New Jersey Water Science Center

Surface Water and Groundwater Monitoring

Filter Total Items: 27
Date published: April 14, 2021
Status: Active

Self-Supplied Domestic Well Metering

The primary source of self-supplied domestic water use is from private wells which are often unmonitored.  As a result, estimates of the quantities of water withdrawn are based off of relatively small amounts of data.  To gain a better understanding of this type of water use, a project was initiated in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to meter private...

Contacts: Jennifer Shourds, Volunteer Inquiries - Liam Kenefic
Date published: August 25, 2020
Status: Active

New Jersey Water Science Center Webcams

Static webcams have been installed at a number of real-time stream-gaging locations in New Jersey to allow you to view the current river-stage conditions. These webcams provide valuable information to the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and area residents to evaluate real-time conditions in river environments during storms.

Contacts: Heidi L Hoppe
Date published: April 27, 2020
Status: Active

Microbial Source Tracking in the Lower Passaic River Basin Study Area, New Jersey

The USGS NJWSC is collaborating with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) on an Urban Waters Federal Partnership project in the Lower Passaic River basin to investigate the occurrence and potential sources of E. coli fecal indicator bacteria. 

Contacts: Pamela Reilly
Date published: June 21, 2019
Status: Active

Investigations and Technical Assistance to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, in Assessing the Distribution and Transport of Perfluorinated Compounds in Groundwater and Surface Water

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center is providing technical hydrologic assistance to the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL) in New Jersey, regarding contamination issues associated with perfluorinated compounds, such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and other perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in...

Contacts: Alex R Fiore
Date published: May 13, 2019
Status: Active

Water Levels in the Ten Major Confined Aquifers of the New Jersey Coastal Plain

The Coastal Plain aquifers of New Jersey provide an important source of water for more than 3.5 million people. The USGS, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, has been measuring water levels in the confined aquifers of the New Jersey Coastal Plain every five years beginning in 1978.  Persistent, regionally extensive cones of depression are present in Ocean...

Date published: March 13, 2019
Status: Active

Streamflow Characteristics and Trends in New Jersey, Water Years 1897 - 2017

Water resource managers regularly utilize streamflow statistics from the USGS for planning and regulation across the state. The impacts of climate, water use, and land use changes can alter streamflow over time. Periodically updated streamflow statistics are essential for the effective management of water resources in New Jersey.

Contacts: Amy McHugh
Date published: December 21, 2018
Status: Active

National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program Studies in New Jersey

The USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Project (NAWQA) is now part of the USGS National Water-Quality Program (NWQP). NAWQA provides nationally consistent data and...

Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

USGS Data Delivery Tools

USGS WaterAlert allows users to set notification thresholds for any USGS real-time data collection station, including stream, tidal, and groundwater gages, water-quality, and weather stations and sends emails or text messages to subscribers whenever the threshold conditions are met, as often as every hour.


Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

New Jersey Precipitation and Weather Short-Term Network

The New Jersey Water Science Center provides valuable short-term (120 day) data augmentation to many locations for: Precipitation, Water and Air Temperature, and even Wind speed and direction at some of our coastal sites. Our field technicians continuously make field measurements and maintain these networks to ensure the accuracy of these data.

Contacts: Heidi L Hoppe
Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

The New Jersey Water Quality Networks

The water quality of New Jersey's water bodies is monitored by the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center to characterize waters, identify trends over time, identify emerging problems, determine whether pollution control programs are working, help direct pollution control efforts to where they are most needed, and respond to emergencies such as floods and spills.

Date published: November 5, 2018
Status: Active

Index -Velocity and Hydroacoustics

Many streams do not have a direct streamflow-to-gage height (water-surface elevation referenced to a datum) relation. These sites include streams influenced by control structures, general backwater effects, and tidal effects. Historically, computation of streamflow at these sites has been difficult. Deploying stationary acoustic doppler instruments allows the USGS to “index” the mean channel...

Date published: November 5, 2018
Status: Active

Hydroacoustics and Technological advancements in Streamgaging

In the mid-1990s, a new technology emerged in the field of streamflow monitoring; the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). It was originally developed for oceanographic work, but was adapted for inland streamflow measurements. This instrument has been transforming the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgaging program ever since.