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Date published: July 5, 2017

Sparta Aquifer Recovery Project

The Sparta aquifer is Union County's only source of municipal and industrial ground water. Since development began in the early 1920's ground-water levels have declined more than 390 feet in some areas. As a result, Union was among five southern Arkansas counties designated as the state's first "Critical Ground Water Area" in 1996.

Partners include:...

Date published: July 5, 2017

Decision Support System for Sustainable and Adaptive Management of Beaver Lake - Arkansas

Short Title: Beaver Lake 3-D Modelin

Project Chief: Reed Green

Cooperator: Beaver Water District

Project Time Frame: October 2007 - present

Beaver Lake is a large, deep-storage reservoir located in the White River Basin in northwestern Arkansas and is...

Contacts: William R Green
Date published: July 5, 2017

Beaver Lake Water Quantity and Quality - Arkansas

Short Title: Beaver Lake Water Quality

Project Chief: Reed Green

Cooperator: Beaver Water District

Project Time Frame: 2000 - present

Beaver Lake, completed in 1963, is located in northwestern Arkansas and receives a majority of its water from three...

Date published: July 5, 2017
Status: Active

Ground-Water Data Network - Arkansas

Short Title: Ground-Water Data Network

Project Chief: Anna Nottmeier

Cooperators: Arkansas Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources DivisionArkansas Geological...

Date published: July 5, 2017

Hydrologic Monitoring for the City of Hot Springs Early Flood Warning Information System - Arkansas

Short Title: Hot Springs Flood Warning System

Project Chief: Joseph Fleming

Cooperator: City of Hot Springs

Project Time Frame: 2008- present

In May 1990, a series of severe thunderstorms developed in the vicinity of Hot Springs with a total...

Date published: July 3, 2017

Lakes Maumelle and Winona - Arkansas

Short Title: Lakes Maumelle and Winona

Project Chief: William Green

Cooperator: Central Arkansas Water

Project Time Frame: 1989 - present

Lakes Maumelle and Winona are water-supply reservoirs for the Little Rock and North Little Rock metropolitan areas...

Contacts: William R Green
Date published: July 3, 2017

Middle Fork of the Saline River - Arkansas

Short Title: Middle Fork Study

Project Chief: William Baldwin

Cooperators: Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission,Arkansas Naural Resources Commission, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

Date published: July 3, 2017

Ground-Water Modeling Support - Arkansas

 

Short Title: North Ground-Water Model

Project Chief: Phillip Hays

Cooperators: Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

Project Time Frame: 2005 - present

Several counties in eastern and southern Arkansas have been designated Critical Ground-Water Areas (areas where alluvial aquifer...

Contacts: Phillip D Hays
Date published: June 30, 2017

Ozark Plateaus National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program

Short Title: Ozark Plateaus NAWQA

Project Chief: Billy Justus

Cooperator: U.S. Geological Survey National Water-Quality Assessment Program

Project Time Frame: 1991 - present

The Ozark Plateaus study unit is one of more than 50 study units that are part...

Contacts: Billy G Justus
Date published: June 30, 2017

Sediment Data Program

Short Title: Sediment Data Program

Project Chief: Dwight Lasker

Cooperator: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Memphis District

Project Time Frame: 1997 - present

Sediment concentrations and discharges in rivers and streams must be defined and monitored for effective water resource planning and water-...

Contacts: Alan D Lasker
Date published: June 30, 2017

Sparta Aquifer Recovery Project

Short Title: Sparta Recovery Project

Project Chief: Anna Nottmeier

Cooperators: Union County Water Conservation Board

Project Time Frame: 2002 - present

The Sparta aquifer is a confined aquifer of great regional importance and is a major water resource for municipal, industrial,...

Date published: June 30, 2017

Surface-Water Data Program - Arkansas

 

Short Title: Surface-Water Data Program

Project Chief: William Baldwin

Cooperators: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Vicksburg District, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Arkansas Geological...

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Year Published: 2021

Groundwater discharges as a source of phytoestrogens and other agriculturally derived contaminants to streams

Groundwater discharge zones in streams are important habitats for aquatic organisms. The use of discharge zones for thermal refuge and spawning by fish and other biota renders them susceptible to potential focused discharge of groundwater contamination. Currently, there is a paucity of information about discharge zones as a potential exposure...

Tyler J. Thompson; Briggs, Martin; Phillips, Patrick J.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Smalling, Kelly; Kolpin, Dana W.; Wagner, Tyler

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Year Published: 2021

How plants influence resilience of salt marsh and mangrove wetlands to sea-level rise

This review evaluates the importance of plants and associated biological processes in determining the vulnerability of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise. Coastal wetlands occur across a broad sedimentary continuum from minerogenic to biogenic, providing an opportunity to examine the relative importance of biological processes in wetland...

Cahoon, Donald R.; McKee, Karen L.; James Morris

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Year Published: 2021

Assessing the ecological risks of per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances: Current state‐of‐the science and a proposed path forward

Per‐ and poly‐fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) encompass a large, heterogenous group of chemicals of potential concern to human health and the environment. Based on information for a few relatively well‐understood PFAS such as perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoate, there is ample basis to suspect that at least a subset can be considered...

