News Briefs - April-May 2018

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

    This article is part of the April-May 2018 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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    Date published: May 25, 2018

    USGS Fish Passage Research Helps Fish Get to Spawning Grounds

    The Blackstone River in Rhode Island is where one of the Nation’s first fish passages was built back in 1714 to help fish navigate past manmade obstructions so they could complete their instinctual migration cycles.

    Date published: April 23, 2018

    USGS Tracks How Hurricane Floodwaters Spread Non-Native Freshwater Plants and Animals

    Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate may have spread non-native freshwater plants and animals into new water bodies, where some of them can disrupt living communities or change the landscape.

    Date published: April 18, 2018

    USGS Rolls Out Groundbreaking Earthquake Study: The HayWired Earthquake Scenario

    USGS collaborates with key academic, state, local, and industry partners to provide a new look at what could happen during a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Date published: April 13, 2018

    Documentary about sea-level rise threatening the Republic of the Marshall Islands features USGS findings

    USGS research in the Republic of the Marshall Islands forms part of the scientific foundation of an interactive documentary released April 6 by PBS Frontline.

    Date published: April 12, 2018

    USGS beach and nearshore surveys in the media

    USGS oceanographer Dan Hoover explained how USGS coastal surveys are conducted and why they are important in a radio interview with NPR affiliate KCLU. KCLU was one of several outlets that reported on ...

    Date published: March 29, 2018

    New Control Methods Can Help Protect Coral Reefs from Invasive Species

    Honolulu, Hawaii – Control efforts such as the removal of shipwrecks and application of chlorine may help mitigate the damaging effects of corallimorph, which is a type of invasive anemone, on valuable coral reefs in the Central Pacific Ocean, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

    Date published: March 28, 2018

    Tracking the movement of sediment and contaminants from northern California wildfire areas to San Francisco Bay

    USGS research geologist Renee Takesue of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center collected 20 sediment samples from Sonoma Creek and Napa River north of San Francisco Bay on March 17.

    Date published: March 26, 2018

    Mapping Beach Changes After Devastating Montecito Debris Flows


    During the week of March 26, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will begin four days of mapping selected beaches and the adjacent seafloor in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Results will be compared to surveys from last fall to highlight changes due to winter waves, and to sediment inputs from area streams. 

    Date published: March 20, 2018

    USGS scientists lead investigation of tropical subterranean estuaries in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico!

    USGS scientists lead investigation of tropical subterranean estuaries in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico!