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Water

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Idaho Wildfire Burn Area Gets Precipitation Monitoring Network

The U.S. Geological Survey and Blaine County are partnering to establish a network of six precipitation gages in areas burned by the 2013 Beaver Creek wildfire. Real-time information from the gages will help county residents and emergency managers stay alert to the possibility of intense rainfall that might trigger debris flows and flash flooding from

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Potentially Harmful Levels of Contaminants Found in Fish in the Columbia River

A newly published scientific study discovered that some resident fish in the lower Columbia River, namely largescale suckers, contain chemicals that health officials have determined can cause health concerns for people who eat large quantities of the fish.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

First USGS Streamgage Records 125 Years of Measuring New Mexico’s Vital Water Resources

In 1889, the foundation for modern water management began on the Rio Grande in Embudo, N.M. Today, 125 years later, a celebration was held to honor the first U.S. Geological Survey streamgage in the picturesque town located 43 miles outside of Santa Fe.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

ARC-Boats Delivers Real Benefits for the Environment Agency

International environmental hydraulics specialist HR Wallingford worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to develop the ARC-Boat, a remote controlled boat that is used to collect river, reservoir and estuarine data such as flow rates, depth and suspended sediment concentrations. The boat is in use internationally, and users include regulatory bodies such as the Water

Friday, April 18th, 2014

“How’s My Waterway” Now More User-Friendly

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an enhanced version of “How’s My Waterway,” an app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Scientists Study Effects of Water Released Across U.S.-Mexico Border

As a large pulse of water is being released into the former delta of the Colorado River along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Geological Survey scientists are studying the effects on the environment as part of a historic, bi-national collaborative effort. The pulse flow and the need to study its effects were agreed to as part

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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

  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 proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Tracking Urban Change and Flood Risk with Landsat

When it comes to helping communities across the United States stay up-to-date on their flood risk, the Landsat satellite can take a bow. Landsat images help track urban change, a factor that can impact a community’s flood risk. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, uses these images to help identify where they should launch

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Temporary Waters & Intermittent Streams at Risk: International Team of Scientists Urge Science-Based Policy

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Such is the case with temporary waters—defined as waterways that do not have visible connections to downstream or nearby surface waters throughout the year.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

SATFLOOD: Space Technologies to Prevent Floods in Cyprus

The research project entitled “Combined use of satellite remote sensing and hydraulic modeling to estimate the level of risk in flood events at catchment in Cyprus” and acronym “SATFLOOD” co-funded by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) and the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) has been completed successfully.

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