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Industrial water use: Brunswick Cellulose paper plant, Brunswick, Georgia
June 19, 2018

Reductions in water use first observed in 2010 continue, show ongoing effort towards “efficient use of critical water resources.”

Image shows a male white-tailed deer facing to the left of the image.
June 19, 2018

A new statistical approach to disease surveillance may improve scientists’ and managers’ ability to detect chronic wasting disease earlier in white-tailed deer by targeting higher-risk animals. This approach can also provide financial and personnel savings for agencies that are required to monitor for wildlife diseases, including the National Park Service, or NPS. 

Satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico and coastline, Gulf Hypoxic Zone
June 7, 2018

NOAA's annual prediction based on USGS data

Ten Mile Creek
May 24, 2018

An ecosystem services approach combined with adaptive decision-making can aid land and resource managers in administering their regions for the benefit of communities and stakeholders, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey and Resources for the Future

Image shows industrial piles of gray rock
May 18, 2018

The Department of the Interior today published a list of 35 mineral commodities considered critical to the economic and national security of the United States. This list will be the initial focus of a multi-agency strategy due in August this year to implement President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order to break America's dependence on foreign minerals

Image: Monitoring Gas Emissions from Kilauea Volcano
May 17, 2018

With ash eruptions occurring from Kilauea’s summit this week, there is a threat of an even larger steam-driven violent explosion. Such an eruption could happen suddenly and send volcanic ash 20,000 feet into the air, threatening communities for miles.

Secretary Zinke poses with Dr. Jim Reilly of the USGS.
May 14, 2018

Geoscientist/Astronaut/Explorer Will Lead Interior Agency

Glowing lava flowing down a stream channel with tall rock banks.People watch from the bank tops.
May 8, 2018

Representatives of the news media are invited to join a telephone briefing for the latest updates on Kīlauea's volcanic activity and its impacts.

lone road lined by palm trees on a small flat island, with water from the sea washing over the road
April 25, 2018

Sea-level rise and wave-driven flooding will negatively impact freshwater resources on many low-lying atoll islands in such a way that many could be uninhabitable in just a few decades.

A Cuban treefrog on a palm frond
April 25, 2018

A population of exotic invasive Cuban treefrogs has been discovered in New Orleans, more than 430 miles (700 kilometers) from the nearest known population in Florida, making this the first known breeding population in the mainland United States outside that state, reports a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Scroll down to hear and download calls of Cuban treefrogs and two native treefrogs.

An image of a Giant Applesnail
April 23, 2018

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate may have spread non-native freshwater plants and animals into new water bodies, where some of them can disrupt living communities or change the landscape.

Wind turbines
April 19, 2018

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association, released the United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) and the USWTDB Viewer to access this new public dataset.