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Date published: January 19, 2017

Regional Hydraulic Geometry Characteristics of the Boston Mountains in Arkansas

LMG-WSC hydrologist, in collaboration with Arkansas Natural Resource Commission scientist are analyzing stream channel geomorphic characteristics at 15 gaged stable stream sites in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas. Field data collection entails topographic surveys of selected stream reaches and analysis of bed and bar sediments. Topographic surveys, running from hundreds to thousands of feet,...

Contacts: Aaron L Pugh
Date published: December 20, 2016
Status: Completed

Bats in Forests Managed for Wildlife

The Challenge: Within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV), forest managers may prescribe variable retention silvicultural treatments within bottomland hardwood forests on public lands to improve forest conditions (i.e., structural heterogeneity, species composition, and senescence) for priority wildlife species. This is referred to as wildlife-forestry silviculture. However, concerns have...

Date published: December 13, 2016

Mississippi Alluvial Plain (MAP): Water Availability Study

The Mississippi Alluvial Plain is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the Nation and depends on groundwater for irrigation. The MAP area constitutes the third largest area of irrigated cropland in the United States. The area is approximately 29,000 square miles (19 million acres) and includes parts of the States...

Contacts: Wade Kress
Date published: September 29, 2016
Status: Active

Structure maps of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer in northwestern Louisiana

Groundwater resources in northwestern Louisiana may be needed for development of natural gas production from the Haynesville Shale. Use of groundwater for hydro-fracturing of the shale may lower water levels and alter groundwater flow directions in the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer and other local aquifers. Regional maps of aquifers in northwestern Louisiana are unavailable. The LaWSC, in cooperation...

Date published: September 26, 2016

Hurricane Information

Hurricanes bring destructive winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes. A single storm can wreak havoc on coastal and inland communities and on natural areas over thousands of square miles. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma demonstrated the devastation that hurricanes can inflict and the importance of hurricane hazards research and preparedness.

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Date published: September 26, 2016
Status: Active

Lower Tennessee River (LTEN) Basin Study

Welcome....the Lower Tennessee River Basin in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi is one of the 59 study units that are part of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program.The long-term goals of this program are to describe the status and trends in the quality of a large, representative part of the Nation's surface- and ground-water...

Date published: September 15, 2016

Ozark Groundwater Availability Study

The U.S. Geological Survey's Groundwater Resources Program (GWRP) is conducting an assessment of groundwater availability throughout the United States to gain a better understanding of the status of the Nation's groundwater resources and how changes in water use and climate may affect those resources. Assessments will be completed for the Nation's principal aquifer systems to help characterize...

Contacts: Brian R Clark
Date published: August 30, 2016
Status: Active

Developing Techniques for Estimating Nutria (Myocastor coypus) Abundance

Nutrias (Myocastor coypus) are an aquatic rodent imported from South America to the United States in the 1920-40’s for the fur farms. Since their original importation they have become established in the wild in many regions of the United States.

Date published: August 29, 2016
Status: Active

Poisoning of Migratory Birds at Contaminated Sites

The Challenge: The Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration are trustees for a wide variety natural resources that belong to all Americans. Additional natural resources are overseen by Native American tribes, states, and other federal agencies. Migratory birds are an example of a trust species for DOI, under the US Fish and Wildlife Service....

Date published: August 25, 2016

Movement of Maculata Applesnails in Southern Louisiana Swamps

Maculata applesnails (Pomacea maculata) are exotic freshwater snails that have been widely introduced along the Gulf of Mexico coast. They can significantly impact freshwater macrophytes and reduce water quality.

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

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Year Published: 2021

The history of surface-elevation paradigms in mangrove biogeomorphology

Positioned in the intertidal zone, mangrove forests are a key model ecosystem with which to observe and test biogeomorphological concepts. Understanding how mangroves interact with their intertidal environment, particularly tidal inundation, is important if we are to assess their vulnerability or resilience to accelerated sea-level rise. While...

Friess, Daniel A.; McKee, Karen L.

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Year Published: 2021

Does geomorphology determine vulnerability of mangrove coasts to sea-level rise?

