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Date published: October 8, 1996

Potomac Flow Sets New Record For Water Year and September

Potomac River flow, near Washington, D.C., set a new record-high of 15.8 billion gallons per day (bgd) in the just-ended 1996 water year, far more than twice the long-term annual average flow of 7.2 bgd. The new record breaks the previous record of 12.3 bgd set in 1972, by 28 percent.

Date published: October 7, 1996

Rivers Carry Near-Record Flow, Pollutants Into Chesapeake Bay

Total freshwater inflow to Chesapeake Bay during the period January to September 1996, was the second highest in 45 years of record, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: October 2, 1996

New U.S. Geological Survey Names First Chief Biologist

Dr. Dennis B. Fenn was today appointed the first chief biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: September 27, 1996

California and Virginia Scientists Receive Major Remote Sensing Award

Dr. Crofton B. Farmer of Pasadena, California, and Dr. M. Patrick McCormick of Hampton, Virginia, have received the 1996 Pecora Award, one of the top federal awards for contributions in remote sensing. 

Date published: September 26, 1996

Riding Through Clouds to Reach a Young Student

How can teachers and parents evoke curiosity and instill a sense of wonder about the Earth?

Date published: September 26, 1996

Teaching Earth Science Through Computer Technology

Partnership projects such as this CRADA allow the federal government and a non-federal partner to combine resources and provide cost-effective products and perform research by sharing the costs of projects.

Date published: September 20, 1996

Looking For Clues In Chesapeake Bay Sediments

Scientists will begin collecting sediment cores from the floor of Chesapeake Bay this week in the search for clues that will help explain what factors -- natural and manmade -- trigger changes in the living resources and environment of the Bay.

Date published: September 13, 1996

Art Meets Science at U.S. Geologicaly Survey Employee Art Show

See the artistic talents of your friends and neighbors who work at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston displayed in an employee art show, Sept. 3-30, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Date published: September 11, 1996

Potomac River Near the District

At 7 a.m., before the rains began, the flow of the Potomac River at the U.S. Geological Survey streamgauge near the District at Little Falls Pumping station was 36 billion gallons per day (bgd) and dropping, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: September 11, 1996

News Media Advisory: Hurricane Hortense

The especially wet Hurricane Hortense has U.S. Geological Survey hydrologists and technicians working around the clock to measure its impact on the rivers of Puerto Rico. The Rio de la Plata in northeastern Puerto Rico, for example, has reached its highest level ever, exceeding the previous record high flow of Jan. 5, 1992, when the river reached a flow of 82 billion gallons per day.

Date published: September 9, 1996

Potomac River Flood, Water Quality Measurements Scheduled in Washington on Monday

Measurements of the volume and rate of flows of the flooding Potomac River will be made on the 14th St. Bridge beginning at about 10:30 a.m. Monday (Sept. 9, 1996) by the U.S. Geological Survey. Measuring efforts by the USGS using special cranes and weights will continue for several hours.

Date published: September 6, 1996

Potomac River Advisory—Waiting for Fran

While the metropolitan area awaits the rains from Hurricane Fran, the flow of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. is already well above normal, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.