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News Releases: 2006

River Monitoring Network Up Despite Storm
The statewide river gaging station network operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is up and operating normally, despite wind damage and power outages throughout Washington.

USGS Flood Update for Western Washington, Nov. 8, 2006
A "pineapple express" storm system that brought intense rainfall to western Washington during the past three days has pushed river flows at 15 river gaging stations to new all-time record high flows

Real-Time Flooding and Streamflow Data On-Line
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) operates the largest real-time streamflow monitoring network in Washington and continues to watch rivers closely throughout Western Washington during this time of flooding.

Yakima Basin Ground-Water Use Estimated
Ground-water pumpage information needed to assess water availability in the Yakima River Basin is available in a new report published today. The report features data for over 3,000 wells, making it the largest study of its kind ever in the state.

Secretary Kempthorne to Visit Puget Sound Cooperative Restoration Project
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will visit the U.S. Geological Surveyís Western Fisheries Research Center on Thursday, July 13, 2006, to learn about USGS science involved in the restoration of Puget Sound.

New Maps Show Yakima Basin Geology, Aquifers
Hydrogeologic information needed to model ground-water flow in the Yakima River Basin is available in a new report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The report was produced in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Yakama Nation.

Scientists Go Deep to Track Algae-Feeding Nitrogen in Hood Canal
Seawater flowing from Puget Sound into Hood Canalís deeper layer has at least 17 times more algae-feeding nitrogen than all freshwater inputs combined, but how the deeper seawater circulates into the canalís upper layer is not well understood, according to results of studies published today in a trio of reports by the USGS.

Odessa Aquifer Study To Begin
A ground-water study that will look at wells in the Odessa subarea aquifer of the Columbia Basin Project is set to begin this week, and well owners are asked to play an important part in the study.

Pesticides Moderate to Low in CBP Irrigation Runoff
Columbia Basin Project irrigation-return water shows increases in concentrations of some pesticides and decreases of others, with most concentrations generally in the middle to lower end of the range, compared to concentrations found in previous studies, according to a report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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