USGS CoreCast: Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, 2011
March 6-12 is National Groundwater Awareness Week. It is important to recognize that groundwater is a vital natural resources; we should NEVER take for granted the water we drink and use on a daily basis, regardless of its source. We depend on an adequate supply of good quality groundwater for about half of our drinking water needs. We also depend on this resource to provide much of the irrigation water that helps put food on our tables. Everyone has a vested interest in groundwater.
The USGS studies the quantity and quality of the nation’s groundwater. Regional groundwater studies for the High Plains aquifer, the Denver Basin, the Lake Michigan Basin, the North Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer, and others around the country give states and managers a starting point for understanding how much water is available now and in the future for agriculture, drinking and other uses.
USGS research on groundwater quality also protects citizens from groundwater contamination. For example, USGS research and information on arsenic in groundwater recently led New England States and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to recommend testing for arsenic in all private wells in the region. In Florida, USGS scientists are studying saltwater intrusion in the Floridan aquifer, which is the primary drinking water source for over 10 million people. This research is key to ensuring that we as a Nation have the information necessary to make decisions about protecting, preserving and understanding this precious resource.
As the primary federal science agency for water resource information, the USGS is proud to work closely with the National Ground Water Association. This past year, we have been collaborating with the Association on a pilot program to test the concept of a National Groundwater Monitoring Network. We applaud the Association’s efforts to inform the public about groundwater and to generate appreciation for this precious resource by designating a week to promote groundwater awareness.
I encourage you to take a moment to learn more about America’s groundwater resources by visiting the USGS groundwater information website or the homepage for the National Ground Water Association’s groundwater awareness week.
Continuing to build fundamental knowledge of the land and its resources. Read more
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Understanding where and why groundwater is vulnerable to contamination. Read more
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Replicating the historical nature of the Everglades. Read more
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The Williston Basin – Where groundwater is limited and energy is plentiful. Read more
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Special Issue of Marine Geology Focuses on Complex Urbanized Estuary and Coast. Read more
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Hurricane Sandy: Looking Back and Moving Forward. Read more
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Crews respond to spring flooding in the Midwest and Northern Plains. Read more...
The USGS is ready to address some of society’s most critical issues for years to come. Read more
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Lake Mead: Clear and Vital — A new USGS video highlights the research & monitoring on the lake.Read more
Reliable streamflow information is needed for many purposes-USGS streamgages provide it. Read more
How streamflow information is used in expected and extraordinary ways. Read more
USGS studies the quantity and quality of groundwater to provide consistent and integrated information needed by decision-makers.
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While Hurricane Isaac has passed, scientific work to understand the storm’s impact on Gulf Coast states continues. Read more
Real-time map showing the extent of flooding (black dots) and drought (red dots) in the U.S. Read more
USGS scientists, engineers, and technicians are working along the Gulf coast in response to Hurricane Isaac. Read more
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Fifteen years of data illuminate complex interactions driving land change in Puerto Rico. Read more
USGS scientists look to see if water quality is improving. Read more
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This year, a large dead zone again threatens the Gulf of Mexico. Read more
Please comment on the USGS’ draft science strategies! Read more
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USGS Details how climate change could affect water availability in 14 U.S. Basins. Read more
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The USGS plays an integral role in the new U.S. Water Partnership, which will bring together public and private resources to address water challenges around the world.
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Meet one of the next generation of USGS physical scientists.
Flood Safety Awareness Week is March. 12-16. What can you do to prepare?
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Since Japan’s March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami, scientists at the USGS have learned much to help better prepare for a large earthquake in the United States.
Five USGS employees honored with Distinguished Service Awards for their service to the nation
Meet a member of the next generation of USGS hydrologic technicians.
Meet a member of the next generation of USGS hydrologic technicians.
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The proposed USGS budget reflects research priorities to respond to nationally relevant issues, including water quantity and quality, ecosystem restoration, hydraulic fracturing, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, and support for the National Ocean Policy, and has a large R&D component.
Four new reports examine the contaminants polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in house dust, streams, lakes, soil, and air.
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A summer intern turned permanent employee discusses his career path. Most memorable moment
Oct. 9-15, 2011, is Earth Science Week, themed "Our-Ever Changing Earth," and Oct. 12, 2011, is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. Answers to questions posed by a changing world
As the team of responders struggled to end the worst oil spill in our Nation’s history, USGS scientist Paul Hsieh provided the critical scientific information needed to make a crucial decision.
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USGS scientists are working to characterize the contaminants and habitats for a number of aquatic species along the lower Columbia River.
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USGS crews continue to measure streamflow and collect water quality and sediment samples in the Ohio and Mississippi River basins using state-of-art instruments.
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Early maps of America, documents establishing the provenance of the Hope Diamond and documentation of explorations of the American West-- Join us in discovering the many treasures of the USGS Library.
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Learn how 3-D modeling is used to examine groundwater and how this cutting edge science is used to solve tomorrow's problems today.
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The USGS is providing information on arsenic levels at the town level in Maine to protect human health and further promote citizen participation in State well-testing programs.
Water Security is the protection of adequate water supplies for food, fiber, industrial, and residential needs for expanding populations, which requires maximizing water-use efficiency, developing new supplies, and protecting water reserves in event of scarcity due to natural, manmade, or technological hazards.
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The USGS and the National Weather Service have developed a new flood inundation map tool that enables management officials and residents to see where the potential threat of flooding is the highest along the Flint River near Albany, Georgia.
Looking for information on natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and more? The USGS Education site provides great resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, K-12 education, and university-level inquiry and research.
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Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities can be a significant source of pharmaceuticals in surface water. The USGS is working with water utilities to try to reduce the release of pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants to the environment.
The United States Group on Earth Observations (USGEO) is working to connect Earth observations with public health, agriculture, climate, and data management and dissemination.
February 28th at 7 p.m. (PST) — Public Lecture information: http://online.wr.usgs.gov/calendar
In response to Hurricane Isaac, USGS has deployed several hundred storm surge sensors to collect information about the effects of Isaac on the Gulf Coast.
7 p.m.—Public lecture (also live-streamed over the Internet)
Join us on August 1 to learn more about the anatomy of flooding: What are the different causes of these extreme events, and how is USGS science helping prepare residents for future foods.
Join us in Menlo Park for our Evening Lecture on Scanning the Seafloor with Sound!
Stressed agricultural lands may be releasing less of the moisture needed to protect the breadbasket of a continent.
The U.S. Geological Survey had a very busy 2011 — below are a few of our highlights from last year.
Over the next 10 years, the USGS plans to conduct a new assessment of water availability and use. This national Water Census will address critical aspects of recent Federal legislation, including the need to establish a national water assessment program.
Recent USGS research shows that climate, vegetation, groundwater recharge rate, and proximity of the contaminants to the water table can all affect and control natural removal rates.
USGS scientists will join thousands of scientists, managers, and decision makers in Boston this week to present new findings on toxics at the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) conference in the Hynes Convention Center, Nov. 13-17.
On Nov. 3, USGS scientists Patrick Barnard and William Ellsworth will present a public lecture in Menlo Park, CA, providing Bay Area residents information about USGS research in the San Francisco Bay Area, including recent discoveries beneath San Francisco Bay and ongoing studies to better understand earthquake probabilities and the potential hazards associated with strong ground shaking.
Rivers and streams in the United States are releasing substantially more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously thought.
Meet the R/V Muskie and the R/V Kaho, the USGS Great Lakes Science Center's two newest additions to its Great Lakes research fleet!
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