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News Releases: 2003

States and USGS sign historic aquifer agreement
SPOKANE--Having current and complete scientific information available to make good decisions about managing water from the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) aquifer is the goal of an agreement signed today by Idaho, Washington and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Study Explains Water Links Between Methow Aquifer and Rivers
Watershed planners in the Methow River Basin get a clear picture of how water moves between the basin's rivers, canals and aquifer from a report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Okanogan County.

New Model Adds Irrigation to Simulate Streamflows in Methow Basin
A newly enhanced computer model of the Methow River Basin adds irrigation diversions to an existing model to simulate both current and natural streamflow in the basin, according to a report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

River Flows Bounce Back After Drought In 2001
Rivers in Washington returned to near-normal flows, following a drought in 2001, according to a comprehensive water-data report for 2002 published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Kitsap water: Something old, something new
Ground water beneath the Kitsap Peninsula may be thousands of years old, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study of the age of ground water in the area of the Navy’s base at Bangor.

Wind Could Spread Lake Roosevelt Contaminants, Study Shows
Fine-grained bed sediments in Lake Roosevelt containing arsenic, lead, and other trace elements could become airborne if exposed to the wind during annual drawdowns, according to the results of a study published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Cedar River Sets Record Low Flow
One of Seattle's major water supplies set record low flows for several days in July, and other Washington rivers are seeing some of the lowest daily flows in years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Results On Tap For Colville Watershed Planners
The USGS released today the results of a study of ground-water resources in the Colville River Watershed, the first comprehensive study of ground water in the 1,007-square-mile watershed.

Island County Gets Ground-Water Results
Island County water managers get some help in keeping the drinking water flowing, thanks to a study of ground-water recharge on Whidbey and Camano Islands. Results of the study are presented in a report released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Island County Health Department.

Ag Methods Offer Some Water Quality Improvements
Effective irrigation methods and other agricultural best management practices have improved some measures of water quality, while other measures are slower to respond, according to results of a study published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Puget Sound Rivers Generally Healthy, Study Shows
Water quality in the Puget Sound Basin's rivers and streams ranged from fair to exceptionally high, despite a few very wet years that boosted concentrations of pesticides, sediment, and other compounds in the water, according to a comprehensive report on water quality published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Aerial Images Identify Fish Habitat, Measure Stream Conditions
A new faster, cost-saving system that creates digital aerial images of streams is yielding a wealth of data about salmon habitat, according to a report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

$20,000 Theft Shuts Down Puyallup R. Flood-Warning Station
Thieves broke into a USGS stream-gaging station on the Puyallup River near Alderton sometime during the holidays and took all of the scientific equipment used to monitor the river for flooding. The missing equipment's replacement cost is estimated at $20,000.

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