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Browse the list below for news, announcements, events, project updates, and other information related to the Water Resources Mission Area.

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Date published: September 12, 2019

Groundwater age-dating simplified

A new USGS report documents a simple method to classify groundwater age as premodern (recharged before 1953), modern (recharge in 1953 or later), or a mix of the two. The method—tritium-based age classification, or TBAC—requires just a single measurement of tritium, along with knowledge of sample date and location...

Date published: September 5, 2019

USGS Scientists Document Hurricane Dorian’s Impacts

Editor’s Note: This story was revised Sept. 10, 2019 to include the later phases of USGS’ response to Hurricane Dorian.

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at www.usgs.gov/dorian.

Date published: September 2, 2019

USGS deploying about 150 storm-tide sensors in the Carolinas

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at www.usgs.gov/dorian.

Date published: August 29, 2019

USGS deploying 175 storm-tide sensors in Fla., Ga.

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published Aug. 29 and was updated Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 to reflect changes in the number and locations of sensor deployments as Hurricane Dorian's forecast track changed.

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Dorian, visit the USGS Hurricane Dorian page at www.usgs.gov/dorian.

Date published: August 29, 2019

Throughout Hurricane Season, USGS Science is There Before, During and After the Storm

When a major storm threatens to make landfall in the United States or its territories, the USGS provides comprehensive scientific capabilities and information that decision makers, emergency responders and communities can use to help them prepare, cope and recover from a storm.

Date published: August 26, 2019

New Tools for Flood Preparedness Available for Medina River Near Bandera, Texas

New tools for flood preparedness are now available for the Medina River near Bandera, Texas, from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, and the Texas Water Development Board.

Date published: August 20, 2019

Isotopic tracers in fish in Northeast provide clue to mercury sources

Isotopes of mercury in fish can indicate the source of that mercury, reports a new study from the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment

Date published: August 16, 2019

Groundwater in Moab Area Less than Previously Reported

A new assessment of groundwater resources in the Spanish Valley watershed in southern Utah shows an amount that is about 30–40% lower than previously reported, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report.

Date published: August 9, 2019

USGS National Water Quality Laboratory protocols effective at minimizing false-positive pesticide results

A new analysis of USGS National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) quality-control protocols finds that “false-positive” and “false negative” results—reporting that a compound is present in a sample when it is not or that a compound is not present when it is—are minimal.

Date published: August 8, 2019

What's In Your Stream? Get Online to Find Out!

A new update to an online interactive tool for learning about pesticides, nutrients, and overall stream health in major regions of the U.S. is available from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Regional Stream Quality Assessment.

Date published: August 8, 2019

Contaminants present in many parts of the Glacial aquifer system

Are you one of 30 million Americans whose drinking-water supply relies on groundwater from the glacial aquifer system?  A new USGS study assesses the quality of untreated groundwater from this critical water resource, which underlies parts of 25 northern U.S. states.

Date published: July 1, 2019

Marcellus Shale natural-gas production not currently causing widespread hydrocarbon contamination of domestic wells that tap shallow upland groundwater

A new USGS study reports that shale-gas production in northern Pennsylvania has not currently caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination in the upland aquifer zone used for domestic supply.