Pennsylvania Water Science Center

Water Quality and Ecology

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Date published: November 5, 2020
Status: Active

Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian PFAS Capability Team

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of anthropogenic emerging contaminants. Some PFAS have been voluntarily phased out, as exposure has been linked to adverse human health effects.

Date published: October 14, 2020
Status: Active

Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

USGS provides monitoring, analysis, modeling and research on streams and water quality to better understand the fate and transport of nutrients and sediment to the Susquehanna River and its tributaries and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay. Additional research efforts in the Susquehanna River basin focus on emerging contaminants and other stressors that effect human and aquatic life in the...

Date published: September 14, 2020
Status: Active

Water Quality Monitoring to Inform Conservation Management, Fishing Creek, Clinton County, Pennsylvania

USGS conducted synoptic sampling of major-ion chemistry and the nitrogen and oxygen isotopic composition of nitrate in Fishing Creek during base flow to evaluate the occurrence and distribution of nutrients and to characterize biogeochemical processes.

Contacts: John Clune
Date published: September 14, 2020
Status: Active

Sediment Response of Stream Restoration Practices, Turtle Creek, Union County, Pennsylvania

USGS is providing data and analyses to assess stream restoration effectiveness in Turtle Creek, Union County, Pennsylvania, by measuring differences in sediment erosion and deposition in restored and eroded stream reaches.

Contacts: John Clune
Date published: September 1, 2020
Status: Active

Groundwater Quality of Domestic Supply Wells in Pennsylvania

Most rural residents in Pennsylvania use groundwater from domestic supply wells for drinking, cleaning and other purposes. Some groundwater samples have been analyzed for private purposes, but those results generally are not readily available to the public. Many of the publicly available water-quality samples from rural areas were collected more than 30 years ago. Quality-assured groundwater...

Date published: August 31, 2020
Status: Active

Shale Gas and Water Resources in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Water Science Center and other USGS scientists are studying water availability, use, quality, and ecology associated with development of shale-gas energy resources in Pennsylvania.

Latest Report: Potter County 'Baseline' Groundwater Quality (see Publications)

Date published: May 7, 2020
Status: Active

Pennsylvania Groundwater Quality Monitoring Network

USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, samples 28 wells biannually to monitor ambient groundwater quality conditions throughout Pennsylvania.

Date published: May 1, 2020
Status: Active

Hydrologic and Water Quality Studies of PFAS in Pennsylvania

USGS is working with Federal, state, and local partners to monitor and evaluate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Pennsylvania's groundwater and surface waters.

The first-of-its-kind PFAS reconnaisence, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, detected PFAS in Pennsylvania streams at 135 of 180 sampling locations; a subset of the...

Date published: April 27, 2020
Status: Active

Sediment and Stream Health - Pennsylvania

Sediment in streams, from land surface erosion in watersheds, is an important factor in determining the quality of Pennsylvania's surface waters and of downstream water bodies such as the Delaware Estuary and Chesapeake Bay. The USGS has a long-standing tradition of measuring suspended-sediment concentrations and estimating loads. Recent technological advances allow real-time estimates of...

Date published: April 13, 2020
Status: Active

Surface Water-Quality Monitoring Network (WQN)

Pennsylvania’s Statewide Surface Water-Quality Monitoring Network (WQN) currently consists of 124 sites that are sampled between 6 and 20 times a year. Chemical analysis includes nutrient, major ions, and selected metals. Pesticide sampling is conducted twice a year at 5 locations. Biological sampling for benthic macroinvertebrates is conducted annually at 80 sites.

The WQN was...

Contacts: Andrew G Reif
Date published: April 10, 2020
Status: Active

Regional Synthesis of Groundwater Quality in Domestic Supply Wells in Northeast and North Central Pennsylvania

USGS is synthesizing groundwater quality measurements in wells to characterize regional chemical characteristics of aquifers used for domestic supply in northeast and north central Pennsylvania.

Date published: April 10, 2020
Status: Active

Recoding of AMDTreat Phase 2: Integration of PHREEQ-N-AMDTreat water-quality prediction tools with recoded AMDTreat cost-analysis software

Newly developed PHREEQ-N-AMDTreat water-quality prediction tools indicate potential changes in pH, dissolved metals, and associated solute concentrations resulting from passive and active treatment of coal-mine drainage.