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: August 29, 2019

Throughout Hurricane Season, USGS Science is There Before, During and After the Storm

When a major storm threatens to make landfall in the United States or its territories, the USGS provides comprehensive scientific capabilities and information that decision makers, emergency responders and communities can use to help them prepare, cope and recover from a storm.

Date published: August 26, 2019

New Tools for Flood Preparedness Available for Medina River Near Bandera, Texas

New tools for flood preparedness are now available for the Medina River near Bandera, Texas, from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, and the Texas Water Development Board.

Date published: August 20, 2019

Isotopic tracers in fish in Northeast provide clue to mercury sources

Isotopes of mercury in fish can indicate the source of that mercury, reports a new study from the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment

Date published: August 16, 2019

Groundwater in Moab Area Less than Previously Reported

A new assessment of groundwater resources in the Spanish Valley watershed in southern Utah shows an amount that is about 30–40% lower than previously reported, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report.

Date published: August 9, 2019

USGS National Water Quality Laboratory protocols effective at minimizing false-positive pesticide results

A new analysis of USGS National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) quality-control protocols finds that “false-positive” and “false negative” results—reporting that a compound is present in a sample when it is not or that a compound is not present when it is—are minimal.

Date published: August 8, 2019

What's In Your Stream? Get Online to Find Out!

A new update to an online interactive tool for learning about pesticides, nutrients, and overall stream health in major regions of the U.S. is available from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Regional Stream Quality Assessment.

Date published: August 8, 2019

Contaminants present in many parts of the Glacial aquifer system

Are you one of 30 million Americans whose drinking-water supply relies on groundwater from the glacial aquifer system?  A new USGS study assesses the quality of untreated groundwater from this critical water resource, which underlies parts of 25 northern U.S. states.

Date published: July 1, 2019

Marcellus Shale natural-gas production not currently causing widespread hydrocarbon contamination of domestic wells that tap shallow upland groundwater

A new USGS study reports that shale-gas production in northern Pennsylvania has not currently caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination in the upland aquifer zone used for domestic supply.

Date published: June 28, 2019

Bringing USGS hydrologic science and data to the 150th-anniversary Powell Colorado River Expedition

Jessica Lucido (Water Resources Mission Area) joins the 1,000-mile expedition following John Wesley Powell’s historic journey down the Colorado River on July 5.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: May 31, 2019

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is Here, USGS is Ready

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, and the U.S. Geological Survey is prepared to provide science that can help guide efforts to protect lives and property if a major storm makes landfall this season.