U.S. Geological Survey

February 26, 2014--Water declining in western Kansas (Hutchinson News)

Clay Scott is fighting dust. The western Kansas landscape is thirsty. Yet little relief has fallen from the sky. “We’re fighting the drought,” the Grant County farmer said, adding that the little residue he had on his fields is nearly gone.

January 1, 2014--Online water resources tool sheds light on U.S. waterway conditions (Water World)

A new online fact sheet published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides one-stop information on the organization's data sources for waterways across the United States. The database comprises information on the nation's streams, groundwater and water-quality.

December 11, 2013--Government study: Unregulated chemicals seeping into water supply (Water Online)

A new government study says that chemicals are slipping into tap water through water treatment plants across the country. According to the Vancouver Free Press, "Traces of unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S.

December 4, 2013--California sinking caused by groundwater withdrawal (Water Online)

A California region is sinking quickly due to the amount of groundwater getting pumped out of the area. Extensive pumping from San Joaquin Valley aquifers "is increasing the rate of land subsidence, or sinking," according to a recent report by the U.S.

November 14, 2013--As climate warms American west, iconic trout in jeopardy (NPR)

In the mountain streams of the American West, the trout rules. People don't just catch this fish; they honor it. And spend lots of money pursuing it. But some western trout may be in trouble. Rivers and streams are getting warmer and there's often less water in them.

USGS Report: Health of U.S. Streams Reduced by Streamflow Modifications and Contaminants

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

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.

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