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News Releases: 2002

Risk to Wells Near Bangor Base Low, But Saltwater Problem Possible
(12/20/02)
Risk of contaminating public supply wells near the Navy's base at Bangor is low, but future saltwater encroachment in the region is possible, according to a study published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Water Sampling Method Gives Good Results, Lower Cost
(12/20/02)
An innovative ground-water sampling method for detecting contamination provides results similar to more expensive traditional methods while avoiding the problem of generating potentially hazardous waste water, according to a report published today by the USGS, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force.

Models Guide Yakima Basin Water Management
(12/20/02)
Computer models developed in a joint Federal project are helping to guide water management in the Yakima River Basin and could have applications for other water projects in the western U.S., according to a report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).

Northwest Weather Linked to Ocean Conditions
(12/11/02)
Long periods of wet and dry weather in the Pacific Northwest are linked to weather conditions in the North and South Pacific Oceans that result in changes in local streamflow, according to the results of a study published today by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mapping A Flood...Before It Happens
(11/12/02)
A new U.S. Geological Survey mapping method can produce flood inundation maps as much as three to five days ahead of a forecasted storm, giving flood-response officials and others precious time to respond. The high-tech method is described in a report released today by the USGS.

'Benchmark Glacier' Shows Signs of Retreat
(09/05/02)
South Cascade Glacier in northwestern Washington continues its retreat, despite gains in snow in recent years, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Water Study Helps Sequim-Dungeness Cope With Changes
(08/07/02)
Water managers faced with changing conditions in the Sequim-Dungeness area will get some help from a scientific study of how Dungeness River water is connected to ground water. Results of the study are released today in a report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Clallam County and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

New measurements show Puyallup River oxygen levels ok
(06/24/02)
Unusually low oxygen readings in the Puyallup River were caused by sensor problems, not poor water quality, according to a cooperative study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and the Washington State Department of Ecology. Results of the study are released today in a USGS report.

Advancing glacier coming close to blocking fiord near Yakutat, Alaska
(06/18/02)
North America's largest calving glacier, Hubbard Glacier, is advancing and is close to blocking the entrance to Russell Fiord near Yakutat, Alaska, according to reports from Dennis Trabant, a glaciologist with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

USGS study helps Navy cleanup of Keyport site
(05/31/02)
Natural cleaning processes are an important part of the U.S. Navy's cleanup of chlorinated solvents in ground water at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Keyport, Washington, according to a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Navy.

Ground-water recharge estimated for 4 San Juan Islands
(05/31/02)
Estimates of recharge on four San Juan County islands were developed to help water managers keep the drinking water flowing. These estimates are presented in a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with San Juan County Health and Community Services.

Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation aquifers studied
(05/21/02)
Results of a study of ground water on the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation and nearby areas in Pacific County are published today in a report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, under a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Fallowed-fields water use studied at Tule Lake refuge
(05/21/02)
Resource managers of northern California's Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge have more water management information as a result of a study published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Study helps measure effects of development on urban streams
(05/13/02)
Urban development has increased storm water runoff into some western Washington streams, possibly impacting salmon habitat, drinking water, and erosion, according to a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology).

Rapid flood-mapping method helps a devastated country recover
(05/09/02)
After years of hard work, the Central American country of Honduras is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Mitch. Flood-mapping techniques developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will help the recovery by providing reliable, accurate maps of flood hazard areas to guide rebuilding efforts.

New Web site features Methow Basin water studies
(02/04/02)
Easy access to results of water studies in the Methow River Basin is now available through a new Web site launched by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Less than half of rainfall in northern Kitsap County makes it to ground water, study shows
(01/14/02)
A study of ground-water recharge in northern Kitsap County indicates that about half of the rainfall that falls over the area eventually is lost to evaporation, a bigger loss than by any other means, according to a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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