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Date published: April 6, 2016

Soil Properties and Geochronology in Barataria Basin, Louisiana

Will wetland vertical accretion rates be enough to keep up with the predicted rates of sea level rise? USGS looks at soil properties and geochronology in Louisiana wetlands. 

Date published: April 6, 2016

Surface Water Hydrology and Nitrate Dynamics in Delta Islands of Prograding Wax Lake Delta, Louisiana

The Wax Lake Delta is an ideal ecosystem to study the effects of a large-scale river diversion on the biogeochemistry of coastal wetlands, and the capacity of these wetlands to assimilate nutrients delivered by these diversions. USGS works to develop a better understanding of surface water hydrology and nitrate dynamics in this area. 

Date published: April 6, 2016

Tracking and Modeling the Population of the Louisiana Black Bear Using “BearTRAK”

"BearTrak" is an app that provides a central repository for Louisiana Black Bear tracking data, allowing managers to access information more quickly and reliably.

Date published: April 6, 2016

Sediment and Nutrient Retention by Wetlands Receiving Inflows from a Mississippi River Diversion: A Mass Balance Approach

Diversions are currently used in the Mississippi River to stimulate delta growth via increased sediment supply. This technique may also help to reduce nutrient loads before its discharged into the ocean. Scientists at USGS assess how wetlands retain the sediment and nutrients that come from these diversions. 

Date published: April 5, 2016
Status: Active

Genetic Analysis of Wild and Captive Black Carp in the Mississippi River Basin

Black carp have likely been present in the Mississippi River since the 1990s, but their current distribution and spread is not well understood. Genetics is helping to shed light on this species, including its diversity, the relatedness of wild and captive fish, and its introduction history. 

Date published: April 5, 2016

Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport in Deltas and Coastal Wetlands

Diversions are being used to encourage Missippi River delta growth via increased sediment availability to coastal wetlands. USGS studies hydrodynamics and sediment transport in Louisiana to better understand how marshes and deltas respond to these sediment inputs. 

Date published: April 1, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Effects of Barrier Island Restoration on Piping Plovers in Louisiana

The federally threatened piping plover relies on sand-beach habitat year-round for nesting, foraging, and roosting, habitat that is particularly vulnerable to loss and degradation from coastal development, recreation activities, erosion, and sea-level rise. 

Date published: March 22, 2016
Status: Active

Mechanisms of Coastal Marsh Elevation Regulation

Sediment deposition serves an important role in the long-term maintenance of coastal marshes. USGS investigates the mechanisms of coastal marsh elevation regulation to help predict marsh sediment requirements under various sea level rise scenarios. 

Date published: March 18, 2016
Status: Active

Green-Tree Reservoir management practices within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System

Green-Tree Reservoirs are used as a management tool by National Wildlife Refuges throughout the Southeast United States, but data suggests that forest productivity has declined in these areas. USGS investigates the effects of climate and flooding on tree growth and mortality to assist refuge managers adapt management strategies. 

Contacts: Richard Day
Date published: March 18, 2016
Status: Active

Establishing Explicit Biological Objectives to Guide Strategic Habitat Conservation for the Gulf Coast

To inform conservation efforts for the Gulf Coast, USGS is developing a suite of decision support tools to provide explicit population and habitat objectives.

Date published: March 18, 2016
Status: Active

An Inventory and Comparative Study of Bees, A Keystone Ecological Group in the Endangered Coastal Prairie of Louisiana

Much of Louisiana's coastal prairie has been converted to rice and sugarcane cultivation. USGS is inventorying bee populations in these areas to explore how effective restoration efforts have been.

Contacts: Larry Allain
Date published: March 18, 2016

Long-Term Carbon Burial in Marshes of the Mississippi River Delta

Wetlands along the Gulf of Mexico coast play an important role in the global carbon cycle, but as they  rapidly convert to open water, their potential for carbon storage is declining. USGS is working to provide accurate, long-term marsh soil carbon sequestration rates. 

