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Date published: March 3, 1998

All-Time High Streamflow Records Set in Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River

February streamflow in the Potomac River at Washington, DC, and total flow into the Chesapeake Bay were the highest on record for February, according to the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

Date published: March 2, 1998

Babbitt Announces Long-Term USGS Lease at Menlo Park

Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt today was joined by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in announcing a long-term lease that will keep the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in its historic Menlo Park, Calif., location. USGS Acting Director Tom Casadevall joined Babbitt and Eshoo for the announcement at an all-employees meeting at the Menlo Park campus.

Date published: February 13, 1998

"Doctor Watershed" Named AAAS Fellow

On February 14, 1998, Dr. Ray Herrmann, a United States Geological Survey scientist whose speciality is watershed research, will be inducted as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) during its annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Date published: February 13, 1998

Pounding Out Differences, ITIS Take Hammer

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet," said Juliet to Romeo in an impassioned speech. But Gary Waggoner, a pragmatic scientist, is quick to point out that not all roses are scented, so the Bard’s sentiment was sweeter than his science.

Date published: February 13, 1998

Summary of USGS Presentation and Activities, AAAS, 1998

From Seafloor Mapping to Hammer Awards and AAAS Fellowships........

Date published: February 11, 1998

USGS Chemists Analyze Monterey Tarballs... Most Oil Residues In Monterey Bay Probably From Natural Seeps

Many of the tarballs washing up on the shores of Monterey Bay are most likely from natural seeps from the floor of Monterey Bay and the continental shelf, rather than from ruptured oil tankers and other man-made occurrences, according to scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

Date published: February 10, 1998

USGS Goes Underground With Exploring Caves

What do eyeless worms, bacon formation draperies, and soda straw stalactites all have in common? Do you know the difference between a troglobite, a trogloxene, and a troglophile? Where do you go spelunking? Find out the answers to these and other questions in the new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) publication, Exploring Caves, a teaching packet for grades K-3.

Date published: February 9, 1998

Critical Disaster Information Needed: The Time is Now, Says NOAA Chief in Address to Emergency Managers

To save more lives and reduce disaster costs, accurate information must be placed in the hands of those who make critical life and property decisions.

Date published: February 6, 1998

Harlow Named U.S. Geological Survey Public Affairs Officer

Trudy Harlow, former Public Affairs Officer for the National Biological Service (now the USGS’s Biological Resources Division), has been named Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Geological Survey, according to USGS Acting Director Tom Casadevall. Since the merger of the NBS into the USGS on October 1, 1996, Harlow has been working in the USGS Office of Outreach, which oversees public affairs.

Date published: February 6, 1998

New Parasite Kills Birds on Wisconsin Lake

An exotic parasite, never before reported in the United States, is responsible for killing large numbers of waterbirds in Shawano Lake, Wisconsin, last fall. Dr. Rebecca Cole, a parasitologist working at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, announced the finding today.

Date published: February 6, 1998

Public Lecture: Natural History of Coastal Redwoods — Fire, Floods and Fog

PUBLIC LECTURE: "Natural History of Coastal Redwoods -- Fire, Floods and Fog," is the subject of the U.S. Geological Survey’s FREE Public Lecture on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1998. 

Date published: February 4, 1998

Potomac River Advisory

Although the Potomac River continues to flow at well above normal levels, the immediate impact of the day’s steady rain on the flow of the Potomac near Washington, D.C. has been slight, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.