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Removal of Fallen Leaves Can Improve Urban Water Quality

November 18, 2016 - in Water

The timely removal of leaf litter can reduce harmful phosphorus concentrations in stormwater by over 80 percent in Madison, Wisconsin, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. Autumn leaf litter contributes a significant amount of phosphorus to…

Wastewater Disposal Likely Induced February 2016 Magnitude 5.1 Oklahoma Earthquake

October 25, 2016 - in Land Development, News, Wastewater, Water

Distant wastewater disposal wells likely induced the third largest earthquake in recent Oklahoma record, the Feb. 13, 2016, magnitude 5.1 event roughly…

New Study Shows High Potential for Groundwater to be Corrosive in Half of U.S. States

July 13, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Maintenance, Water

A new U.S. Geological Survey assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide shows that untreated groundwater in 25 states has a high prevalence of being…

Dewberry Completes National Hydrography Study for U.S. Geological Survey

June 30, 2016 - in Projects, Surveying/Mapping, Water

Dewberry has completed the National Hydrography Requirements and Benefits Study (HRBS) for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The firm conducted the study—sponsored by USGS and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service—to…

Researchers Study Pulling Rare Earth Elements from Industrial Waters

June 16, 2016 - in Corporate, Water

University of Wyoming researchers have joined colleagues from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to study the potential for retrieving rare earth elements from water produced in oil and gas production and geothermal projects.…

Mapping Water Use: Landsat and America’s Water Resources

April 29, 2016 - in Sensors, Surveying/Mapping, Water

Water is one of our nation’s most important natural resources, one that’s long been considered inexhaustible. Yet changes in land use, climate, and population demographics are placing unprecedented demands on America’s water supplies. As droughts rage…

South Dakota Scientists Help Restore Water in Armenia

April 27, 2016 - in Corporate, Water

South Dakota-based scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey are helping to restore a depleted aquifer and build in-country expertise for managing groundwater in the Ararat Basin of Armenia. The growth of aquaculture to raise trout, sturgeon and other cold-water…

The USGS Issues New Warnings About Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealcoat

April 22, 2016 - in Corporate, Environment, Maintenance, Roads

Coal-tar-based pavement sealant is a potent source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as documented by the USGS and other researchers. Coal-tar-based sealcoat products typically are 20 to 35% coal tar or coal-tar pitch—these materials are known…

Winners Announced in Visualize Your Water High School Citizen Science Challenge

April 21, 2016 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Modeling, Water

In January 2016, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency challenged high school students in 13 states to create compelling and innovative visualizations of nutrient data from open government data sources. Students from across the…

USGS Crews Measure Flooding in Central and Southeast Texas

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding in parts of central and southeast Texas following intense rainfall. Record rains have led to significant flooding around the Houston area, causing fatalities and more than 1,000 high-water rescues.…