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Date published: March 17, 2016
Status: Active

Mapping Oil in Marshes and Its Implications

Remote sensing helps USGS scientists detect and map surface oil in coastal environments.

Date published: March 17, 2016
Status: Active

Optical and Radar Fusion: Mapping Coastal Marsh Dieback

With the help of remote sensing, USGS maps the progression of marsh dieback along the Louisiana coast.

Date published: August 27, 2013

Testing for Agricultural Runoff in the Missouri River - Video

Ride along as USGS scientists Richard Coupe and Joe Schatz sample the Missouri River near Hermann, Missouri. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 21, 2013

Agriculture - A River Runs Through It

Heather Welch, Claire Rose, and Richard Coupe, U.S. Geological Survey scientists involved in the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT) study, outline agricultural effects on water quality in the Mississippi Delta region. Topics include research results on nutrient modeling using the SPARROW model, environmental effects of biofuel production,...

Date published: April 3, 2013

We've Got A Model - Why Do We Need Data?

Anne Hoos and Ana Garcia discuss why data is important for the USGS nutrient loading model SPARROW. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 3, 2013

Modeling - The Ninth Art - Video

The art and science of SPARROW modeling. The steps of developing the SPARROW model. The other eight arts are: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry, Dance, Theater and Cinema. To view the video click here.

Contacts: Anne B Hoos
Date published: April 3, 2013

Results of the ACT Study - Biofuels

Interview by Richard Coupe (U.S. Geological Survey) and Heather Welch -- a scientist involved in the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT)-- on her research results on environmental effects of biofuel production. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 3, 2013

Results of the ACT Study - Glyphosphate

Richard Coupe (U.S. Geological Survey) summarizes research results of glyphosate and water quality as part of the the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT). To view the video click here.

Date published: April 1, 2013

Thoughts from ACT Study Farmers - Lawrence Murphy

Claire Rose (USGS) and Richard Coupe (USGS) talk with Lawrence Murphy about farming and Agricultural Chemical Transport Study research done on his farm in the Mississippi Delta. To view the video click here.

Date published: April 1, 2013

Results of the ACT Study - Metolachlor

Interview by Richard Coupe (US Geological Survey) of Claire Rose- a scientist involved in the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Study of Agricultural Chemical Transport (ACT)on research results of metolachlor transport. To view the video click here.

Date published: October 24, 2011

Watershed Restoration & Protection Studies (319 Monitoring) - Mississippi

The USGS-MWSC partners with various federal, state and local cooperating agencies to implement Monitoring Plans for watershed restoration or protection projects. The purpose of monitoring is to measure change in water quality throughout the duration of watershed specific restoration efforts targeted to remediate specific pollutants of concern. The goal is to document, using defensible...

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Year Published: 2020

Thiamine concentrations in lake trout and Atlantic salmon eggs during 14 years following the invasion of alewife in Lake Champlain

Thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency in Great Lakes salmonines has been linked to consumption of alewife Alosa pseudoharengus. Thiamine deficiency has been recognized as a possible impediment to lake trout Salvelinus namaycush recruitment in the Great Lakes and Atlantic salmon Salmo salar recruitment in the Finger Lakes and...

Ladago, Bret J.; Futia, Matthew H.; Ardren, William R.; Honeyfield, Dale C.; Kelsey, Kevin P.; Kozel, Carrie L.; Riley, Stephen; Rinchard, Jacques; Tillitt, Donald E.; Zajicek, James L.; Marsden, J. Ellen

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Year Published: 2020

Influence of soil microbiota on Taxodium distichum seedling performance during extreme flooding events

Plant associations with soil microbiota can modulate tree seedling growth and survival via mutualistic or antagonistic interactions. It is uncertain, however, whether soil microbiota influence seedling growth of coastal trees when exposed to extreme flooding regimes. We evaluated the role of soil microbes in promoting baldcypress (Taxodium...

