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Welcome to the USGS New England Water Science Center. We provide timely and reliable information to Federal, State, Tribal, and local stakeholders on the water resources of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Our data help safeguard human and wildlife health, public safety, and environmental sustainability. 

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Sleepers River Research

Sleepers River Research

The Sleepers River Research Watershed in Danville, Vermont has been the site of active hydrologic research since 1959. The site is operated by the USGS, in cooperation with several other Federal agencies and universities. 

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News

Date published: May 28, 2021

Watershed and Urban Hydrology Section Data Releases

Two data releases were recently published by the Watershed and Urban Hydrology Section of the New England WSC.

Date published: April 30, 2021

Maine Networks Section Spring Update

The Maine SW/GW (Surface-Water/Groundwater) Networks Section has been busy this spring- confirming our equipment is working properly after the winter, making high flow measurements to confirm our stage-discharge relationships and preparing for upcoming summer projects. 

Date published: April 6, 2021

New USGS Report Shows High Levels of Arsenic and Uranium in Some Connecticut Wells

A new U.S. Geological Survey study provides an updated, statewide estimate of high levels of naturally occurring arsenic and uranium in private well water across Connecticut.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Use of dissolved oxygen monitoring to evaluate phosphorus loading in Connecticut streams, 2015–18

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) has developed an interim phosphorus reduction strategy to establish water-quality-based phosphorus limits in nontidal freshwaters for industrial and municipal water pollution control facilities. A recommendation in the strategy included the addition of diurnal dissolved...

Izbicki, Brittney; Morrison, Jonathan
Izbicki, B., and Morrison, J., 2021, Use of dissolved oxygen monitoring to evaluate phosphorus loading in Connecticut streams, 2015–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5024, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215024.

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Year Published: 2021

Exploring the factors controlling the error characteristics of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission discharge estimates

The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission will measure river width, water surface elevation, and slope for rivers wider than 50-100 m. SWOT observations will enable estimation of river discharge by using simple flow laws such as the Manning-Strickler equation, complementing in-situ streamgages. Several discharge...

Frasson, Renato; Durand, Michael T.; Lanier, Kevin; Gleason, Colin; Andreadis, Konstantinos; Hageman, Mark; Dudley, Robert; Bjerklie, David M.; Oubanas, Hind; Garambois, Pierre-André; Malaterre, Pierre-Olivier; Lin, Peirong; Pavelsky, Tamlin M.; Monnier, Jerome; Binkerhoff, Craig; David, Cedric H.

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Associations between private well water and community water supply arsenic concentrations in the conterminous United States

Geogenic arsenic contamination typically occurs in groundwater as opposed to surface water supplies. Groundwater is a major source for many community water systems (CWSs) in the United States (US). Although the US Environmental Protection Agency sets the maximum contaminant level (MCL enforceable since 2006: 10 μg/L) for arsenic in CWSs, private...

Spaur, Maya; Lombard, Melissa; Ayotte, Joseph D.; Harvey, David; Bostick, Benjamin; Chillrud, Steven; Navas-Acien, Ana; Nigra, Anne E