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“Invasive mussels can devastate aquatic ecosystems, clog water intake pipes and delivery systems, cover boat launches and beaches, and impact any economic sector dependent on water,” Christiaens said. “They pose a major threat to Montana’s environment, economy, recreation, and human health."
In a fresh look at flood risk, a new model estimates that more Americans live in at-risk areas surrounding small flood-prone streams. FEMA mapping currently covers only about 60% of the conterminous United States and may not represent headwater areas and smaller floodplains.
Protect Your Groundwater Day (#PYGWD), sponsored by the National Groundwater Association, is an opportunity to raise awareness about the responsible development and management of groundwater resources. On Protect Your Groundwater Day, NGWA encourages members of the public, business, industry, and government agencies to become “Groundwater Protectors” by taking steps to conserve and protect groundwater resources.
We all hear about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) injecting large volumes of water under extremely high pressures, miles deep, to create the little cracks that enable oil and/or gas to flow. But perhaps you’ve wondered where all that water actually goes. No really—you must have wondered, right, maybe before you fall asleep or in the middle of the night? Here is a study from the journal Groundwater that attempts to answer that puzzling question.
A NASA-led scientific research project supported by NASA’s Terrestrial Hydrology Program has undertaken a study to improve remote sensing of snow-water equivalent, particularly in forested watersheds. The first part of the study involved extensive field work to collect data for the evaluation of various remote sensing techniques, with the ultimate aim of designing a remote sensing space mission.
The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new web-based groundwater visualization tool called GWWebFlow. The tool is designed to help those without specialized groundwater modeling knowledge visualize inputs and outputs of MODFLOW groundwater models.
Research conducted by the University of Texas at Austin and University of California, Berkeley has found that underground layers of rock can hold significant amounts of water to serve as vital reservoirs for trees, especially in times of drought.
The National Groundwater Association will be sponsoring National Groundwater Awareness Week from March 11 - 17, 2018. National Groundwater Awareness Week is meant to highlight responsible development, management, and use of groundwater, and includes participation from all levels of government, the private sector, students, groundwater professionals, and many others.
As groundwater scientists we’ve known that groundwater can be surcharged with CO2, compared to atmospheric levels. We sometimes see bubbles escaping our samples. An interesting article on CO2 and groundwater quantifies just how much CO2 is released from groundwater depletion in the US and the world.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory published a study detailing a novel approach for quantifying deep groundwater in mountainous regions.
Surface Water Ocean Topography
The first satellite dedicated to hydrology! By using microwaves and the principles of interferometry (signal phase analysis) it is able to measure from space the elevation of the earth’s surface waters to the nearest 1 cm.