The greatest climate-based threat to coastlines worldwide is sea-level rise. We tested the hypothesis that tropical coasts fringed by mangroves and receiving high inputs of terrigenous sediment are less vulnerable to sea-level rise than biogenic systems dependent upon peat formation for vertical land development. An analysis of published data...

McKee, Karen L.; Krauss, Ken; Cahoon, Donald

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Year Published: 2021

Water-quality trends of urban streams in Independence, Missouri, 2005–18

The U.S. Geological Survey and the city of Independence, Missouri, Water Pollution Control Department has studied the water quality and ecological condition of urban streams within Independence since 2005. Selected physical properties, nutrients, chloride, fecal indicator bacteria (Escherichia coli and total coliform), total dissolved solids, and...

Barr, Miya N.; Kalkhoff, Stephen J.
Barr, M.N., and Kalkhoff, S.J., 2021, Water-quality trends of urban streams in Independence, Missouri, 2005–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5130, 57 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205130.

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Year Published: 2021

Variation in metal concentrations across a large contamination gradient is reflected in stream but not linked riparian food webs

Aquatic insects link food web dynamics across freshwater-terrestrial boundaries and subsidize terrestrial consumer populations. Contaminants that accumulate in larval aquatic insects and are retained across metamorphosis can increase dietary exposure for riparian insectivores. To better understand potential exposure of terrestrial insectivores to...

Kraus, Johanna M.; Wanty, Richard; Schmidt, Travis S.; Walters, David; Wolf, Ruth E.

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Assessing the impact of drought on arsenic exposure from private domestic wells in the conterminous United States

This study assesses the potential impact of drought on arsenic exposure from private domestic wells by using a previously developed statistical model that predicts the probability of elevated arsenic concentrations (>10 μg per liter) in water from domestic wells located in the conterminous United States (CONUS). The application of the model to...

Lombard, Melissa; Daniel, Johnni; Jeddy, Zuha; Hay, Lauren; Ayotte, Joseph D.

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Statistical methods for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

This report documents statistics for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM). The U.S. Geological Survey developed SELDM and the statistics documented in this report in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to indicate the risk for...

Granato, Gregory E.; Spaetzel, Alana B.; Medalie, Laura
Granato, G.E., Spaetzel, A.B., and Medalie, L., 2021, Statistical methods for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5136, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205136.

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Modeling structural mechanics of oyster reef self-organization including environmental constraints and community interactions

Self-organization is a process of establishing and reinforcing local structures through feedbacks between internal population dynamics and external factors. In reef-building systems, substrate is collectively engineered by individuals that also occupy it and compete for space. Reefs are constrained spatially by the physical environment, and by...

Yurek, Simeon; Eaton, Mitchell; Lavaud, Romain; Laney, R. Wilson; DeAngelis, Don; Pine, William E.; LaPeyre, Megan K.; Martin, Julien; Frederick, Peter C; Wang, Hongqing; Lowe, Michael R.; Johnson, Fred; Camp, Edward V.; Mordecai, Rua

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Year Published: 2021

Genetic connectivity of the West Indian manatee in the southern range and limited evidence of hybridization with Amazonian manatees

The Antillean subspecies of the West Indian manatee is classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. In Brazil, the manatee population is listed as endangered with an estimated population size of 500–1,000. Historic hunting, recent habitat degradation, and fisheries bycatch have decreased the...

Luna, Fabia O.; Beaver, Caitlin; Nourisson, Coralie; Bonde, Robert; Attademo, Fernanda L. N.; Miranda, Adriana V.; Torres-Florez, Juan P.; de Sousa, Glaucia P.; Passavate, Jose Z.; Hunter, Margaret

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Biological and practical tradeoffs in planting techniques for submerged aquatic vegetation

Global loss of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and associated ecosystem function has prompted an interest in SAV revegetation, particularly where underlying stressors such as nutrient enrichment are mitigated, yet natural recruitment remains low. Typically, SAV is hand-planted, but alternative reliable and practically scalable SAV planting...

Rohal, C.B.; Reynolds, L.K.; Adams, C.R.; Martin, C.W.; Latimer, E.; Walsh, Stephen; Slater, J.

