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Water

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Underground Intelligence: Mapping Canada’s Groundwater

Millions of Canadians depend on groundwater for their supplies, yet we know little about this underground supply or how it’s changing over time, says the author of a new policy paper presented here today.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Water Storage Map Shows Improvement

In 2012, the continental United States suffered through one of its worst droughts in decades. Nearly 80 percent of the nation’s farm, orchard, and grazing land was affected in some way, and 28 percent experienced extreme to exceptional drought. As another summer arrives in North America, surface water conditions have improved in many places, but drought has persisted or

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Satellite Data will be Essential to Future of Groundwater, Flood and Drought Management

New satellite imagery reveals that several areas across the United States are all but certain to suffer water-related catastrophes, including extreme flooding, drought and groundwater depletion.

Monday, June 17th, 2013

United Nations Calls for Global Action on Drought

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a collective global response to drought and a shift from crisis management to drought preparedness and resilience. He said the price for preparedness is minimal compared to the cost of disaster relief.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Georgia Groundwater Levels Decline During 2010-2011

Georgia’s groundwater levels showed a general decline between 2010 and 2011 in response to low rainfall and increased pumping, according to a recent USGS publication. The greatest declines in the aquifers were in the southwestern part of the state where groundwater levels dropped as much as 18 feet in the Upper Floridan aquifer, 22 feet

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

GIS Offers Valuable Insight for Managing Water Resources

Water is a precious natural resource essential for the survival of life on Earth and when it comes to understanding water – where it is, how much is falling, how to make it work for people – geographic information systems technology (GIS) offers valuable insight.

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Trace Pollutants Found in Milwaukee-Area Streams

Contaminants such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found at low concentrations in southeast Wisconsin streams may be harmful to aquatic life, according to a study published today by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

$1.7 Million In Federal Funding Awarded to WRD to Maximize Use of Local Water Sources and Eliminate the Need for Imported Water

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor announced on May 21, 2013, the selection of five Title XVI water reuse projects in California and New Mexico to receive $15.6 million in funding through the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program. The Water Replenishment District’s (WRD) Leo J. Vander

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Advancing Restoration in the Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes watershed is the largest system of fresh surface water in the world and is a source of abundant natural resources. However, urban and industrial development along the shoreline has degraded water quality, posing threats to wildlife and human health. Restoration of Great Lakes ecosystems is now a priority among federal, state, and

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Deficit in Nation’s Aquifers Accelerating

A new U.S. Geological Survey study documents that the Nation’s aquifers are being drawn down at an accelerating rate. Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900-2008) comprehensively evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers (distinct underground water storage areas) in the United States, bringing together reliable information from previous references and from new

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