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Year Published: 2017

Estimation of low-flow statistics at ungaged sites on streams in the Lower Hudson River Basin, New York, from data in geographic information systems

A variety of watershed properties available in 2015 from geographic information systems were tested in regression equations to estimate two commonly used statistical indices of the low flow of streams, namely the lowest flows averaged over 7 consecutive days that have a 1 in 10 and a 1 in 2 chance of not being exceeded in any given year (7-day, 10...

Randall, Allan D.; Freehafer, Douglas A.
Randall, A.D., and Freehafer, D.A., 2017, Estimation of low-flow statistics at ungaged sites on streams in the Lower Hudson River Basin, New York, from data in geographic information systems: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5019, 42 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175019.

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Assessing the status of sediment toxicity and macroinvertebrate communities in the Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern, New York

In 1972, the governments of Canada and the United States committed to restoring the physical, chemical, and biological integrity of the Laurentian Great Lakes under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Through this framework, the downstream-most section of Eighteenmile Creek, a tributary to the south shore of Lake Ontario in New York, was...

George, Scott D.; Duffy, Brian T.; Baldigo, Barry P.
Scott D. George, Brian T. Duffy, and Barry P. Baldigo (2017) Assessing the status of sediment communities in the Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern, New York, Journal of Great Lakes Research, 43:3, 55-63, DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2017.01.004

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Year Published: 2016

Investigating dynamic sources of pharmaceuticals: Demographic and seasonal use are more important than down-the-drain disposal in wastewater effluent in a University City setting

Pharmaceutical pollution in surface waters poses risks to human and ecosystem health. Wastewater treatment facilities are primary sources of pharmaceutical pollutants, but little is known about the factors that affect drugs entering the wastewater stream. This paper investigates the effects of student pharmaceutical use and disposal behaviors and...

Vatovec, Christine; Phillips, Patrick J.; Van Wagoner, Emily; Scott, Tia-Marie; Furlong, Edward T.
Vatovec, C., Phillips, P., Van Wagoner, E., Scott, T-M., and Furlong, E., 2016, Investigating dynamic sources of pharmaceuticals: Demographic and seasonal use are more important than down-the-drain disposal in wastewater effluent in a University City setting, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 572: 906-914.

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Year Published: 2016

Methods of soil resampling to monitor changes in the chemical concentrations of forest soils

Recent soils research has shown that important chemical soil characteristics can change in less than a decade, often the result of broad environmental changes. Repeated sampling to monitor these changes in forest soils is a relatively new practice that is not well documented in the literature and has only recently been broadly embraced by the...

Lawrence, Gregory B.; Fernandez, Ivan J.; Hazlett, Paul W.; Bailey, Scott W.; Ross, Donald S.; Villars, Thomas R.; Quintana, Angelica; Ouimet, Rock; McHale, Michael; Johnson, Chris E.; Briggs, Russell D.; Colter, Robert A.; Siemion, Jason; Bartlett, Olivia L.; Vargas, Olga; Antidormi, Michael; Koppers, Mary Margaret
Lawrence, G.B., Fernandez, I.J., Hazlett, P.W., Bailey, S.W., Ross, D.S., Villars, T.R., Quintana, A., Ouimet, R., McHale, M.R., Johnson, C.E., Briggs, R.D., Colter, R.A., Siemion, J., Bartlett, O.L., Vargas, O., Antidormi, M.R., Koppers, M.M. Methods of Soil Resampling to Monitor Changes in the Chemical Concentrations of Forest Soils. J. Vis. Exp. (), e54815, doi:10.3791/54815 (2016).

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Efficacy of environmental DNA to detect and quantify Brook Trout populations in headwater streams of the Adirondack Mountains, New York

Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis is rapidly evolving as a tool for monitoring the distributions of aquatic species. Detection of species’ populations in streams may be challenging because the persistence time for intact DNA fragments is unknown and because eDNA is diluted and dispersed by dynamic hydrological processes. During 2015, the DNA of...

Baldigo, Barry P.; Sporn, Lee Ann; George, Scott D.; Ball, Jacob
Barry P. Baldigo, Lee Ann Sporn, Scott D. George & Jacob A. Ball (2017) Efficacy of Environmental DNA to Detect and Quantify Brook Trout Populations in Headwater Streams of the Adirondack Mountains, New York, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 146:1, 99-111, DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2016.1243578

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Suspended-sediment and turbidity responses to sediment and turbidity reduction projects in the Beaver Kill, Stony Clove Creek, and Warner Creek, Watersheds, New York, 2010–14

Suspended-sediment concentrations (SSCs) and turbidity were monitored within the Beaver Kill, Stony Clove Creek, and Warner Creek tributaries to the upper Esopus Creek in New York, the main source of water to the Ashokan Reservoir, from October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2014. The purpose of the monitoring was to determine the effects of...

