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* Press Release: Study Explores Groundwater and Geothermal Energy in Drought-Stricken Eastern Oregon and Neighboring States

* Technical Announcement: USGS Issues Revised Framework for Hydrogeology of Floridan Aquifer

* Press Release: High Plains Aquifer Groundwater Levels Continue to Decline

* Regional Groundwater Availability Study Geospatial Data

* Press Release: USGS Assesses Current Groundwater-Quality Conditions in the Williston Basin Oil Production Area

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USGS Groundwater Watch

USGS maintains a network of active wells to provide basic statistics about groundwater levels.

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Strategic Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Resources Program

A Report to Congress

November 30, 1998

U.S. Department of the Interior
Bruce Babbitt, Secretary

U.S. Geological Survey
Charles G. Groat, Director

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been collecting and interpreting ground-water data since the late 1800’s. Ground-water issues have increased in scope and complexity as competing demands on the resource have grown. Moreover, ground-water systems change over time in response to residential, industrial, and agricultural development, and in response to natural stresses such as droughts. Aquifers cross State lines and other political boundaries, creating the need for impartial regional and national ground-water information. The USGS Ground-Water Resources Program responds to these driving forces through ongoing efforts to examine and report on critical issues affecting the sustainability of the Nation’s ground-water resources.

Table of contents (with links to report in html format)

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Copies of this report available upon request from:
U.S. Geological Survey
Information Services
Box 25286
Federal Center
Denver CO 80225

For additional information about this report contact:
Chief, Office of Ground Water
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Mail Stop 411
Reston VA 20192

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