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Flow diagram of relationships between watershed stressors and aquatic health
Date Published: April 12, 2017
Status: Active

Stream quality assessments in the Southeast

The South Atlantic Water Science Center is a participant in the Southeast Stream Quality Assessment (SESQA) which covers the southeastern region of the Regional Stream Quality Assessment (RSQA).

The goal of the study is to determine how stream...

Sandhill Cranes fly in close proximity to wind turbines near Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in east-central Wisconsin.
Date Published: March 16, 2017
Status: Active

Energy development and the airspace

Today, the alternative energy and telecommunications industries are developing the airspace much the way metropolitan growth and mechanized agriculture develop the landscape. NOROCK scientists and partners are using both historical and traditional technologies in new and innovative ways to observe wildlife behaviors in response to these changing habitats.

A feral hog is in a trap in southeastern U.S. awaiting immobilization and GPS collar.
Date Published: March 3, 2017
Status: Active

Seasonal Movement of Wild Hogs in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The wild hog (Sus scrofa) is an exotic invasive species that significantly impacts native resources and their populations are expanding significantly throughout the United States.  In addition, wild hogs are likely contributing to the spread of disease such as pseudorabies. National Park Service units in the Southeast that have populations of exotic wild hogs include Big South Fork National...

Contacts: Joseph Clark
Invasive New Zealand mud snails as seen under a microscope.
Date Published: February 2, 2017
Status: Active

Western Waters Invasive Species and Disease Research Program

Researchers at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center's Western Waters Invasive Species and Disease Research Program work extensively with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local partners to deliver science to improve early detection and prevention of invasive species and disease; understand complex interactions that promote invasive species and disease, and their impacts (and...

Animated GIF of a bear rubbing up against a tree which appears to be dancing
Date Published: January 25, 2017

Long Term Research in northwest Montana

The Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) in northwest Montana is one of the last strongholds of the grizzly bear in the lower 48 states. Of the six established grizzly bear recovery zones, the NCDE is the third largest in area, potentially harboring the greatest number of grizzly bears, and is the only zone contiguous to a strong Canadian population. However, little information exists...

Contacts: Tabitha Graves, Kate Kendall
Canvasback ducks in a wetland.
Date Published: November 18, 2016

Wetland State-and-Transition Model Project

The Wetland STM project is creating a state-and-transition model to inform management of semi-permanently flooded wetlands in the Intermountain West and western Prairie Pothole Region, as well as designing a monitoring scheme to allow determination of current wetland condition.

Contacts: Kathi Irvine, Jeff Warren
A genetic analysis illustration
Date Published: August 10, 2016

Molecular Ecology Lab (MEL)

The Molecular Ecology Laboratory applies genetic and genomic technologies to address a variety of complex questions and conservation issues facing the management of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources. Together with our partners, we design and implement studies to document genetic diversity and the distribution of genetic variation among individuals, populations, and species. Information...

Map of all the reservoir sediment sites going on in Kansas
Date Published: August 5, 2016

Sediment Science in Kansas

In Kansas and nationally, sediment is a concern for both physical and chemical reasons. Physically, problems caused by excessive sediment may include degraded water quality, degraded aquatic habitat, increased water-treatment costs, decreased channel capacity, clogged water intakes, and loss of water-storage capacity in reservoirs. Chemically, sediment serves as a carrier for various...

Blue Sky and Wamego Highway Bridge over Kansas River
Date Published: July 28, 2016
Status: Active

Water-Quality Monitoring in the Lower Kansas River Basin

The Kansas River is a primary source of drinking water for about 800,000 people in northeastern Kansas. Water-quality concerns related to excessive nutrient, bacteria, and sediment concentrations have been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Additionally, the occurrence and transport of cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae), associated toxins, and taste-and-...

ScienceCache screen shot.
Date Published: June 27, 2016

ScienceCache

Working with the Northern Rockies Science Center, the Information Science Branch designed and developed ScienceCache, a scientific geocaching mobile application framework. Initially developed for citizen science data collection, the application was extended to work for any field data collection effort. The lead researcher controls the data collection route, collection forms, and data...

Contacts: Tim Kern
Three dimensional graphic showing The Little Arkansas River, groundwater in the Equus Beds aquifer and wells
Date Published: June 16, 2016
Status: Active

Equus Beds Recharge Project

The water supply for the city of Wichita, south-central Kansas, currently comes from the Equus Beds aquifer and Cheney Reservoir. Because these sources are not expected to meet projected city water needs into the 21st century (Warren and others, 1995), artificial recharge of the Equus Beds aquifer was investigated as one alternative to meet future water-supply demands. An additional potential...

