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Date Published: July 1, 2016
Status: Active

Surveillance for the Presence of White-Nose Syndrome in the Bat Community at El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico

In 1999 and 2000, FORT conducted a survey of bats at El Malpais National Monument and adjacent lands. During this study, several species of bats were documented, including some that are known to use caves or lava-tube formations as roosts. In the winter of 2006–2007, the fungus-caused disease known as “white-nose syndrome” (WNS) began devastating populations of hibernating bat species that use...

Grand Canyon, Arizona as seen from Desert View Point on the South Rim.
Date Published: July 1, 2016

Assessing Impacts to Ecosystems from Uranium Mining in the Grand Canyon Region

The use of uranium is an alternative energy source to petroleum products and some of the United States’ highest quality ore is located on the Colorado Plateau. However, some regions where suitable mining efforts are conducted include areas that are near important environmental resources such as National Parks that provide viewscapes and habitat for wildlife.

Mount Rainier seen from Puyallup, Washington
Date Published: March 17, 2016

Volcano Hazards Assessments Help Mitigate Disasters

The Volcano Hazards Program develops long-range volcano hazards assessments. These includes a summary of the specific hazards, their impact areas, and a map showing ground-hazard zones. The assessments are also critical for planning long-term land-use and effective emergency-response measures, especially when a volcano begins to show signs of unrest.

Image of the contents of a repeat photo stake folder.
Date Published: March 3, 2016
Status: Completed

Developing a USGS Legacy Data Inventory to Preserve and Release Historical USGS Data

Legacy data (n) - Information stored in an old or obsolete format or computer system that is, therefore, difficult to access or process. (Business Dictionary, 2016) For over 135 years, the U.S. Geological Survey has collected diverse information about the natural world and how it interacts with society. Much of this legacy information is one-of-a-kind and in danger of being lost forever...

TAAP Map, US Geological Survey
Date Published: June 13, 2015
Status: Active

Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP)

Transboundary aquifers are an essential source of water for United States – Mexico border communities. Declining water levels, deteriorating water quality, and increasing use of groundwater resources on both sides of the border raise concerns about the long-term availability of this supply.

The U.S. – Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act (Public Law 109-448) of 2006 was enacted...

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Cattle behind a fence in a dry environment containing few plants and a lot of exposed soil.
December 31, 2006

Curious cattle on the Colorado Plateau

Cattle and grazing management are important to consider when thinking about ecosystem function in water-limited ecosystems. Management style can either promote or hinder productivity. Strategic distribution of water drinkers on the rangeland is a method that ranchers and land managers use to move cattle and reduce the threat of overgrazing. These cattle are keeping watch

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Image: Debris Flow from 2006 Floods in Southern Arizona
September 1, 2006

Debris Flow from 2006 Floods in Southern Arizona

This photograph shows the snout of a debris flow that stopped in the channel of Rattlesnake Creek during the floods of July 31, 2006. This snout is several miles upstream from the confluence of Rattlesnake and Sabino Creeks, and the large boulders are typical of the largest particles transported during debris flows in the southern Santa Catalina Mountains. Most of these

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Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Santa Catalina Highway, near Tucson, Southern Arizona - 2006
August 12, 2006

Santa Catalina Highway, near Tucson, Southern Arizona - 2006

Two ranging poles were placed near the positions of two sets of saguaros in order to determine their heights, and hence approximate ages. Most were established in the 1890s, after livestock grazing and the removal of fine fuels had begun in the area. Several small saguaros have become established since the fire; one is to the left of the left-hand ranging pole,

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July 29, 2006

Flood Measurement on Rillito River (2006)

USGS employees measuring flood flows on Rillito River in Tucson, Arizona.

July 29, 2006

Flood Measurement Using ADCP (2006)

USGS employees taking flood measurements using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler.

July 28, 2006

Flooding in Tucson, AZ (2006)

Measuring floods in Tucson, AZ 2006.

