New England Water Science Center

Water Availability and Use

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Date published: October 9, 2019
Status: Active

New England Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey compiles the nation's water use data at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for New England is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water use data analysis is needed to quantify the stress on...

Date published: October 9, 2019
Status: Active

Connecticut Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey compiles estimates of water use in Connecticut and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Connecticut is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water use data ...

Date published: October 9, 2019
Status: Active

Maine Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey compiles estimates of water use in Maine and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Maine is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water use data analysis is...

Date published: October 9, 2019
Status: Active

Massachusetts Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey compiles estimates of water use in Massachusetts and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Massachusetts is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water use...

Date published: October 9, 2019
Status: Active

New Hampshire Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey compiles estimates of water use in New Hampshire and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for New Hampshire is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water use...

Date published: October 9, 2019
Status: Active

Rhode Island Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey compiles estimates of water use in Rhode Island and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Rhode Island is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water use...

Date published: October 9, 2019
Status: Active

Vermont Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey compiles estimates of water use in Vermont and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Vermont is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water use data analysis...

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Active

Recharge Estimates for Maine: 25-year Average, Range, and Uncertainty, 1990-2015

The USGS Soil-Water-Balance model (SWB) is being used to estimate potential recharge across the State of Maine. The average and range (minimum and maximum) of annual recharge were estimated for the 25-year period from 1990 to 2015.

Date published: February 6, 2019
Status: Active

Assessment of Potential Effects of Water-Supply Withdrawals on Groundwater Levels near the Hyannis Ponds Complex, Barnstable, Massachusetts

The USGS, in cooperation with the Town of Barnstable and MassWildlife, is assessing the potential effects of new water-supply withdrawals on groundwater levels in the Hyannis Ponds Wildlife Management Area on Cape Cod. A groundwater-flow model is being used to simulate the effects of several possible withdrawal and wastewater-return flow scenarios developed by the Town of Barnstable and...

Date published: February 6, 2019
Status: Active

Development of a Regional-Scale Model to Simulate Groundwater Flow and Nitrogen Loading in Watersheds Along the Connecticut Coast of Long Island Sound

In 2018 USGS began work on the development of a regional-scale groundwater flow model of areas along the Connecticut coast. The model will be used as a quantitative tool to evaluate groundwater flow and nitrogen loading to Long Island Sound.

Date published: February 4, 2019
Status: Active

Hydrologic Site Assessment for Passive Treatment of Groundwater Nitrogen with Permeable Reactive Barriers, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

In 2019 USGS completed a study designed to develop and evaluate a phased site-assessment approach for determining the hydrologic suitability of sites being considered for permeable reactive barrier installation on Cape Cod. The approach provides a template for town officials and other stakeholders to follow when considering PRBs for passive treatment of nitrogen in groundwater on Cape Cod and...

Date published: January 6, 2019
Status: Completed

USGS publications on the water resources of Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been investigating groundwater and surface-water resources on Cape Cod for more than 50 years. Recent studies have focused on the sources of water to public-supply wells, ponds, streams, and coastal areas; the transport and discharge of nitrogen derived from domestic and municipal disposal of wastewater; and the effects of climate change on groundwater and...