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Year Published: 2020

Frequency of extreme freeze events controls the distribution and structure of black mangroves (Avicennia germinans) near their northern range limit in coastal Louisiana

AimClimate change is expected to result in the tropicalization of coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico, as warming winters allow tropical mangrove forests to expand their distribution poleward at the expense of temperate salt marshes. Data limitations near mangrove range limits have hindered understanding of the effects of winter...

Osland, Michael; Day, Richard; Michot, Thomas C.

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Year Published: 2020

Near-term spatial hydrologic forecasting in Everglades, USA for landscape planning and ecological forecasting

Operational ecological forecasting is an emerging field that leverages ecological models in a new, cross-disciplinary way – using a real-time or nearly real-time climate forecast to project near-term ecosystem states. These applications give decision-makers lead time to anticipate and manage state changes that degrade ecosystem functions or...

Pearlstine, Leonard G.; Beerens, James M.; Reynolds, Gregg; Haider, Saira; McKelvy, Mark; Suir, Kevin; Romanach, Stephanie; Nestler, Jennifer H.

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Reduction in drinking water arsenic exposure and health risk through arsenic treatment among private well households in Maine and New Jersey, USA

Over 2 million people in the United States (U.S.) drink water from private wells that contain arsenic (As) exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 10 micrograms per liter (μg/L). While there are a number of commercially available treatment technologies for removing As from drinking water, it is...

Yang, Qiang; Flanagan, Sara V.; Chillrud, Steven; Ross, James; Zeng, Wenke; Culbertson, Charles W.; Spayd, Steve; Backer, Lorraine C.; Smith, Andrew E.; Zheng, Yan

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Year Published: 2020

Small gradients in salinity have large effects on stand water use in freshwater wetland forests

Salinity intrusion is responsible for changes to freshwater wetland watersheds globally, but little is known about how wetland water budgets might be influenced by small increments in salinity. We studied a forested wetland in South Carolina, USA, and installed sap flow probes on 72 trees/shrubs along a salinity gradient. Species investigated...

Duberstein, Jamie A.; Krauss, Ken; Baldwin, M.J.; Allen, Scott T.; Conner, William H.; Salter, John S.; Miloshis, Michael

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Transcriptome analysis of testis reveals the effects of developmental exposure to bisphenol a or 17α-ethinylestradiol in medaka (Oryzias latipes)

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can induce abnormalities in organisms via alteration of molecular pathways and subsequent disruption of endocrine functions. Bisphenol A (BPA) and 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) are ubiquitous EDCs in the environment. Many aquatic organisms, including fish, are often exposed to varying concentrations of BPA and...

Bhandari, Ramji K.; Wang, Xuegeng; vom Saal, Frederick S.; Tillitt, Donald E.

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Divergent biotic and abiotic filtering of root endosphere and rhizosphere soil fungal communities along ecological gradients

Plant roots assemble two distinct microbial compartments: the rhizosphere (microbes in soil surrounding roots) and the endosphere (microbes within roots). Our knowledge of fungal community assembly in these compartments is limited, especially in wetlands. We tested the hypothesis that biotic factors would have direct effects on rhizosphere and...

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

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Hurricane Sandy effects on coastal marsh elevation change

High-magnitude storm events such as Hurricane Sandy are powerful agents of geomorphic change in coastal marshes, potentially altering their surface elevation trajectories. But how do a storm’s impacts vary across a large region spanning a variety of wetland settings and storm exposures and intensities. We determined the short-term impacts of...

Yeates, Alice G.; Grace, James; Olker, Jennifer H.; Guntenspergen, Glenn R.; Cahoon, Donald; Adamowicz, Susan C.; Anisfeld, Shimon C.; Barrett, Nels; Benzecry, Alice; Blum, Linda K.; Christian, Rober T; Grzyb, Joseph; Kracauer Hartig, Ellen; Hines Leo, Kelly; Lerberg, Scott; Lynch, James C.; Maher, Nicole; Megonigal, J Patrick; Reay, William G.; Siok, Drexel; Starke, Adam; Turner, Vincent; Warren, Scott

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Year Published: 2020

Structural impacts, carbon losses, and regeneration in mangrove wetlands after two hurricanes on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Hurricanes Irma and Maria ravaged the mangroves of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, in 2017. Basal area losses were large (63–100%) and storm losses of carbon associated with aboveground biomass amounted to 11.9–43.5 Mg C/ha. Carbon biomass of dead standing trees increased 8.1–18.3 Mg C/ha among sites, and carbon in coarse woody debris on the forest...

