Water Science School

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Year Published: 2013

Ecological health in the Nation's streams

Aquatic biological communities, which are collections of organisms, are a direct measure of stream health because they indicate the ability of a stream to support life. This fact sheet highlights selected findings of a national assessment of stream health by the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS...

Carlisle, Daren M.; Woodside, Michael D.
Ecological health in the Nation's streams; 2013; FS; 2013-3033; Carlisle, Daren M.; Woodside, Michael D.

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Year Published: 2012

Effects of urban development on stream ecosystems in nine metropolitan study areas across the United States

Urban development is an important agent of environmental change in the United States. The urban footprint on the American landscape has expanded during a century and a half of almost continuous development. Eighty percent of Americans now live in metropolitan areas, and the advantages and challenges of living in these developed areas—...

Coles, James F.; McMahon, Gerard; Bell, Amanda H.; Brown, Larry R.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Scudder Eikenberry, Barbara C.; Woodside, Michael D.; Cuffney, Thomas F.; Bryant, Wade L.; Cappiella, Karen; Fraley-McNeal, Lisa; Stack, William P.
Effects of urban development on stream ecosystems in nine metropolitan study areas across the United States; 2012; CIR; 1373; Coles, James F.; McMahon, Gerard; Bell, Amanda H.; Brown, Larry R.; Fitzpatrick, Faith A.; Scudder Eikenberry, Barbara C.; Woodside, Michael D.; Cuffney, Thomas F.; Bryant, Wade L.; Cappiella, Karen; Fraley-McNeal, Lisa; Stack, William P.

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Year Published: 2010

100-Year flood–it's all about chance

In the 1960's, the United States government decided to use the 1-percent annual exceedance probability (AEP) flood as the basis for the National Flood Insurance Program. The 1-percent AEP flood was thought to be a fair balance between protecting the public and overly stringent regulation. Because the 1-percent AEP flood has a 1 in 100 chance of...

Holmes, Robert R.; Dinicola, Karen
100-Year Flood-It's All About Chance; 2010; GIP; 106; Holmes, Robert R., Jr.; Dinicola, Karen

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Year Published: 2009

USGS Science: Addressing Our Nation's Challenges

With 6.6 billion people already living on Earth, and that number increasing every day, human influence on our planet is ever more apparent. Changes to the natural world combined with increasing human demands threaten our health and safety, our national security, our economy, and our quality of life. As a planet and a Nation, we face unprecedented...

Larson, Tania M.
USGS Science: Addressing Our Nation's Challenges; 2009; GIP; 93; Larson, Tania M.

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Year Published: 2008

Ground-Water Availability in the United States

Ground water is among the Nation's most important natural resources. It provides half our drinking water and is essential to the vitality of agriculture and industry, as well as to the health of rivers, wetlands, and estuaries throughout the country. Large-scale development of ground-water resources with accompanying declines in ground-water...

Reilly, Thomas E.; Dennehy, Kevin F.; Alley, William M.; Cunningham, William L.
Ground-Water Availability in the United States; 2008; CIR; 1323; Reilly, Thomas E.; Dennehy, Kevin F.; Alley, William M.; Cunningham, William L.

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Year Published: 2006

Pesticides in the nation's streams and ground water, 1992-2001 - a summary

Gilliom, Robert J.; Hamilton, Pixie A.
Pesticides in the nation's streams and ground water, 1992-2001 - a summary; 2006; FS; 2006-3028; Gilliom, Robert J.; Hamilton, Pixie A.

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Year Published: 1994

Ground water and the rural homeowner

As the salesmen sang in the musical The Music Man, "You gotta know the territory." This saying is also true when planning to buy or build a house. Learn as much as possible about the land, the water supply, and the septic system of the house before buying or building. Do not just look at the construction aspects or the beauty of the home and...

Waller, Roger M.
Ground water and the rural homeowner; 1994; USGS Unnumbered Series; GIP; Waller, Roger M.

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Year Published: 1988

Ground water and the rural homeowner

As the salesmen sang in the musical The Music Man, "You gotta know the territory." This saying is also true when planning to buy or build a house. Learn as much as possible about the land, the water supply, and the septic system of the house before buying or building. Do not just look at the construction aspects or the beauty of the home and...

Waller, Roger M.
Ground water and the rural homeowner; 1988; USGS Unnumbered Series; GIP; Waller, Roger M.