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

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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Year Published: 2016

Nutrient, organic carbon, and chloride concentrations and loads in selected Long Island Sound tributaries—Four decades of change following the passage of the Federal Clean Water Act

Trends in long-term water-quality and streamflow data from 14 water-quality monitoring sites in Connecticut were evaluated for water years 1974–2013 and 2001–13, coinciding with implementation of the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Connecticut Nitrogen Credit Exchange program, as part of an assessment of nutrient and chloride...

Mullaney, John R.
Mullaney, J.R., 2016, Nutrient, organic carbon, and chloride concentrations and loads in selected Long Island Sound tributaries—Four decades of change following the passage of the Federal Clean Water Act: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5189, 47 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155189.

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Year Published: 2016

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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Year Published: 2016

Concentration, flux, and trend estimates with uncertainty for nutrients, chloride, and total suspended solids in tributaries of Lake Champlain, 1990–2014

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, estimated daily and 9-month concentrations and fluxes of total and dissolved phosphorus, total nitrogen, chloride, and total suspended solids from 1990 (or first available date)...

Medalie, Laura
Medalie, Laura, 2016, Concentration, flux, and trend estimates with uncertainty for nutrients, chloride, and total suspended solids in tributaries of Lake Champlain, 1990–2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1200, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161200.

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Year Published: 2016

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.

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Year Published: 2016

Changes in phosphorus concentrations and loads in the Assabet River, Massachusetts, October 2008 through April 2014

Treated effluent discharged from municipal wastewater-treatment plants to the Assabet River in central Massachusetts includes phosphorus, which leads to increased growth of nuisance aquatic plants that decrease the river’s water quality and aesthetics in impounded reaches during the growing season. To improve the river’s water quality and...

Savoie, Jennifer G.; DeSimone, Leslie A.; Mullaney, John R.; Zimmerman, Marc J.; Waldron, Marcus C.
Savoie, J.G., DeSimone, L.A., Mullaney, J.R., Zimmerman, M.J., and Waldron, M.C., 2016, Changes in phosphorus concentrations and loads in the Assabet River, Massachusetts, October 2008 through April 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5063, 40 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165063.

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Year Published: 2016

Effects of water-supply reservoirs on streamflow in Massachusetts

State and local water-resource managers need modeling tools to help them manage and protect water-supply resources for both human consumption and ecological needs. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, has developed a decision-support tool to estimate the effects of reservoirs on...

Levin, Sara B.
Levin, S.B., 2016, Effects of water-supply reservoirs on streamflow in Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5123, 35 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165123.

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Year Published: 2016

Massachusetts reservoir simulation tool—User’s manual

IntroductionThe U.S. Geological Survey developed the Massachusetts Reservoir Simulation Tool to examine the effects of reservoirs on natural streamflows in Massachusetts by simulating the daily water balance of reservoirs. The simulation tool was developed to assist environmental managers to better manage water withdrawals in reservoirs and to...

Levin, Sara B.
Levin, S.B., 2016, Massachusetts reservoir simulation tool—User’s manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1136, 22 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161136.

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Year Published: 2016

Groundwater level trends and drivers in two northern New England glacial aquifers

We evaluated long-term trends and predictors of groundwater levels by month from two well-studied northern New England forested headwater glacial aquifers: Sleepers River, Vermont, 44 wells, 1992-2013; and Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire, 15 wells, 1979-2004. Based on Kendall Tau tests with Sen slope determination, a surprising number of well-...

Shanley, James B.; Chalmers, Ann T.; Mack, Thomas J.; Smith, Thor E.; Harte, Philip T.
Shanley, James B., Ann T. Chalmers, Thomas J. Mack, Thor E. Smith, and Philip T. Harte, 2016. Groundwater Level Trends and Drivers in Two Northern New England Glacial Aquifers. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-18. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12432.

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Year Published: 2016

Climate change and dissolved organic carbon export to the Gulf of Maine

Ongoing climate change is affecting the concentration, export (flux), and timing of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) exported to the Gulf of Maine (GoM) through changes in hydrologic regime. DOC export was calculated for water years 1950 through 2013 for 20 rivers and for water years 1930 through 2013 for 14 rivers draining to the GoM. DOC export...

Huntington, Thomas G.; Balch, William M.; Aiken, George R.; Sheffield, Justin; Luo, Lifeng; Roesler, Collin S.; Camill, Philip
Huntington, T. G., W. M. Balch, G. R. Aiken, J. Sheffield, L. Luo, C. S. Roesler, and P. Camill (2016), Climate change and dissolved organic carbon export to the Gulf of Maine, Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 121(10), 2700-2716

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Year Published: 2016

Environmental conditions in the Namskaket Marsh Area, Orleans, Massachusetts: A summary of studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1989–2011

Namskaket Marsh and its tidal creek system are potential receptors for a treated wastewater plume originating from a septage treatment facility in the northwest part of Orleans, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. From 1989 to 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with State and local partners, conducted a series of studies in the Namskaket...

Weiskel, Peter K.; Barbaro, Jeffrey R.; DeSimone, Leslie A.
Weiskel, P.K., Barbaro, J.R., and DeSimone, L.A., 2016, Environmental conditions in the Namskaket Marsh area, Orleans, Massachusetts—A summary of studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1989–2011: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5122, 29 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165122.

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Year Published: 2016

Flood-inundation maps for the Green River in Colrain, Leyden, and Greenfield, Massachusetts, from U.S. Geological Survey streamgage 01170100 Green River near Colrain to the confluence with the Deerfield River

The U.S. Geological Survey developed flood elevations in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a 14.3-mile reach of the Green River in Colrain, Leyden, and Greenfield, Massachusetts, to assist landowners and emergency management workers to prepare for and recover from floods. The river reach extends from the U.S. Geological...

Flynn, Robert H.; Bent, Gardner C.; Lombard, Pamela J.
Flynn, R.H., Bent, G.C., and Lombard, P.J., 2016, Flood-inundation maps for the Green River in Colrain, Leyden, and Greenfield, Massachusetts, from U.S. Geological Survey streamgage 01170100 Green River near Colrain to the confluence with the Deerfield River (ver. 1.1, November 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5107, 18 p., appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165107.