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Date published: April 16, 1998

From the Home Front to the River Front, USGS Updates Bay Area Water-Quality Information

The results of two U.S. Geological Survey water-quality studies in the Lower Susquehanna and Potomac River Basins provide a message that hits close to home for rural residents that drink water from private wells: Owners of rural wells in these two basins, part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, need to ensure their water supplies are safe to drink.

Date published: April 16, 1998

Reduced Nutrients Still Cause Problems in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers

Concentrations of phosphorus and nitrogen have generally declined since 1980 in streams draining into the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds in North Carolina but remain high enough to cause water-quality problems in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers, according to the results of a 5-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: April 16, 1998

Pounding Out Differences, ITIS Takes Hammer

ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System partnership, will receive a prestigious national award for successfully completing a major project aimed at providing easy access to the first credible database of scientific names of organisms in North America and its adjacent waters. The system also offers information on the origin and general distribution of these biological species.

Date published: April 16, 1998

Five Year Study Completed of Rio Grande Valley

A 5-year study of water quality in the Rio Grande Valley, from its headwaters in Colorado to near El Paso, Texas, has been completed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The study focused on ground water in the flood plain of the Rio Grande and surface water in the Rio Grande and selected tributaries.

Date published: April 15, 1998

News Conference to Detail Coast Aerial Survey

A news conference to explain the post-El Nino aerial survey that is being conducted along the Pacific coast is scheduled for 1 p.m., Thursday, April 16, at the Delmonte Jet Center, adjacent to the Monterey Peninsula Airport, on the east side of Monterey.

Date published: April 14, 1998

Flooding and Growth Aren’t the Only Results of the Annual Spring Melt-Off—Water From Melting Snow Can Trigger Landslides

An air temperature threshold is a powerful indicator for anticipatingpotentially hazardous landslides during the spring snowmelt season,according to the results of a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: April 14, 1998

Plateau Water Quality Impaired by Agriculture, But Some Good News

Water quality in the Central Columbia Plateau of eastern Washington and western Idaho has been adversely affected by agriculture, especially in irrigated areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

Date published: April 13, 1998

National Biological Information Infrastructure Recognized by Renew America

Dr. Dennis B. Fenn, Chief Biologist of the U.S. Geological Survey, today announced that the National Biological Information Infrastructure program has received a Certificate of Environmental Achievement from Renew America.

Date published: April 13, 1998

South Carolina

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.9 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in South Carolina at 5:56 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on April 13. The epicenter was about 25 miles (40 km) north-northeast of Camden, S.C.

Date published: April 10, 1998

Federal Agencies Join Forces to Assess El Nino Impacts

Properly assessing the impacts of powerful storms associated with El Nino which have brought unprecedented erosion to the United States’ west coast is an enormous task. NASA , the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are combining efforts to provide public officials with the tools they need to accurately assess coastal erosion.

Date published: April 8, 1998

Water Quality in White River Basin Affected by Urban and Agricultural Activities

Water quality in the White River Basin is impacted by urban and agricultural activities, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior.

Date published: April 6, 1998

Dr. Nancy Milton Named Director of USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Dr. Nancy Milton was named today to the post of center director at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Milton, succeeds Dr. Gregory Smith, who selected her for the position. Dr. Smith is now the USGS Acting Eastern Regional Chief Biologist in Leetown, W.Va.