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Thursday, March 17th, 2016

New Technique Tracks ‘Heartbeat’ of Hundreds of Wetlands

For two University of Washington researchers, the real test came as they walked across a barren-looking field. They were on the Columbia Plateau with two state wetland ecologists, searching for a 1-acre body of water identified and mapped for the first time using a new method they developed. But when the group arrived at the

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Climate Change Redistributes Global Water Resources

Rising temperatures worldwide are changing not only weather systems, but — just as importantly — the distribution of water around the globe, according to a study published today (March 14, 2016) in the journal, “Scientific Reports.” Analysis of more than 40 years of water samples archived at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) in New

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Mountaintop Mining, Crop Irrigation Can Damage Freshwater Biodiversity

Aquatic life can suffer when high concentrations of dissolved salts enter freshwater ecosystems, a process known as salinization. An international, multi-institutional team of researchers that includes a Virginia Tech graduate student recommends ways that humans can protect freshwater from salts in an article Friday (Feb. 26) in the journal Science. The recommendations include the use

Friday, February 12th, 2016

NASA, University Study Shows Rising Seas Slowed by Increasing Water on Land

New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed researchers to identify and quantify, for the first time, how climate-driven increases of liquid water storage on land have affected the rate of sea level rise. A new study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and the University of California, Irvine, shows

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

President’s 2017 Budget Proposes $1.2 Billion for the USGS

WASHINGTON—The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey reflects the USGS’s vital role in addressing some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century by advancing scientific discovery and innovation. The $1.2 billion FY 2017 request supports USGS’ ability to maintain the diversity of its scientific expertise so it

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Interior, Agriculture Departments Partner to Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality

ALTON, Ill., Oct. 21, 2014—The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new partnership agreement today that will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers’ conservation practices on the quality of our Nation’s water.  Working together, USDA’s NRCS and DOI’s USGS will quantify the benefits

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

China Builds a Nationwide Network of Groundwater Monitoring Wells

China plans to build more than 10,000 underground water monitoring wells nationwide within the coming three years to detect groundwater pollution in a timely manner, the country’s land watchdog said on Tuesday. Groundwater pollution has been severe in China with the quality of about 60 percent of the country’s groundwater tested last year judged only

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Streamflow Increasing in Eastern Missouri River Basin, Decreasing Elsewhere

Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends. U.S. Geological Survey scientists recently studied data from 227 streamgages in the Missouri River watershed that had continuous records for 1960 through 2011. The scientists found that almost half of the

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Water Reserve Discovered Deep Within the Earth

A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The finding could help explain where Earth’s seas came from. The water is hidden inside a blue rock called ringwoodite that lies 700 kilometres underground in the mantle, the layer of hot rock between Earth’s

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

New Map Shows 14 African Nations Close to Goal of Clean Water for Citizens by 2030

A new interactive map, published by the international development charity WaterAid, has been launched online showing that 14 African governments are on course or within touching distance of reaching the historic mark of everyone in their countries having access to clean drinking water by 2030. The map has been released on the day that African

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