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Low 2015 Snowpack and River Flows Studied to Provide Insight Into Future Droughts

SEATTLE – U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic technicians are currently taking measurements from hundreds of streams and rivers across the western United States as part of a low flow study. Spring snowpack in the western United States was extremely low in…

USGS Releases Online Tool for Estimating Atrazine Levels in Streams and Rivers

April 2, 2015 - in Modeling, Products, Water

RESTON, April 1, 2015—A new online, interactive tool for estimating atrazine concentrations in streams and rivers is now available. The online mapping…

Trans Energy Inc. to Restore Streams and Wetland Damaged By Natural Gas Extraction Activities in West Virginia

September 3, 2014 - in Energy, Environment, Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), and the Department of Justice (DOJ)…

California Has Given Away Rights to Far More Water than it Has

August 20, 2014 - in Analysis, Projects, Supply, Water

California has allocated five times more surface water than the state actually has, making it hard for regulators to tell whose supplies should be cut during a drought, University of California researchers reported. The scientists said California’s water-rights…

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands

March 25, 2014 - in Projects, Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.…

The Connected Consequences of River Dams

January 10, 2014 - in Modeling, Projects, Water

In a case study of dams on the upper Missouri River, USGS researchers have demonstrated that an upstream dam is still a major control of river dynamics where the backwater effects of a downstream reservoir begin. In light of this finding, the conventional…

Stay Current on Your Rivers with USGS WaterNow

February 27, 2013 - in Modeling, Water

For the first time, anyone can find out the current conditions on thousands of rivers and streams across the country, right from their phone, using USGS' latest system WaterNow. WaterNow makes the water conditions monitored by more than 16,000 streamgages…