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New Tool and Knowledge to Aid Columbia Basin Water Managers

TACOMA, Wash. — Water managers in eastern Washington now have access to the first U.S. Geological Survey computer model of the East Pasco Basin, allowing them to simulate “what-if” groundwater management scenarios, according to a USGS report. Since 1952,…

USGS Seeks National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Proposals 2016 Round II

March 31, 2016 - in Corporate, Sensors, Water

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $4 million in cooperative agreements to support participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network…

Induced Earthquakes Raise Chances of Damaging Shaking in 2016

March 29, 2016 - in Corporate, Surveying/Mapping

For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only…

USGS Tracks Louisiana Floods to Help Guide Emergency Relief

US Geological Survey water science specialists are in the field assisting flood relief work in Louisiana by documenting the extent of historic, long-lasting flooding this month across a broad swath of the state, from Shreveport in the northwest to the Pearl…

How 3D Elevation Can Benefit Each State and Puerto Rico

March 24, 2016 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering, Modeling

Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s planting time for the Nation’s farmers. Many of them rely on high-tech farming practices such as in-depth analyses of soil samples, and prescription application of seed, fertilizer, water, pesticides…

Drought and Management Actions Affect World Waterway—The Rio Grande

March 24, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Maintenance, Water

New research can help water managers along the Rio Grande make wise decisions about how to best use the flow of a river vital for drinking water, agriculture and aquatic habitat. These studies also show how conditions from the prolonged drought in the West…

Improved Water Quality Upstream Helps Long Island Sound

March 22, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Maintenance, Water

Water quality in Connecticut streams flowing into Long Island Sound has steadily improved over the last 40 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. USGS has been monitoring water quality in the state’s streams for 43 years, since the implementation…

Experts Launch Project to Assess Drought Effects on Ecosystems and How Communities Can Adapt

March 22, 2016 - in Corporate, Water

RESTON, Va.—A new public-private research collaboration supported by the U.S. Geological Survey will tackle how to best cope with the increasing droughts of the future. The USGS, The Nature Conservancy, and The Wildlife Conservation Society are launching…

Up to 70 Percent of Northeast U.S. Coast May Adapt to Rising Seas

March 17, 2016 - in Analysis, Corporate, Planning, Stormwater

Much of the coast from Maine to Virginia is more likely to change than to simply drown in response to rising seas during the next 70 years or so, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey. The study is based on a new computer model that captures…

USGS Crews Measure Record Flooding in Eastern Texas

March 16, 2016 - in Corporate, Stormwater

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts of eastern Texas following intense rainfall. Rainfall amounts of 18 – 20 inches over the last four days have led to record flooding and evacuations in eastern Texas. Seven USGS crews…