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Wed, 2016-10-05 16:36
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the report, "Strengthened Federal Approach Needed to Help Identify and Mitigate Supply Risks for Critical Raw Materials" (GAO-16-699). The 79 page report identified that federal agencies are primarily focused on two areas of activity related to critical minerals supply—assessing risk and supporting research. The report identifies selected strengths and limitations of federal critical materials activities and concludes with six recommendations. The GAO undertook this study noting that "certain metals, minerals and other "critical" raw materials play an important role in the production of advanced technologies across a range of industrial sectors and defense applications." AGI offers background materials on critical resources from the Critical Issues Program. 
Wed, 2016-10-05 16:17
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers published a new module on water sustainability in cities. The nine-unit module is designed to fuse geoscience elements of hydrologic science, atmospheric science, and biological science with sustainability concepts, systems thinking, planning, and engineering in a manner that illustrates the value of this diverse knowledge for urban water system planning. The lessons provide a foundation in urban water systems, basic hydrologic and atmospheric processes, and sustainable and resilient infrastructure planning and decision making. Overall, the module highlights the benefits of the interconnections of geoscience, engineering, and other disciplines in the pursuit of water sustainability in cities.
Wed, 2016-10-05 15:38
Reprinted from the National Ground Water Association with permission.  (WESTERVILLE, OH — October 5, 2016) The owners of private household water wells in areas threatened by Hurricane Matthew flooding should act to address possible threats to their drinking water quality​, the National Ground Water Association said today.   If a well has been flooded: Do not drink the water or wash with it, but use an alternative supply such as bottled water Stay away from the well pump while it’s flooded to avoid electrical shock Get a qualified water well contractor or pump installer to — Clean and turn on the pump Flush the well Disinfect the well Perform any other necessary maintenance Check with the local emergency management agency about any guidance relating to local conditions or specific contamination threats due to area flooding. Bacterial contamination is to be...
Tue, 2016-10-04 16:58
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) published its Summer 2016 "Ear to the Ground" Newsletter. It includes Ten Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments, a closer look at the the PREEVENTS Program, and the top ten "secrets" that NSF Program Officers wished all PI's knew. 
Tue, 2016-10-04 16:21
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of groundwater quality in Idaho from the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (@IDHW), which you can find at To learn more about groundwater, check out our archived webinar, Water as One Resource, and register for the upcoming 2016 Critical Issues Forum.
Tue, 2016-10-04 15:52
The Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers celebrated the value of soil mechanics with Karl Terzaghi Day on Monday, October 3rd. Terzaghi is credited as one of the fathers of soil mechanics. There were pictures of Terzaghi lecturing at Harvard, and a foreward he wrote for the first issue of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. The USGS shared a figure of landslides nothing that Terzaghi's equations are still used in landslide research. The Geo-Institute celebrated with a luncheon and lecture. At AGI we shared an article published by the Geotimes Magazine in 2002 about "Big Dig" that had been happening in Boston at that point, which still drew upon the theories set forth by Terzaghi. 
Tue, 2016-10-04 14:07
EARTH Magazine: Thirsty Business - How the Tech Industry is Bracing for a Water Scarce Future FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Maureen Moses ( 10/4/2016   Alexandria, VA - Server farms do the heavy lifting to meet public demand for information, from emails and tweets to credit card transactions and video streaming. Buildings that house the servers require tremendous amounts of energy to keep the servers running, and even more water to keep them functioning and cool. As the need for warehouses of servers has grown, tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have started building data centers in seemingly out-of-the-way places for good reason: because the local climates can reduce the energy and water needs for the operations. Not to be left behind, the semiconductor industry - led by companies like Intel - are also innovating to reduce their water usage.    The October issue of EARTH Magazine explores the multitude of ways the tech...
Mon, 2016-10-03 16:38
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of oil and gas resources in Nevada from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, which you can find at If you're interested in learning more about oil and gas, check out our Basics and Frequent Questions.
Mon, 2016-10-03 15:13
Welcome to October! Here’s what’s new from the Critical Issues Program: •  The 2016 Critical Issues Forum is rapidly approaching. The roster of speakers is complete, the agenda is available online, and registration is now open. The topic of the forum is “Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer”. If you are interested in issues of water supply, usage, policy, and management, we invite you to join us in Golden, Colorado on October 27-28. •  We hosted our latest webinar, “Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water” on September 20th. If you missed it (or want a refresher) you can find a video recording and further resources here. •  We’ve expanded our Maps & Visualizations page, adding 5 new maps covering water resources in Georgia and Oklahoma, environmental monitoring and management in Utah, global climate information, and geoscience features in Puerto Rico. Click "Read More" to see more news...
Fri, 2016-09-30 16:57
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program’s workshop, “Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience,” concluded on September 28th, providing insights to coastal scientists and managers on how to better serve their communities. The second day built on themes discussed in earlier sessions, shifting the regional focus to the Great Lakes. Click “Read More” to see highlights from the second day:   •  The Ohio Sea Grant discussed how harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie can be mitigated by responsible, weather-sensitive farming in the watershed. •  The National Weather Service Office of Water Prediction described the National Water Model (NWM).  Launched in August 2016, the NWM is a hydrologic model that provides real-time stream flow data for the entire contiguous U.S. •  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discussed regional climate...