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USGS Analyzes Idaho Groundwater Data to Optimize Future Aquifer Monitoring

February 18, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Water

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — U.S. Geological Survey scientists today released analyses of more than 30 years of water-quality data collected at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory Site. The data reveal long-term trends toward improved groundwater…

Man-made Pollutants Finding Their Way Into Groundwater Through Septic Systems

February 10, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Water

TROY, NY., Feb. 9, 2015—Pharmaceuticals, hormones and personal care products associated with everyday household activities are finding their way into…

Natural Breakdown of Petroleum Underground Can Lace Arsenic into Groundwater

January 26, 2015 - in Analysis, Corporate, Supply, Water

In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown…

USGS Groundwater Toolbox: A New Way to Analyze Hydrologic Data

January 23, 2015 - in Design/Engineering, Modeling, Products, Supply, Water

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a convenient and informative new method for the analysis of groundwater and surface-water hydrologic data called the Groundwater (GW) Toolbox. The GIS-driven graphical and mapping interface is a significant advancement…

Technical Announcement: Advances in Dating Groundwater

December 27, 2014 - in Analysis, Supply, Water

Groundwater chemists and hydrologists are keenly interested in expanding the knowledge of environmental tracers that can be used to determine groundwater age. The age of groundwater is a valuable parameter that serves to inform many types of groundwater availability…

High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline

December 17, 2014 - in Analysis, Supply, Surveying/Mapping, Water

RESTON, Va., Dec. 17, 2014—The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time…

Low-flying Helicopter Surveying Groundwater and Geology in the Poplar River Valley Area, Montana

October 31, 2014 - in Sensors, Surveying/Mapping, Water

Citizens should not be alarmed if they see a low-flying helicopter towing a large wire-loop contraption hanging from a cable in the Poplar, Montana area during the next couple of weeks. Starting on or about Tuesday, October 28 and lasting for five to 10 days,…

New Groundwater Model Can Help Address Growing Water Demands

October 16, 2014 - in Analysis, Corporate, Water

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 16, 2014—The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a computer model that will help water managers understand the groundwater resources in the Willamette Basin and assist them in meeting current and future water demands. The study, done…

Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time

September 18, 2014 - in Supply, Water

Despite California's reputation as an environmental policy leader, its regulation of groundwater extraction has long been among the weakest in the nation. That changed Tuesday, when California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of three bills designed to…

California Adopts Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

September 4, 2014 - in Planning, Projects, Supply, Water

The California Legislature adopted a lawmaking package, including Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739, and the bills are now awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. Once signed, the bills would establish the Sustainable Groundwater Management…