Agency

"The Freshwater Biological Traits Database currently contains traits data for 3,857 North American macroinvertebrate taxa, and includes habitat, life history, mobility, morphology and ecological trait data. These data were compiled for a project on climate change effects on river and stream ecosystems. The traits data were gathered from multiple sources, which are listed on the web site under, "Data Source". Data gathering efforts focused on data that were published or otherwise well-documented by trustworthy sources, accessible, appropriate for the regions being studied, in a standardized format that could be analyzed or easily converted to a format that could be analyzed, and ecologically relevant to the gradients being considered."

Geochemistry of Sediments in the U.S.

U. S. Geological Survey.

"Geochemical analyses of sediment samples throughout the U.S. collected by the hydrogeochemical and stream sediment reconnaissance (HSSR) phase of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) program. This database contains 397,625 records."

Geochemistry of Water Samples in the U.S.

U. S. Geological Survey.

"Geochemical analyses of water samples throughout the U.S. collected by the hydrogeochemical and stream sediment reconnaissance (HSSR) phase of the National Uranium Resource Evaluation (NURE) program. This database contains 335,547 records."