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: July 17, 2014

USGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Water Resources Research Act

The U.S. Geological Survey joins its many partners in other federal agencies, at universities, and in state and local governments in recognizing the importance of the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: July 8, 2014

USGS Release: Large Rivers in U.S. are Becoming Less Acidic

Several large rivers in the U.S. are less acidic now, due to decreasing acidic inputs, such as industrial waste, acid mine drainage, and atmospheric deposition.

Date published: June 16, 2014

Human Activities Increase Salt Content in Many of the Nation’s Streams

Concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, are elevated in many of the Nations streams as a result of human activities, according to a new USGS study.

Date published: May 22, 2014

Study Aids Water Managers Battle Saltwater Intrusion

Scientists are using a cadre of new weapons in the battle against an old nemesis – saltwater intrusion.

Date published: March 17, 2014

Media Advisory: Speed Date with a Drought Scientist

How does drought affect California's water supply? Does it impact the surface water only, or what about groundwater? How does it impact water quality? What about streamflow? How is the water shortage affecting ecosystems? How is the drought related to climate change?

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: March 17, 2014

Nutrients in Upper Mississippi May be Damaging La Crosse-Area Waters

High concentrations of nutrients from the Upper Mississippi River may be causing harmful algae and duckweed growth in some La Crosse-area lakes and backwaters.

Date published: March 12, 2014

Land Use Impacts Aquatic Life in Illinois River Basin

The biology of small streams in the Illinois River Basin has been disturbed by a mix of factors, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.

Date published: March 10, 2014

New Maps of Afghanistan Provide "Fingerprint" of Natural Resources

A coalition of scientists from the United States and Afghanistan today released 60 high-tech maps that will help Afghanistan chart a course for future economic development.  These maps represent a milestone as Afghanistan is the first country to be almost completely mapped using hyperspectral imaging data.

Date published: February 27, 2014

Pollutants Pose Threat to Mekong River Residents

Portions of the Mekong River Basin contain hotspots of persistent organic pollutants that pose a significant threat to the residents and wildlife of the Mekong Basin, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: February 13, 2014

Drought Affects Streamflow Across California

With California experiencing its worst drought in over a century, 2013 is in the record books as the driest calendar year in the state’s 119-year recorded history.

Date published: January 13, 2014

New Tools to Address Boise River’s Phosphorus Problem

Resource managers in southwestern Idaho have a new set of tools for reducing phosphorus concentrations in the lower Boise River

Date published: January 9, 2014

The Connected Consequences of River Dams

In a case study of dams on the upper Missouri River, USGS researchers have demonstrated that an upstream dam is still a major control of river dynamics where the backwater effects of a downstream reservoir begin. 

Attribution: Water Resources