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The Southwest Region includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. Without this information, NAWMP population, habitat, and people objectives may not reflect stakeholder and societal values; and management...

Date published: July 5, 2016
Status: Active

Economic Impacts of Ecological Restoration

Federal investments in ecosystem restoration projects protect Federal trusts, ensure public health and safety, and preserve and enhance essential ecosystem services. These investments also generate business activity and create jobs. However, limited information exists on the costs and associated economic impacts of ecosystem restoration projects due to the complexity of the “restoration...

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...

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.

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.

Date published: March 3, 2016
Status: Active

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...

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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March 10, 2011

Seepage Investigation: Clear Creek and Little Colorado River

Stream gaging occurring in Winslow: Clear Creek and Little Colorado River.

September 8, 2010

Grand Falls

Flooding taking place at Grand falls.

Image: Smoke From Schultz Pass Forest Fire, Flagstaff, Arizona, June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010

Smoke From Schultz Pass Forest Fire, Flagstaff, Arizona, June 20, 2010

Panorama (180 degree field of view) photograph of smoke rising from the Schultz Pass fire near Flagstaff, Arizona, at 1:34 p.m. on its day of ignition, June 20, 2010.  Over the following 10 days, the fire burned an estimated 15,075 acres, or more than 23 square miles of northern Arizona forest, and cost more than $8.6 million to fight. The fire was started by a campfire

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Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Grand Canyon Investigations: 131 Years in the Field
April 12, 2010

Grand Canyon Investigations: 131 Years in the Field

Staff at the USGS Central Region Library created two displays for an open-house in celebration of National Library Week, April, 2010. This display on USGS scientific investigtations of the Grand Canyon displays field records, historical photography,historical surveying equipment, and publications from the science areas of biology, geology, geography, and water.

Image: Saguaro National Park, East Unit, Southern Arizona - 2010
March 29, 2010

Saguaro National Park, East Unit, Southern Arizona - 2010

Saguaro National Monument is now Saguaro National Park. The decline is saguaros has continued but at a rate slightly less steep than predicted. Very few of the saguaro present in 1935 remain. Meanwhile, the regeneration of this forest has already begun, as shown by findings from a long-term study-plot located at left midground. There has been a sharp increase in

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Attribution: Land Resources
March 21, 2010

Explaining Flood Measurements

Explaning why USGS streamgagers make discharge measurements.

March 21, 2010

Measuring Low Flow in San Pedro River

Measuring low flow in the San Pedro River with flume.

January 27, 2010

Streamflow Measurement, Pinto Creek, AZ (Jan 2010)

USGS streamgagers, Mike Sanders, Arthur Rees, and Mike Schilling, are servicing the Pinto Creek near Miami, Arizona streamflow gaging station and making a streamflow measurement on January 28, 2010. Flow was measured to be 207 cubic feet per second (CFS) on the 28th but peaked earlier on the 22nd at an estimated 7,400 cfs. Debris from the flood flow can be seen in trees

January 21, 2010

USGS Measurement, Salt River (January 2010 )

USGS streamgagers, Mike Sanders and Henry Sanger are servicing the, Salt River near Roosevelt, Arizona streamflow gaging station and making a streamflow measurement on January 22, 2010. Flow was measured to be 44,500 cubic feet per second (CFS) on the 22th but peaked earlier on the 22nd at an estimated 88,000 cfs. The measurement was made from the cableway just downstream

January 21, 2010

Streamflow Measurement, Rillito Creek AZ (Jan 2010)

USGS employees, John Hoffmann, Corey Salmond, Robert Fritzinger, and Chris Smith are being interviewed by Naomi Pescovitz from KVOA on January 22, 2010. Robert Fritzinger and Corey Salmond are making a streamflow measurement at Rillito Creek at La Cholla BLVD near Tucson streamflow gaging station. The updated peak was 1,360 cubic feet per second (CFS) on January 22, 2010.

Image: Jurassic Rocks in Arizona
January 1, 2010

Jurassic Rocks in Arizona

Gordon Haxel (USGS, Flagstaff) explains the Jurassic geology of the Baboquivari Mountains, Arizona. Kitt Peak, Arizona, November 2009. Bob Powell (USGS, Tucson) holds the map.

Image: Mine Blast at Silver Bell Mine, Arizona
January 1, 2010

Mine Blast at Silver Bell Mine, Arizona

Mine Blast at Silver Bell Mine, Arizona.

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February 29, 2008

Salt Lake City - The Bureau of Reclamation today released a final environmental assessment (FEA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) that authorizes the initiation of an early-March 2008 high-flow test and fall steady flow experiment from Glen Canyon Dam downstream through the Grand Canyon

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February 25, 2008

The Department of the Interior has proposed an experiment using high flows from Glen Canyon Dam to study and improve Colorado River resources in Grand Canyon National Park.

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January 30, 2008

Where in Arizona are ground-water levels falling? Where are they stable or rising? How much has the water table changed since large-scale pumping has occurred? 

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January 17, 2008

(Flagstaff, Ariz.) An experiment using high flows from Glen Canyon Dam to study and improve Colorado River resources in Grand Canyon National Park has been proposed by the Department of the Interior.

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September 24, 2007

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a report today describing salinity levels in streams and ground water in parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The report concludes that although salinity varies widely throughout the region, levels have generally decreased in many streams during the past two decades.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.