Due to a lapse in appropriations, the majority of USGS websites may not be up to date and may not reflect current conditions. Websites displaying real-time data, such as Earthquake and Water and information needed for public health and safety will be updated with limited support. Additionally, USGS will not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. For more information, please see www.doi.gov/shutdown
Heather Dewar is a former national environment correspondent for Knight Ridder News Service, and former environment reporter for The Miami Herald and The Baltimore Sun. She is the author of "When the Seas Rise," published by University Press of Florida in April 2016. She joined the USGS in January 2016 after serving as social media manager for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, and media relations director for the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. She has a B.A. in English literature from Harvard College and an M.A. in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, and was a James L. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She is a native Floridian.