Krauss, Ken; From, Andrew; Rogers, Caroline; Whelan, Kevin R.T.; Grimes, Kristen W.; Dobbs, Robert C.; Kelley, Thomas

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Year Published: 2020

Comparing trends in modeled and observed streamflows at minimally altered basins in the United States

We compared modeled and observed streamflow trends from 1984–2016 using five statistical transfer models and one deterministic, distributed-parameter, process-based model, for 26 flow metrics at 502 basins in the United States that are minimally influenced by development. We also looked at a measure of overall model fit and average bias. A higher...

Hodgkins, Glenn A.; Dudley, Robert; Russell, Amy M.; LaFontaine, Jacob H.

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Updating data inputs, assessing trends, and evaluating a method to estimate probable high groundwater levels in selected areas of Massachusetts

A method to estimate the probable high groundwater level in Massachusetts, excluding Cape Cod and the islands, was developed in 1981. The method uses a groundwater measurement from a test site, groundwater measurements from an index well, and a distribution of high groundwater levels from wells in similar geologic and topographic settings. The U.S...

Barclay, Janet R.; Mullaney, John R.
Barclay, J.R., and Mullaney, J.R., 2020, Updating data inputs, assessing trends, and evaluating a method to estimate probable high groundwater levels in selected areas of Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5036, 45 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205036.

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Effects of barrier island salt marsh restoration on marsh bird occurrence in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

In the Northern Gulf of Mexico, salt marshes are threatened by sea level rise, erosion, and loss of protective barrier islands. These barrier islands provide critical habitat for wildlife, including globally significant populations of marsh and shorebirds. We investigated salt marsh restoration on two Louisiana barrier islands using presence of 8...

Byerly, Paige A.; Waddle, Hardin; Premeaux, Alexis R.; Leberg, Paul L.

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Proposed species extinction target fails to capture the diversity in biodiversity

We believe the 20 species extinction metric is a retrograde proposal, which does not adequately consider the lessons learnt from the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Whilst having a single simple overarching target is appealing, we believe a positively-framed target will garner support, rather than one that aims to, at best, limit negative impacts...

O'Brien, David; Hunter, Margaret; Breed, Martin; Bertola, Laura; Ogden, Rob; Palma da Silva, Clarisse; Paz-Vinas, Ivan; Segelbacher, Gernot; Hoban, Sean M.; Jaffe, Rodolfo

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Dauphin Island, Alabama
December 31, 2005

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Dauphin Island, Alabama. Three-dimensional views of island topography (A-C), post-Katrina oblique aerial photograph (D), and differences in topography from Hurricanes Ivan (E) and Katrina (F). The view is along the island, looking from east to west, with the Gulf of Mexico to the left and Mississippi Sound to the right. Lidar elevation images (A-C) show elevations above

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Dauphin Island, Alabama, map views
December 31, 2005

Dauphin Island, Alabama, map views

Dauphin Island, Alabama. Map views of post-storm difference grids for Hurricanes Ivan (A) and Katrina (B), and vertical photography of the same location (C). The lidar images show elevation gains (green) and losses (red).

Before and after photos showing destroyed pier house and antebellum home
December 31, 2005

Before and after photos showing destroyed pier house and classic home

In the top image, taken in 1998, notice the pier, pier house, and the antebellum house. The bottom image shows the same location on August 31, 2005, two days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. This photo shows the complete destruction of these landmarks.

