New England Water Science Center

Publications

The USGS Pubs Warehouse provides access to over 130,000 publications. This list of New England Water Science Center publications includes both official USGS publications and journal articles authored by our scientists. 

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Loads and yields of deicing compounds and total phosphorus in the Cambridge drinking-water source area, Massachusetts, water years 2009–15

The source water area for the drinking-water supply of the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, encompasses major transportation corridors, as well as large areas of light industrial, commercial, and residential land use. Because of the large amount of roadway in the drinking-water source area, the Cambridge water supply is affected by the usage of...

Smith, Kirk P.
Smith, K.P., 2017, Loads and yields of deicing compounds and total phosphorus in the Cambridge drinking-water source area, Massachusetts, water years 2009–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5047, 52 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175047.

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Climate-driven variability in the occurrence of major floods across North America and Europe

Concern over the potential impact of anthropogenic climate change on flooding has led to a proliferation of studies examining past flood trends. Many studies have analysed annual-maximum flow trends but few have quantified changes in major (25–100 year return period) floods, i.e. those that have the greatest societal impacts. Existing major-...

Hodgkins, Glenn A.; Whitfield, Paul H.; Burn, Donald H.; Hannaford, Jamie; Renard, Benjamin; Stahl, Kerstin; Fleig, Anne K.; Madsen, Henrik; Mediero, Luis; Korhonen, Johanna; Murphy, Conor; Wilson, Donna
Hodgkins, G.A., Whitfield, P.H., Burn, D.H., Hannaford, J., Renard, B., Stahl, K., Fleig, A.K., Madsen, H., Mediero, L., Korhonen, J. and Murphy, C., 2017, Climate-driven variability in the occurrence of major floods across North America and Europe: Journal of Hydrology, v. 552, p. 704-717.

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Estimating total maximum daily loads with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Rhode Island DOT are assessing and addressing roadway contributions to total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). Example analyses for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, suspended sediment, and total zinc in highway runoff were done by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with FHWA to...

Granato, Gregory; Jones, Susan Cheung
Granato, G.E., and Jones, S.C., 2017, Estimating Total Maximum Daily Loads with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model: Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2638, p. 104-112.

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Nutrient and pesticide contamination bias estimated from field blanks collected at surface-water sites in U.S. Geological Survey Water-Quality Networks, 2002–12

Potential contamination bias was estimated for 8 nutrient analytes and 40 pesticides in stream water collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at 147 stream sites from across the United States, and representing a variety of hydrologic conditions and site types, for water years 2002–12. This study updates previous U.S. Geological Survey evaluations...

Medalie, Laura; Martin, Jeffrey D.
Medalie, Laura, and Martin, J.D., 2017, Nutrient and pesticide contamination bias estimated from field blanks collected at surface-water sites in U.S. Geological Survey water-quality networks, 2002–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5129, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165129.

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Estimating risks for water-quality exceedances of total-copper from highway and urban runoff under predevelopment and current conditions with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

The stochastic empirical loading and dilution model (SELDM) was used to demonstrate methods for estimating risks for water-quality exceedances of event-mean concentrations (EMCs) of total-copper. Monte Carlo methods were used to simulate stormflow, total-hardness, suspended-sediment, and total-copper EMCs as stochastic variables. These simulations...

Dunn, Christopher N.; Van Weele, Brian; Granato, Gregory E.; Jones, Susan C.
Granato, G.E., and Jones, S.C., 2017, Estimating risks for water-quality exceedances of total-copper from highway and urban runoff under predevelopment and current conditions with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM): in Proceedings of the 2017 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, Sacramento, CA, May 21-25, 2017, Reston, VA, American Society of Civil Engineers, 15 p.

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Deposition of mercury in forests across a montane elevation gradient: Elevational and seasonal patterns in methylmercury inputs and production

Global mercury contamination largely results from direct primary atmospheric and secondary legacy emissions, which can be deposited to ecosystems, converted to methylmercury, and bioaccumulated along food chains. We examined organic horizon soil samples collected across an elevational gradient on Whiteface Mountain in the Adirondack region of New...

