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Watch all episodes of USGS On The Road, a web-series about USGS scientists and water science from all corners of Maryland, Delaware, and DC.

Keeping Stormwater Under Control in Clarksburg MD

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How can we best manage stormwater in our local Montgomery County, Maryland neighborhoods to reduce erosion, improve water quality, and help aquatic organisms?

Let’s take a #WaterScienceRoadTrip to Clarksburg, MD to learn more about the best stormwater management practices.

Series: USGS On The Road: Season 1, Episode 7

Original Release Date: June 9, 2022

See The Full Study Video: Soaking Up Stormwater

Study Page: Unique 20-year study assesses ecosystem response to different types of stormwater management

Learn More: Understanding the Effects of Stormwater Management Practices on Water Quality and Flow

On Camera: Marina Metes

Credits: Neel Hodgkinson (Cinematography, Editing), David Fisher (Cinematography, Graphics), Matthew Pajerowski & Caitlyn Dugan (Production)

 

HIVIS-ability at Serene Lake

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What is HIVIS?

HIVIS stands for Hydrologic Imagery Visualization and Information System. HIVIS is a network of cameras across the United States that serve as remote “eyes on the ground,” providing the USGS and its cooperators with the ability to monitor conditions in near real-time at sites where a camera is installed.

Series: USGS On The Road: Season 1, Episode 6

Original Release Date: June 1, 2022

See the Camera Feed: HIVIS Network - Lake Serene

Explore the entire HIVIS network: HIVIS Dashboard

On Camera: Chuck Walker (Interviewed), Michael Geissel, Nicholas Giro

Audio Description Version: HIVIS-ability at Serene Lake (AD)

Credits: Neel Hodgkinson (Cinematography, Editing), David Fisher (Cinematography, Graphics), Matthew Pajerowski & Caitlyn Dugan (Production)

 

Securing Sediment Samples at Hickey Run

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The USGS wants to know where nutrient-rich sediment in the DC area is coming from.

Through its sediment fingerprinting project with the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment, the USGS is looking into the sources of the excess sediments that are found in Hickey Run and the National Arboretum.

Why It’s Important: This sediment contains important nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen. But too much sediment can block sunlight from aquatic plants, while excess nutrients can stimulate phytoplankton growth that use up all the oxygen in the water.

Series: USGS On The Road: Season 1, Episode 5

Original Release Date: May 18, 2022

On Camera: Zach Clifton

Audio Description Version: Securing Sediment Samples at Hickey Run (AD)

Credits: Neel Hodgkinson (Cinematography, Editing), David Fisher (Graphics), Matthew Pajerowski & Caitlyn Dugan (Production)

 

Swamp Surveillance - Nassawango Creek

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How do land use and best management practices affect the Chesapeake Bay watershed?

To find out, USGS scientists trudge through the muddy swamp of Nassawango Creek on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for a water science partnership with Virginia Tech.

The USGS is conducting an ecological assessment of regions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and assessing how best management practices (BMPs) on the landscape affect stream health. USGS is monitoring water quality, water temperature, salinity, flow, and geomorphology, while researchers from VA Tech are surveying macroinvertebrates and fish. Put together, these data can be used to determine the effects of land use and BMPs on stream conditions, and how those stream conditions affect biodiversity.

Series: USGS On The Road: Season 1, Episode 4

Original Release Date: May 11, 2022

On Camera: Tristan Mohs (Interviewed), Anthony Tallman, Ashley Melvin, Jacob Mavrogeorge

Audio Description Version: Swamp Surveillance at Nassawango Creek (AD)

Credits: Neel Hodgkinson (Cinematography, Editing), David Fisher (Cinematography, Graphics), Matthew Pajerowski & Caitlyn Dugan (Production)

Sediment source analysis in the Linganore Creek watershed, Maryland, USA, using the sediment fingerprinting approach: 2008 to 2010

 

Powerful Water Samples - Conowingo Dam

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USGS hydro-techs Shane and Kelly collected water samples at Conowingo Dam. The USGS routinely samples for water-quality conditions at Conowingo Dam as part of the USGS National Water Quality Network (NWQN).

Series: USGS On The Road: Season 1, Episode 3

Original Release Date: May 4, 2022

Learn More About The National Water Quality Network: USGS National Water Quality Network

View Real Time Data From This Gage: Susquehanna River at Conowingo, MD (01578310)

On Camera: Kelly McVicker (Interviewed), Shane Mizelle

Audio Description Version: Powerful Water Samples From Conowingo Dam (AD)

Credits: Neel Hodgkinson (Cinematography, Editing), David Fisher (Cinematography, Graphics), Matthew Pajerowski & Caitlyn Dugan (Production)

 

Sediment Fingerprinting - Langdon Park

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It’s not just the big rivers and streams. USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center scientists also collect samples from local parks.

Zach and Leah collected sediment auger samples from Langdon Park in Washington, D.C. as part of a study to find the sources of sediment runoff. The sediment will later be analyzed at in-house and third-party labs for geochemical signatures in a process known as sediment fingerprinting.

Series: USGS On The Road: Season 1, Episode 2

Original Release Date: April 27, 2022

On Camera: Leah Staub (Interviewed), Zach Clifton

Audio Description Version: Sediment Fingerprinting in Langdon Park (AD)

Credits: Neel Hodgkinson (Cinematography), David Fisher (Cinematography, Editing, Graphics), Matthew Pajerowski & Caitlyn Dugan (Production)

Also See: Sediment Source Assessment Using Sediment Fingerprints 

Sediment source analysis in the Linganore Creek watershed, Maryland, USA, using the sediment fingerprinting approach: 2008 to 2010

 

Anacostia River Water Quality - Bladensburg Waterfront Park

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Join Ashley and Nick at Bladensburg Waterfront Park along the Anacostia River.

The gage in this park is “supercharged” to monitor the “BIG 5” water-quality parameters: dissolved-oxygen concentration, pH, specific conductance, water temperature, and turbidity.

What’s more, it will soon be equipped with a semi-autonomous bacteria sampler so that scientists and policymakers can monitor the river’s bacteria concentration.

Series: USGS On The Road: Season 1, Episode 1

Original Release Date: April 20, 2022

Learn more: Newly Installed Super Gauge Helps USGS Monitor Water Quality, Bacteria Levels in Lower Anacostia River

And check out the real time data from this site: ANACOSTIA RIVER AT BLADENSBURG WATERFRONT PARK, MD - USGS Water Data for the Nation

On Camera: Nicholas Giro, Ashley Ryan

Audio Description Version: Monitoring Water Quality on the Anacostia River (AD)

Credits: Neel Hodgkinson (Cinematography, Editing), David Fisher (Cinematography, Graphics), Matthew Pajerowski & Caitlyn Dugan (Production)