Ankley, Gerald T.; Cureton, Philippa; Hoke, Robert A.; Houde, Magali; Kumar, Anupama; Kurias, Jessy; Lanno, Roman P.; McCarthy, Chris; Newsted, John L.; Salice, Christopher J.; Sample, Bradley E.; Sepúlveda, Maria S.; Steevens, Jeffery; Valsecchi, Sara

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Year Published: 2021

Resolving species boundaries in the critically imperiled freshwater mussel species, Fusconaia mitchelli (Bivalvia: Unionidae)

Species are a fundamental unit of biology, and defining accurate species boundaries is integral to effective conservation and management of imperiled taxa. Freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) are among the most imperiled groups of organisms in North America, yet species boundaries remain uncertain for many taxa. The False Spike, ...

Smith, Chase H.; Johnson, Nathan; Havlik, Kaitlyn; Doyle, Robert D.; Randklev, Charles R.

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Year Published: 2021

Status of the major aquaculture carps of China in the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin

There is concern of economic and environmental damage occuring if any of the four major aquacultured carp species of China, black carp Mylopharyngodon piceus, bighead carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis, silver carp H. molitrix, or grass carp Ctenopharyngodon idella, were to establish in the Laurentian Great Lakes. All four are...

Chapman, Duane C.; Benscoter, Allison; Embke, Holly S.; King, Nicole R.; Kocovsky, Patrick; Lewis, Teresa D.; Mandrak, Nicholas E.

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Year Published: 2021

Elemental and radionuclide exposures and uptakes by small rodents, invertebrates, and vegetation at active and post-production uranium mines in the Grand Canyon watershed

The effects of breccia pipe uranium mining in the Grand Canyon watershed (Arizona) on ecological and cultural resources are largely unknown. We characterized the exposure of biota to uranium and co-occurring ore body elements during active ore production and at a site where ore production had recently concluded. Our results indicate that biota...

Cleveland, Danielle; Hinck, Jo Ellen; Lankton, Julia S.

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Year Published: 2021

Movement of synthetic organic compounds in the food web after the introduction of invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis) in Lake Mead, Nevada and Arizona, USA

Introductions of dreissenid mussels in North America have been a significant concern over the last few decades. This study assessed the distribution of synthetic organic compounds (SOCs) in the food web of Lake Mead, Nevada/Arizona, USA and how this distribution was influenced by the introduction of invasive quagga mussels. A clear spatial...

Goodbred, Steven L.; Rosen, Michael R.; Patino, Reynaldo; Alvarez, David; Echols, Kathy R.; King, Kerensa; Umek, John

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Identifying sources and year classes contributing to invasive grass carp in the Laurentian Great Lakes

Relative contributions of aquaculture-origin and naturally-reproduced grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) in the Laurentian Great Lakes have been unknown. We assessed occurrence and distribution of aquaculture-origin and wild grass carp in the Great Lakes using ploidy and otolith stable oxygen isotope (δ18O) data. We inferred natal river and...

Whitledge, Gregory W.; Chapman, Duane C.; Farver, John; Herbst, Seth; Mandrak, Nicholas E.; Miner, Jeffrey G.; Pangle, Kevin L.; Kocovsky, Patrick

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Source switching maintains dissolved organic matter chemostasis across discharge levels in a large temperate river network

Dissolved organic matter (DOM) helps regulate aquatic ecosystem structure and function. In small streams, DOM concentrations are controlled by transport of terrestrial materials to waterways, and are thus highly variable. As rivers become larger, the River Continuum Concept hypothesizes that internal primary production is an increasingly important...

Hosen, J.D.; Aho, K.S.; Fair, Jennifer Burlingame Hoyle; Kyzivat, E.D.; Matt, S.; Morrison, Jonathan; Stubbins, A.; Weber, L.C.; Yoon, B.; Raymond, P.A.

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Using decision analysis to collaboratively respond to invasive species threats: A case study of Lake Erie grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)

Decisions about invasive species control and eradication can be difficult because of uncertainty in population demographics, movement ecology, and effectiveness of potential response actions. These decisions often include multiple stakeholders and management entities with potentially different objectives, management priorities, and jurisdictional...

Robinson, Kelly F.; DuFour, Mark R.; Jones, Michael; Herbst, Seth; Newcomb, Tammy; Boase, James C.; Brenden, Travis O.; Chapman, Duane C.; Dettmers, John M.; Francis, James; Hartman, Travis; Kocovsky, Patrick; Locke, Brian; Mayer, Christine; Tyson, Jeff

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Year Published: 2021

Scientific contributions of the Mangrove Macrobenthos and Management (MMM) conference series, 2000-2019

The conservation of mangrove forests has become an important international policy priority in recent decades, and is mirrored by a large increase in research interest. Multiple disciplines now use mangroves as a study system, from molecular biology to social science. The variety of research conducted in mangroves is exemplified by the Mangrove...

