Leetown Science Center


Welcome to the USGS Leetown Science Center (LSC).  The LSC has a long history of delivering science and technology to help federal and state managers preserve our Nation’s fisheries resources and fishing heritage.  Research capabilities are centered on migratory fish conservation, aquatic animal health, aquatic ecology and fish biology, and invasive and imperiled species.

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Date published: May 23, 2019

Public Lecture Series - Wildlife, Water, and One-health: Considerations for Wildlife in Water Related Disasters

May 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EDT at USGS Leetown Science Center, Fish Health Conference Room, 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia

Date published: May 2, 2019

Connecting Point Fish Migration Story

Brian Sullivan from WGBY, a public television station in Springfield, MA, came to Conte the week of April 22nd and spent two days interviewing and filming for a short piece on migratory fish in the Connecticut River. 

Date published: March 25, 2019

USGS Leetown Science Center to Host Earth Day Open House

USGS Leetown Science Center (LSC) to host Earth Day Open House on Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


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Influenza A virus detected in native bivalves in waterfowl habitat of the Delmarva Peninsula, USA

We evaluated the prevalence of influenza A virus (IAV) in different species of bivalves inhabiting natural water bodies in waterfowl habitat along the Delmarva Peninsula and Chesapeake Bay in eastern Maryland. Bivalve tissue from clam and mussel specimens (Macoma balthica, Macoma phenax, Mulinia sp., Rangia cuneata, ...

Densmore, Christine L.; Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; McLaughlin, Shawn M.; Ottinger, Christopher A.; Spires, Jason E.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.

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Restoring a forest icon: Could returning the American chestnut remodel our wildlife landscape?

Mother Nature was not making it easy. It was February 18, 2009, and winds were gusting, sleet was falling, and temperatures were hovering around 40° F. Our crew of 9 which consisted of personnel from the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, the Cherokee National Forest, and The University of Tennessee’s Tree Improvement Program, was...

Clark, Staci L; Schlarbaum, Scott E.; Clark, Joseph D.

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Molecular identification of fecal contamination in the Elks Run Watershed, Jefferson County, West Virginia, 2016–17

The U.S. Geological Survey conducted a study using modern methods of molecular analysis aimed at attempting to identify the source(s) of fecal contamination that had been identified in previous studies conducted by the West Virginia Conservation Agency in the Elk Run watershed, Jefferson County, West Virginia. Water samples from multiple sites...

Schill, W. Bane; Iwanowicz, Deborah D.
Schill, W.B., and Iwanowicz, D.D., 2019, Molecular identification of fecal contamination in the Elks Run watershed, Jefferson County, West Virginia, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1064, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191064.