New England Water Science Center


Welcome to the USGS New England Water Science Center.  Our mission is to collect timely and reliable information on the water resources of our six-state region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), and to partner with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies in hydrologic studies that advance human health, public safety, and environmental sustainability. 

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New England Water Use

New England Water Use

2015 Water Use compilation summary for New England.


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Date published: November 1, 2019

Input sought before Otter Creek flood maps are updated

U.S. Geological Survey and Federal Emergency Management Agency are seeking feedback and information from towns in the Otter Creek watershed, Vermont, after two Discovery Meetings were held on October 29 and 30.

Date published: September 6, 2019

Sampling HABs on Sabattus Pond in Maine

USGS Microbial Ecologist Charlie Culbertson and Maine DEP Ecologist Jeremy Deeds met with members of the media on Thursday September 5th at Sabattus Pond while sampling for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Date published: August 6, 2019

New Journal Article from Cape Cod Toxics Site Examines Fate of Groundwater Nitrogen Discharging to a Lake

On July 19, a new journal article from the Cape Cod Toxic Substances Hydrology team was published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences.  New England WSC co-authors include Denis LeBlanc and Tim McCobb.  The study was partly supported by the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources in Daejeon, South Korea.


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Year Published: 2020

Borehole‐scale testing of matrix diffusion for contaminated‐rock aquifers

A new method was developed to assess the effect of matrix diffusion on contaminant transport and remediation of groundwater in fractured rock. This method utilizes monitoring wells constructed of open boreholes in fractured rock to conduct backward diffusion experiments on chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) in groundwater. The...

Harte, Philip; Brandon, William C.

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Year Published: 2020

Hydrogeology and interactions of groundwater and surface water near Mill Creek and the Herring River, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 2017–18

Groundwater levels and stream stage were monitored by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Friends of Herring River, at 19 sites in the Mill Creek Basin, a tributary of the Herring River in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, on outer Cape Cod, to provide baseline data prior to a proposed restoration of tidal flow to the Herring River estuary...

Mullaney, John R.; Barclay, Janet R.; Laabs, Kaitlin L. ; Lavallee, Katherine D.
Mullaney, J.R., Barclay, J.R., Laabs, K.L., and Lavallee, K.D., 2020, Hydrogeology and interactions of groundwater and surface water near Mill Creek and the Herring River, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5145, 60 p.,

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Year Published: 2020

Passive seismic survey of sediment thickness, Dasht-e-Nawar basin, eastern Afghanistan

Exploration of water resources is needed for public supply, extraction of mineral resources, and economic development in Afghanistan. Remotely-sensed data are useful for identifying the general nature of surface sediments, however, “boots on the ground” geophysical surveys or drilling programs are needed to quantify the thickness of sediments or...

Mack, Thomas J.