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May 20, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Are you interested in learning more about the groundwater and surface water systems of Snake Valley in eastern Nevada? Please join scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Nevada, Reno at one of two public presentations in Baker and Ely.

Irrigation ditch alongside an agricultural field.
May 18, 2016

If past patterns of California land-use change continue, projected water needs by the year 2062 will increase beyond current supply.

Tanner Creek outfall
May 17, 2016

A new study found high concentrations of commonly used insecticides in streams running through the highly urbanized portion of Clackamas County.

Photo of the National Water Quality Lab building
May 16, 2016

Forty years ago, water samples from around the country started flowing into the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Laboratory in Colorado.

Mount St. Helens before and after 1980 eruption
May 12, 2016

May is Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington, providing residents an opportunity to become more familiar with volcanic hazards in their communities and learn about steps they can take to reduce potential impacts.

May 10, 2016

A new study from the USGS assesses water quality data for the Juniata River Basin in Western Blair County, Pennsylvania.

USGS science for a changing world
May 4, 2016

Elevated levels of trace metals such as iron, lead, nickel and zinc were found in streams of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles, California, at water-quality levels higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s Aquatic Life Ambient Water Quality Criteria, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

USGS scientist collecting samples at Crater Lake, Oregon
May 4, 2016

Warming air temperature is predicted to change water temperature and water column mixing in Oregon’s Crater Lake over the next several decades, potentially impacting the clarity and health of the iconic lake, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released today.

view across Ashumet Pond, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with sampling grid markers in forground
April 28, 2016

A recent scientific study shows new, important information about how groundwater cannot only contribute nutrients such as nitrogen to lakes, but can also carry it away. Nitrogen is an important nutrient but harmful when over-supplied. The fate and transport of nitrogen are critically important issues for human and aquatic ecosystem health.

Collecting Water Data Using a Pressure Gage, Armenia
April 26, 2016

South Dakota-based scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey are helping to restore a depleted aquifer and build in-country expertise for managing groundwater in the Ararat Basin of Armenia.