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Date published: March 27, 2001

USGS Monitors Flooding in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

The first days of spring brought a storm of activity to the USGS office in Northborough, Mass. Recent rains have U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and technicians busily measuring high flows in rivers throughout eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Recorded flood flows can aid in design of bridges, road elevations, and are used to determine flood-prone areas.

Date published: March 22, 2001

Sacramento River Water Generally OK -

There’s good news and bad news for the Sacramento River system, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. "The water quality of the Sacramento River and its major tributaries, such as the Feather and American rivers, is generally healthful for drinking and irrigation water, recreation, and the protection of fish and other aquatic life," said USGS Project Manager,Joseph Domagalski.

Date published: March 21, 2001

Not Just Another Library - At the USGS in Menlo Park

With more than 400,000 volumes and 35,000 maps, the library of the U. S. Geological Survey, at 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, is the largest earth-science library on the West Coast, and part of the largest earth sciences library system in the world.

Date published: March 21, 2001

Reptiles and Amphibians of Coastal Southern California

The highly developed and urbanized area of coastal southern California is host to one of the richest regions of amphibians and reptiles in the United States, and includes several species with state- and federal-protected status.

Date published: March 20, 2001

Blackouts Will Not Affect USGS Earthquake Monitoring or Posting of Information

Power outages that may occur on the San Francisco peninsula will not affect the earthquake monitoring ability of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.

Date published: March 15, 2001

Scientists Return to Ancient Impact Crater

March will mark the beginning of a new field season for scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its cooperators who will begin drilling a second core hole into an impact structure created 35 million years ago when an asteroid or comet slammed into the ocean near the present-day mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

Date published: March 14, 2001

Desert Tortoise Council to Meet in Tucson

The health and environment of desert tortoises will be the focus of the 26th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council, in Tucson, Ariz., March 16 through 19.

Date published: March 10, 2001

Spring Rains Help Water Levels

March rains helped water levels increase across Maryland and Delaware, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, water storage in the Baltimore reservoir system increased by 5 percent to 92 percent of capacity at the end of March.

Date published: March 7, 2001

Earthquake Shakes Eastern Tennessee

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.2 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred today (Mar. 7), about 15 miles (30 km) WNW of Athens, Tennessee at 11:12 am local time (Eastern Standard Time). The earthquake was felt in Athens. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

Date published: March 6, 2001

Removal of Obsolete Forest Roads Can Reduce Erosion and Sediment That Impair Salmon-bearing Streams

Removing abandoned forest roads and restoring the natural characteristics of slopes and stream channels in the Redwood National and State Parks in northern California have substantially reduced the delivery of sediment to salmon-bearing streams, according to a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 2, 2001

Science, Mitigation Helped Preserve Seattle during Quake

Advanced seismic monitoring, long term research, a commitment to hazard preparedness and mitigation and some good luck all played a role in ensuring that yesterday’s earthquake near Seattle was not more devastating.

Date published: March 1, 2001

Minor Aftershock hits Seattle

A minor aftershock struck the Seattle area early Thursday morning, March 1, 2001. The aftershock, which struck at 1:10 a.m. local time, had a preliminary magnitude of 3.4 and was felt throughout the Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia area.