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New forecasting method helps guide reservoir releases
(11/29/00)
A new experimental method to forecast streamflows coming into reservoirs will help guide decisions to release or store water, according to a report published today by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The method was developed in cooperation with Tacoma Public Utilities, Seattle Public Utilities, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Methow River Basin ground-water study to begin next week
(10/27/00)
A ground-water study that will start with a look at wells in the Methow River Basin is set to begin next week, according to the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Glacier study in Washington shows effects of climate change
(09/22/00)
Measurements of South Cascade Glacier in north-central Washington State reveal that the glacier's flowing mass of ice shrinks as it responds to changes in the climate, according to a data report published today by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

Fewer pesticides found in ground water in the Puget Sound Basin than in streams
(09/21/00)
Far fewer pesticides were found in ground water in the Puget Sound Basin than in streams, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Department of the Interior.

USGS sediment report prepares the way to remove Elwha River dams
(09/07/00)
What will happen to 70 years of sediment built up behind the Elwha River dams in northwestern Washington State when the dams are removed?

Yakima Basin ground-water study to begin next week
(08/15/00)
A ground-water study that will look at wells in four counties in the Yakima River Basin is set to begin next week, according the Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Seawater may have intruded into Lopez Island ground water
(05/08/00)
Has seawater entered the only major source of fresh water on Washington's Lopez Island--its ground water? Chloride concentrations in the island's ground water indicate that seawater intrusion has likely occurred in some wells, according to a new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

Upper Columbia River: Some fish contaminants decreasing, USGS study shows
(04/13/00)
Biologists updating 1994 studies of contaminants in upper Columbia River fish--including Lake Roosevelt--have found either decreases or no change in levels of mercury, dioxins and furans, and PCBs, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey. The report was prepared in cooperation with the Lake Roosevelt Water Quality Council.

Joint U.S-Canada study finds nitrate exceeds drinking water standards in Abbotsford-Sumas aquifer....
(03/20/00)
Nitrate concentrations exceeding both U.S. and Canadian drinking-water health guidelines have been found in the ground water of the Abbotsford-Sumas aquifer that flows under the international border between the two countries. Concentrations of twenty-three other organic compounds, though, are within drinking-water guidelines.

Columbia Basin ground water study confirms too much nitrate--as expected
(03/17/00)
An intensive ground-water sampling study in three eastern Washington counties has found that in almost 1 of every 4 sampled wells, nitrate concentrations exceeded drinking-water health standards.

Cool, clean water for Seattle and salmon
(01/07/00)
Seattle will keep cool, clean drinking water flowing from the Cedar River Watershed while keeping streams healthy for threatened salmon, with help from a monitoring method developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.

USGS tracer study to aid Fort Lewis ground-water cleanup
(01/06/00)
As an experiment, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist at Fort Lewis, Washington, added potassium bromide to ground water that had been contaminated by volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

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