Siemion, Jason; McHale, Michael R.; Davis, Wae Danyelle
Siemion, Jason, McHale, M.R., and Davis, W.D., 2016, Suspended-sediment and turbidity responses to sediment and turbidity reduction projects in the Beaver Kill, Stony Clove Creek, and Warner Creek, Watersheds, New York, 2010–14: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5157, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165157.

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Hydrologic assessment of the shallow groundwater flow system beneath the Shinnecock Nation tribal lands, Suffolk County, New York

Defining the distribution and flow of shallow groundwater beneath the Shinnecock Nation tribal lands in Suffolk County, New York, is a crucial first step in identifying sources of potential contamination to the surficial aquifer and coastal ecosystems. The surficial or water table aquifer beneath the tribal lands is the primary source of potable...

Noll, Michael L.; Rivera, Simonette L.; Busciolano, Ronald J.
Noll, M.L., Rivera, S.L., and Busciolano, Ronald, 2016, Hydrologic assessment of the shallow groundwater flow system beneath the Shinnecock Nation tribal lands, Suffolk County, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5110, 44 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165110.

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Assessing Brook Trout populations in headwater streams of the Adirondack Mountains using environmental DNA -- Summary report

This project evaluated standard fish-survey and environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling methods to determine the ability of eDNA to accurately predict the presence and abundance of resident Brook Trout populations in 40 headwater streams mainly in the western Adirondack Mountains during 2014–2015 (Figure 2). Standard 3-pass electrofishing surveys found...

Baldigo, Barry P.; George, Scott D.; Sporn, Lee Ann; Ball, Jacob

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Year Published: 2016

Response of fish assemblages to declining acidic deposition in Adirondack Mountain lakes, 1984–2012

Adverse effects of acidic deposition on the chemistry and fish communities were evident in Adirondack Mountain lakes during the 1980s and 1990s. Fish assemblages and water chemistry in 43 Adirondack Long-Term Monitoring (ALTM) lakes were sampled by the Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation and the New York State Department of Environmental...

Baldigo, Barry P.; Roy, Karen; Driscoll, Charles T.
Baldigo, B. P., K. M. Roy, and C. T. Driscoll. 2016. Response of fish assemblages to declining acidic deposition in Adirondack Mountain lakes, 1984–2012. Atmospheric Environment 146:223–235, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.06.049

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Response of fish assemblages to decreasing acid deposition in Adirondack Mountain lakes

The CAA and other federal regulations have clearly reduced emissions of NOx and SOx, acidic deposition, and the acidity and toxicity of waters in the ALTM lakes, but these changes have not triggered widespread recovery of brook trout populations or fish communities. The lack of detectable biological recovery appears to result from relatively...

Baldigo, Barry P.; Roy, Karen; Driscoll, Charles T.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), 2016, Response of fish assemblages to decreasing acid deposition in Adirondack Mountain lakes-- Summary Report: NYSERDA Report 17-01. nyserda.ny.gov/publications

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Patterns of diel variation in nitrate concentrations in the Potomac River

The Potomac River is a large source of N to Chesapeake Bay, where reducing nutrient loads is a focus of efforts to improve trophic status. Better understanding of NO3– loss, reflected in part by diel variation in NO3– concentrations, may refine model predictions of N loads to the Bay. We analyzed 2 y of high-frequency NO3– sensor data in the...

Burns, Douglas A.; Miller, Matthew P.; Pellerin, Brian; Capel, Paul D.
Douglas Burns, Matthew Miller, Brian Pellerin, and Paul Capel, 2016, Patterns of diel variation in nitrate concentrations in the Potomac River: Freshwater Science, 35(4):1117-1132. DOI: 10.1086/688777

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Groundwater quality in the Lake Champlain and Susquehanna River basins, New York, 2014

In a study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, groundwater samples were collected from 6 production wells and 7 domestic wells in the Lake Champlain Basin and from 11 production wells and 9 domestic wells in the Susquehanna River Basin in New York. All samples...

Scott, Tia-Marie; Nystrom, Elizabeth A.; Reddy, James E.
Scott, T.-M., Nystrom, E.A., and Reddy, J.E., 2016, Groundwater quality in the Lake Champlain and Susquehanna River basins, New York, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1153, 33 p., appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161153.