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Date published: December 18, 2014

Secretary Jewell Announces New Wildlife and Climate Studies at the North Central Climate Science Center

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, is awarding nearly $400,000 to universities and other partners.

Date published: December 15, 2014

Urban Stream Contamination Increasing Rapidly Due to Road Salt

Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.

Date published: December 4, 2014

Get Your Wheels Spinning

As part of the continued US Topo maps revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis. 

Date published: November 24, 2014

Climate Change Could Affect Future of Lake Michigan Basin

Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.

Date published: October 21, 2014

Interior, Agriculture Departments Partner to Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality

A new partnership will provide a clearer picture of the benefits of farmers' conservation practices on the quality of our Nation's water.  Working together, USDA's NRCS and DOI's USGS will quantify the benefits of voluntary agricultural practices at a watershed scale.

Date published: July 28, 2014

Streamflow Increasing in Eastern Missouri River Basin, Decreasing Elsewhere

Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends. 

Date published: June 25, 2014

Carbon Storage in U.S. Eastern Ecosystems Helps Counter Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent).

Date published: June 19, 2014

USGS Streamgages Measure Record Flooding in South Dakota

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on the Big Sioux River and its tributaries in South Dakota.

Date published: May 22, 2014

Genetic Analysis Reveals Fish Eggs Found in Upper Mississippi River are not Asian Carp

Scientists have extracted DNA from fish eggs found in northern sections of the Upper Mississippi River and have determined that the eggs and larvae are not from Asian carp.

Date published: May 13, 2014

Coral Reefs are Critical for Risk Reduction & Adaptation

Stronger storms, rising seas, and flooding are placing hundreds of millions people at risk around the world, and big part of the solution to decrease those risks is just off shore. A new study finds that coral reefs reduce the wave energy that would otherwise impact coastlines by 97 percent.

Date published: April 16, 2014

Lack of Vitamin B1 Killing Great Lakes Fish

Great Lakes fish in the salmon family that rely on the fish “alewife” as part of their diet face a major obstacle in restoring naturally reproducing populations, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Fish and Shellfish Immunology.

Date published: December 19, 2013

Interior’s Secretary Jewell Announces New Wildlife and Climate Studies at the North Central Climate Science Center

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior's North Central Climate Science Center is awarding slightly more than one million dollars to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.