Contamination and pollution
Introduction of harmful substances into the environment by human action or natural processes.
Understanding processes affecting mineral deposits in humid environments [ More info] Contaminants from mines move more easily from ore materials and mine waste piles to surrounding estuaries and living organisms when water moves through the mine site. Geochemical results shown here will help people mitigate the negative effects.
Upper Mississippi River basin: sediments, contaminants, and nutrients [ More info] Downloadable data and map images depicting sedimentation changes and contaminants in sediments in the upper Mississippi River.
Urban development results in stressors that degrade stream ecosystems [ More info] Explains which aspects of stream ecosystems are harmed by urban development and how, along with implications for those who manage urban ecosystems.
Use of Semipermeable Membrane Devices (SPMDs) in Petroleum Polluted Waters [ More info] Provides a brief discussion of issues surrounding the use and capabilities of SPMDs, which can be used in monitoring petroleum spills.
Using geochemical and statistical tools to identify irrigated areas that might contain high selenium concentrations in surface water [ More info] Program using pattern recognition analysis and classification models to determine areas of irrigated land with concentrations of selenium.
Using science to strengthen our Nation's resilience to tomorrow's challenges: understanding and preparing for coastal impacts [ More info] Specific steps that USGS is taking to gather scientific information that will help coastal communities prepare for changes, both sudden, like hurricanes, and gradual, like rising sea level.
Wastewater Indicators Shown to Degrade in Streams [ More info] Research findings and examples of application to real problems--the stability of contaminants that indicate human wastewater needs to be considered.
Water co-produced with coalbed methane in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming: preliminary compositional data [ More info] Compositional data on water from 47 CBM wells sampled in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Data on major, minor, and trace elements are included.
Water quality information pages [ More info] Homepage of the Office of Water Quality programs on the quality of the Nation's surface water and ground water resources, with links to general information, quality assurance, software, data, publications, USGS facilities, techniques, and programs.
Water resources of Michigan - protection of drinking water sources [ More info] Links to descriptions, publications, and photos of research projects in Michigan related to drinking water including source assessment, ground water availability, water resources, and contaminants in water.
Water science for schools: water quality [ More info] Educational site for elementary school students on water quality with links to related topics including pesticides in ground water, kid's view, urbanization and water and others.
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