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March 16, 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $7 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2017. March 10, 2016 2016 Lidar Partnership Awards Announced The U.S. Geological Survey has announced the first recipients of the 2016 partnership funding awards for the 3D Elevation Program. March 2, 2016 Cattle Increase Occurrence of Ravens That Prey on Sage Grouse DIXON, Calif. – Ravens are almost fifty percent more likely to inhabit areas in sagebrush landscapes if cattle are present, and preferentially select sites near greater sage-grouse breeding grounds. February 17, 2016 Multidisciplinary Science Addresses Complex Resource and Environmental Issues The ongoing resource, climate, hazards and environmental issues of the United States are addressed in a new U.S. Geological Survey product, providing an overview of the USGS Mineral Resources Program's multidisciplinary science. February 9, 2016 The National Map Data Download Enhancements The USGS National Map program is transitioning all of its GIS data download capabilities to its new TNM Download client during the week of February 15, 2016. The new launch page will help users easily find the variety of resources available to get National Map data, download GIS data, visualize and analyze data on the web, or access developer tools such as APIs and map services. January 26, 2016 New Invasive Annual Grass Book Addresses Critical Questions for the Western U.S. BOISE, Idaho — Bromus species – such as cheatgrass – are exotic annual grasses that have become the dominant annual grasses in the western hemisphere. Their spread and impacts across the western U.S. continue despite the many attempts by land managers to control these species. December 10, 2015 Rapid Algal Bloom Predictions are Possible for Ohio Lakes Rapid predictions of harmful algal blooms, or large growths of toxin-producing bacteria in water, can help prevent recreationalists from getting sick at Ohio lakes, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. December 7, 2015 Restoration Handbook for Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystems, Part 2 CORVALLIS, Ore. — Ecosystem restoration is complex and requires an understanding of how the land, plants, and animals all interact with each other over large areas and over time. Today, the U.S. Geological Survey published part two of a three-part handbook addressing restoration of sagebrush ecosystems from the landscape to the site level. December 1, 2015 New Remote Sensing Handbook Published A newly published, three-volume “Remote Sensing Handbook” is a comprehensive coverage of all remote sensing topics written by over 300 leading global experts. November 16, 2015 USGS Seeks National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Proposals The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to$2 million in cooperative agreements to support participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) in 2016.

November 13, 2015

Understanding how Pharmaceuticals in the Environment Affect Fish

Fish health may be affected by pharmaceuticals in treated wastewater released into streams and other water bodies, according to a recent laboratory and field study by the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory at St. Cloud State University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

November 12, 2015

Storage and Treatment of Liquid Waste from Landfills Doesn’t Remove All Contaminants, Including Pharmaceuticals

New research from the U.S. Geological Survey details that even after the storage and/or treatment of leachate – liquid waste that moves through or drains from a landfill − it can still contain a multitude of chemicals and reflects the diverse nature of residential, industrial, and commercial waste discarded into landfills in the United States.