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Water

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Appellate Court Upholds Major Central California Groundwater Plan

In a decision that increases the reliability of local water supplies for residents of cities in California, a state appellate court upheld a court-ordered groundwater management plan that ensures a water supply for a large portion of the Central Coast.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Mining Waste Byproduct Capable of Helping Clean Water

A byproduct resulting from the treatment of acid mine drainage may have a second life in helping clean waters coming from agricultural and wastewater discharges, according to a recent study by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey Leetown Science Center.  

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Start of a New Era – The Colorado River Basin Study

Today, the Bureau of Reclamation released a landmark Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study that has the potential to mark a new era in the management of the West’s largest river basin.  The study reaches several important- even historic – findings:  Status quo water management of the Colorado River is no longer sustainable.  

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Western Governors Emphasize Need for Short- and Long-term Strategies, Preparedness at National Drought Forum

Speaking at the National Drought Forum held here today, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback emphasized the critical importance of water resources in the arid West and actions states have taken or that are needed to be adequately prepared.

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Investing in the Future of Water

If you owned all of the water in the world, including oceans, lakes, glaciers, and even clouds, how much would that be?  The resulting sphere would have a diameter of only 860 miles.  Yet, this liquid skin still manages to cover 70% of our planet’s surface.  Only a small fraction (less than 1%) of the

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

The OGC Seeks Participants for Ground Water Interoperability Experiment

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites participation in a Groundwater Interoperability Experiment (GWIE2). This activity, which began on 23 October 2012, will develop and test the candidate OGC Groundwater Markup Language (GWML) 2 standard by harmonizing and advancing existing initiatives such as GWML1, the EU-INSPIRE effort, GeoSciML, and others. Participants will then prepare an engineering

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Water Management in Europe Faces Rising Challenges as Ecosystems Weaken

Water pollution and excessive water use are still harming ecosystems, which are indispensable to Europe’s food, energy, and water supplies. To maintain water ecosystems, farming, planning, energy and transport sectors need to actively engage in managing water within sustainable limits.

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Groundwater’s Greater Role in Waterways Demonstrated in Virginia

Groundwater in Virginia is a greater contributor to streamflow than calculated by the most commonly used technique, according to recent USGS research. For decades, hydrologists have used only the changing water levels and flow rates, a graphical hydrograph separation or GHS method, in streams to try to estimate the base-flow component.  However, many individual studies during

Friday, November 16th, 2012

How Does Groundwater Pumping Affect Streamflow?

Groundwater provides drinking water for millions of Americans and is the primary source of water to irrigate cropland in many of the nations most productive agricultural settings. Although the benefits of groundwater development are many, groundwater pumping can reduce the flow of water in connected streams and rivers—a process called streamflow depletion by wells. The USGS

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

USGS Sampling Water for Nutrients, Sediment, and Pesticides in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

As recovery efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy continue, U.S. Geological Survey crews are sampling water for nutrients, sediment, and pesticides to document water quality in areas affected by the hurricane. This sampling effort is part of the federal government’s broad efforts to ensure public health and to support the state, tribal, and local response

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