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USGS provides easy access to Colorado River science with new online portal

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Tailored sediment sampling can lead to more effective management

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USGS scientists with the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative lead field tour to share science outcomes with partners and stakeholders.

Publications

Krumholzibacteriota and Deltaproteobacteria contain rare genetic potential to liberate carbon from monoaromatic compounds in subsurface coal seams

Biogenic methane in subsurface coal seam environments is produced by diverse consortia of microbes. Although this methane is useful for global energy security, it remains unclear which microbes can liberate carbon from the coal. Most of this carbon is relatively resistant to biodegradation, as it is contained within aromatic rings. Thus, to explore for coal-degrading taxa in the subsurface, this s
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Bronwyn C. Campbell, Paul Greenfield, Elliott Barnhart, Se Gong, David J. Midgley, Ian T. Paulsen, Simon C. George

Yellowstone River fish bypass channel physical and hydraulic monitoring, Montana

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, began monitoring the Yellowstone River fish bypass channel according to the specifications of the Lower Yellowstone Adaptive Management and Monitoring Plan. The fish bypass channel was constructed to provide upstream migrating fish with a route around a diversion dam. The objective of this study is to monitor the physical a
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J. Brooks Stephens, Jason S. Alexander, Seth A. Siefken

Naegleria fowleri detected in Grand Teton National Park Hot Springs

The free-living thermophilic amoeba Naegleria fowleri (N. fowleri) causes the highly fatal disease primary amoebic meningoencephalitis. The environmental conditions that are favorable to the growth and proliferation of N. fowleri are not well-defined, especially in northern regions of the United States. In this study, we used culture-based methods and multiple molecular approaches to detect and an
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Elliott Barnhart, Stacy Kinsey, Peter R. Wright, Sara L. Caldwell Eldridge, Vince Hill, Amy Kahler, Mia Mattioli, Robert S. Cornman, Deborah D. Iwanowicz, Zachary Eddy, Sandra Halonen, Rebecca C. Mueller, Brent Peyton, Geoffrey Puzon

Science

Water-Quality and Fish Tissue Data from Boneau and Williamson Reservoirs, Chippewa Cree Tribe Rocky Boy's Reservation, Box Elder, Montana, May - September 2022

Water and fish tissue were sampled in Boneau and Williamson reservoirs, Rocky Boy's Reservation, near Box Elder, Montana. The sampling was part of a program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sampling was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Chippewa Cree Tribe, to characterize background water quality and mercury in fish tissue within the tribal lands.
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Water-Quality and Fish Tissue Data from Boneau and Williamson Reservoirs, Chippewa Cree Tribe Rocky Boy's Reservation, Box Elder, Montana, May - September 2022

Water and fish tissue were sampled in Boneau and Williamson reservoirs, Rocky Boy's Reservation, near Box Elder, Montana. The sampling was part of a program funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sampling was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Chippewa Cree Tribe, to characterize background water quality and mercury in fish tissue within the tribal lands.
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Kootenai River Basin Dissolved Selenium Data

Water-quality sampling for selenium in the Lake Koocanusa Basin has been occurring since 1972. The USGS WY-MT WSC began a sampling program on the lake in 2018. Water-quality data are collected on the inflows to Lake Koocanusa, in the lake itself, and on the Kootenai River downstream of Libby Dam. All data are available online. Data in graphs are updated monthly to present the latest results. All...
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Kootenai River Basin Dissolved Selenium Data

Water-quality sampling for selenium in the Lake Koocanusa Basin has been occurring since 1972. The USGS WY-MT WSC began a sampling program on the lake in 2018. Water-quality data are collected on the inflows to Lake Koocanusa, in the lake itself, and on the Kootenai River downstream of Libby Dam. All data are available online. Data in graphs are updated monthly to present the latest results. All...
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Selected Water-Quality Regulation Resources for the Koocanusa Watershed in the United States and Canada

The United States, Canada, the States of Montana and Idaho, and Province of British Columbia all have different regulatory levels for the selenium, nitrate, and sulfate that affect the rivers and lakes in the Kootenei Basin. Links to those entities’ web pages describing the different regulations are provided to help provide perspective to the results of this study.
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Selected Water-Quality Regulation Resources for the Koocanusa Watershed in the United States and Canada

The United States, Canada, the States of Montana and Idaho, and Province of British Columbia all have different regulatory levels for the selenium, nitrate, and sulfate that affect the rivers and lakes in the Kootenei Basin. Links to those entities’ web pages describing the different regulations are provided to help provide perspective to the results of this study.
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