Torres-Martínez, Lorena; Sánchez-Julia, Mareli; Kimbrough, Elizabeth; Hendrix, Trey; Hendrix, Miranda; Day, Richard H.; Krauss, Ken W.; Van Bael, Sunshine A

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Year Published: 2020

The field trip that changed the course of my career

After gobbling down a breakfast of sliced papaya, scrambled eggs, refried beans, and soft flour tacos, we gathered our gear and loaded it into the red zodiac that the station manager had assigned to us. My colleagues and I were headed to a pair of islands off the coast of Belize called Twin Cays, occupied by a unique group of tropical plants and...

McKee, Karen L.

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The utility of zooarchaeological data to guide listing efforts for an imperiled mussel species (Bivalvia: Unionidae: Pleurobema riddellii)

The status of species in freshwater systems shift over time due to natural and anthropogenic causes. Determining the magnitude and cause of these shifts requires a long‐term perspective. This process is complicated when there are also questions about the taxonomic validity of a species. Addressing these issues is important because both can...

Randklev, Charles R.; Wolverton, Steve; Johnson, Nathan; Smith, Chase H.; DuBose, Traci; Robertson, Clint; Conley, Julian

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A new species of freshwater mussel in the genus Popenaias Frierson, 1927, from the Gulf coastal rivers of central Mexico (Bivalvia: Unionida: Unionidae) with comments on the genus

The Gulf coastal drainages of central Mexico are a faunal transition zone between North and South America and harbor a unique assemblage of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida). However, little information is available regarding the taxonomy, distribution, and evolutionary history of the Mexican mussel fauna due to limited sampling over the...

Inoue, Kentaro; Cummings, Kevin S.; Tiemann, Jeremy S.; Miller, Thomas D.; Johnson, Nathan; Smith, Chase H.; Randklev, Charles R.

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Salinity, water level, and forest structure contribute to baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) rhizosphere and endosphere community structure

As rising sea levels alter coastal ecosystems, there is a pressing need to examine the effects of saltwater intrusion on coastal communities. Using 16S Illumina profiling, we characterized the communities of baldcypress tree (Taxodium distichum) root endosphere and rhizosphere soil bacteria. Our study utilized established sites along salinity and...

Lumibao, Candice Y; Kimbrough, Elizabeth; Formel, Steven; Day, Richard; From, Andrew; Conner, William H.; Krauss, Ken; Van Bael, Sunshine A

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A comparative phylogeographic approach to facilitate recovery of an imperiled freshwater mussel (Bivalvia: Unionida: Potamilus inflatus)

North American freshwaters are among the world’s most threatened ecosystems, and freshwater mussels are among the most imperiled inhabiting these systems. A critical aspect of conservation biology is delineating patterns of genetic diversity, which can be difficult when a taxon has been extirpated from a significant portion of its historical range...

Smith, Chase H.; Johnson, Nathan

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Wastewater-based epidemiology pilot study to examine drug use in the Western United States

The extent of prescription and illicit drug abuse in geographically isolated rural and micropolitan communities in the intermountain western United States (US) has not been well tracked. The goal of this pilot study was to accurately measure drug dose consumption rates (DCR) between two select populations, normalize the data and compare the DCRs...

Bishop, Nicholas; Jones-Lepp, Tammy; Margetts, Miranda; Sykes, Jordan; Alvarez, David; Keil, Deborah

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Comparative phylogenomics reveal complex evolution of life history strategies in a clade of bivalves with parasitic larvae (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Ambleminae)

Freshwater mussels are a species‐rich group with biodiversity patterns strongly shaped by a life history strategy that includes an obligate parasitic larval stage. In this study, we set out to reconstruct the life history evolution and systematics in a clade of freshwater mussels adapted to parasitizing a molluscivorous host fish. Anchored hybrid...

Smith, Chase H.; Pfeiffer, John M.; Johnson, Nathan

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Preserving connectivity under climate and land-use change: No one-size-fits-all approach for focal species in similar habitats

Habitat connectivity is essential for maintaining populations of wildlife species, especially as climate changes. Knowledge about the fate of existing habitat networks in a changing climate and in light of land-use change is critical for determining which types of conservation actions must be taken to maintain those networks. However, information...

Costanza, Jennifer K.; Watling, James I.; Sutherland, Ron; Belyea, Curtis; Dilkina, Bistra; Cayton, Heather; Bucklin, David N.; Romanach, Stephanie; Haddad, Nick M.

