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Date published: December 1, 2011

Groundwater Storage Losses Substantial Across Eight State Aquifer System

More than 280 million acre-feet of groundwater has been withdrawn from the Mississippi embayment aquifer system between 1870-2007, according to a new water modeling tool developed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: November 14, 2011

Red Dye Study will Temporarily Discolor the Des Plaines River near Lemont

A harmless red dye will temporarily discolor the Des Plaines River near Lemont, Ill., for scientific research purposes starting on Nov. 15.

Date published: July 28, 2011

Red Dye Study will Temporarily Discolor the Des Plaines River near Lemont

Note:  This study has been postponed due to high water levels on the Des Plaines River. It will be rescheduled within the next few months.

A harmless red dye will temporarily discolor the Des Plaines River near Lemont, Ill., for scientific research purposes starting on Aug. 2.

Date published: July 20, 2011

Landsat Satellites Track Continued Missouri River Flooding

Flooding along the Missouri River continues as shown in Landsat satellite images of the Nebraska and Iowa border. Heavy rains and snowmelt have caused the river to remain above flood stage for an extended period.

Date published: June 10, 2011

Flood Risk Determines Wetland Restoration Potential Along Missouri River

High or low flood risks can determine where wetland restoration might occur on the lower Missouri River, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey Columbia Environmental Research Center and the Nature Conservancy’s Missouri River Program.

Date published: April 26, 2011

USGS Director Welcomes Independent Panel Report Confirming that Scientific Basis for New Madrid Seismic Hazard is Sound

The National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council has issued a new report in which independent experts conclude that current USGS estimates for significant earthquake hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone—affecting eight central and eastern U.S states—are based on sound science.

Date published: November 17, 2010

Rare Earth Elements in U.S. Not So Rare

Approximately 13 million metric tons of rare earth elements (REE) exist within known deposits in the United States, according to the first-ever nationwide estimate of these elements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: May 17, 2010

Testing the Waters on Chicago’s 63rd Street Beach

Observers along Chicago’s 63rd Street Beach might notice the water has turned bright red-orange. It is all part of a scientific study to see how Lake Michigan’s waters move along the beach.

Date published: November 9, 2009

Pesticide Levels Decline in Corn Belt Rivers

Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in "Corn Belt" rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Date published: September 16, 2009

Chloride Found at Levels that Can Harm Aquatic Life in Urban Streams of the Northern U.S.

Levels of chloride, a component of salt, are elevated in many urban streams and groundwater across the northern U.S., according to a new government study. Chloride levels above the recommended federal criteria set to protect aquatic life were found in more than 40 percent of urban streams tested. The study was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: August 10, 2009

What Science Says About Beach Sand and Stomach Aches

By washing your hands after digging in beach sand, you could greatly reduce your risk of ingesting bacteria that could make you sick. In new research, scientists have determined that, although beach sand is a potential source of bacteria and viruses, hand rinsing may effectively reduce exposure to microbes that cause gastrointestinal illnesses.

Date published: September 30, 2008

Hurricane Ike’s Effects Linger in the Great Lakes

Although Hurricane Ike is long gone, its impact lingers more than a thousand miles from where it made landfall.  Runoff from tributaries dumped massive amounts of sediment into Lake Michigan, contaminating the water, compromising near-shore navigation and raising E coli bacteria to levels unsafe for swimming.