USGS Blog:

Induced Earthquakes Raise Chances of Damaging Shaking 

For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes.

In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards.
This is also the first one-year outlook for the nation’s earthquake hazards, and is a supplement to existing USGS assessments that provide a 50-year forecast.

The report shows that approximately 7 million people live and work in areas of the central and eastern U.S. (CEUS) with potential for damaging shaking from induced seismicity. Within a few portions of the CEUS, the chance of damage from all types of earthquakes is similar to that of natural earthquakes in high-hazard areas of California.

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Funding Opportunity

USGS/ACWI Seek Applications for National Groundwater Monitoring Network Cooperative Agreements

The USGS National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) is offering a second round of funding through to support the NGWMN. The funding will be for a 2-year period in 2016-2017. Cooperative agreements will provide support for both new and existing data providers in the NGWMN. The USGS will fund new data providers to select and classify sites within existing monitoring programs, to set up web services that will link the data to the NGWMN Portal, and to produce a report describing this process. Existing data providers will receive funds to maintain web services and keep site information current. Data providers may also receive funding to collect data to improve site information, to maintain wells, and to drill new or replacement Network wells.

Two webinars are scheduled to review the application process and answer any questions about the opportunity. These are scheduled for April 13th at 1 pm EDT and May 3rd at 2 pm EDT. Registration is required.

Interested agencies can apply online at under funding opportunity number G16AS00043. Applications will be accepted from March 30, 2016 through May 31, 2016.

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Federal News

NRDC Petitions EPA to Appeal or Amend Aquifer Exemption Regs

In a March 23rd petition delivered to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the National Resources Defense Council asked that the U.S. EPA repeal or amend the aquifer exemption provisions of EPA regulations in order to adequately protect underground sources of drinking water.

The petition claims that existing EPA rules, which were written in the early 1980s, should be revised and violate the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The petition... "sets forth information showing that the existing process for evaluating aquifer exemption requests has allowed for the approval of applications without scientifically-defensible evidence which demonstrates that the water cannot reasonably be expected to serve as a public source of drinking water in the future."

The NRDC proposed that the EPA impose a moratorium on new and expanded exemptions until revisions have been finalized.

Read the Petition

Other News

How New York Gets its Water

(The New York Times)

Revelations about tainted water have sparked worry across the country. The New York Times decided to look at how the nation’s largest municipal water supplier delivers what has been called the champagne of drinking water to 9.5 million people.

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