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Monday, July 7th, 2014

Large Rivers in U.S. are Becoming Less Acidic

Several large rivers in the U.S. are less acidic now, due to decreasing acidic inputs, such as industrial waste, acid mine drainage, and atmospheric deposition. A USGS study showed that alkalinity, a measurement of a river’s capacity to neutralize acid inputs, has increased over the past 65 years in 14 of the 23 rivers assessed

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Despite Significant Planning Efforts, Everglades Restoration Progress Impeded by Financial, Procedural Barriers

Although planning for Everglades restoration projects has advanced considerably over the past two years, financial, procedural, and policy constraints have impeded project implementation, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council.  Timely authorization, adequate funding levels, and creative policy and implementation strategies are needed to achieve restoration benefits and to expedite implementation

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

USGS Streamgage Measures Significant Flooding in St. Paul

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring significant flooding on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota. Streamflow at the USGS streamgage on the Mississippi at St. Paul (streamgage 05331000) was 98,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) and rising on Monday morning, June 23. The National Weather Service currently forecasts a flood peak of 20.5 feet

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Reservoirs Affect the Movement of Carbon in Large Rivers of the Central and Western United States

A recent study conducted by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences found that a combination of climate and human activities (diversion and reservoirs) controls the movement of carbon in two large western river basins, the Colorado and the Missouri Rivers. 

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Human Activities Increase Salt Content in Many of the Nation’s Streams

Concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, are elevated in many of the Nations streams as a result of human activities, according to a new USGS study. Excessive dissolved-solids concentrations in water can have adverse effects on the environment and on agricultural, domestic, municipal, and industrial water users.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Cal Water Taps Sanborn to Combat Severe Drought

Recognizing the dire consequences of the state’s ongoing drought, now in its third consecutive year, the California Water Service Company (Cal Water) selected The Sanborn Map Company (Sanborn) in a competitive bidding process to leverage its geospatial data collection and remote sensing expertise against the severe drought.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Global Freshwater Conservation Gains Momentum Among UN Countries

Thirty-five member countries of the United Nations have now officially agreed to common guidelines for sharing and managing freshwater resources that cross international borders. With Vietnam’s ratification, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (UNWC) will go into effect in August, transforming the way governments share fresh water

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Study Aids Water Managers Battle Saltwater Intrusion

Scientists are using a cadre of new weapons in the battle against an old nemesis – saltwater intrusion. Using state-of-the-art technology, U.S. Geological Survey researchers have been able to provide Miami-Dade County the most accurate depiction to date of saltwater intrusion in Biscayne aquifer, which will help water managers protect the primary drinking water source

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

USDA Provides Assistance to Agricultural Producers to Improve Water Quality

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that $33 million in assistance will be provided to farmers and ranchers to make conservation improvements that will improve water quality in 174 watersheds. The announcement was made on the Secretary’s behalf by Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Ann Mills during a Hypoxia Task Force meeting,

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The State of Rain

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a satellite-based rainfall monitoring dataset specifically designed to support the early detection of drought around the world.

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