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New England Water Science Center

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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Meet our New Staff at the New England WSC - September 2022

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New England WSC Products in the Third Quarter of 2022

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Scituate Reservoir Watershed Sees Rise in Chloride and Sodium

Publications

Going beyond low flows: Streamflow drought deficit and duration illuminate distinct spatiotemporal drought patterns and trends in the U.S. during the last century

Streamflow drought is a recurring challenge, and understanding spatiotemporal patterns of past droughts is needed to manage future water resources. We examined regional patterns in streamflow drought metrics and compared these metrics to low flow timing and magnitude using long-term daily records for 555 minimally disturbed watersheds. For each streamgage, we calculated streamflow drought duration

Water-quality conditions and constituent loads, water years 2013–19, and water-quality trends, water years 1983–2019, in the Scituate Reservoir drainage area, Rhode Island

The Scituate Reservoir is the primary source of drinking water for more than 60 percent of the population of Rhode Island. From October 1, 1982, to September 30, 2019, water years (WYs) 1983–2019 (a water year is the period between October 1 and September 30 and is designated by the year in which it ends), the Providence Water Supply Board maintained a fixed-frequency sampling program at 37 statio

Bedrock depth influences spatial patterns of summer baseflow, temperature and flow disconnection for mountainous headwater streams

In mountain headwater streams, the quality and resilience of summer cold-water habitat is generally regulated by stream discharge, longitudinal stream channel connectivity and groundwater exchange. These critical hydrologic processes are thought to be influenced by the stream corridor bedrock contact depth (sediment thickness), a parameter often inferred from sparse hillslope borehole information,

Science

Developing Historical Record at Groundwater Wells

Groundwater data from wells in the USGS Climate Response Network are used for the Groundwater Index in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan.
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Developing Historical Record at Groundwater Wells

Groundwater data from wells in the USGS Climate Response Network are used for the Groundwater Index in the Massachusetts Drought Management Plan.
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Satellite-based Remote Sensing of River Discharge

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are collaborating on a study to develop methods to estimate river flows from satellite observations.
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Satellite-based Remote Sensing of River Discharge

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are collaborating on a study to develop methods to estimate river flows from satellite observations.
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Characterizing Future Climate and Hydrology in Massachusetts using Stochastic Modeling Methods

Communities across Massachusetts may face potential consequences of climate change, ranging from more extreme rainfall to more pronounced and frequent droughts. Climate change could alter the state’s hydrology in potentially complex and unanticipated ways. Typical approaches for projecting hydrologic risk under climate change can misrepresent and underestimate the variability of climate and...
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Characterizing Future Climate and Hydrology in Massachusetts using Stochastic Modeling Methods

Communities across Massachusetts may face potential consequences of climate change, ranging from more extreme rainfall to more pronounced and frequent droughts. Climate change could alter the state’s hydrology in potentially complex and unanticipated ways. Typical approaches for projecting hydrologic risk under climate change can misrepresent and underestimate the variability of climate and...
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