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Water

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

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

USGS Model Provides Insight into Snake Valley’s Groundwater

Proposed increases in water withdrawals in Snake Valley and surrounding areas will likely result in declining groundwater levels and a decrease in natural discharge to springs, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study and simulation model.

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Digital Coast Act to Aid Great Lakes Communities in Water Management, Disaster Response, Long-Term Planning and Restoration

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced legislation to help Wisconsin communities along the Great Lakes better prepare for storms, cope with varying lake levels, and strengthen economic development planning efforts along the shore.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Streamgages Measure Drought, Earthquake Impacts on Water

While the national streamflow database is documenting evidence of California’s historic drought, the database is also confirming another recently seen hydrologic phenomenon: earthquake-induced increases in streamflow.

Friday, September 12th, 2014

20-Year Study Shows Levels of Pesticides Still a Concern for Aquatic Life in U.S. Rivers and Streams

Levels of pesticides continue to be a concern for aquatic life in many of the Nation’s rivers and streams in agricultural and urban areas, according to a new USGS study spanning two decades (1992-2011). Pesticide levels seldom exceeded human health benchmarks.

Monday, September 8th, 2014

USGS Strengthens Idaho Streamgaging Network with New Investment of Federal Funding

In Idaho, local, state and federal officials’ ability to forecast floods, allocate water and help the public plan for outdoor recreation will substantially improve. The U.S. Geological Survey is investing in devices used to continuously measure streamflow and other water data. Earlier this year, Congress provided $6 million in additional funding for the USGS National

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

USGS Helps Assess Water Resources in Afghanistan

For the past decade, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. A new fact sheet details how these efforts help the country quantify and monitor its water resource.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

USDA Invests New Conservation Funds to Improve Lake Erie Water Quality

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $2 million in conservation funds will be sent to Ohio to help implement conservation techniques that will help improve water quality. The Secretary said USDA is also partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to expand “boots-on-the-ground” capacity in the area and will be contributing an

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Canada Invests in Innovative Mapping System for Global Surface Water Survey

Canada, through the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is investing in Canadian innovation that will play a key role in the first-ever global survey of surface water. The Georgetown-based manufacturer, Communications and Power Industries Canada Inc. (CPI Canada), will receive $3.3 million to develop the Extended Interaction Klystron (EIK), a satellite radar component that will generate

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