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News Releases: 1998

Organic Compounds and Metals Found in Puget Sound Streams
(10/01/98)
Elevated concentrations of DDT, other organic compounds, and trace metals were found in urban Puget Sound streams, according to a new fact sheet released today from the U.S. Geological Survey.

New USGS Method Makes Better Flood Maps At Much Lower Cost
(08/12/98)
A new mapping method developed by the USGS can produce updated flood inundation maps with greater detail at a much lower cost than traditional hand-drawn flood maps.

Washington's big floods provoke a new USGS flood study
(03/30/98)
A new mapping method developed by the USGS can produce updated flood inundation maps with greater detail at a much lower cost than traditional hand-drawn flood maps.

Snohomish Ground Water Quality is Good; No Widespread Problems Found
(03/20/98)
Water from western Snohomish County wells is generally good quality for drinking, and the few problems that can be found are generally due to natural processes, according to a report issued by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior.

Water Quality in the Central Columbia Plateau, Washington and Idaho, 1992-95
(03/04/98)
Water quality in the Central Columbia Plateau of eastern Washington and western Idaho has been adversely affected by agriculture, especially in irrigated areas, according to the results of a five-year investigation by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). Some improvements, however, are noticeable, such as less sediment being washed into streams.

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