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Using NASA Earth observations and Google Earth Engine to map winter cover crop conservation performance in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Winter cover crops such as barley, rye, and wheat help to improve soil structure by increasing porosity, aggregate stability, and organic matter, while reducing the loss of agricultural nutrients and sediments into waterways. The environmental performance of cover crops is affected by choice of species, planting date, planting method, nutrient...

Thieme, Alison; Yadav, Sunita; Oddo, Perry C.; Fitz, John M.; McCartney, Sean; King, LeeAnn; Keppler, Jason; McCarty, Gregory W.; Hively, W. Dean

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Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Paul Frederick and Mike Descant make sure there is enough clearance for their boat to drive under a bridge on the Atchafalaya River near Melville, La. 

Haploid (DNA from one parent) and Biparental (two parents) Sturgeon

Left, a haploid pallid sturgeon specimen (DNA only from one parent) at approximately 11-12 days after hatching. Right, a  pallid sturgeon with two parents. Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey. 

Image: Louisiana Black Bear and Cubs

Louisiana Black Bear and Cubs

A threatened Louisiana black bear and her cubs up in a tree.

Flooding and Train Derailment in Northwest Iowa

The Rock River flooded parts of northwest Iowa after several days of heavy rainfall in June 2018. A train carrying crude oil derailed over a flooded bridge south of Doon on June 22, prompting evacuations of nearby homes. Landsat 8 images from June 1 and June 24 show the extent of the flooding.

Land-Cover Modeling - Alexandria, Louisiana - B2 Scenario

Alexandria, Louisiana
2006 to 2050 Land-cover Change
IPCC SRES B2 Scenario

 

The IPCC SRES B2 scenario focuses on environmentally friendly lifestyles and local solutions to social and environmental problems. The emphasis on regional self-reliance results in a desire for local food and energy products. Environmental impacts on the

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USGS science for a changing world logo
November 9, 2005

In response to public concern for the water quality of Lake Pontchartrain following Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting intensive studies.

USGS
November 9, 2005

In response to public concern for the water quality of Lake Pontchartrain following Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

USGS
November 1, 2005

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita transformed some 100 square miles of marsh to open water in southeastern Louisiana, according to preliminary estimates by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) based on an analysis of Landsat satellite data from September and October.

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November 1, 2005

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita transformed some 100 square miles of marsh to open water in southeastern Louisiana, according to preliminary estimates by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) based on an analysis of Landsat satellite data from September and October.

USGS
September 24, 2005

The U.S. Geological Survey today is alerting state and federal agencies to the increased potential for landslides on September 24-28 in the Ozark-Ouachita mountainous regions of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri due to anticipated heavy rainfall from Hurricane Rita.

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September 24, 2005

The U.S. Geological Survey today is alerting state and federal agencies to the increased potential for landslides on September 24-28 in the Ozark-Ouachita mountainous regions of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri due to anticipated heavy rainfall from Hurricane Rita.

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September 20, 2005

In a cooperative research program, the USGS, NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are using airborne laser mapping systems to quantify coastal change along the entire coastline affected by Hurricane Katrina (http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/katrina/).

USGS
September 15, 2005

The USGS announced today (Sept. 15, 2005) that the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be located in the city of Denver. The NGTOC will consolidate the functions and operations currently performed in four USGS mapping centers (Menlo Park, Calif.; Rolla, Mo.; Denver, Colo.; and Reston, Va.) and other distributed sites to one location.

USGS
September 14, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey scientists report that preliminary analysis of satellite data indicate Hurricane Katrina caused substantial marsh loss in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

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September 14, 2005

U.S. Geological Survey scientists report that preliminary analysis of satellite data indicate Hurricane Katrina caused substantial marsh loss in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

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September 6, 2005

The USGS is releasing today a 25-minute videotape of footage showing coastal impacts resulting from Hurricane Katrina along the coastline of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

USGS
September 6, 2005

The USGS is releasing today a 25-minute videotape of footage showing coastal impacts resulting from Hurricane Katrina along the coastline of the northern Gulf of Mexico.