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Date published: April 17, 2016
Status: Active

Incorporating Future Change into Current Conservation Planning: Evaluating Wetland Migration along the Gulf of Mexico under Alternative Sea-Level Rise and Urbanization Scenarios

More than half of contiguous U.S. coastal wetlands are located along the Gulf of Mexico coast. These highly-productive wetlands support many ecosystem goods and services and fish and wildlife habitat. Historically, coastal wetlands have adapted to sea-level changes via lateral and vertical movement on the landscape. As sea levels rise in the future, coastal wetlands will adapt and migrate...

Date published: April 17, 2016
Status: Active

Macroclimatic Controls of Coastal Wetland Ecosystem Structure and Function

At the global-scale, macroclimatic drivers govern ecosystem structure and function in tidal saline wetlands (e.g., salt marshes, mangrove forests, salt flats). However, global reviews and models for these ecosystems typically do not directly include climatic drivers. The objective of this research is to examine and forecast the effects of macroclimatic drivers on wetland ecosystem structure...

Date published: April 17, 2016
Status: Active

Geographical Trends in Ecosystem Function and Biodiversity of Wetlands as a Surrogate for Climate Change

Extreme drought and temperature in the southeastern United States may become more frequent in the future, and any  extreme shifts in climate condition are likely to have effects on wetland ecosystem function. USGS research predicts the effects of climate change by shifts in function and biodiversity across existing  climate gradients in baldcypress swamps. 

Date published: April 16, 2016

GIS and Custom Application Support for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

 The scientists at the Wetland and Aquatic Science Center (WARC) have provided coastal restoration project managers and decision makers with GIS planning, database and custom application capacity since 1992. The scope and complexity of this support has increased over the years and has resulted in the development of a comprehensive geospatial and advanced application teams that provide decision...

Date published: April 11, 2016
Status: Active

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) Program

Welcome to the Nonindigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) information resource for the United States Geological Survey. Located at Gainesville, Florida, this site has been established as a central repository for spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of introduced aquatic species. The program provides scientific reports, online/realtime queries, spatial data sets, distribution maps, and general...

Date published: April 8, 2016
Status: Active

Modeling Landscape-Scale Habitat Relations for Landbirds During Migration: Science Support for the Gulf Coast Joint Venture

USGS uses weather surveillance radar data and landscape-scale habitat metrics to model bird-habitat connections along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Date published: April 8, 2016
Status: Active

RESTORE Science: Inventory of Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Indicators Using an Ecological Resilience Framework

To effectively manage an ecosystem, resource managers need a way to evaluate its health and ability to function. Metrics that indicate ecosystem condition - or indicators - can be used to help determine how well management strategies work. 

Date published: June 13, 2015
Status: Active

Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP)

Transboundary aquifers are an essential source of water for United States – Mexico border communities. Declining water levels, deteriorating water quality, and increasing use of groundwater resources on both sides of the border raise concerns about the long-term availability of this supply.

The U.S. – Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act (Public Law 109-448) of 2006 was enacted...

Date published: June 21, 2009
Status: Completed

NAWQA High Plains Regional Groundwater Study

As part of the National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA), the USGS has evaluated ground-water quality in the High Plains aquifer system. Beginning in 1999 and continuing for a period of 6 years, the High Plains Regional Groundwater Study intensively investigated the...

Date published: August 8, 2003
Status: Completed

Texas Source-Water Susceptibility Assessment

In the State of Texas, both surface water (streams, canals, and reservoirs) and ground water are used as sources of public water supply (PWS). Surface water sources of public water supply are susceptible to contamination from point and nonpoint sources. To help protect sources of drinking water and to help develop protective yet cost-effective and risk-mitigated monitoring strategies, the...

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Year Published: 2014

Challenges and opportunities in protecting the Obed Wild and Scenic River

No abstract available.

Hughes, J. C.; Duncan, J. R.; Harrold, B. C.; Wolfe, William J.; Knight, Rodney R.

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Data and spatial studies of the USGS Texas Water Science Center

Hydrologists, geographers, geophysicists, and geologists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) work in the USGS Water Mission Area on a diverse range of projects built on a foundation of spatial data. The TXWSC has developed sophisticated data and spatial-studies-related capabilities that are an integral part of...

Burley, Thomas E.
Burley, T.E., 2014, Data and spatial studies of the USGS Texas Water Science Center: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3117, 4 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20143117.

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Abundance of host fish and frequency of glochidial parasitism in fish assessed in field and laboratory settings and frequency of juvenile mussels or glochidia recovered from hatchery-held fish, central and southeastern Texas, 2012-13

In 2012–13, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), completed the first phase of a two-phase study of mussel host-fish relations for five endemic mussel species in central and southeastern Texas that were State-listed as threatened on January 17, 2010: (1) Texas fatmucket (Lampsilis...

