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: January 26, 2015

Natural Breakdown of Petroleum Underground Can Lace Arsenic into Groundwater

In a long-term field study, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Virginia Tech scientists have found that changes in geochemistry from the natural breakdown of petroleum hydrocarbons underground can promote the chemical release (mobilization) of naturally occurring arsenic into groundwater. This geochemical change can result in potentially significant arsenic groundwater contamination.

Date published: January 22, 2015

USGS Groundwater Toolbox: A New Way to Analyze Hydrologic Data

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a convenient and informative new method for the analysis of groundwater and surface-water hydrologic data called the Groundwater (GW) Toolbox.

Date published: January 21, 2015

Report Outlines Potential Groundwater Resources in Orange County’s Ramapo River and Woodbury Creek Valleys

Several areas with modest water-resource potential within the valleys of the Ramapo River and Woodbury Creek have been identified in eastern Orange County, New York. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 14, 2015

Newly Released Web-based Tool Aims to Provide Real-time Walker River Basin Hydrologic Data

The newly released web-based Walker Basin Hydro Mapper aims to provide real-time visualization of streamflow, and waterbody stage and volume in the Walker River Basin.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 9, 2015

Chemicals in Elk River Spill Lingered Longer, Traveled Farther:

A year after the January 9, 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River that affected the drinking water of 300,000 Charleston area residents, scientists continue to provide new information to increase understanding of the chemicals in the spill and how they traveled through the water system.  

Date published: December 16, 2014

High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2013, and 2011 to 2013.

Date published: December 15, 2014

Urban Stream Contamination Increasing Rapidly Due to Road Salt

Average chloride concentrations often exceed toxic levels in many northern United States streams due to the use of salt to deice winter pavement, and the frequency of these occurrences nearly doubled in two decades.

Date published: December 8, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Region Streams are Warming

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change.

Date published: November 24, 2014

Climate Change Could Affect Future of Lake Michigan Basin

Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects.

Date published: November 24, 2014

Data Show Northern Idaho Superfund Cleanup is Improving Water Quality

A new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-led efforts to clean up historical mining contamination in the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane River basins are improving water quality. 

Date published: November 17, 2014

USGS Assesses Current Groundwater-Quality Conditions in the Williston Basin Oil Production Area

Energy development in the Williston Basin oil production area of Montana and North Dakota, which includes the Bakken and Three Forks Formations, has not affected shallow groundwater quality, according to a recently published study in the journalGroundwater.

Date published: November 13, 2014

Baseline Groundwater Quality Studies Find Naturally Occurring Methane in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Well-water tested in Wayne and Pike counties contains low-to-moderate concentrations of naturally occurring methane, according to new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Attribution: Water Resources