February 23, 2006

PubTalk 2/2006 — Science and Natural Resources along La Frontera

By Floyd Gray, Geologist

  • Natural systems-water, geology, and wildlife-tend to cross the 1,900- mile-long arbitrary political border between Mexico and the U.S.
  • Rapid population growth on the U.S. side and in Mexican border cities is creating a variety of environmental, ecological, and human health problems
  • The San Pedro River
Hydrologist sampling for sediment and turbidity, Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon
December 31, 2005

Hydrologist sampling for sediment and turbidity, Little Colorado River

Here, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) hydrographer is collecting a suspended-sediment water sample from the Little Colorado River, a kilometer upstream from the Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA. To gain knowledge of the suspended-sediment characteristics of the entire river (water quality can vary greatly across a river), suspended-sediment water samples

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Attribution: Water Resources
Poster composed of photographs and text.
December 31, 2005

Flying Eyeball Measures Grand Canyon Sand

Large-scale poster describing USGS work.

USGS scientists needed a better way to measure river sand in the Grand Canyon. Traditionally, scientists used a bucket to get about 75 sand samples on each trip, which were analyzed weeks later in a lab.

To measure more locations and to speed up the analysis, we developed the Flying Eyeball underwater microscope.

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August 22, 2005

Flood Measurement on Santa Cruz River (1993 and 2005)

Two historic flood measurements are made on the Santa Cruz River in Tucson, Arizona for the 1993 and 2005 floods.

Image: Drought and Beetle-Killed Piñon Pines in Arizona
May 4, 2005

Drought and Beetle-Killed Piñon Pines in Arizona

Drought and beetle-killed piñon pines in Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona, amid some surviving trees. Forest drought stress is highly correlated with mortality from poor growth, bark beetle outbreaks, and high-severity fire.

Image: Drought and Beetle-Killed Piñon Pines in Arizona
May 4, 2005

Drought and Beetle-Killed Piñon Pines in Arizona

Drought and beetle-killed piñon pines in Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona, amid a few surviving trees. Forest drought stress is strongly correlated with tree mortality from poor growth, bark beetle outbreaks, and high-severity fire.

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USGS
March 22, 2007

The U.S. Geological Survey hosted a two-day scientific workshop that drew state and federal government scientists, and university researchers together to discuss interdisciplinary research along the US-Mexico border. 

USGS
October 20, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has recently released a new fact sheet/report describing investigations that have taken place in Lake Mead, Nevada and Arizona, on synthetic organic compounds. 

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October 20, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has recently released a new fact sheet/report describing investigations that have taken place in Lake Mead, Nevada and Arizona, on synthetic organic compounds. These compounds potentially can cause endocrine disruption in common carp.

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August 6, 2006

Recently collected data for endangered humpback chub (Gila cypha) in Grand Canyon suggest that the population of adult fish (age 4+) may be stabilizing after more than a decade of decline, according to biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Southwest Biological Science Center. 

USGS
August 3, 2006

Recently collected data for endangered humpback chub (Gila cypha) in Grand Canyon suggest that the population of adult fish (age 4+) may be stabilizing after more than a decade of decline, according to biologists with the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Southwest Biological Science Center.

USGS
June 5, 2006

Today, June 5, 2006, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announces the recipients of the third year of the Mineral Resources External Research Program, a grant and/or cooperative agreement opportunity designed to support minerals research. 

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May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 

USGS
May 4, 2006

One of every four fishes in streams of 12 western states is non-native, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in November 2005 in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. And, researchers found, it´s not just that there are a lot of non-native fishes but they are also widespread...

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February 14, 2006

What are the issues desert tortoises face, and what has been learned and accomplished?

USGS
February 14, 2006

A symposium that focuses on the issues, research and management of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico.

USGS
February 8, 2006

Ensuring stable water supplies has grown more complex as the challenges facing water managers continue to mount, especially in the West. Informed decisions of water users and public officials will be necessary to ensure sufficient freshwater resources in the future to support a growing population and economy. 

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October 25, 2005

Today, the USGS released The State of the Colorado River Ecosystem in Grand Canyon, a comprehensive report that details the impacts of the operation of Glen Canyon Dam and other management actions on downstream resources within Grand Canyon National Park.