U.S. Geological Survey

November 16, 2014--Study finds Americans using less water, but Idahoans use the most (Idaho Statesman)

A study by local, state and federal officials tracking everything from collective sips at the public fountain to irrigating crops to water used to cool nuclear power plants has found that water usage has dropped to levels of at least 40 years ago.


November 11, 2014--Factory and irrigation technologies have significantly cut US water use (Popular Science)

In 2010, the U.S. used less water than it has in a generation, according to a new announcement from the U.S. Geological Survey. American power plants, factories, farms, and homes used a total of 355 billion gallons of fresh and salt water a day in 2010. If you divide that amount by the U.S.


October 26, 2014--The West needs a water market to fight drought (Wall Street Journal)

The drought in the Western U.S. from California to Texas has generated gloomy editorials and op-eds predicting dire consequences and even water wars. But the West is not running out of water, nor are prolonged fights over water inevitable.


October 4, 2014--Report warns of damages from pumping aquifer water to LV (Las Vegas Review Journal)

A recently released study by the U.S. Geological Survey that analyzed the potential impact on the region the SNWA is looking to tap makes it clear the Las Vegas water grab would substantially damage the regional aquifer. That’s hardly surprising given the fact Nevada’s state engineer in 2012 granted the SNWA the right to pump up to 83,900 acre feet from Lincoln Counties.


October 4, 2014--NASA satellite images show severity of California water storage loss (Southern California 4 News)

NASA images released this week show the severity of drought-stricken California's declining water storage over the past decade. The images from the space agency's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites (GRACE) show the state's accumulated water loss from June 2002 to June 2008 and June 2014.


September 5, 2014--Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies (Colorado Independent)

We may not yet know exactly how global warming will affect all the complex parts of Rocky Mountain ecosystems, but it’s not for lack of trying.


August 29, 2014--Greenhouse gas buildup ‘loads the dice’ for Southwest megadroughts (Summit Voice)

Tree ring records clearly show that the southwestern U.S. experienced megadroughts long before the anthropogenic global warming era. One such decades-long dry spell may have been a factor in the collapse of the Anasazi civilization at Mesa Verde.


August 25, 2014--Study: All kinds of nasty stuff in the water (Summit Voice)

Water quality experts with the U.S. Geological Survey say chemicals from pharmaceuticals and personal-care products are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste.


July 29, 2014--Groundwater pumping causes ground to drop (Press-Enterprise)

Creating a lush, artificial oasis in the Coachella Valley has siphoned away so much underground water that the land above it is sinking. Land surfaces declined nine inches to two feet in some areas of Palm Desert, Indian Wells, and La Quinta between 1995 and 2010 because so much groundwater was being pumped from the aquifers beneath, according to a 17-year study done by the U.S.


July 29, 2014--Midwestern waters are full of bee-killing pesticides (Mother Jones)

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting a slow-motion reassessment of a widely used class of insecticides, even as evidence mounts that it's harming key ecosystem players from pollinating bees to birds.


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