U.S. Geological Survey

May 2, 2012--Stream temperatures don't parallel warming climate trend (Science Daily)

A new analysis of streams in the western United States with long-term monitoring programs has found that despite a general increase in air temperatures over the past several decades, streams are not necessarily warming at the same rate.


April 13, 2012--Drought expands throughout USA (USA Today)

The USA hasn't been this dry in five years. Still reeling from devastating drought that led to at least $10 billion in agricultural losses across Texas and the South in 2011, the nation is enduring more unusually parched weather.


February 24, 2012--USGS streamflow monitoring faces challenges (Summit Voice)

Unless it’s in a bucket or a measuring cup, water isn’t exactly the easiest substance to track. Ever-changing, from vapor to solid to liquid, and ever-moving, from stream to river to lake to ocean, it can be tough to measure. So for years, ranchers, town planners and even angler and kayakers have relied on a huge network of streamflow gages maintained by the U.S.


February 10, 2012--Agencies plan study of mercury levels in fish (Durango Herald)

Concerns about mercury contamination in fish have prompted various agencies to take action toward better understanding the problem. The Southwestern Water Conservation District and the U.S. Geological Survey have scheduled a meeting next month to lay the foundation for a study.


Drought Classifications

Did you know that there are different classifications of drought? The U.S. Geological Survey defines drought types as: 
  • Meteorological: Lack of rain.

November 10, 2011--Lawmaker alarmed at aquifer report (Pueblo Chieftain)

A state lawmaker wants to take a hard look at how much water is really available in the Denver Basin aquifers and how hard energy development will hit it. A new study by the Colorado Geological Survey and U.S.


October 31, 2011--Study shows Navajo Nation sand dunes on the move (Denver Post)

A decade-long federal study says that a drier climate on the Navajo Nation is causing sand dunes to grow and move, potentially threatening grazing, roads and buildings. The study by a U.S.

August 30, 2011--Get real-time data on floods and water flow at USGS' WaterWatch (USA Today)

As rivers leap out of their banks in New England in the aftermath of Irene, the U.S. Geological Survey provides a fascinating interactive site for real-time information on stream flows, generally updated on an hourly basis. WaterWatch provides maps that show the location of more than 3,000 long-term USGS streamgages, which show the amount of water flowing in streams and rivers.


August 18, 2011--Trout numbers expected to plummet (Durango Telegraph)

Trout may just be the canary in the great Western coal mine. A team of 11 scientists has forecast a challenging future for the fish as climate change is expected to cut its habit in half by 2080. The research was published Monday and conducted by a team of 11 scientists from Trout Unlimited, the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado State University, the U.S.


July 22, 2011--Utah snowpack, groundwater study sought (Durango Herald)

Scientists have proposed a study looking at how Utah's record-setting mountain snowpack is affecting underground water levels. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, the state Division of Water Resources and state Division of Water Rights want to determine how this year's record-setting snowpack boosted basin-fill aquifers and possibly Utah's overall water supply.


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