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Biological and Invasive Studies

The USGS Texas Water Science Center has conducted multiple studies on the health and variability of fish and invertebrate populations in Texas waters.  Studies include population surveys for fish, mussels, benthic invertebrates, and algal communities; stream-habitat assessment; and long-term monitoring of invasive species and responses to contamination.

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Biological Resources of Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas

Innovations in three-dimensional seismic surveying technology spawned an unprecedented wave of oil and gas prospecting throughout Big Thicket National Preserve. The preserve resource managers were concerned about the potential impacts to aquatic resources from these operations. The USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) provided a baseline assessment of the biological resources in the preserve...
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Biological Resources of Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas

Innovations in three-dimensional seismic surveying technology spawned an unprecedented wave of oil and gas prospecting throughout Big Thicket National Preserve. The preserve resource managers were concerned about the potential impacts to aquatic resources from these operations. The USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) provided a baseline assessment of the biological resources in the preserve...
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Biological Resources in Big Bend National Park

The USGS Texas Water Science Center provided Big Bend National Park with a comprehensive assessment of the status of instream and riparian-zone biological resources along with information and tools needed by Park staff to address the effects of continued low flows and water-quality degradation of the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park.
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Biological Resources in Big Bend National Park

The USGS Texas Water Science Center provided Big Bend National Park with a comprehensive assessment of the status of instream and riparian-zone biological resources along with information and tools needed by Park staff to address the effects of continued low flows and water-quality degradation of the Rio Grande through Big Bend National Park.
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Water Quality Monitoring of Arundo Cane Removal Treatment

The USGS Texas Water Science Center is evaluating the water-quality effects of certain herbicides used in Arundo cane eradication along the Rio Grande from Del Rio downstream to the confluence with Sycamore Creek (approximately 10 miles), along which the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) will be conducting cane eradication using herbicides.
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Water Quality Monitoring of Arundo Cane Removal Treatment

The USGS Texas Water Science Center is evaluating the water-quality effects of certain herbicides used in Arundo cane eradication along the Rio Grande from Del Rio downstream to the confluence with Sycamore Creek (approximately 10 miles), along which the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) will be conducting cane eradication using herbicides.
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Water Quality Monitoring at Offshore Artificial Reefs

USGS Texas Water Science Center scientists are collecting physical and chemical water properties at selected Texas artificial reefs to provide the initial foundation to establish the status and long-term trends in the environment and information essential for sound management decisions and long-term planning.
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Water Quality Monitoring at Offshore Artificial Reefs

USGS Texas Water Science Center scientists are collecting physical and chemical water properties at selected Texas artificial reefs to provide the initial foundation to establish the status and long-term trends in the environment and information essential for sound management decisions and long-term planning.
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National Water-Quality Assessment Project in Texas - Surface Water Activities

The USGS National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project was established by Congress in 1992 to answer the following question:What is the status of the Nation’s water quality and is it getting better or worse? Since 1992, NAWQA has been a primary source of nationally consistent data and information on the quality of the Nation’s streams and groundwater. Data and information obtained from...
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National Water-Quality Assessment Project in Texas - Surface Water Activities

The USGS National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project was established by Congress in 1992 to answer the following question:What is the status of the Nation’s water quality and is it getting better or worse? Since 1992, NAWQA has been a primary source of nationally consistent data and information on the quality of the Nation’s streams and groundwater. Data and information obtained from...
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Effects of Huisache Removal on Evapotranspiration

USGS Texas Water Science Center scientists are evaluating potential changes in the hydrologic budget, specifically evapotranspiration, as a result of brush management (applied to huisache) as a conservation practice.
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Effects of Huisache Removal on Evapotranspiration

USGS Texas Water Science Center scientists are evaluating potential changes in the hydrologic budget, specifically evapotranspiration, as a result of brush management (applied to huisache) as a conservation practice.
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Cyanobacteria Methods

Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) scientists are testing different methods of detecting and quantifying cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in Texas reservoirs. The results of these tests could be used to develop a cost-effective monitoring plan to evaluate the presence and concentration of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in Texas reservoirs.
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Cyanobacteria Methods

Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) scientists are testing different methods of detecting and quantifying cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in Texas reservoirs. The results of these tests could be used to develop a cost-effective monitoring plan to evaluate the presence and concentration of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in Texas reservoirs.
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Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program (ZMMP)

The zebra mussel is an invasive species that has spread rapidly in the United States. The first confirmed detection of zebra mussels in Texas occurred in 2009 at Lake Texoma along the Texas–Oklahoma border. The USGS Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program for Texas (ZMMP) began in April 2010 and has expanded over time in response to the continued spread of zebra mussels in Texas.
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Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program (ZMMP)

The zebra mussel is an invasive species that has spread rapidly in the United States. The first confirmed detection of zebra mussels in Texas occurred in 2009 at Lake Texoma along the Texas–Oklahoma border. The USGS Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program for Texas (ZMMP) began in April 2010 and has expanded over time in response to the continued spread of zebra mussels in Texas.
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Effects of Brush Management on Water Budget and Water Quantity, Honey Creek State Natural Area

Woody vegetation, including ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei), has encroached on areas in central Texas that were historically oak grassland savannah. Encroachment of woody vegetation is generally attributed to overgrazing and fire suppression. Removing ashe juniper and allowing native grasses to reestablish in the area as a brush management conservation practice might change the hydrology in the...
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Effects of Brush Management on Water Budget and Water Quantity, Honey Creek State Natural Area

Woody vegetation, including ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei), has encroached on areas in central Texas that were historically oak grassland savannah. Encroachment of woody vegetation is generally attributed to overgrazing and fire suppression. Removing ashe juniper and allowing native grasses to reestablish in the area as a brush management conservation practice might change the hydrology in the...
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