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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

Moving from decision to action in conservation science

Biodiversity loss is a major threat to the integrity of ecosystems and is projected to worsen, yet the path to successful conservation remains elusive. Decision support frameworks (DSFs) are increasingly applied by resource managers to navigate the complexity, uncertainty, and differing socio-ecological objectives inherent to conservation problems...

Wright, Alexander; Bernard, Riley F; Mosher, Brittany A.; O'Donnell, Katherine; Braunagel, Taylor; DiRenzo, Graziella V.; Fleming, Jillian Elizabeth; Shafer, Charles; Brand, Adrianne B.; Zipkin, Elise F.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.

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Year Published: 2020

Biological effects of hydrocarbon degradation intermediates: Is the total petroleum hydrocarbon analytical method adequate for risk assessment?

In crude oil contaminant plumes, the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is mainly hydrocarbon degradation intermediates only partly quantified by the diesel range total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPHd) method. To understand potential biological effects of degradation intermediates, we tested three fractions of DOC: (1) solid-phase extract (HLB); (2)...

Bekins, Barbara A.; Brennan, Jennifer; Tillitt, Donald E.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Illig, Jennifer M.; Martinovich-Weigelt, Dalma

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Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) not detected in an intensive survey of wild North American amphibians

The salamander chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans [Bsal]) is causing massive mortality of salamanders in Europe. The potential for spread via international trade into North America and the high diversity of salamanders has catalyzed concern about Bsal in the U.S. Surveillance programs for invading pathogens must initially meet...

Waddle, Hardin; Grear, Daniel A.; Mosher, Brittany; Campbell Grant, Evan H.; Adams, Michael J.; Backlin, Adam R.; Barichivich, William; Brand, Adrianne B.; Bucciarelli, Gary M.; Calhoun, Daniel L.; Chestnut, Tara; Davenport, Jon M.; Dietrich, Andrew E.; Fisher, Robert N.; Glorioso, Brad; Halstead, Brian J.; Hayes, Marc P; Honeycutt, R. Ken; Hossack, Blake R.; Kleeman, Patrick M.; Lemos-Espinal, Julio A; Lorch, Jeffrey M.; Atkinson, Robert W.; Muths, Erin L.; Pearl, Christopher; Richgels, Katherine; Robinson, Charles W; Roth, Mark F.; Rowe, Jennifer; Sadinski, Walter; Sigafus, Brent H.; Stasiak, Iga; Sweet, Samuel; Walls, Christopher B.; Watkins-Colwell, Gregory J; White, C. LeAnn; Williams, Lori A; Winzeler, Megan E.

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Novel molecular resources to facilitate future genetics research on freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae)

Molecular data have been an integral tool in the resolution of the evolutionary relationships and systematics of freshwater mussels, despite the limited number of nuclear markers available for Sanger sequencing. To facilitate future studies, we evaluated the phylogenetic informativeness of loci from the recently published anchored hybrid...

Johnson, Nathan; Smith, Chase H.

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Repurposing a hindcast simulation of the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane, south Florida

Hydrodynamic model hindcasts of the surface water and groundwater of the Everglades and the greater Miami, Florida, area were used to simulate hydrology using estimated storm surge height, wind field, and rainfall for the Great Miami Hurricane (GMH), which struck on September 18, 1926. Ranked estimates of losses from hurricanes in inflation-...

Krohn, M. Dennis; Swain, Eric D.; Langtimm, Catherine A.; Obeysekera, Jayantha
Krohn, M.D., Swain, E.D., Langtimm, C.A., and Obeysekera, J., 2020, Repurposing a hindcast simulation of the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane, south Florida: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1010, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201010.

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Distribution of deep-water scleractinian and stylasterid corals across abiotic environmental gradients on three seamounts in the Anegada Passage

In the Caribbean Basin the distribution and diversity patterns of deep-sea scleractinian corals and stylasterid hydrocorals are poorly known compared to their shallow-water relatives. In this study, we examined species distribution and community assembly patterns of scleractinian and stylasterid corals on three high-profile seamounts within the...

Auscavitch, Steven R.; Lunden, Jay J.; Barkman, Alexandria; Quattrini, Andrea; Demopoulos, Amanda; Cordes, Erik E.

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The importance of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico to foraging loggerhead sea turtles

Identification of high-use foraging sites where imperiled sea turtles are resident remains a globally-recognized conservation priority. In the biodiverse Gulf of Mexico (GoM), recent telemetry studies highlighted post-nesting foraging sites for federally threatened loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). Our aim here was to discern loggerhead use of...

Hart, Kristen M.; Lamont, Margaret M.; Iverson, Autumn; Smith, Brian

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Evaluation of acute and chronic toxicity of nickel and zinc to 2 sensitive freshwater benthic invertebrates using refined testing methods

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is reviewing the protectiveness of the national ambient water quality criteria (WQC) for nickel (Ni) and zinc (Zn) and compiling toxicity databases to update the WQC. An amphipod (Hyalella azteca) and a unionid mussel (Lampsilis siliquoidea) have shown high sensitivity to Ni and Zn in previous studies...

Wang, Ning; Kunz, James L.; Cleveland, Danielle; Steevens, Jeffery; Hammer, Edward J.; Van Genderen, Eric; Ryan, Adam C.; Schlekat, Christian E.

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Water resources of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. In 2014, about 282.66 million gallons...

Murphy, Chid J.; White, Vincent E.
Murphy, C.J., and White, V.E., 2020, Water resources of Evangeline Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3020, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203020.

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Water resources of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, is critical for proper water-supply management. The purpose of this fact sheet is to present information that can be used by water managers, parish residents, and others for stewardship of this vital resource. In 2014, about 70 million gallons per...

White, Vincent E.
White, V.E., 2020, Water resources of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3011, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203011.

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A trapping survey targeting head-started alligator snapping turtles in southwest Louisiana

The alligator snapping turtle Macrochelys temminckii is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and is sought after as a food source, primarily in Louisiana. Decades of intensive commercial harvest of alligator snapping turtles has been implicated in population declines. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries initiated a head-...

Glorioso, Brad; Muse, Lindy J.; Hillard, Cory J; Maldonado, Brittany R.; Streeter, Jared; Battaglia, Charles D; Waddle, J. Hardin

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Low oxygen: A (tough) way of life for Okavango fishes

Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site and biodiverse wilderness. In 2016–2018, following arrival of the annual flood of rainwater from Angola’s highlands, and using continuous oxygen logging, we documented profound aquatic hypoxia that persisted for 3.5 to 5 months in the river channel. Within these periods, dissolved oxygen rarely...

Edwards, Thea Margaret; Mosie, Ineelo J.; Moore, Brandon C.; Lobjoit, Guy; Schiavone, Kelsie; Bachman, Robert E.; Murray-Hudson, Mike

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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. 

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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
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)...

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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 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.