Gerson, Jacqueline R.; Driscoll, Charles T.; Demers, Jason D.; Sauer, Amy K.; Blackwell, Bradley D.; Montesdeoca, Mario R.; Shanley, James B.; Ross, Donald S.

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High-frequency dissolved organic carbon and nitrate measurements reveal differences in storm hysteresis and loading in relation to land cover and seasonality

High-frequency dissolved organic carbon and nitrate measurements reveal differences in storm hysteresis and loading in relation to land cover and seasonality

Vaughan, Matthew C.H.; Bowden, William B.; Shanley, James B.; Vermilyea, Andrew W.; Sleeper, Ryan; Gold, Arthur J.; Pradhanang, Soni M.; Inamdar, Shreeram P.; Levia, Delphis F.; Andres, A. Scott; Birgand, François; Schroth, Andrew W.
Vaughan, M. C. H., et al. (2017), High-frequency dissolved organic carbon and nitrate measurements reveal differences in storm hysteresis and loading in relation to land cover and seasonality, Water Resour. Res., 53, 5345–5363, doi:10.1002/2017WR020491.

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Microbial-sized, carboxylate-modified microspheres as surrogate tracers in a variety of subsurface environments: An overview

Since 1986, fluorescent carboxylate-modified polystyrene/latex microspheres (FCM) have been co-injected into aquifers along with conservative tracers and viruses, bacteria, and (or) protozoa. Use of FCM has resulted in new information about subsurface transport behaviors of microorganisms in fractured crystalline rock, karst limestone, soils, and...

Harvey, Ronald W.; Metge, David W.; LeBlanc, Denis R.
Harvey, R. W., Metge, D. W., Le Blanc, D., 2017, Microbial-sized, Carboxylate-modified Microspheres as Surrogate Tracers in a Variety of Subsurface Environments: An Overview: Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 17, 372–375, 10.1016/j.proeps.2016.12.094

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Selected water-resources activities of the U.S. Geological Survey in New England in 2017

The New England Water Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is headquartered in Pembroke, New Hampshire, with offices in East Hartford, Connecticut; Augusta, Maine; Northborough, Massachusetts; and Montpelier, Vermont. The areas of expertise covered by the water science center’s staff of 130 include aquatic biology, chemistry,...

Weiskel, Peter K.
Weiskel, P.K., 2017, Selected water-resources activities of the U.S. Geological Survey in New England in 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3049, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173049.

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Aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate

Extreme climate events (ECEs) such as tropical storms and hurricanes, thunderstorms, heat waves, droughts, ice storms, and snow storms have increased and are projected to further increase in intensity and frequency across the world. These events are expected to have significant consequences for aquatic ecosystems with the potential for large...

Inamdar, Shreeram; Shanley, James B.; McDowell, William H.
Inamdar, S., Shanley, J.B., and McDowell, W.H., 2017. Aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 98, doi:10.1029/2017EO076549.

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Magnitude of flood flows for selected annual exceedance probabilities for streams in Massachusetts

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, determined the magnitude of flood flows at selected annual exceedance prob­abilities (AEPs) at streamgages in Massachusetts and from these data developed equations for estimating flood flows at ungaged locations in the State. Flood magnitudes were...

Zarriello, Phillip J.
Zarriello, P.J., 2017, Magnitude of flood flows at selected annual exceedance probabilities for streams in Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5156, 54 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165156.

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Arsenic and uranium in private wells in Connecticut, 2013-15

The occurrence of arsenic and uranium in groundwater at concentrations that exceed drinking-water standards is a concern because of the potential adverse effects on human health. Some early studies of arsenic occurrence in groundwater considered anthropogenic causes, but more recent studies have focused on sources of naturally occurring arsenic to...

Flanagan, Sarah M.; Brown, Craig J.
Flanagan, S.M., and Brown, C.J., 2017, Arsenic and uranium in private wells in Connecticut, 2013–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1046; 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171046.