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USGS Monthly Groundwater News and Highlights: April 1, 2020
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Water Quality and COVID-19
With recent public health concerns around COVID-19, many people are asking about water quality and safety. For the latest federal guidance on water quality and COVID-19, please refer to:
USGS priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community. Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices. These changes have also impacted recent and planned field work and field data collection activities.
Feature: Learning Resources
Water cycle poster for school and kids. Available for download online. Credit: USGS.
With the temporary closure of many schools and universities and the shift to online and (or) home-based learning, many educators and families are looking for learning resources. Check out these USGS resources that might be of interest!
The USGS Active Groundwater Level Network includes about 20,000 wells that have been measured by the USGS or USGS cooperators at least once within the past 13 months. The animation shows a daily snapshot of water-level statistics in the network for March 2020. Credit: USGS. The image is in the public domain.
USGS Groundwater-Related Publications
USGS Groundwater Flow and Transport Model Data Releases
MODFLOW-NWT groundwater model used for simulating potential future pumping scenarios and forecasting associated groundwater-level changes in the Truxton aquifer on the Hualapai Reservation and adjacent areas, Mohave County, Arizona
MODFLOW-2005 model and supplementary data used to characterize groundwater flow and effects of pumping in the Death Valley regional groundwater flow system, Nevada and California, with special reference to Devils Hole
More than 43 million people in the U.S. (about 15 percent of the population) rely on domestic wells as their source of drinking water. As part of USGS studies to understand local, regional, and national groundwater conditions, homeowners have allowed USGS to measure groundwater levels or collect water samples in their private wells. In the top photo shown here, USGS hydrologist Matt Conlon prepares to collect a groundwater sample from a well in Pennsylvania. In the second photo, USGS biologist Robin Brightbill prepares a water-quality sample collected from another domestic well in Pennsylvania. Learn more about USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center groundwater activities or explore USGS groundwater data in Pennsylvania.
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