Maryland, Delaware, DC Water Science Center

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Ten Mile Creek
Date Published: September 19, 2017

Ten Mile Creek is a small, predominantly agricultural and forested watershed located to the west of Clarksburg, Maryland, in an area that has experienced land-use change and urban development over the past decade. Additional development extending into the Ten Mile Creek watershed is planned over the next several years.

This planned development in the Ten Mile Creek watershed presents an...

Plastic Waste
Date Published: September 11, 2017

Microplastics in the environment are of increasing concern among resource managers and ecologists. With global production of plastic topping 300 million metric tons in 2015, research in fresh and marine waters throughout the world has implicated urban runoff, wastewater treatment effluent, and litter breakdown as major sources of microbeads and synthetic pieces and fibers that are slow to...

GPS record point for SET at Acadia National Park, ME
Date Published: September 11, 2017

The Surface Elevation Table (SET) is a portable mechanical leveling device for measuring the relative elevation change of wetland sediments. This website presents information on the purpose, design, and use of the SET. The website is specifically designed to be a forum for researchers in wetland science who use or might use the device and to offer more information about the proper use of the...

Manhattan, New York City
Date Published: March 2, 2017

The ULCT serves as a resource to assist the Region and its Science Centers for developing regional science programs that provide technical support on impacts of urban development on water resources and ecosystems. Specific objectives include:

• Build expertise to help communities understand their natural resources and effects of urbanization
• Develop expertise in the effects of...

Point of Rocks, Potomac River, MD
Date Published: March 2, 2017

The USGS Northeast Region (NER) began a process of integrating its scientific expertise and technical staff around issues of societal concern. These Regional Capability Teams (CTs) are intended to encourage interdisciplinary scientist-to- scientist collaboration and communication across the NER’s 11 Science Centers and promote the use of best methods on specific science focus areas to produce...

Flooded Pier at Assawoman Bay, MD
Date Published: March 1, 2017

The USGS Northeast Region has been an active and competent force in flood-science through (1) maintenance of our streamgaging network to provide timely and accurate data to the National Weather Service, other federal (USACE and FEMA) and state agencies (Emergency Management Agencies), and the public in times of flood emergencies; (2) documentation of major floods; (3) involvement in the USGS...

Gunpowder River
Date Published: September 28, 2016

Urban streams frequently undergo severe incision and erosion due to flashy streamflows caused by impervious surfaces in the watershed. The study was designed to investigate the hydrodynamics and geomorphology of a selected reach of Minebank Run before and after stream restoration, in order to determine the effect that stream restoration had on sediment processes in the stream.

Storm on Nanticoke River, MD
Date Published: September 28, 2016

Many U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Centers have responsibilities for coastal regions within their mission areas. The integrated Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrologic (SWaTH) Network has been developed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to support model development and verification for coastal regions, detection of hydrologic trends, and early warning of hydrologic hazards in the northeast from...

Satellite view of Hurricane Sandy
Date Published: September 15, 2016

The landfall of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee have significantly increased concern over coastal erosion, inundation, and wave damage in the Northeastern coast. Recently, through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-2), Congress appropriated $829 million ($786.7 after sequestration) for the Department of the Interior (DOI, the Department) and its bureaus...

Groundwater Observation Well on Assateague Island
Date Published: July 14, 2016

Assateague Island has been identified as being at risk from the effects of global climate change. Accelerated sea level rise, storms, rising temperatures, and changes in patterns of precipitation are all expected to drive significant change in the quality and quantity of groundwater resources, threatening sensitive ecological habitat. USGS plans to establish a groundwater well monitoring...

Stream Gage in Maryland
Date Published: July 13, 2016

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