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USGS Studies Influence of Animal Feeding Operations on Stream Water Quality

Animal feeding operations have measurable effects on stream water quality in many agricultural watersheds in the North Carolina Coastal Plain, according to a report released June 23 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report, “Surface-Water Quality in Agricultural Watersheds of the North Carolina Coastal Plain Associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” was the result of […]

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USGS Releases Reports Characterizing Stormwater Runoff

On May 12, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released 9 years of stormwater quality data for Albuquerque, New Mexico. In partnership with the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and the University of New Mexico, USGS sampled nine city outfalls from 2003 to 2012. The […]

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USGS Releases Studies on Hydrologic Characteristics of LID and Coal-Tar Sealants

Earlier this year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released a report examining the hydrologic characteristics of low impact development (LID) stormwater control measures at two sites in northeastern Ohio. Limited long-term performance data exist for LID systems as stormwater controls. The purpose of […]

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USGS Releases New Groundwater Toolbox

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed and made available online its national summary report on the quality of the U.S. groundwater — an assessment of 6,600 wells. Groundwater provides drinking water for about 115 million people, or more than a third of the nation. Yet 22% of groundwater samples contained at least one contaminant […]

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Department of the Interior Launches New Datasets to Improve Climate Resiliency

On December 9, the Department of the Interior announced the release of two new dataset hubs. Part of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), a key feature of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the datasets will help local and state leaders build greater community resilience in the face of climate change. Hundreds of datasets from […]

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FY15 Omnibus Bill Becomes Law

On Dec. 16, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations package that will fund the federal government for the remaining nine and a half months of Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). The $1.1 trillion package funds all of the federal agencies except the Department of Homeland Security. The FY15 omnibus appropriations package will fund the […]

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Sensors Provide Daily Nitrate Data in Mississippi River Basin

Announced in November, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) article published in Environmental Science & Technology describes how advanced optical sensor technology on small streams and large rivers throughout the Mississippi River basin are helping to accurately track nitrate pulses to the Gulf of Mexico. USGS is using the sensors to collect nitrate concentration data every hour. […]

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USGS and NRCS Partner to Quantify Effects of Conservation Practices

On Oct. 21, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a partnership to examine the benefits of agricultural conservation practices on water quality.  Working together, the two groups will quantify the benefits of voluntary agricultural practices at a watershed scale.  This information will strengthen the effectiveness […]

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Joint US-Canadian Website Displays Streamflow Conditions

On Nov. 4, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) announced another milestone achieved through their cooperation, the North America WaterWatch (NAWW). NAWW is a website displaying streamflow conditions throughout much of North America. The site provides a fast, easy-to-use, cartographically based central web interface for users to access real-time streamflow conditions […]

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Coastal Cities Face Flooding Hazards Due to Climate Change

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looking at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes finds that nuisance flooding is an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise. Nuisance flooding causes public inconveniences, such as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure. Most of the cities […]

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