Braun, Christopher L.; Stevens, Charrish L.; Echo-Hawk, Patricia D.; Johnson, Nathan A.; Moring, James B.
Braun, C.L., Stevens, C.L., Echo-Hawk, P.D., Johnson, N.A., and Moring, J.B., 2014, Abundance of host fish and frequency of glochidial parasitism in fish assessed in field and laboratory settings and frequency of juvenile mussels or glochidia recovered from hatchery-held fish, central and southeastern Texas, 2012–13: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5217, 53 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145217.

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Simulated effects of increased groundwater withdrawals in the Cave Springs area, Hixson, Tennessee

Concern for future water supplies in Tennessee has grown in recent years as a result of increased awareness of competing needs, the impact of droughts, and the need for more water to support growing populations. The U.S. Geological Survey conducts investigations to improve the knowledge about interactions of geology, climate, humans, and...

Haugh, Connor J.
Haugh, C.J., 2014, Effects of additional groundwater withdrawals in the Cave Springs area, Hixson, Tennessee: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5222, 28 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145222.

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Geospatial compilation of historical water-level changes in the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers 1977-2013 and Jasper aquifer 2000-13, Gulf Coast aquifer system, Houston-Galveston region, Texas

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, City of Houston, Fort Bend Subsidence District, Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, and Brazoria County Groundwater Conservation District has produced an annual series of reports that depict water-level changes in the Chicot, Evangeline, and...

Johnson, Michaela R.; Linard, Joshua I.

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Water resources of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Vermilion 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. Information on the availability, past...

Prakken, Lawrence B.; White, Vincent E.
Prakken, L.B., and White, V.E., 2014, Water resources of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3080, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20143080.

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Water resources of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

Information concerning the availability, use, and quality of water in Jefferson Davis 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. Information on the availability,...

White, Vincent E.; Prakken, Lawrence B.
White, V.E., and Prakken, L.B., 2014, Water resources of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3074, 6 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20143074.

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Contaminants of emerging concern in fresh leachate from landfills in the conterminous United States

To better understand the composition of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in landfill leachate, fresh leachate from 19 landfills was sampled across the United States during 2011. The sampled network included 12 municipal and 7 private landfills with varying landfill waste compositions, geographic and climatic settings, ages of waste, waste...

Masoner, Jason R.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Furlong, Edward T.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Gray, James L.; Schwab, Eric A.
Masoner, J. R., Kolpin, D. W., Furlong, E. T., Cozzarelli, I. M., Gray, J. L., & Schwab, E. A. (2014). Contaminants of emerging concern in fresh leachate from landfills in the conterminous United States. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 16(10), 2335-2354.

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Response to comment on “PAH concentrations in lake sediment decline following ban on coal-tar-based pavement sealants in Austin, Texas”

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Van Metre, Peter C.; Mahler, Barbara
Van Metre, P.C., and Mahler, B.J., 2014, Response to comment on “PAH concentrations in lake sediment decline following ban on coal-tar-based pavement sealants in Austin, Texas”: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 48, p. 14063–14064, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/es5053107.

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Stream-water and groundwater quality in and near the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Jurisdictional Area, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, 2012-13

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation needs to characterize their existing surface-water and groundwater resources in and near their tribal jurisdictional area to complete a water-resource management plan. Water resources in this area include surface water from the North Canadian and Little Rivers and groundwater from the terrace and alluvial aquifers and...

Becker, Carol J.
Becker, C.J., 2014, Stream-water and groundwater quality in and near the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Jurisdictional Area, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, 2012–13: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5178, 102 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145178.

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Simulation of hydrologic conditions and suspended-sediment loads in the San Antonio River Basin downstream from San Antonio, Texas, 2000-12

Suspended sediment in rivers and streams can play an important role in ecological health of rivers and estuaries and consequently is an important issue for water-resource managers. To better understand suspended-sediment loads and transport in a watershed, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the San Antonio River...

Banta, J. Ryan; Ockerman, Darwin J.
Banta, J.R., and Ockerman, D.J., 2014, Simulation of hydrologic conditions and suspended-sediment loads in the San Antonio River Basin downstream from San Antonio, Texas, 2000–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5182, 46 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145182.

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Aquifers of Arkansas: protection, management, and hydrologic and geochemical characteristics of groundwater resources in Arkansas

Sixteen aquifers in Arkansas that currently serve or have served as sources of water supply are described with respect to existing groundwater protection and management programs, geology, hydrologic characteristics, water use, water levels, deductive analysis, projections of hydrologic conditions, and water quality. State and Federal protection...

