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A new look at liming as an approach to accelerate recovery from acidic deposition effects

Acidic deposition caused by fossil fuel combustion has degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in North America for over four decades. The only management option other than emissions reductions for combating the effects of acidic deposition has been the application of lime to neutralize acidity after it has been deposited on the landscape. For...

Lawrence, Gregory B.; Burns, Douglas A.; Riva-Murray, Karen
G.B. Lawrence, D.A. Burns, K.R. Murray, 2016, A new look at liming as an approach to accelerate recovery from acidic deposition effects: Science of the Total Environment, 562 (2016) 35-46

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Historical water-quality data from the Harlem River, New York

Data specific to the Harlem River, New York, have been summarized and are presented in this report. The data illustrate improvements in the quality of water for the past 65 years and emphasize the importance of a continuous water-quality record for establishing trends in environmental conditions. Although there is a paucity of sediment-quality...

Fisher, Shawn C.
Fisher, S.C., 2016, Historical water-quality data from the Harlem River, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5044, 21 p., appendix, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165044.

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The Northeast Stream Quality Assessment

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) is assessing stream quality in the northeastern United States. The goal of the Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA) is to assess the quality of streams in the region by characterizing multiple water-quality factors that are stressors to aquatic life and...

Van Metre, Peter C.; Riva-Murray, Karen; Coles, James F.
Van Metre, P.C., Riva-Murray, Karen, and Coles, J.F., 2016, The Northeast Stream Quality Assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3021, 2 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163021.

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Toxicity of waters from the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern to the plankton species Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Ceriodaphnia dubia

The lower Genesee River and Rochester Embayment of Lake Ontario are a designated Area of Concern (AOC) under the binational Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The “degradation of phytoplankton and zooplankton populations” or plankton Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) was classified as unknown and in need of further assessment in this...

Baldigo, Barry P.; Duffy, Brian T.; Smith, Alexander J.; George, Scott D.

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Application of lime (CaCO3) to promote forest recovery from severe acidification increases potential for earthworm invasion

The application of lime (calcium carbonate) may be a cost-effective strategy to promote forest ecosystem recovery from acid impairment, under contemporary low levels of acidic deposition. However, liming acidified soils may create more suitable habitat for invasive earthworms that cause significant damage to forest floor communities and may...

Homan, Caitlin; Beirer, Colin M; McCay, Timothy S; Lawrence, Gregory B.
Homan, Caitlin, Beier, Colin, McCay, Timothy, Lawrence, Gregory, 2016, Application of lime (CaCO3) to promote forest recovery from severe acidification increases potential for earthworm invasion: Forest Ecology and Management, 368 (2016) 39-44

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Mercury in fish and macroinvertebrates from New York's streams and rivers: A compendium of data sources

The U.S. Geological Survey has compiled a list of existing data sets, from selected sources, containing mercury (Hg) concentration data in fish and macroinvertebrate samples that were collected from flowing waters of New York State from 1970 through 2014. Data sets selected for inclusion in this report were limited to those that contain fish and (...

Riva-Murray, Karen; Burns, Douglas A.
NYSERDA. 2016. “Mercury in Fish and Macroinvertebrates from New York’s Streams and Rivers: A Compendium of Data Sources,” NYSERDA Report 16-07. Prepared by Karen Riva-Murray and Douglas A. Burns of U.S. Geological Survey, New York Water Science Center. nyserda.ny.gov/publications

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Response of periphyton fatty acid composition to supplemental flows in the upper Esopus Creek, Catskill Mountains, New York

Fatty acid analysis of periphyton is an emerging tool for assessing the condition of a stream ecosystem on the basis of its water quality. The study presented in this report was designed to test the hypothesis that periphyton communities have a fatty acid profile that can detect excessive turbidity and suspended sediment. The fatty acid...

George, Scott D.; Ernst, Anne G.; Baldigo, Barry P.; Honeyfield, Dale C.
George, S.D., Ernst, A.G., Baldigo, B.P., and Honeyfield, D.C., 2016, Response of periphyton fatty acid composition to supplemental flows in the upper Esopus Creek, Catskill Mountains, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5161, 22 p., with appendixes, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155161.

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Streamflow

This indicator describes trends in the amount of water carried by streams across the United States, as well as the timing of runoff associated with snowmelt.

McHale, Michael; Dudley, Robert W.; Hodgkins, Glenn A.

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Watershed-scale changes in terrestrial nitrogen cycling during a period of decreased atmospheric nitrate and sulfur deposition

Recent reports suggest that decreases in atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition throughout Europe and North America may have resulted in declining nitrate export in surface waters in recent decades, yet it is unknown if and how terrestrial N cycling was affected. During a period of decreased atmospheric N deposition, we assessed changes in forest N...

Sabo, Robert D.; Scanga, Sara E.; Lawrence, Gregory B.; Nelson, David M.; Eshleman, Keith N.; Zabala, Gabriel A.; Alinea, Alexandria A.; Schirmer, Charles D.
Robert D. Sabo, Sara E. Scanga, Gregory B. Lawrence, David M. Nelson, Keith N. Eshleman, Gabriel A. Zabala, Alexandria A. Alinea, Charles D. Schirmer (2016) Watershed-scale changes in terrestrial nitrogen cycling during a period of decreased atmospheric nitrate and sulfur deposition, Atmospheric Environment, 146 (2016), 271-279, DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.055

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Quantifying watershed-scale groundwater loading and in-stream fate of nitrate using high-frequency water quality data

We describe a new approach that couples hydrograph separation with high-frequency nitrate data to quantify time-variable groundwater and runoff loading of nitrate to streams, and the net in-stream fate of nitrate at the watershed-scale. The approach was applied at three sites spanning gradients in watershed size and land use in the Chesapeake Bay...

Miller, Matthew P.; Tesoriero, Anthony J.; Capel, Paul D.; Pellerin, Brian A.; Hyer, Kenneth E.; Burns, Douglas A.

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Effects of harvesting forest biomass on water and climate regulation services: A synthesis of long-term ecosystem experiments in eastern North America

Demand for woody biomass fuels is increasing amidst concerns about global energy security and climate change, but there may be negative implications of increased harvesting for forest ecosystem functions and their benefits to society (ecosystem services). Using new methods for assessing ecosystem services based on long-term experimental research,...

Caputo, Jesse; Beier, Colin D; Groffman, Peter M; Burns, Douglas A.; Beall, Frederick D; Hazlett, Paul W.; Yorks, Thad E

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Year Published: 2015

Flood-inundation maps for the Schoharie Creek at Prattsville, New York, 2014

Digital flood-inundation maps for a 2.6-mile reach of the Schoharie Creek at Prattsville, New York, were created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The flood-inundation maps, which can be accessed through the USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Science Web site at http://...

Nystrom, Elizabeth A.
Nystrom, E.A., 2016, Flood-inundation maps for the Schoharie Creek at Prattsville, New York, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5190, 12 p., 17 sheets, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155190.