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Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

The Role of Fresh Water Lakes and Reservoirs in the Global Carbon Cycle

Troy, N.Y. – Lakes make up less than 3 percent of the landscape, but they bury more carbon than all the world’s oceans combined. In the global carbon cycle, fresh water lakes and reservoirs are hot spots of carbon cycling and important players in the global carbon cycle.

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Drainage of Prairie Pothole Wetlands Can Increase Flooding and Degrade Ecosystems

July 15, 2015—The drainage of small wetlands can decrease wildlife habitat and may contribute to flooding in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Monday, June 15th, 2015

How Sustainable Water Use Can Boost Food Security Worldwide

CHICAGO – Amid growing public awareness that water is not an unlimited resource, scientists and policy makers alike are working to reduce the water footprint of food production and ensure a safe ocean habitat for future supplies of fish and seafood.

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Heat Accelerates Dry in California Drought

May 29, 2015—Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Summer Tropical Storms Don’t Fix Drought Conditions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Popular opinion says that tropical storms and hurricanes that make landfall mitigate droughts in the southeastern United States. But that simply isn’t true, according to a Florida State University researcher.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Calculating Winners and Losers in the California Water Crisis

May 22, 2015—A recent article published in Local Environmenthighlights the widening gap of inequality between the wealthy and the poor of California, specifically in relation to the State’s current drought.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

NOAA’s Expanded Flood Information Tool Promotes Resilience

April 21, 2015—A NOAA flood exposure risk mapping tool that was developed in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania has now been expanded to cover coastal areas along the entire U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper, a deliverable of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, provides users with maps, data, and

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Projected Warming of Wisconsin Streams Could Negatively Affect Trout

April 17, 2015—Annual average stream temperatures in the Trout Lake watershed, Wisconsin, could increase from one to three degrees Celsius by the year 2100, which might negatively affect cold water fish like brook trout.  

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

New Stream Monitoring Method Locates Elevated Groundwater Methane in Shale-Gas Development Area

New Cumberland, Pa., April 2, 2015—Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Utah have used a new stream-based methane monitoring method to identify and quantify groundwater methane discharging to a stream in an area of shale-gas development.  

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