GAO Report on Critical Raw Materials Published

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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.

NGWA: Four Steps for Well Owners to Protect Water Wells, Health During Hurricane Flooding

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(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:

Critical Issues Monthly Roundup: September 2016

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.
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Critical Issues: AMS coastal resilience workshop, Day 2

Screenshot of the Marine Cadastre National Viewer. Image Credit: NOAA, BOEM
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:


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