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Tuktu Bluffs of the Alaska North Slope
May 23, 2017

Budget Focuses on Core USGS Science and Efficiency

A map of Pennsylvania indicating radon concentrations of water samples collected during a multi-year groundwater radon study. Ma
May 11, 2017

A new U.S. Geological Survey study has discovered high levels of radon in wells across certain areas of Pennsylvania.

Image shows a research vessel with snow-covered mountains in the background
May 8, 2017

U.S., Norwegian, and German scientists report back on the surprising results of an Arctic Ocean research expedition. 

One of the major strengths of the Northeast Area is the enthusiasm and commitment of our scientists to produce the type of high quality science that the USGS is known for. Working together with our partners across the nation, we have the ability to provide complete, integrated and holistic environmental information that will produce the best results that we can achieve.

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Severn River, Annapolis, Maryland, a tributary to Chesapeake Bay, showing high sediment
May 12, 2017

The 64,000-square mile watershed that drains to the Chesapeake Bay is highly populated and has diverse land use, including forested, agricultural, and urbanized areas. Increased precipitation in the eastern United States over the last 100 years has affected stream flow and thus the loading of pollutants delivered to the bay. Such pollutants as suspended sediment and dissolved phosphorus and...

Shenandoah municipal and industrial discharges
May 1, 2017

A key component to assessing the contaminant exposure pathways in streams and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay is using GIS-based landscape analysis to identify sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) discharges are potentially major sources of EDCs to streams, and therefore understanding the de facto wastewater reuse (represented as...

Over wash fan created by Hurricane Sandy in a protected area of Fire Island National Seashore.
April 27, 2017

The Challenge: The primary dune along barrier island beaches protects leeward vegetation from tidal fluctuation, salt spray and storm surge.  However, storm surges like those experienced during Hurricane Sandy can obliterate the primary dune, transporting sand inland and burying existing vegetation.  The dune rebuilds naturally as recovering vegetation traps wind-blown and...

Neonicotinoid pesticides act as agonists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
March 21, 2017

The Challenge: Neonicotinoid pesticides act as agonists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and are designed to be lethal to insects while theoretically posing little to no threat to vertebrates. The perceived safety of neonicotinoids has led to a sharp increase in their use in the United States and globally, since they were first introduced in 1994. The use of the neonicotinoid...

Halictus ligatus
March 20, 2017

The Challenge: Traditionally, bee identification has relied on taxonomic methods centered on descriptions of morphological differences between species. However, for many species, separate keys are required for identifying adult males and females and immature life stages. These keys are commonly unavailable. The lack of distinguishing morphological characters useful for separating closely...

Dye deposition in yolk over time
March 17, 2017

The Challenge: Endocrine active chemicals (EAC) are known to interfere with hormonally regulated physiological processes, thereby affecting signaling in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal-liver (HPGL) axis and commonly resulting in reproductive dysfunction. Computational models that relate hormonal and genomic biomarkers within the HPGL axis to the reproductive cycle and ecologically relevant...

Subadult Japanese quail
March 16, 2017

The Challenge: Wild birds are exposed throughout their lives to natural and synthetic chemicals that are present in the environment, many of which interfere with the animal’s physiological and developmental systems. Relative concentrations, routes, frequency, and the environment in which chemical exposure occurs will determine to a large extent the bird’s response. Well-...

Genetic diversity is critical to the success of captive breeding programs
March 16, 2017

The Challenge: The Akeke’e (Loxops caeruleirostris) and the Akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi), two species of Hawaiian honeycreeper, are critically endangered bird species endemic to high elevation ohia forests on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.  Both species have suffered severe population declines and range contractions in recent decades.  Akeke’e are currently thought to...

Laughing gull (Larus atricilla)
March 15, 2017

The Challenge: Mercury is a highly toxic element found throughout our environment. Although it occurs naturally in some environments, human industrial pollution has greatly increased the amount of mercury and the range of environments in which mercury is found. Recent studies have confirmed clear differences in the sensitivity of various bird species to methylmercury. Because the causes of...

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
March 14, 2017

The Challenge: The Canada Goose Branta canadensis was historically a highly migratory species.  However, this species has recently established resident populations in urban, suburban, and agricultural areas in many parts of the U.S., including the Chesapeake Bay region.  The enormous success of these populations has led to consideration of this species as a nuisance, largely due...

Female mallard & young
March 14, 2017

The Challenge: The genomic revolution is giving wildlife biologists new tools to assess the role of wildlife in spreading diseases that affect human populations.   Peptide arrays are a high throughput technology that gives unprecedented breadth and depth of information about the immune system.  We are using peptide arrays to assess the immune responses of Chesapeake Bay...

