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: November 16, 2015

USGS Seeks National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Proposals

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $2 million in cooperative agreements to support participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) in 2016.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 10, 2015

New Interactive Flood Warning Tool Developed for Big Creek

A new interactive Flood Inundation Map to improve flood warnings and assist with emergency management along Big Creek in Alpharetta and Roswell, Georgia, was debuted during a ceremony today in Alpharetta’s Rock Mill Park.

Date published: November 9, 2015

Las Vegas Holds Key to Abrupt Climate Change

According to new U.S. Geological Survey research springs and marshes in the desert outside Las Vegas expanded and contracted dramatically in response to past episodes of abrupt climate change, even disappearing altogether for centuries at a time when conditions became too warm.

Date published: November 5, 2015

Removing Nitrogen from Groundwater Has New Ally: Anammox

USGS scientists have conducted the first-ever field measurements of anammox activity in groundwater, demonstrating that nitrogen removal from groundwater can occur through the action of naturally occurring bacteria. This research was conducted in collaboration with partners from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the University of Connecticut.

Date published: November 4, 2015

Report Shows Potential Groundwater Supplies in Valleys of New York’s Eastern Chemung County

Areas of sand and gravel in contact with the Chemung River are the most favorable for potential large-scale groundwater supply within the largest valleys of eastern Chemung County, New York, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. More modest water-supply potential was estimated in the valleys of Newtown, Baldwin, and Wynkoop Creeks.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 4, 2015

Acid Rain Effects on Forest Soils begin to Reverse

Soil acidification from acid rain that is harmful to plant and aquatic life has now begun to reverse in forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, according to an American-Canadian collaboration of five institutions led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: November 2, 2015

EarthWord – Juvenile Water

Juvenile water is “new” water that is in, or derived from, materials deep within the Earth and has not previously appeared at the Earth’s surface or circulated in the atmosphere. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 30, 2015

USGS Crews Measure Record Flooding in Central Texas

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding in parts of central Texas following intense rainfall.

Date published: October 28, 2015

U.S. Rivers Show Few Signs of Improvement from Historic Nitrate Increases

During 1945 to 1980, nitrate levels in large U.S. rivers increased up to fivefold in intensively managed agricultural areas of the Midwest, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. In recent decades, nitrate changes have been smaller and levels have remained high in most of the rivers studied.

Date published: October 26, 2015

Ancient Permafrost Quickly Transforms to Carbon Dioxide upon Thaw

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and key academic partners have quantified how rapidly ancient permafrost decomposes upon thawing and how much carbon dioxide is produced in the process.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 26, 2015

Uncovering the Mighty Mississippi’s Natural Potential for Nitrogen Removal

Working throughout the Mississippi River basin, USGS scientists and collaborators from the University of Texas at Austin have established the river’s own potential to decrease its load of nitrate and identified how certain basic river management practices could increase that potential.

Date published: October 21, 2015

Scientists Able to Track Contaminated Water from Lower Yakima Valley Wells to Sources

Scientists built upon a recently completed groundwater model of the Yakima River Basin to create a computer simulation that tracks well water back to its likely source area.