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EPA News

These are top news stories from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifically relating to water. 

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DailyScience Water News




This is an outstanding collection of science news reported daily, and has issues directly dealing with water topcis.  Get all of ScienceDaily's Earth & Climate headlines automatically delivered to you daily by subscribing for free via email or RSS feeds.

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National Weather Service (NOAA)

Weather stations across the nation.

These two maps show the distribution of precipitation stations across the United States (courtesy of NOAA, 2015) compared to the average amount of precipitation (courtesy of Oregon State University's PRISM Climate Group, 2015).  Noticed that there are fewer to no weather stations where there is very little average precipitation.

Water Conservation & Management

Water Resources of the US (USGS)

The United State Geological Survey is the place to start water research!

It contains a wealth of info about water in the United States, such as national water surveys, current water and stream flow conditions (e.g. floods, droughts, water quality, ground water), science topics, water resource programs. And it links to State USGS offfices throughout the nation, plus browse for state & local info via maps.

Main topics include:

  • Streams, lakes, and reservoirs (Science to observe, analyze, and understand the movement and condition of surface water)
  • Groundwater, aquifers, and wells (Science to discover and describe the location, condition, and behavior of water in the ground)
  • Quality of water resources (Science to monitor and evaluate biological, chemical, and environmental factors affecting water quality)
  • International water activities (Ongoing water projects of international interest)
  • Floods & droughts (Study the conditions and consequences of water over-abundance or scarcity)
  • Water use (Information about how water is used now and in the past)
  • Contamination & pollution (Study the existence and results of harmful substances in water, produced by humans and natural processes)
  • Methods & Models (Available tools and expertise to conduct water resources science)

State Rainwater Harvesting and Graywater Laws and Programs

Oregon Water


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History

Take a look at the Exhibition by American Museum of Natural History.