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NOAA launches improved national streamflow forecast model

In direct response to a call by the Obama administration for innovations in the conservation of domestic waterways earlier this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners on Aug. 16 unveiled a comprehensive forecasting model to predict the movement of rivers and streams across the continental U.S. The National Water Model […]

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USGS Releases Pesticide Mapping Tool

On Sept. 16, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a new interactive mapping tool that provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the United States. The tool enables users to identify which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life. The predictions also can be used […]

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USGS Study Finds Some Insecticides Widespread in Midwest Rivers

A recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study showed that neonicotinoids, insecticides similar to nicotine, can be found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest. The study represents the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwest and one of the first conducted in the U.S. Neonicotinoid insecticides dissolve easily in water, but do not break […]

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New Research Finds Washington, D.C. Sinking

A team of geologists from the University of Vermont (UVM), working with the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions, confirmed that land under the Chesapeake Bay is sinking and forecasts that Washington, D.C. could drop by 6 or more inches (15 cm) over the next century. Such a drop would exacerbate problems associated with sea […]

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New USGS Tool Enables Water Quality Tracking in Rivers and Streams

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced the availability of a new online tool that can track nutrients and sediment levels in the nation’s rivers and streams. The online tool covers 106 monitored river and stream sites that are part of the USGS National Water-Quality Network for Rivers and Streams, providing graphical summaries of nutrient […]

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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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