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Friday, December 5th, 2014

Organizations Pledge Support, Align Resources with Urban Waters Federal Partnership

WASHINGTON – A broad coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund has pledged to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership as it works to restore waterways and revitalize communities across the country. The NGOs will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal efforts to restore urban

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Climate Change Could Affect Future of Lake Michigan Basin

Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Researchers Find East Coast Hurricanes Can Flood the Midwest

Located hundreds of miles inland from the nearest ocean, the Midwest is unaffected by North Atlantic hurricanes. Or is it? With the Nov. 30 end of the 2014 hurricane season just weeks away, a University of Iowa researcher and his colleagues have found that North Atlantic tropical cyclones in fact have a significant effect on the Midwest.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Contaminants in Groundwater Linked to Agricultural Land Use

McBEE, S.C., Nov. 11, 2014—Groundwater contamination that was first detected in Chesterfield County in the early 2000s has been linked to historical agricultural land use, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Monday, November 10th, 2014

USGS and Canada Reach Confluence in Monitoring Streamflow

In a joint effort, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) have produced the North America WaterWatch (NAWW), an online website that displays streamflow conditions throughout much of North America. 

Friday, October 24th, 2014

NOAA’s New Lake Level Viewer Aids Great Lakes Community Planning

A new NOAA online visualization and mapping tool, the Lake Level Viewer, will help communities along the U.S. Great Lakes plan for, and adapt to, climate change and changes in lake water levels. The easy-to-use, interactive tool was developed by the National Ocean Service’s Office for Coastal Management as part of its Digital Coastinitiative.

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

New Groundwater Model Can Help Address Growing Water Demands

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 in cooperation with the Oregon Water Resources Department, builds on more than 10 years of data

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Groundwater-Level Declines Continue to Cause Land Elevation Loss in Houston – Galveston Region

Historical groundwater withdrawals have caused the loss of land-surface elevation, or subsidence, in the Houston-Galveston region. Loss of surface elevation is a concern as it may increase the potential for more intense flooding in the study area according to the latest annual report conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

New Investment of Federal Funding Strengthens USGS Oregon Streamgaging Network

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 24, 2014 — In Oregon, congressional funding for the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Streamflow Information Program will substantially improve local, state and federal officials’ ability to forecast floods, allocate water and help the public plan for outdoor recreation. The USGS is investing in monitoring instruments used to continuously measure streamflow and other

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

A 100-year History of Flooding on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 24, 2014 — Scientists examined storm flooding events in the Bering Sea region of western Alaska from 1913 to 2011 and found that the largest events occurred in autumn and were associated with high tides and strong southwest winds. By compiling historical observations and recent tide gage data, mapping drift lines on

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