New England Water Science Center
Welcome to New England.
We study streams,
estuaries and coasts,
urban areas, and
aquifers of New England,
to monitor and improve understanding of the region's water resources.
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 WSC Projects
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USGS Research Hydrologist Glenn Hodgkins co-authored the Fourth National Climate Assessment’s Northeast chapter. USGS Research Geologist Erika Lentz was also a co-author. The recently published chapter discusses historical and potential future impacts of climatic changes on New England’s people and natural resources, including it’s inland and coastal waters.
USGS Monitors Potential Flooding Following an Ice Jam on the South Branch Piscataquog River in New Boston and Goffstown, New Hampshire
USGS scientists installed a rapid deployment gauge Feb. 14 near Goffstown
Fall 2018 WaterMarks continues a regular series of newsletters from the USGS New England Water Science Center to cooperating agencies, collaborators, and others interested in our work. This issue features:
- Links to new reports and journal articles by our staff
- Updates on recent activities of our Data Section
- Highlights of new and recently completed studies. ...
Flood-inundation maps for Lake Champlain in Vermont and New York
In 2016, digital flood-inundation maps along the shoreline of Lake Champlain in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties in Vermont and northern Clinton County in New York were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the International Joint Commission (IJC). This report discusses the creation of updated...Flynn, Robert H.; Hayes, Laura
Design and methods of the U.S. Geological Survey Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA), 2016
During 2016, as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Project (NAWQA), the U.S. Geological Survey conducted the Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA) to investigate stream quality in the northeastern United States. The goal of the NESQA was to assess the health of wadeable streams in the region by characterizing multiple water-...Coles, James F.; Riva-Murray, Karen; Van Metre, Peter C.; Button, Daniel T.; Bell, Amanda H.; Qi, Sharon L.; Journey, Celeste A.; Sheibley, Richard W.
Factors affecting the occurrence of lead and manganese in untreated drinking water from Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain aquifers, eastern United States—Dissolved oxygen and pH framework for evaluating risk of elevated concentrations
Groundwater samples collected during 2012 and 2013 from public-supply wells screened in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain aquifers of the eastern and southeastern U.S. rarely contained lead or manganese concentrations that exceeded drinking-water limits, despite having corrosive characteristics. Data indicate that the...Brown, Craig J.; Barlow, Jeannie R. B.; Cravotta, Charles A.; Lindsey, Bruce D.