Boreal toad (Bufo boreas) mating ball, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming.
Date Published: May 6, 2016
Status: Active

Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative: Rocky Mountain Region

The Rocky Mountain Region of Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) encompasses Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Two USGS Science Centers initiate and develop ARMI projects in this region. Investigations at NOROCK are headed by Dr. Blake Hossack. Investigations at the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT), Colorado, are headed by Dr. Erin Muths. The ARMI program is based...

Contacts: Blake Hossack
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Processing of next generation weather radar-multisensor precipitation estimates and quantitative precipitation forecast data for the DuPage County streamflow simulation system

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with DuPage County Stormwater Management Department, is testing a near real-time streamflow simulation system that assists in the management and operation of reservoirs and other flood-control structures in the Salt Creek and West Branch DuPage River drainage basins in DuPage County, Illinois. As part of...

Bera, Maitreyee; Ortel, Terry W.
Bera, Maitreyee, and Ortel, T.W., 2018, Processing of next generation weather radar-multisensor precipitation estimates and quantitative precipitation forecast data for the DuPage County streamflow simulation system: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1159, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171159.

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Biogenic coal-to-methane conversion efficiency decreases after repeated organic amendment

Addition of organic amendments to coal-containing systems can increase the rate and extent of biogenic methane production for 60–80 days before production slows or stops. Understanding the effect of repeated amendment additions on the rate and extent of enhanced coal-dependent methane production is important if biological coal-to-methane...

Davis, Katherine J.; Barnhart, Elliott P.; Fields, Matthew W.; Gerlach, Robin
Davis, K.J., Barnhart, E.P., Fields, M.W., Gerlach, R., 2018, Biogenic Coal-to-Methane Conversion Efficiency Decreases after Repeated Organic Amendment, Energy & Fuels, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03426

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Type and amount of organic amendments affect enhanced biogenic methane production from coal and microbial community structure

Slow rates of coal-to-methane conversion limit biogenic methane production from coalbeds. This study demonstrates that rates of coal-to-methane conversion can be increased by the addition of small amounts of organic amendments. Algae, cyanobacteria, yeast cells, and granulated yeast extract were tested at two concentrations (0.1 and 0.5 g/L...

Davis, Katherine J.; Lu, Shipeng; Barnhart, Elliott P.; Parker, Albert E.; Fields, Matthew W.; Gerlach, Robin
Davis, K.J., Shipeng, L., Barnhart, E.P., Parker, A.E., Fields, M.W., Gerlach, R., 2018, Type and amount of organic amendments affect enhanced biogenic methane production from coal and microbial community structure, Fuel, V. 21, p. 600-608 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2017.09.074

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Linking spring phenology with mechanistic models of host movement to predict disease transmission risk

Disease models typically focus on temporal dynamics of infection, while often neglecting environmental processes that determine host movement. In many systems, however, temporal disease dynamics may be slow compared to the scale at which environmental conditions alter host space-use and accelerate disease transmission.Using a mechanistic movement...

Merkle, Jerod A.; Cross, Paul C.; Scurlock, Brandon M.; Cole, Eric K.; Courtemanch, Alyson B.; Dewey, Sarah R.; Kauffman, Matthew J.
Merkle, J. A., P. C. Cross, B. M. Scurlock, E. K. Cole, A. B. Courtemanch, S. R. Dewey, and M. J. Kauffman. 2017. Linking spring phenology with mechanistic models of host movement to predict disease transmission risk. Journal of Applied Ecology.

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A probe-based quantitative PCR assay for detecting Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in fish tissue and environmental DNA water samples

A probe-based quantitative real-time PCR assay was developed to detect Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, which causes proliferative kidney disease in salmonid fish, in kidney tissue and environmental DNA (eDNA) water samples. The limits of detection and quantification were 7 and 100 DNA copies for calibration standards and T. bryosalmonae...

Hutchins, Patrick R.; Sepulveda, Adam J.; Martin, Renee; Hopper, Lacey
Hutchins P. R., A. J. Sepulveda, R. M. Martin, and L. R. Hopper. 2017. A probe-based quantitative PCR assay for detecting Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in fish tissue and environmental DNA water samples. Conservation Genetics Resources:1-3.