Friess, Daniel A.; Dahdouh-Guebas, Farid; Satyanarayana, Behara; Cannicci, Stefano; Vannini, Marco; Chua, Siew Chin; Duke, Norman; Feller, Ilka C.; Jaafer, Zeehan; Jayatissa, L.P.; Koedam, Nico; Krauss, Ken; Lee, Shing Yip; Mancera Pineda, Jose Ernesto; Ruwa, Renison; Yando, Erik S.

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Year Published: 2020

2020 drought in New England

Below average and infrequent rainfall from May through September 2020 led to an extreme hydrologic drought across much of New England, with some areas experiencing a flash drought, reflecting its quick onset. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded record-low streamflow and groundwater levels throughout the region. In September, the U.S....

Lombard, Pamela J.; Barclay, Janet R.; McCarthy, Dee-Ann E.
Lombard, P.J., Barclay, J.R., and McCarthy, D.E., 2020, 2020 drought in New England (ver. 1.1, February 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1148, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201148.

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WRP Morehouse Parish, Louisiana
April 26, 2016

WRP Morehouse Parish, Louisiana

Wetlands Reserve Program site in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana.  Green tree frogs rest on a Wetlands Reserve Program easement boundary sign in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana.

WRP St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
April 26, 2016

WRP St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Wetlands Reserve Program site in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.  Changes in a local river resulted in the landowner’s fields flooding on a regular basis. The landowner worked through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to restore his fields to their natural wetland state.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

DEM in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA

Image: Southeast Missouri Helicopter Survey
March 14, 2016

Southeast Missouri Helicopter Survey

Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying helicopter over southeastern Missouri starting in mid to late February, 2014.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a comprehensive, high-resolution airborne survey to study the rock layers under parts of Washington, Franklin and Crawford counties. Instruments on the helicopter will

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Image: WRP Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
March 14, 2016

WRP Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Wetlands Reserve Program site in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana.  Ten years ago, this landowner worked with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service through the Wetlands Reserve Program to design and construct this slough as part of a plan to restore this field’s natural wetland hydrology.

Image: Night Flooding in Natchez
January 12, 2016

Night Flooding in Natchez

Image shows a night-time view of the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge at Natchez, Mississippi.

In late 2015/early 2016 unusually large rainfall in the Upper Mississippi River Valley led to significant flooding in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. USGS crews responded to the flooding by collecting streamflow and water quality information and

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Image: USGS Streamgage at Baton Rouge
January 8, 2016

USGS Streamgage at Baton Rouge

The USGS Streamgage at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during the 2015/2016 Mississippi River Valley Flooding.

In late 2015/early 2016, unusually large rainfall in the Upper Mississippi River Valley led to flooding throughout Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. USGS water science centers responded to the flooding by measuring the streamflow

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Image shows sand in a hand
December 31, 2015

Frac Sands in Hand

Frac sands used in unconventional oil and gas development.

Strong River at D'Lo Mississippi
December 31, 2015

Strong River at D'Lo Mississippi

This image was taken at the Strong River at D'Lo, Mississippi by Shane Stocks who is a Hydrologic Technician out of the Jackson, MS office. Shane used an infared camera to take this long exposure shot of the river. 

Photo of Flooding on Mississippi River in December 2015
December 31, 2015

Flooding on Mississippi River in December 2015

USGS crews had two research vessels out measuring streamflow on the Mississippi River at St. Louis on New Years Eve, 2015. 

Photo of Flooding on Mississippi River in December 2015
December 31, 2015

Flooding on Mississippi River in December 2015

USGS scientist Chris Rowden drives a research vessel measuring streamflow alongside another field crew on the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

Photo of Flooding on Mississippi River in December 2015
December 31, 2015

Flooding on Mississippi River in December 2015

USGS crews had two research vessels out measuring streamflow on the Mississippi River at St. Louis on New Years Eve, 2015. USGS scientists Eric Looper and Jason Carron are one of many USGS field crews out in the floodwaters over the holiday.

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USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center is awarding nearly $150,000 to its host university and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, is awarding nearly $400,000 to universities and other partners.

Image: Louisiana Black Bear and Cubs
November 19, 2014

The bear species nicknamed “teddy” more than a century ago that inspired the iconic stuffed toy still popular today will likely survive at least another century, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

USGS
July 30, 2014

Nesting loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico feed among areas that were oiled by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and where human activities occur, several of which are known to pose threats to sea turtles, a new U.S Geological study showed.

USGS
July 28, 2014

The U.S. Virgin Islands are now available for structure updates with The National Map Corps crowd-sourcing volunteers

USGS
July 28, 2014

Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends. 

USGS
June 25, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year (1,100 million tons of CO2 equivalent).

USGS science for a changing world logo
June 19, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring flooding on the Big Sioux River and its tributaries in South Dakota.

USGS
May 22, 2014

Scientists have extracted DNA from fish eggs found in northern sections of the Upper Mississippi River and have determined that the eggs and larvae are not from Asian carp.

Lidar image showing the upper parts of the landslide that occurred in northwest Washington on March 22, 2014.
May 14, 2014

Want to know how elevation will benefit your state? The USGS National Geospatial Program is advancing the 3D Elevation Program, known as 3DEP, in response to the growing need for high-quality three-dimensional representations of the Nation’s natural and constructed features.