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The New England Water Science Center partners with many federal, state, and private entities to monitor and study the region’s water resources. We conduct hydrologic investigations and research projects.

We offer information on streamflow, water quality, groundwater and water-use data for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

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Recent New England Water Conditions

Recent New England Water Conditions

Previous month Surface Water and Groundwater conditions summary maps.

June 2018

Water Conditions by State

Explore real-time New England streamflow, groundwater, and water-quality conditions state by state:

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News

Date published: March 7, 2018

USGS Flood Experts Respond to High Water in Central, Northeastern U.S.

Crews from the U.S. Geological Survey have been in the field for weeks measuring flooding in the Midwest and in the Mississippi River watershed, and more recently flooding and storm tides on the Northern Atlantic coast, as higher temperatures, heavy rain, snowmelt and nor’easters affected numerous states. 

Date published: March 1, 2018

USGS Deploys Storm-Tide Sensors in Advance of Nor’Easter

USGS field crews are deploying storm-tide and wave sensors today from Maine to Delaware to track and study a Nor’easter forecasted to begin tomorrow.

Date published: January 15, 2018

Blizzard of January 2018 in New England

Significant flooding along the coast of Massachusetts occurred Thursday, January 4, 2018, caused by a powerful blizzard.  Peak storm surge of approximately 3.00 feet occurred at the astro high tide; and, according to the National Weather Service, is the highest since records began at the Boston tide station in 1921. 

Publications

Year Published: 2018

Streamflow, water quality, and constituent loads and yields, Scituate Reservoir Drainage Area, Rhode Island, Water Year 2016

As part of a long-term cooperative program to monitor water quality within the Scituate Reservoir watershed, the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Providence Water Supply Board collected streamflow and water-quality data at the Scituate Reservoir and tributaries. Streamflow and concentrations of chloride and sodium estimated from...

Smith, Kirk P.
Smith, K.P., 2018, Streamflow, water quality, and constituent loads and yields, Scituate Reservoir drainage area, Rhode Island, water year 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1084, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181084.

Year Published: 2018

Flood-inundation maps for the Pawtuxet River in West Warwick, Warwick, and Cranston, Rhode Island

A series of 15 digital flood-inundation maps was developed for a 10.2-mile reach of the Pawtuxet River in the municipalities of West Warwick, Warwick, and Cranston, Rhode Island, by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The coverage of the maps...

Bent, Gardner C.; Lombard, Pamela J.
Bent, G.C., and Lombard, P.J., 2018, Flood-inundation maps for the Pawtuxet River in West Warwick, Warwick, and Cranston, Rhode Island: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5043, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185043.

Year Published: 2018

Streamflow, water quality, and constituent loads and yields, Scituate Reservoir Drainage Area, Rhode Island, water year 2015

Streamflow and concentrations of sodium and chloride estimated from records of specific conductance were used to calculate loads of sodium and chloride during water year (WY) 2015 (October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015) for tributaries to the Scituate Reservoir, Rhode Island. Streamflow and water-quality data used in the study were collected...

Smith, Kirk P.
Smith, K.P., 2018, Streamflow, water quality, and constituent loads and yields, Scituate Reservoir drainage area, Rhode Island, water year 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1065, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181065.