U.S. Geological Survey

September 7, 2013--In drought, water war in Calif. fought underground (Denver Post)

For decades,Fresno in California's agricultural heartland relied exclusively on cheap, plentiful groundwater and pumped increasingly larger amounts from an aquifer as its population grew. But eventually, the water table dropped by more than 100 feet, causing some of Fresno's wells to cave in and others to slow to a trickle.

August 8, 2013--Climate change woes already widespread in California, study says (Los Angeles Times)

California is feeling the effects of climate change far and wide as heat-trapping greenhouse gases reduce spring runoff from the Sierra Nevada, make the waters of Monterey Bay more acidic and shorten winter chill periods required to grow fruit and nuts in the Central Valley, a new report says.

July 22, 2013--A new report says we're draining our aquifers faster than ever (High Country News)

Several months ago, the Arizona Geological Survey's phones started ringing, but the calls weren't from energy and mining companies. Instead, real estate agents, spurred by the resurgence of the Phoenix-area market, wanted to know whether the land their clients were thinking of buying might be riddled with cracks or weak spots that could damage a building, or worse.

July 12, 2013--Health of U.S. streams reduced by streamflow modifications and contaminants (Science Daily)

A new U.S. Geological Survey report describes how the health of the nation's streams is being degraded by streamflow modifications and elevated levels of nutrients and pesticides.

May 25, 2013--Amphibians declining in the U.S., report says (Los Angeles Times)

Amphibians are disappearing in the United States at an unexpectedly brisk pace. More disturbing,  according to a report this week from the U.S. Geological Survey, the more rare the species of toad, frog or salamander, the higher the risk of decline.

May 23, 2013--Global warming: USGS study shows 20 percent decline in Rocky Mountain snow cover since 1980 (Summit Voice)

Long-time skiers often say that skiing was better in the good old days, and new research from the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that those claims are based on more than nostalgia — notwithstanding the occasional bumper crop of powder like in 2010-2011.

April 1, 2013--Pharmaceuticals in streams (Environmental News Network)

Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are found in streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality. So reports a new Ecological Applications paper, which highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts.

March 18, 2013--USGS water study details evapotranspiration rates (Summit Voice)

At least 80 percent of the precipitation that falls in the hot and dry American Southwest is lost to evapotranspiration, U.S. Geological Survey scientists said in a new report that will help resource managers plan for the future. The study, published in the Journal of the American Water Resources, is the first to map average evapotranspiration rates across the continental United States.

March 16, 2013--Some river gauges could be victims of budget cuts (Denver Post)

Some of the stream and river gauges used around the country to help forecasters predict flood and drought could be discontinued as a result of automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect this month, officials said Friday. Nationally, 375 of the 8,000 USGS-operated gauges are at risk.

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