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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Feature: Cooperative Snow Survey in Maine

Feature: Cooperative Snow Survey in Maine

What is a snow survey? Who takes measurements? What do we do with data?

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New England WSC Projects

New England WSC Projects

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Current Water Conditions by State

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Date published: March 4, 2019

USGS contributes to the Fourth National Climate Assessment

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.

Date published: February 14, 2019

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

Date published: November 29, 2018

New England Water Science Center Newsletter - Fall 2018

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.
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Year Published: 2019

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
Flynn, R.H., and Hayes, L., 2019, Flood-inundation maps for Lake Champlain in Vermont and New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5169, 14 p., [Supersedes USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5060.]

Year Published: 2019

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.
Coles, J.F., Riva-Murray, K., Van Metre, P.C., Button, D.T., Bell, A.H., Qi, S.L., Journey, C.A., and Sheibley, R.W., 2019, Design and methods of the U.S. Geological Survey Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA), 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1183, 46 p.,

Year Published: 2019

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.