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Date published: July 23, 2013

U.S. Shale Formations Might Safely House Nuclear Waste

Shale and other clay-rich rock formations might offer permanent disposal solutions for spent nuclear fuel, according to a new paper by the U.S. Geological Survey. There is currently about 70,000 metric tons of this spent fuel in temporary storage across the United States.

Date published: June 19, 2013

USGS Completes Decommissioning of Landsat 5

On June 5, 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey Flight Operations Team transmitted the last command to the Landsat 5 satellite, effectively terminating the mission 29 years, 3 months and 4 days after its launch by NASA from Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 1, 1984. The Landsat program is a joint effort between USGS and NASA.

Date published: May 16, 2013

National Assessment Shows Geographic Distributions and Trends of Pesticide Use, 1992-2009

For the first time, national maps and trend graphs show the distribution of the agricultural use of 459 pesticides for each year during 1992-2009 for the entire conterminous U.S.  The maps and supporting national database of county-level use estimates for each pesticide were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for use in national and regional water-quality assessments.

Date published: May 14, 2013

New Insight on Gas Hydrates in Gulf of Mexico

Research is Part of a Long-Standing, Interagency Collaboration — Scientists have returned from a 15‑day research expedition in the northern Gulf of Mexico with the best high-resolution seismic data and imagery ever obtained of sediments with high gas hydrate saturations.

Date published: April 15, 2013

USGS Seeks Proposals for Earthquake Research

The U.S. Geological Survey will award up to $4 million in grants for earthquake hazards research in 2014. 

Date published: April 3, 2013

New Software Tool Analyzes Effect of Stream and Lake Levels on Adjacent Lands

The U.S. Geological Survey has developed the "Shoreline Management Tool," a GIS software program designed to test ways of managing land and water resources adjacent to a lake or stream.

Date published: March 22, 2013

Water Quality Differences Affect Aquatic Health of Urban Streams in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri

Downstream areas of the Blue River and Little Blue River basins are highly affected by urban development, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study that compares the aquatic-life status of streams in the Kansas City, Mo. metropolitan area using macroinvertebrate populations as an indicator of stream health.

Date published: December 11, 2012

Software Offers Tool to Evaluate Wildlife Fatalities at Wind-Power Facilities

CORVALLIS, Ore.— Resource managers now have a user-friendly tool to estimate wildlife fatalities at wind-power facilities, thanks to software and a user's guide released today by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: November 26, 2012

Groundwater’s Greater Role in Waterways Demonstrated in Virginia

RESTON, Va.— Groundwater in Virginia is a greater contributor to streamflow than calculated by the most commonly used technique, according to recent USGS research.

Date published: November 16, 2012

How Does Groundwater Pumping Affect Streamflow?

Groundwater provides drinking water for millions of Americans and is the primary source of water to irrigate cropland in many of the nations most productive agricultural settings. Although the benefits of groundwater development are many, groundwater pumping can reduce the flow of water in connected streams and rivers—a process called streamflow depletion by wells.

Date published: October 23, 2012

Stream Nutrient Reductions from Conservation Practices Not Consistently Detectable Across U.S.

The effects of conservation practices meant to reduce nutrient loss to streams were not consistently detectable in 133 large agricultural watersheds across the U.S. in a new analysis by the USGS.

Date published: October 19, 2012

Landsat Science Team to Help Guide Next Landsat Mission

Landsat satellites have witnessed over four decades of changes on Earth. In advance of the next Landsat spacecraft launch, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), announces the selection of the Landsat Science Team.