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A Decade of Water Science: USGS Helps Assess Water Resources in Afghanistan
For the past decade, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. A new fact sheet details how these efforts help the country quantify and monitor its water resource.
”This partnership with the Afghanistan Geological Survey and other international agencies is extremely important for Afghanistan,” said Jack Medlin, USGS regional specialist, Asia and Pacific Region. ”There’s a broad consensus that water availability is a global issue, and these collaborative efforts created the data collection networks necessary to help quantify water conditions in the region and manage future water supplies.”
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Well-Water for 80,000 New Hampshire Residents May contain Metals Exceeding Human Health Standards
Nearly three-in-ten well-water samples tested from southeast New Hampshire contained metals at concentrations that exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking-water standards and guidelines, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.
Researchers sampled water from 232 private bedrock wells from 2012 to 2013, testing for levels of arsenic, uranium, manganese, iron and lead.
”Our study showed that a significant percentage of the population that relies on domestic bedrock wells may have drinking water with arsenic, lead, manganese, and (or) uranium concentrations greater than human-health standards established by the EPA for public-water systems,” said hydrologist Sarah Flanagan, lead author of the study.
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Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5077
Olson, S.A., 2015, Flood maps for the Winooski River in Waterbury, Vermont, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5077, 25 p.
Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5056
Olson, S.A., 2015, Flood recovery maps for the White River in Bethel, Stockbridge, and Rochester, Vermont, and the Tweed River in Stockbridge and Pittsfield, Vermont, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5056, 32 p.
Open–File Report 2015–5047
Stillings, L.L., Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Kalaly, S.S., Ahmadi, M.I., and Akbar, A.Q., 2015, A summary of data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at Dasht–e–Nawar, Afghanistan, in support of lithium exploration, June–September 2014
Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5047
Bjerklie, D.M., Ayotte, J.D., and Cahillane, M.J., 2015, Simulating hydrologic response to climate change scenarios in four selected watersheds of New Hampshire: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5047, 53 p.
Warner, K.L., and Ayotte, J.D., 2014, The quality of our Nation’s waters—Water quality in the glacial aquifer system, northern United States, 1993–2009: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1352, 116 p.
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5214
Flynn, R.H., 2014, Analysis of floods, including the tropical storm Irene inundation, of the Ottauquechee River in Woodstock, Bridgewater, and Killington and of Reservoir Brook in Bridgewater and Plymouth, Vermont: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5214, 13 p.
Open–File Report 2014–1209
Medalie, Laura, 2014, Concentration and flux of total and dissolved phosphorus, total nitrogen, chloride, and total suspended solids for monitored tributaries of Lake Champlain, 1990–2012: U.S. Geological Survey Open–File Report 2014–1209, 21 p.
Open–File Report 2014–1184
Medalie, Laura, Chalmers, A.T., Kiah, R.G., and Copans, Benjamin, 2014, Use of acoustic backscatter to estimate continuous suspended sediment and phosphorus concentrations in the Barton River, northern Vermont, 2010–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1184, 29 p., 4 appendixes.
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5163
Bjerklie, D.M., Trombley, T.J., and Olson, S.A., 2014, Assessment of the spatial extent and height of flooding in Lake Champlain during May 2011, using satellite remote sensing and ground-based information: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5163, 18 p.
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5118
Ahearn, E.A., and Lombard, P.J., 2014, Flood inundation maps and water-surface profiles for tropical storm Irene and selected annual exceedance probability floods for Flint Brook and the Third Branch White River in Roxbury, Vermont
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5113
Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Flanagan, S.M., and Chalmers, A.T., 2014, Hydrogeology and water quality of the Chakari Basin, Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5113, 35 p.
Fact Sheet 2014–3068
Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Vining, K.C., Amer, S.A., Zaheer, M.F., and Medlin, J.H., 2014, Water resources activities of the U.S. Geological Survey in Afghanistan from 2004 through 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3068, 6 p.
Fact Sheet 2014–3042
Flanagan, S.M., Belaval, Marcel, and Ayotte, J.D., 2014, Arsenic, iron, lead, manganese, and uranium concentrations in private bedrock wells in southeastern New Hampshire, 2012–2013
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5078
Olson, S.A., 2014, Estimation of flood discharges at selected annual exceedance probabilities for unregulated, rural streams in Vermont, with a section on Vermont regional skew regression, by Veilleux, A.G.
James R. Degnan, John Karl Bohlke, Krystle Pelham, David M. Langlais, and Gregory J. Walsh, 2015, Identification of groundwater nitrate contamination from explosives used in road construction: Isotopic, chemical, and hydrologic evidence: Environmental Science and Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b03671. (PDF file)
Joseph D. Ayotte, Yan Zheng, 2014, At the crossroads: Hazard assessment and reduction of health risks from arsenic in private well waters of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada: Science of The Total Environment, Volume 505, pages 1237–1247, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.089
Xun Shi, Joseph D. Ayotte, Akikazu Onda, Stephanie Miller, Judy Rees, Diane Gilbert-Diamond, Tracy Onega, Jiang Gui, Margaret Karagas, John Moeschler, 2014, Geospatial association between adverse birth outcomes and arsenic in groundwater in New Hampshire, USA: Environmental Geochemistry and Health, doi: 10.1007/s10653-014-9651-2
Betanzo, E.A., Hagen, E.R., Wilson, J.T., Reckhow, K.H., Hayes, Laura, Argue, D.M., and Cangelosi, A.A., 2016, Water data to answer urgent water policy questions: Monitoring design, available data and filling data gaps for determining whether shale gas development activities contaminate surface water or groundwater in the Susquehanna River Basin, Northeast-Midwest Institute Report, 238 p. http://www.nemw.org/nemwi-susquehanna-river-basin-shale-gas-development-study-report-files/