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What Happens to the Water? Assessing Water Quality in Areas with Hydraulically Fractured Oil and Gas Wells

Released: 3/3/2015 1:25:54 PM
More data and research are necessary to best understand the potential risks to water quality associated with unconventional oil and gas development in the United States, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Wildlife Researchers to Give Public Close-Up, Real-Time View of Big Game Fieldwork

Released: 3/2/2015 1:00:00 PM
Seeking insights to help moose, elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep populations, researchers from the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Geological Survey and other partners will spend much of March capturing animals on their winter ranges in western and southern Wyoming.

Science-Based Mitigation Techniques Benefit Greater Sage-Grouse

Released: 2/27/2015 3:25:11 PM
Greater sage-grouse nests found in natural gas development areas where mitigation actions were taken to minimize development impacts had slightly higher nest survival than similar areas where such actions were not taken, according to research by U.S. Geological Survey and others.

Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection

Released: 2/19/2015 2:15:00 PM
A paper published today in Science provides a case for increasing transparency and data collection to enable strategies for mitigating the effects of human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater injection associated with oil and gas production in the United States.

A Decade of Change in America's Arctic: New Land Cover Data Released for Alaska

Released: 2/18/2015 1:15:24 PM
The latest edition of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD 2011) for Alaska is now publicly available.

Conowingo Dam Above 90 Percent Capacity For Sediment Storage

Released: 2/18/2015 10:28:22 AM
The Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River is at about 92 percent capacity for sediment storage according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Show Me New Data for Show-Me State Maps

Released: 2/18/2015 9:30:00 AM
Newly released US Topo maps for Missouri now feature selected trails and other substantial updates. The data for the trails is provided to the USGS through a nation-wide “crowdsourcing” project managed by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).

Largest Dam Removal in U.S. History Scientifically Characterized

Released: 2/17/2015 12:00:00 PM
The effects of dam removal are better known as a result of several new studies released this week by government, tribal and university researchers. The scientists worked together to characterize the effects of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history occurring on the Elwha River of Washington State.

New Maps for Nevada Include Trails

Released: 2/11/2015 10:00:00 AM
Newly released US Topo maps for Nevada now feature selected trails. The data for the trails is provided to the USGS through a nation-wide “crowdsourcing” project managed by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).

Predicting Plant Responses to Drought

Released: 2/10/2015 11:15:00 AM
A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows how plants’ vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable or protect them from declines.

Virginia Earthquake Aftershocks Identify Previously Unknown Fault Zone

Released: 2/10/2015 9:25:52 AM
Aftershocks from the 2011 Virginia earthquake have helped scientists identify the previously unknown fault zone on which the earthquake occurred.


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