Photo sets of Waveland, Mississippi, pre- and post-Katrina
December 31, 2005

Photo sets of Waveland, Mississippi, pre- and post-Katrina

The top image was taken off the coast of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, in July 1998 by researchers at the University of New Orleans. In this image, notice the large multi-story houses, some of which are built on stilts to protect the homes from flooding. The bottom image shows the same location on August 31, 2005, two days after landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The storm surge

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Photo sets of Waveland, Mississippi, pre- and post-Katrina
December 31, 2005

Photo sets of Waveland, Mississippi, pre- and post-Katrina

The top image, taken off the coast of Waveland, Mississippi, in July 1998, shows several large oceanfront homes, and thick wooded vegetation bordering the sandy beach. The bottom image shows the same location on August 31, 2005, two days after landfall of Hurricane Katrina. All of the houses have been destroyed, and the tennis court behind the house on the far right is no

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Image: Decorah, Iowa
September 20, 2005

Decorah, Iowa

Views, looking west, to downtown Decorah, Iowa, from a city park bluff on east side of town.  Downtown courthouse tower and church spires are prominent.

Image: Decorah, Iowa
September 20, 2005

Decorah, Iowa

Views, looking west, to downtown Decorah, Iowa, from a city park bluff on east side of town.  Downtown courthouse tower and church spires are prominent.  

 

Image: Decorah, Iowa
September 20, 2005

Decorah, Iowa

Views, looking west, to downtown Decorah, Iowa, from a city park bluff on east side of town.  Downtown courthouse tower and church spires are prominent.  

 

Satellite image showing damage from Katrina.
September 5, 2005

Hurricane Katrina - Before and After in New Orleans

These Landsat images show the damage that New Orleans, Louisiana, received as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Picture of a road with setting sun
July 1, 2002

Road shot with setting sun in Iowa

A road shot with the setting sun in the background. The photograph was taken on a Land Cover Trends field trip in Iowa.

A picture of a future development billboard
July 1, 2002

A future development billboard in an abandoned agriculture field

A future development billboard showing plots available. In the background there is an abandoned agriculture field. The picture was taken in Iowa during a Land Cover Trends field trip.

A customized extraction system used for the collection and extraction of large volumes of water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
January 1, 0000

A customized extraction system used for collection and extraction

Environmental Chemistry Laboratory — Columbia, Missouri. Customized extraction system

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USGS science for a changing world logo
October 12, 2006

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released new data that illustrate the arrival of the massive dome of flood water that inundated much of southwest coastal Louisiana just before, during and after landfall of Hurricane Rita last fall. 

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October 3, 2006

A new peer-reviewed analysis of land change data from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center indicates that 217 square miles of Louisiana’s coastal lands were transformed to water after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 

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October 3, 2006

A new peer-reviewed analysis of land change data from the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center indicates that 217 square miles of Louisiana’s coastal lands were transformed to water after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 

USGS
September 27, 2006

A team of 45 U.S. Geological Survey scientists has received a 2006 Service to America Medal for their search and rescue work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The scientists, led by Thomas Casadevall, USGS regional director in Denver, Colo., are from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, La., and the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center in Baton Rouge, La.

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September 7, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Kansas City, Missouri Water services Department, today released a report detailing the detection of prescription drugs, household and commercial cleaning compounds, pesticides and other chemicals in the Blue River Basin, situated in Missouri and Kansas.

USGS
September 7, 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Kansas City, Missouri Water services Department, today released a report detailing the detection of prescription drugs, household and commercial cleaning compounds, pesticides and other chemicals in the Blue River Basin, situated in Missouri and Kansas.

USGS
September 6, 2006

How good (or bad) is the water quality in Blue River and Brush Creek?

The answer depends on when and where you are in the basin. Results from the most comprehensive water-quality study to date will be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 7, by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and officials from the Kansas City, Mo. Water Services Department.

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August 8, 2006

A report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contains a regional map and an associated database that inventory 36 locations of reported natural asbestos and fibrous amphibole occurrences in the central United States.

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. 

USGS
June 1, 2006

As another potentially busy hurricane season approaches, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are sharing data and photos with the public to stress the importance of evacuation and storm preparedness.

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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)...