Water Resources


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: May 28, 2015

Heat Accelerates Dry in California Drought

Although record low precipitation has been the main driver of one of the worst droughts in California history, abnormally high temperatures have also played an important role in amplifying its adverse effects, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and university partners.

Date published: May 21, 2015

New Maps Reveal Seafloor off San Francisco Area

Three new sets of maps detail the offshore bathymetry, habitats, geology and submarine environment of the seafloor off the coast of San Francisco, Drakes Bay, and Tomales Point.

Date published: May 20, 2015

Media Advisory: USGS Responds to Record-Breaking Rains in Oklahoma

As moderate to major flooding in southern Oklahoma continues, multiple crews of U.S. Geological Survey scientists are in the field measuring how the recent heavy rains are impacting streamflows and streamgages.

Date published: May 19, 2015

Muskingum and Ohio River Flood Maps Can Help Prepare for Floods

New flood inundation maps and an updated flood warning system can help Marietta, Ohio, and other communities along the Lower Muskingum River and Ohio River prepare and plan for floods.

Date published: May 19, 2015

Media Advisory: USGS Measuring High Flows Around Denver

Crews from the U.S. Geological Survey are monitoring high streamflows due to sustained rain in various locations around Denver today.

Date published: May 18, 2015

Atmospheric Release of BPA May Reach Nearby Waterways

Water contamination by hormone-disrupting pollutants is a concern for water quality around the world. Existing research has determined that elevated concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in consumer products such as plastic food storage and beverage containers, have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater.

Date published: May 13, 2015

Spring Showers and Snowmelt: The State of Minnesota’s Groundwater

New research can help water resource managers quantify critical groundwater resources and assess the sustainability of long-term water use in Minnesota.

Date published: May 11, 2015

The Chemistry of Waters that Follow from Fracking: A Case Study

In a study of 13 hydraulically fractured shale gas wells in north-central Pennsylvania, USGS researchers found that the microbiology and organic chemistry of the produced waters varied widely from well to well.

Date published: May 11, 2015

Boom and Bust in the Boreal Forest: Climate Signals Seen in Bird Populations

Weaving concepts of ecology and climatology, recent interdisciplinary research by USGS and several university partners reveals how large-scale climate variability appears to connect boom-and-bust cycles in the seed production of the boreal (northern conifer) forests of Canada to massive, irregular movements of boreal birds.

Date published: May 1, 2015

Dam Removal Study Reveals River Resiliency

SEATTLE, Wash. — More than 1,000 dams have been removed across the United States because of safety concerns, sediment buildup, inefficiency or having otherwise outlived usefulness. A paper published today in Science finds that rivers are resilient and respond relatively quickly after a dam is removed.

Date published: April 21, 2015

Water Quality Characteristics Identified as Energy Exploration Continues in Monongahela River Basin

A recent study comparing historic water quality from the Monongahela River Basin in West Virginia found little change in the groundwater and few changes in the surface water samples, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: April 21, 2015

USGS Issues Revised Framework for Hydrogeology of Floridan Aquifer

USGS scientists have updated the hydrogeologic framework for the Floridan aquifer system that underlies Florida and parts of Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.