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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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Selected Projects

Selected Projects

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Remembering Irene

Remembering Irene

Tropical Storm Irene made landfall in New England on August 28, 2011, bringing high winds and record setting rainfall. Ten years later, our Center remembers the historical significance of the storm and the USGS response.

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News

September 29, 2021

WaterMarks Newsletter - Fall 2021

In this issue we announce new members of our team and our new Associate Director selections. We're excited to welcome these folks and about the great science they will produce for the region. We also recognize a decade since Tropical Storm Irene and the toll it took on portions of New England. Please explore the Irene geonarrative and recent publications. Hope you all have a very happy Fall! 

Date published: September 24, 2021

Science in Support of Aquatic-Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration

Human land- and water-management practices have resulted in modifications to natural streamflow conditions and reduced the ecological health of aquatic communities. Working in collaboration with our many partners, the New England Water Science Center provides data and scientific analyses to inform and support aquatic-ecosystem conservation and restoration.

Date published: September 23, 2021

Meet our New Staff at New England WSC - September 2021

Join us in welcoming our recently hired staff at the New England WSC.

Publications

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Year Published: 2022

Populations using public-supply groundwater in the conterminous U.S. 2010; Identifying the wells, hydrogeologic regions, and hydrogeologic mapping units

Most Americans receive their drinking water from publicly supplied sources, a large portion of it from groundwater. Mapping these populations consistently and at a high resolution is important for understanding where the resource is used and needs to be protected. The results show that 269 million people are supplied by public supply, 107 million...

Johnson, Tyler D.; Belitz, Kenneth; Kauffman, Leon J.; Watson, Elise; Wilson, John T.

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Numerical modeling of groundwater flow in the crystalline-rock aquifer in the vicinity of the Savage Municipal Water-Supply Well Superfund site, Milford, New Hampshire

In 2010, tetrachloroethylene (PCE), a chlorinated volatile organic compound, was detected in groundwater from deep (more than 300 feet below land surface) fractures in monitoring wells tapping a crystalline-rock aquifer. The aquifer underlies the Milford-Souhegan glacial-drift aquifer, a high water-producing aquifer, and the Savage Municipal Water...

Harte, Philip T.
Harte, P.T., 2021, Numerical modeling of groundwater flow in the crystalline-rock aquifer in the vicinity of the Savage Municipal Water-Supply Well Superfund site, Milford, New Hampshire: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5137, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205137.

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Depth of groundwater used for drinking-water supplies in the United States

Groundwater supplies 35 percent of drinking water in the United States. Mapping the quantity and quality of groundwater at the depths used for potable supplies requires an understanding of locational variation in the characteristics of drinking-water wells (depth and open interval). Typical depths of domestic- and public-drinking-water supply...

Degnan, James R.; Kauffman, Leon J.; Erickson, Melinda L.; Belitz, Kenneth; Stackelberg, Paul E.
Degnan, J.R., Kauffman, L.J., Erickson, M.L., Belitz, K., and Stackelberg, P.E., 2021, Depth of groundwater used for drinking-water supplies in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5069, 69 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215069.