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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Year Published: 2017

The history of mercury pollution near the Spolana chlor-alkali plant (Neratovice, Czech Republic) as recorded by Scots pine tree rings and other bioindicators

We assessed > 100 years of mercury (Hg) pollution recorded in the tree rings of Scots Pine near a Czech chlor-alkali plant operating since 1941. Hg concentrations in tree rings increased with the launching of plant operations and decreased when Hg emissions decreased in 1975 due to an upgrade in production technology. Similar to...

Navrátil, Tomáš; Šimeček, Martin; Shanley, James B.; Rohovec, Jan; Hojdová, Maria; Houška, Jakub
Navrátil T., Šimeček M., Shanley J.B., Rohovec J., Hojdová M., Houška J. The history of mercury pollution near the Spolana chlor-alkali plant (Neratovice, Czech Republic) as recorded by Scots pine tree rings and other bioindicators Sci Total Environ. 2017 May 15;586:1182-1192.

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Tropical river suspended sediment and solute dynamics in storms during an extreme drought

Droughts, which can strongly affect both hydrologic and biogeochemical systems, are projected to become more prevalent in the tropics in the future. We assessed the effects of an extreme drought during 2015 on stream water composition in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico. We demonstrated that drought base flow in the months leading up to the...

Clark, Kathryn E.; Shanley, James B.; Scholl, Martha A.; Perdrial, Nicolas; Perdrial, Julia N.; Plante, Alain F.; McDowell, William H.
Clark, K. E., J. B. Shanley, M. A. Scholl, N. Perdrial, J. N. Perdrial, A. F. Plante, and W. H. McDowell, 2017. Tropical river suspended sediment and solute dynamics in storms during an extreme drought, Water Resour. Res., 53, 3695–3712, doi:10.1002/2016WR019737.

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Brackish groundwater in the United States

For some parts of the Nation, large-scale development of groundwater has caused decreases in the amount of groundwater that is present in aquifer storage and that discharges to surface-water bodies. Water supply in some areas, particularly in arid and semiarid regions, is not adequate to meet demand, and severe drought is affecting large parts of...

Stanton, Jennifer S.; Anning, David W.; Brown, Craig J.; Moore, Richard B.; McGuire, Virginia L.; Qi, Sharon L.; Harris, Alta C.; Dennehy, Kevin F.; McMahon, Peter B.; Degnan, James R.; Böhlke, John Karl
Stanton, J.S., Anning, D.W., Brown, C.J., Moore, R.B., McGuire, V.L., Qi, S.L., Harris, A.C., Dennehy, K.F., McMahon, P.B., Degnan, J.R., and Böhlke, J.K., 2017, Brackish groundwater in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1833, 185 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1833.

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Trends in snowmelt-related streamflow timing in the conterminous United States

Changes in snowmelt-related streamflow timing have implications for water availability and use as well as ecologically relevant shifts in streamflow. Historical trends in snowmelt-related streamflow timing (winter-spring center volume date, WSCVD) were computed for minimally disturbed river basins in the conterminous United States. WSCVD was...

Dudley, Robert W.; Hodgkins, Glenn A.; McHale, Michael; Kolian, Michael J.; Renard, Benjamin
Dudley, R.W., Hodgkins, G.A., McHale, M.R., Kolian, M.J., and Renard, B., 2017, Trends in snowmelt-related streamflow timing in the conterminous United States: Journal of Hydrology, v. 547, p. 208-221. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.01.051

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In-well time-of-travel approach to evaluate optimal purge duration during low-flow sampling of monitoring wells

A common assumption with groundwater sampling is that low (<0.5 L/min) pumping rates during well purging and sampling captures primarily lateral flow from the formation through the well-screened interval at a depth coincident with the pump intake. However, if the intake is adjacent to a low hydraulic conductivity part of the screened...

Harte, Philip T.
Harte P.T. In-well time-of-travel approach to evaluate optimal purge duration during low-flow sampling of monitoring wells 2017. Environmental Earth Sciences. 76 : 6: 1-13

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Analysis of trends of water quality and streamflow in the Blackstone, Branch, Pawtuxet, and Pawcatuck Rivers, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1979 to 2015

Trends in long-term water-quality and streamflow data from six water-quality-monitoring stations within three major river basins in Massachusetts and Rhode Island that flow into Narragansett Bay and Little Narragansett Bay were evaluated for water years 1979–2015. In this study, conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Rhode...

Savoie, Jennifer G.; Mullaney, John R.; Bent, Gardner C.
Savoie, J.G., Mullaney, J.R., and Bent, G.C., 2017, Analysis of trends of water quality and streamflow in the Blackstone, Branch, Pawtuxet, and Pawcatuck Rivers, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1979 to 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5178, 43 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165178.

