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Date published: April 4, 2016

Rodgers Creek Fault Traced through Santa Rosa

For the first time, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have mapped the active surface trace of the Rodgers Creek Fault through the central part of the northern California city of Santa Rosa. Urban development has, until now, obscured its exact location.

Date published: April 1, 2016

Media Advisory: Second Round of USGS Studies Begin to Define What Minerals Lie Beneath Portions of the Upper Midwest

Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Ralph-Escanaba-Menominee region.

Date published: March 29, 2016

New Maps Illuminate Monterey Bay Area Seafloor

Six new sets of maps reveal the diverse and complex range of seafloor habitats along 130 kilometers (80 miles) of the central California coast from the Monterey Peninsula north to Pigeon Point. The publicly available maps can be used by a large stakeholder community to understand and manage California’s vast and valuable marine resources. 

Date published: March 29, 2016

Media Advisory: Public Invitation: April 7 Western South Dakota Hydrology Meeting

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 7, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Date published: March 29, 2016

Media Advisory: USGS Goes Airborne to Define What Minerals Lie Beneath the Upper Midwest

Beginning in early April and continuing for approximately two weeks, the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct an aerial survey designed to scan the upper part of the earth’s crust.

Date published: March 24, 2016

USGS Tracks Louisiana Floods to Help Guide Emergency Relief

US Geological Survey water science specialists are in the field assisting flood relief work in Louisiana by documenting the extent of historic, long-lasting flooding this month across a broad swath of the state, from Shreveport in the northwest to the Pearl River in the southeast.

Date published: March 22, 2016

Improved Water Quality Upstream Helps Long Island Sound

Water quality in Connecticut streams flowing into Long Island Sound has steadily improved over the last 40 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

Date published: March 21, 2016

USGS Science Helps Agencies Create Conservation Plan for Santa Ana River, Native Fishes

The U.S. Geological Survey is playing a role in providing the science being used by agencies to manage the habitat for two threatened California fish species – the Santa Ana Sucker and the Arroyo Chub. Both species, which live in the Santa Ana River Watershed, are of special interest to local, state and federal agencies desiring to protect the fishes’ fragile ecosystem.

Date published: March 17, 2016

History of Metal Contamination Recorded in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Soil

Scientists have traced the history of lead and mercury contamination in tidal wetlands of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey article published in Science of the Total Environment.

Date published: March 16, 2016

Shorebirds Ignore Aircraft, But Pay Attention to People, Off-road Vehicles

The American oystercatchers studied on Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina were disturbed more by pedestrians and off-road vehicles passing their nests than the U.S. military aircraft flying overhead.

Date published: March 15, 2016

2015 Gannett Award Presented

To commemorate the nation's first chief geographer, the USGS established the Henry Gannett Award. This year's recipient is Nicholas Mastrodicasa, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, for his leadership in the Alaska Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative and the development of an elevation requirements study for Alaska.

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: March 14, 2016

Protecting Water in the Red River: There’s a Map for That

A new, interactive tool can help managers make critical water-quality decisions in the Red River Basin of the United States and Canada.