Kresse, Timothy M.; Hays, Phillip D.; Merriman, Katherine R.; Gillip, Jonathan A.; Fugitt, D. Todd; Spellman, Jane L.; Nottmeier, Anna M.; Westerman, Drew A.; Blackstock, Joshua M.; Battreal, James L.
Kresse, T.M., Hays, P.D., Merriman, K.R., Gillip, J.A., Fugitt, D.T., Spellman, J.L., Nottmeier, A.M., Westerman, D.A., Blackstock, J.M., and Battreal, J.L., 2014, Aquifers of Arkansas—Protection, management, and hydrologic and geochemical characteristics of groundwater resources in Arkansas: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5149, 334 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20145149. ISSN 2328-031X (print) ISSN 2328-0328 (online)

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Barred owl perched on a tree branch
September 3, 2015

Barred owl (Strix varia)

Barred owls (Strix varia) have expanded their geographic range from eastern to western North America. Their newly expanded range now completely overlaps that of the federally threatened northern spotted owl (S. occidentalis caurina).

Location is about 11 miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River.
August 4, 2015

11 miles from FM 669 bridge Double Mt. Fork Brazos River

Location is about 11 miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg, Texas, in Garza County.
USGS SIR 2016–5032

Location is about 3 miles downstream from U.S. Highway 84 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg, Texas.
August 4, 2015

U.S. Highway 84 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River

Location is about 3 miles downstream from U.S. Highway 84 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg, Texas, in Garza County.
USGS SIR 2016–5032

5 miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg, Texas.
August 4, 2015

5 miles from FM Road 669 bridge Double Mt. Fork Brazos River

Location is about 5 miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg, Texas, in Garza County.
USGS SIR 2016–5032

miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River, Justiceburg, Texas, Garza County.
August 4, 2015

FM 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River

Location is about 9 miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg, Texas, in Garza County.
USGS SIR 2016–5032

Location is about 8 miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg
August 4, 2015

FM 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River

Location is about 8 miles downstream from Farm to Market Road 669 bridge over Double Mountain Fork Brazos River near Justiceburg, Texas, in Garza County.
USGS SIR 2016–5032

Two men collecting groundwater samples at a public well in the middle of a grassy field in Texas
July 28, 2015

Scientists Sampling Groundwater from a Public Supply Well in Texas

USGS scientists collecting water quality samples at a public-supply well in Texas, overlying the Eagle Ford shale production area.

Image: Memorial Day Flood in Texas
May 31, 2015

Memorial Day Flood in Texas

Road and bridge damage on the Blanco River near Blanco, Texas, from the Memorial Day 2015 Flood.

May 24, 2015

Texas Flood Surveys

Hydrologists from Arizona aid the Texas Water Science Center in gathering measurements and other information after the catastrophic Blanco River flooding event that swept Austin, Texas.

This image shows a damaged street sign and flood debris left behind by record flood waters of the Blanco River near Martindale,
May 24, 2015

Blanco River 2015 Memorial Weekend Flood

Picturesque rivers of the Texas Hill Country can turn into raging torrents in the part of Texas known as Flash Flood Alley when storms drop many inches of rain in the river watersheds. This image shows a damaged street sign and flood debris left behind by record flood waters of the Blanco River near Martindale, TX on Memorial weekend, 2015.

Equipment for collecting a groundwater sample is spread on a table
April 1, 2015

Groundwater sample collection

Collecting a groundwater-quality sample from a public-supply well. This well is being sampled for water-quality constituents as part of the NAWQA Enhanced Trend Network project.

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September 23, 2008

Before-and-after Hurricane Ike photographs showing the near total destruction of a coastal neighborhood in Texas are now accessible online.

USGS
September 12, 2008

New maps that help forecast possible impacts and damages to coastal communities from Hurricane Ike can be accessed online.http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/ike/ .

USGS
August 28, 2008

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists will be installing rapidly-deployable mobile gages and storm-surge sensors to prepare for Tropical Storm Gustav.

USGS
June 25, 2007

Watch history in action as U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists share the secrets of sampling for metals in water with the Indian Tribes from Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Region VI.

USGS
June 5, 2007

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with National Weather Service (NWS), other Federal partners, and State and local stakeholders, has recently strengthened, or "hardened," 39 streamgages along the Texas Gulf Coast. 

USGS
May 15, 2007

Talks, workshops and demos in Tulsa, Okla., May 15-17, 2007

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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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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
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.