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Novel application of explicit dynamics occupancy models to ongoing aquatic invasions

Identification of suitable habitats, where invasive species can establish, is an important step towards controlling their spread. Accurate identification is difficult for new or slow invaders because unoccupied habitats may be suitable, given enough time for dispersal, while occupied habitats may prove to be unsuitable for establishment.To...

Sepulveda, Adam J.
Adam J. Sepulveda. 2017. Novel application of explicit dynamics occupancy models to ongoing aquatic invasions. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13002

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Pneumonia in bighorn sheep: Risk and resilience

Infectious disease was an important driver of historic declines and extirpations of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) in North America and continues to impede population restoration and management. Domestic sheep have long been linked to pneumonia outbreaks in bighorn sheep and this association has now been confirmed in 13 captive commingling...

Cassirer, E. Frances; Manlove, Kezia R.; Almberg, Emily S.; Kamath, Pauline; Cox, Mike; Wolff, Peregrine L.; Roug, Annette; Shannon, Justin M.; Robinson, Rusty; Harris, Richard B.; Gonzales, Ben J.; Plowright, Raina K.; Hudson, Peter J.; Cross, Paul C.; Dobson, Andrew; Besser, Thomas E.
Cassirer, EF, KR Manlove, ES Almberg, PL Kamath, M Cox, P Wolff, A Roug, J Shannon, R Robinson, RB Harris, BJ Gonzales, RK Plowright, PJ Hudson, PC Cross, A Dobson, TE Besser. 2017. Pneumonia in bighorn sheep: Risk and resilience. Journal of Wildlife Management. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21309

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Range estimates and habitat use of invasive Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix): Evidence of sedentary and mobile individuals

Unregulated rivers provide unobstructed corridors for the dispersal of both native and invasive species. We sought to evaluate range size and habitat use of an invasive species (Silver Carp, Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) in an unimpounded river reach (Wabash River, IN), to provide insights into the dispersal of invasive species and their potential...

Prechtel, Austin R.; Coulter, Alison A.; Etchison, Luke; Jackson, P. Ryan; Goforth, Reuben R.
Prechtel, A.R., Coulter, A.A., Etchison, L. et al. Hydrobiologia (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3296-y

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Groundwater and streamflow information program Kansas Cooperative Water Science since 1895

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with State, local, and other Federal agencies, operates a network of streamgages throughout the State of Kansas. Data provided by this network are used to forecast floods, operate reservoirs, develop water policy, administer regulation of water, and perform interpretive analyses of streamflow. This data...

Painter, Colin C.; Kramer, Ariele R.; Kelly, Brian P.
Painter, C.C., Kramer, A.R., and Kelly, B.P., 2018, Groundwater and streamflow information program Kansas Cooperative Water Science since 1895 (ver. 1.2, October 2018): U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 176, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip176.

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Science programs in Kansas

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is a non-regulatory Earth science agency within the Department of the Interior that provides impartial scientific information to describe and understand the health of our ecosystems and environment; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources;...

Kramer, Ariele R.; Kelly, Brian P.
Kramer, A.R., and Kelly, B.P., 2018, Science programs in Kansas (ver. 1.2, October 2018): U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 175, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip175.

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Kansas Water Science Center bookmark

The U.S. Geological Survey Kansas Water Science Center has collected and interpreted hydrologic information in Kansas since 1895. Data collected include streamflow and gage height, reservoir content, water quality and water quantity, suspended sediment, and groundwater levels. Interpretative hydrologic studies are completed on national, regional,...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2018, Kansas Water Science Center bookmark (ver. 1.1, September 2018): U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 173, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip173.

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March 15, 2016

Mange in Wolves of Yellowstone National Park

This video describes USGS research utilizing remote thermal imaging cameras to study the extent and impact of mange on wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

Collecting water-quality data in Armenia
March 2, 2016

Armenia water work

Field training on well inventory and collection of water-level data at a non-flowing well near Yeghegnavan, Armenia, near the Armenia/Turkey/Iran border. Mt. Ararat is in background.

The growth of aquaculture to raise trout, sturgeon and other cold-water fish has increased withdrawals of critical groundwater in the Ararat Basin of Armenia. The USGS is working with

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Aquaculture in Armenia
March 2, 2016

Aquaculture in Armenia

The growth of aquaculture to raise trout, sturgeon and other cold-water fish has increased withdrawals of critical groundwater in the Ararat Basin of Armenia. The USGS is working with partners, including USAID, to develop scientific tools for water-resource managers to understand and predict consequences of management decisions in Armenia.

