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Prairie Birds Losing Ground To ND Oil Drilling, Study SaysA new federal study says many grassland birds are being displaced by drilling activity in western North Dakota's oil patch.
Nuisance Zebra Mussels Found In Red River In Grand ForksStaff members from the U.S. Geological Survey have found three adult zebra mussels in the Red River in Grand Forks. North Dakota Game and Fish Department aquatic nuisance species coordinator Fred Ryckman says the mussels were discovered last week on Red River sampling equipment at Sorlie Bridge.
Good Question: Why Do Water Levels Rise So High During Storms?Strong storms rolled through Minnesota Sunday night and dumped two to four inches of rain across the Metro. That water raised parts of the Mississippi River seven inches and some sections of Minnehaha Creek about two and half feet.
Experts Say Great Lakes Wolves Aren't EndangeredA group of wolf experts disputes that gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are endangered or that a judge's ruling will help the population spread to other states. A federal judge in Washington on Friday threw out the Obama administration's decision to remove gray wolves in the three states from the endangered list, a move that bans wolf hunting and trapping in the region.
Good Question: How Do They Forecast Flooding?When our state has flooding, experts are able to tell us days out exactly how high a river will rise. And they're usually correct within a couple inches. With millions of gallons of water involved, how do they know?
Study: Chemicals May Hurt Swallows In Minn., Wis.A new federal study says contamination from certain house products could be taking a toll on tree swallows in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Geological Survey study focused on substances known as PFASs.
Good Question Bonus: Email(s), Bodies Of Water, Deer Crossings & Men’s CoatsThanks to everyone who sent in Good Question suggestions this week! Please keep them coming! In the meantime, I wanted to answer a few that didn’t make air. Rosy has a question I’ve never thought about before: Why do people put an "s" on the end of email, as in emails? We don't say we are going to pick up our snail mails from the post office. Good point, Rosy. I looked up the definition of email in the dictionary and found three definitions – two for nouns and one for a verb.
Technology Makes Flood Forecasting Easier Than EverAssessing the amount of flooding regions across Minnesota is something meteorologists track year-round. The National Weather Service (NWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey are able to monitor water levels in rivers and lakes down to the very centimeter at every hour.
Red River Predicted To Crest After Mid-AprilA new prediction from the U-S Geological Survey says the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area isn't expected to crest until after April 15.
Some River Gauges Could Be Victims Of Budget CutsSome of the stream and river gauges used to help forecasters predict flood conditions around the country could be discontinued as a result of automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect this month.
DNR Tries To Stop White Bear Lake Lawsuit A recent study found the reason for the shrinking of White Bear Lake is the growing use of ground water. A citizens' group is taking the DNR to court for allowing it to happen - and now the state is trying to stop that lawsuit.
Wis. Town Asked To Report Booming To ScientistsThe U.S. Geological Survey is asking Clintonville residents to report any booming and rumblings to their website.
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