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Mangroves and people: Impacts and interactions

Mangroves have long been associated with human populations, as coastal communities rely on the various ecosystem services that mangroves provide. However, human degradation and destruction of mangrove forests is common, despite and because of our reliance on them as valuable ecosystems. Mangrove research and management must elucidate and reconcile...

Freiss, Daniel A; Chua, Siew Chin; Jaafer, Zeehan; Krauss, Ken; Yando, Erik S.

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Red imported fire ants reduce invertebrate abundance, richness, and diversity in Gopher Tortoise burrows

Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) burrows support diverse commensal invertebrate communities that may be of special conservation interest. We investigated the impact of red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) on the invertebrate burrow community at 10 study sites in southern Mississippi, sampling burrows (1998–2000) before and after bait...

Epperson, Deborah Mardeane; Allen, Craig R.; Hogan, Katharine F.E.

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Using turbulence to identify preferential areas for grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) larvae in streams: A laboratory study

In this experimental series, we studied the swimming capabilities and response of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) larvae to flow turbulence in a laboratory flume. We compared three different experimental configurations, representing in‐stream obstructions commonly found in natural streams (e.g., a gravel bump, a single vertical cylinder, and...

Prada, Andres F.; George, Amy E.; Stahlschmidt, Benjamin H.; Jackson, P. Ryan; Chapman, Duane C.; Tinoco, Rafael O.

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Flood Diversion Measures Along the Lower Mississippi River
May 18, 2011

Flood Diversion Measures Along the Lower Mississippi River

Flood Diversion Measures Along the Lower Mississippi River

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May 13, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientist Cindy Sibley looks at the rising waters on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

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May 13, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Cindy Sibley and Mike Descant calibrate the water quality monitor on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 13, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientist Cindy Sibley prepares to take a water quality measurment on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

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May 13, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientist Cindy Sibley prepares to take a water quality measurment on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Paul Frederick and Mike Descant prepare to take streamflow measurements on the the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Mike Descant and Cindy Sibley take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Mike Descant and Cindy Sibley take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientist Mike Descant takes water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

USGS scientists Mike Descant and Cindy Sibley take water quality measurements on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

Image: USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana
May 12, 2011

USGS Measures Flooding in Louisiana

The floodwaters rise on the Atchafalaya River Basin near Melville, La.

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August 21, 2012

New statistics on the use of water in Louisiana are presented in a recent report by the United States Geological Survey. 

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July 23, 2012

At least one contaminant was found at levels of human-health concern in about one third of untreated groundwater samples collected from wells in the Cambrian-Ordovician aquifer system, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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July 19, 2012

Streamflow levels are below normal across much of the Midwest states of Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Many states are experiencing severe drought, such as Iowa, where flows are less than 25 percent of normal streamflow conditions for the majority of the state. 

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June 5, 2012

California, Louisiana and Mississippi join the more than 40 states covered by the US Topo
 

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April 19, 2012

Acadiana!  Come celebrate 20 Years of Worldwide Wetlands Science at the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) during INNOV8’s first Earth Day Celebration on the Research Park of the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, La.

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March 22, 2012

Assistance is needed from homeowners with abandoned or in-use water wells in Hot Springs, Ark. to voluntarily participate in a U.S. Geological Survey water resources study. 

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March 15, 2012

The talents of local women depicting nature through their artwork will be showcased at the fifth annual Women's History Month exhibit. 

USGS
February 28, 2012

LAFAYETTE, La. — Artists of all ages are invited to display their talent in the National Women’s History Month art exhibition at the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center during March. 

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February 27, 2012

A Faulkner County levee west of Conway, Ark. contains a mixture of sand, silt and clay, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. 

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December 1, 2011

More than 280 million acre-feet of groundwater has been withdrawn from the Mississippi embayment aquifer system between 1870-2007, according to a new water modeling tool developed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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November 7, 2011

The U.S. Geological Survey will be seeking permission from select local residents near Vienna, Mo. to conduct groundwater measurements in their domestic wells.

USGS scientists will be measuring water levels, which will be used to develop maps that will show groundwater flow directions in the area. 

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August 29, 2011

Glyphosate, also known by its tradename Roundup, is commonly found in rain and rivers in agricultural areas in the Mississippi River watershed, according to two new USGS studies released this month.