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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.

Date published: April 1, 1998

USGS To Study Young Forests and Streamsides in Western Oregon

USGS is launching a long-term program to study plants, animals and their habitats on federal forested lands in western Oregon. The 10-year program, which begins this summer, is expected to help improve forest management practices.

Date published: March 31, 1998

Research Reveals Link Between Development and Contamination in Urban Watersheds

A U.S. Geological Survey study of urban watersheds across the United States reveals a link between a class of organic contaminants and urbanization. The organic contaminants are known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s).

Date published: March 27, 1998

USGS Raises Reston Heart Rates at Open House

Attention runners! The USGS in Reston, Va., will resound with footsteps as the 1998 USGS Open House 5K Race and 2K Fun Run get underway, Saturday, April 25, at 8:30 a.m. The running events, which are sponsored by the Interior Department Recreation Association, will enliven the atmosphere of the USGS Open House, which occurs April 25-26.

Date published: March 20, 1998

Comet that triggered mass extinction was much larger than originally thought...

Minuscule fossil animal teeth, known as conodonts, indicate that a 370-million-year-old comet that slammed into Nevada could be as much as five times larger than scientists initially suspected.

Date published: March 19, 1998

Dr. Milton Friend To Chair Salton Sea Science Subcommittee

Dr. Milton Friend, director of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, has been named by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to serve as chairman of the Salton Sea Science Subcommittee.

Date published: March 18, 1998

Mega Earthquake Not Likely For Southern California

Southern California is not likely to experience a "huge earthquake,"according to two scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.