Collecting Water Samples from a Well in Armenia
March 2, 2016

Water Sampling from Well in Armenia

Mark Anderson, Director of the USGS South Dakota Water Science Center, demonstrates how to collect a stable isotope sample from a flowing well near Sis, Armenia.

The growth of aquaculture to raise trout, sturgeon and other cold-water fish has increased withdrawals of critical groundwater in the Ararat Basin of Armenia. The USGS is working with partners, including

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Collecting Water Data Using a Pressure Gage, Armenia
March 2, 2016

Pressure gage water data collection

Field training on how to measure water level using a pressure gage for a flowing well in Sis, Armenia.

The growth of aquaculture to raise trout, sturgeon and other cold-water fish has increased withdrawals of critical groundwater in the Ararat Basin of Armenia. The USGS is working with partners, including USAID, to develop scientific tools for water-resource

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Canyon Lake
February 29, 2016

Canyon Lake February 2017

Waterfowl population on Canyon Lake in Rapid City, SD, during February 2017.

February 25, 2016

Whitebark pine cone and seeds.

Image of whitebark pine cone and seeds.

February 23, 2016

Culvert trap

Biologists place a culvert trap in locations that they need data from.  Field crews will set up the culvert trap and check it daily, usually in the morning, to determine if a bear has been captured.  Additionally, trap doors are checked via radio telemetry. 

February 23, 2016

Culvert trap and bait

Biologists use road-killed ungulates such as deer, elk, or bison as bait in the traps. 

February 23, 2016

At the capture site

At capture sites with road access, biologists drive to a trap with a bear inside to set up for collecting biological data. 

February 23, 2016

Ready to remove from the trap

Biologists have immobilized the bear and prepare to lift it out of the trap and onto the tarp for data collection.  Once on the tarp the bear is easier to move. 

February 23, 2016

Preparing for collection of samples

A biologist prepares to collect biological information from the bear they have captured.  Biologists collect hair samples for genetic analysis, weigh the bear,  and gather numerous measurements of the body, such as the head, paws, claws, teeth, etc.  Overall condition of the bear is assessed as well, including a body fat measurement.

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August 26, 2015

Representatives from the offices of Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Ron Johnson and Congressman Mark Pocan will join leaders from the U.S. Geological Survey, federal and state partners and city officials for a special 40th anniversary event at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin, this Friday.

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August 19, 2015

U.S. Congressman Kevin Cramer will join leaders from the U.S. Geological Survey and other state and local officials for a 50th anniversary ceremony at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC) in Jamestown, North Dakota, this Friday. 

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July 15, 2015

The drainage of small wetlands can decrease wildlife habitat and may contribute to flooding in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

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July 13, 2015

Wetland channels constructed in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota, effectively reduced many pollutants in stormwater runoff, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey report.

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May 26, 2015

Aldo V. (Skip) Vecchia, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist, will be awarded the 2015 Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award for his outstanding efforts mentoring junior staff.

Screenshot of digital flood inundation map
May 19, 2015

New flood inundation maps and an updated flood warning system can help Marietta, Ohio, and other communities along the Lower Muskingum River and Ohio River prepare and plan for floods.

Image: Road Overflow at White River Near Oglala
May 18, 2015

U.S. Geological Survey streamflow gages are recording major flooding on the White River and Cheyenne River as the result of recent snow and rain.  Field crews are measuring streamflow on the White River and the Cheyenne River and minor flooding at various sites throughout western South Dakota

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May 13, 2015

New research can help water resource managers quantify critical groundwater resources and assess the sustainability of long-term water use in Minnesota.

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April 16, 2015

Annual average stream temperatures in the Trout Lake watershed, Wisconsin, could increase from one to three degrees Celsius by the year 2100, which might negatively affect cold water fish like brook trout.  

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April 9, 2015

New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.

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March 25, 2015

Some shallow-groundwater wells next to or downhill from Orange County agricultural fields treated with bio-based fertilizers have nitrate levels above Environmental Protection Agency standards set for public water supplies, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. 

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March 24, 2015

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting and field trips about South Dakota water issues on April 15 and 16 in Rapid City.

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