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: October 19, 2015

EarthWord: Hypoxia

Hypoxia sounds as bad as it is. It refers to an environment that is too low on oxygen to sustain most aerobic life, particularly an aquatic environment. Hypoxia is most problematic when it happens where oxygen is normally plentiful, because most living organisms require oxygen to continue living.

Date published: October 5, 2015

Media Advisory: USGS Crews out Measuring Record Breaking Inland Flooding

Heavy rains and hazardous weather conditions are occurring in western South Carolina, with record flooding occurring and more expected over parts of the region over the next several days.

Date published: October 5, 2015

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s SCIENCE! Aquifer Mapping Project Begins This Week

The City of Sioux Falls and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are conducting a state-of-the-art groundwater survey this fall. Beginning this week, CGG Canada Services, who is under contract with the City, will begin flying a helicopter over the Big Sioux Aquifer to collect, record, and map its geophysical measurements.

Date published: October 2, 2015

Atlantic Beaches Still Likely to be Affected by Hurricane Joaquin

As the path of Hurricane Joaquin continues to move farther offshore, making landfall in the U.S. less likely, U.S. Geological Survey coastal change experts say there’s still a high probability of dune erosion along parts of the Atlantic coast, from the North Carolina Outer Banks to Cape Cod.

Date published: October 2, 2015

Media Advisory: USGS Deploys Crews in Advance of Storm and Inland Flooding

Currently, heavy rains and hazardous weather conditions are predicted for western North Carolina and most of South Carolina by the National Weather Service, with flooding possible over parts of the region over the next several days.

Date published: October 1, 2015

Media Advisory: USGS Deploys Crews in Advance of Hurricane Joaquin in Virginia

USGS field crews will be out deploying storm tide sensors along the Virginia coast near Virginia Beach, along the Western Chesapeake Bay, and on the Eastern Shore ahead of Hurricane Joaquin. Storm tide sensors measure the tidal fluctuations and height of the tide relative to land surface.

Date published: October 1, 2015

Wichita’s Primary Water Supply Source Recovering Due to City’s Efforts

One of Wichita’s primary water-supply sources is recovering because of a strategy to reduce the amount of water withdrawn, according to a new report about the Equus Beds aquifer released by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of a long-term, continuing cooperative partnership with the city of Wichita.

Date published: September 28, 2015

Storms after Wildfire Lead to Impaired Water Quality

Water quality can be substantially diminished for several years after wildfire in response to relatively common local thunderstorms, according to a recent USGS study.

Date published: September 23, 2015

Citizen Scientists to Monitor Treasure Valley Water Quality

On Saturday morning, October 10, citizen scientists will gather at 14 sites throughout southern Idaho’s Treasure Valley to monitor water quality in the Boise River watershed.

Date published: September 22, 2015

New Tools and Knowledge to Aid in Columbia Plateau Groundwater Management

A comprehensive report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey provides new knowledge and tools to aid in the management of critical Columbia Plateau resources while coping with declines in groundwater levels and the uncertainties of climate change.

Date published: September 16, 2015

Media Advisory: USGS Deploys Crews to Site of Flash Flood

U.S. Geological Survey real-time monitoring captured flash flooding in southwest Utah that occurred as a result of intense thunderstorms with rainfall rates estimated as high as three inches per hour. Particularly hard hit was the town of Hildale, Utah and Zion National Park. The flash flood has resulted in 16 deaths.

Date published: September 16, 2015

Predicting Pesticides in Streams and Rivers: Where is Water Quality at Risk?

A new interactive mapping tool provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the Nation and identifies which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life.