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Modeled ecohydrological responses to climate change at seven small watersheds in the northeastern United States

A cross-site analysis was conducted on seven diverse, forested watersheds in the northeastern United States to evaluate hydrological responses (evapotranspiration, soil moisture, seasonal and annual streamflow, and water stress) to projections of future climate. We used output from four atmosphere–ocean general circulation models (AOGCMs; CCSM4,...

Pourmokhtarian, Afshin; Driscoll, Charles T.; Campbell, John L.; Hayhoe, Katharine; Stoner, Anne M. K.; Adams, Mary Beth; Burns, Douglas A.; Fernandez, Ivan; Mitchell, Myron J.; Shanley, James B.

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Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of Great Meadow wetland, Acadia National Park, Maine

The U.S. Geological Survey completed hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of Cromwell Brook and the Sieur de Monts tributary in Acadia National Park, Maine, to better understand causes of flooding in complex hydrologic and hydraulic environments, like those in the Great Meadow wetland and Sieur de Monts Spring area. Regional regression equations were...

Lombard, Pamela J.
Lombard, P.J., 2017, Hydrologic and hydraulic analyses of Great Meadow wetland, Acadia National Park, Maine: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5159, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165159.

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Arsenic hazard and associated health risks: New England, USA aquifers: Chapter A1

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Ayotte, Joseph D.
Ayotte J. D. (2017). Arsenic hazard and associated health risks: New England, USA aquifers. In: Best Practice Guide on the Control of Arsenic in Drinking Water, P. Bhattacharya, D. A. Polya and D. Jovanovic (eds), IWA Publishing, Chapter A1, ISBN13: 9781843393856.

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Trends in methyl tert-butyl ether concentrations in private wells in southeast New Hampshire: 2005 to 2015

In southeast New Hampshire, where reformulated gasoline was used from the 1990s to 2007, methyl tert-butyl ether (MtBE) concentrations ≥0.2 μg/L were found in water from 26.7% of 195 domestic wells sampled in 2005. Ten years later in 2015, and eight years after MtBE was banned, 10.3% continue to have MtBE. Most wells (140 of 195) had no MtBE...

Flanagan, Sarah; Levitt, Joseph; Ayotte, Joseph D.
Flanagan, S.M, Levitt, J.P., and Ayotte, J.D., 2017, Trends in methyl tert-butyl ether concentrations in private wells in southeast New Hampshire: 2005 to 2015, Environmental Science & Technology, v 51, p1168−1175.

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Elevated bladder cancer in northern New England: The role of drinking water and arsenic

Background: Bladder cancer mortality rates have been elevated in northern New England for at least five decades. Incidence rates in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are about 20% higher than the United States overall. We explored reasons for this excess, focusing on arsenic in drinking water from private wells, which are particularly prevalent in...

Baris, Dalsu; Wadell, Richard; Freeman, Laura; Schwenn, Molly; Colt, Joanne; Ayotte, Joseph D.; Ward, Mary; Nuckols, John; Schned, Alan; Jackson, Brian; Clerkin, Castine; Rothman, Nathanial; Moore, Lee; Taylor, Anne; Robinson, Gilpin; Hosain, Monawar G.; Armenti, Carla; McCoy, Richard; Samanic, Claudine; Hoover, Robert; Fraumeni, Joseph; Johnson, Alison; Karagas, Margaret; Silverman, Debra
Elevated Bladder Cancer in Northern New England: The Role of Drinking Water and Arsenic Dalsu Baris Richard Waddell Laura E. Beane Freeman Molly Schwenn Joanne S. Colt Joseph D. Ayotte Mary H. Ward John Nuckols Alan Schned Brian Jackson ... Show more J Natl Cancer Inst (2016) 108 (9): djw099.

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Winter-spring streamflow volume and timing data for 75 Hydroclimatic Data Network-2009 basins in the conterminous United States 1920-2014

This dataset contains gage information for 75 Hydroclimatic Data Network-2009 basins in the conterminous United States and associated annual runoff volume, winter-spring runoff volume, and winter-spring runoff timing data 1920-2014, as well as trend results for WSCVD and WSV for periods 1920-2014, 1940-2014, and 1960-2014.

Dudley, Robert W.; Hodgkins, Glenn A.; McHale, Michael; Kolian, Michael J.; Renard, Benjamin
Dudley, R.W., Hodgkins, G.A., McHale, M.R., Kolian, M.J., and Renard, Benjamin, 2016, Winter-spring streamflow volume and timing data for 75 Hydroclimatic Data Network-2009 basins in the conterminous United States 1920-2014: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7R78CBX.