Staging HY ROSTs still need parental care
March 14, 2017

The Challenge: Terns in coastal areas of the Northeastern US likely will be impacted by construction and operation of offshore wind turbines. The “Cape Cod & Islands” (CCMA) area of Massachusetts is a particularly important area for the endangered Northwest Atlantic Roseate Tern (ROST) population as most ROSTs from throughout the breeding range (Nova Scotia to Long Island...

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Hydrologic Conditions Mapper (NYWSC)
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North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)
April 27, 2017

North American Breeding Bird Survey Dataset 1966 - 2016, version 2016.0

The 1966-2016 North American Breeding Bird Survey dataset contains avian point count data for more than 700 North American bird taxa (species, races, and unidentified species groupings).  These data are collected annually during the breeding season, primarily June, along thousands of randomly established roadside survey routes in the United States and Canada.

Mallard
March 28, 2017

Low-pathogenic avian influenza viruses in wild migratory waterfowl in a region of high poultry production, Delmarva, Maryland

This data set is comprised of four files related to the biosurveillance of low pathogenic avian influenza viruses (LPAIV) in migratory waterfowl at 22 locations in the Maryland portion of the Delmarva Peninsula in fall/winter of 2013-2014. 

Snowy Egret BBS Map
February 8, 2017

The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966 - 2015

This website presents population change information for more than 400 species of North American birds, as estimated from the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Estimates of trend (interval-specific estimates of population change), annual indices of abundance, and maps of abundance and population change for these species are presented for a variety of regions.

Wood Frog, Lithobates sylvatica
February 8, 2017

North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) anuran detection data from the eastern and central United States (1994-2015)

The North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) was a collaborative citizen science effort between the US Geological Survey (USGS) and 26 Partners (state agencies, universities, and nonprofits) for monitoring calling amphibian populations over much of the eastern and central United States.

Terrapin nest distrabution on the Chesapeake Bay
July 14, 2016

Diamondback Terrapins in Chesapeake Bay, 2002 Beach Survey

The survey was conducted in summer 2002 to assess the presence of terrapins in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Results are spatial locations of evidence related to nesting.

NWIS Mapper Web Site Graphics
April 28, 2016

NWIS Data Mapper

NWIS Maps all sites with links to all available water data for individual sites. These pages provide access to water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. 

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Richelieu River at Rouses Point NY Webcam Image
April 19, 2016

Richelieu River at Rouses Point NY

USGS 04295000 Richelieu River (Lake Champlain) at Rouses Point NY View of the River. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

Lake Champlain at Port Henry NY Webcam Image
April 19, 2016

Lake Champlain at Port Henry NY Webcam

USGS 04294413 Lake Champlain at Port Henry NY  View of the Lake. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

Mohawk River at Cohoes NY Webcam
April 19, 2016

Mohawk River at Cohoes NY Webcam

USGS 01357500 Mohawk River at Cohoes NY View of the Falls. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

Stream Gage, MD
April 19, 2016

Mohawk River at Cohoes NY Webcam

USGS 01357500 Mohawk River at Cohoes NY View of the Falls. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

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West Virginia Real-time Precipitation Network
May 22, 2017

This interactive map shows current and cumulative rainfall total for precipitation sites in West Virginia.  Map provides real-time precipitation radar image to overlay from National Weather Service.

Virginia Real-Time Precipitation Network
May 18, 2017

This interactive map shows current and cumulative rainfall total for precipitation sites in Virginia.  Map provides real-time precipitation radar image to overlay from National Weather Service. 

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Boston.jpg
April 6, 2016

USGS topographic maps originally published on paper in the period 1884-2006 have been scanned and published as PDF documents. This collection is of topographic quadrangle maps with scales between 1:10,000 and 1:250,000. These historic documents are downloadable free of charge through several interfaces.

National Map Viewer
March 31, 2016

The National Geospatial Program satisfies the needs of customers by providing geospatial products and services that customers incorporate into their decisionmaking and operational activities.

USGS Storm-Tide Mapper and Data Services
March 8, 2016

The USGS Storm Tide Mapper is a tool for viewing, analyzing, and accessing storm tide data collected during and after hurricanes and Nor’easters. The USGS Storm Tide Mapper will continue to provide a unified and consistent source of real-time and archived storm-tide data.

Map shows color-coded seafloor character offshore of Monterey, California
March 7, 2016

This portal is a “go to” source for maps related to ocean and coastal mapping. Information is organized by geography or region, by theme, and by the year data was published.

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Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995, Volume 1. Surface-Water Discharge and Surface-Water Quality Records
Year Published: 1996

Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995, Volume 1. Surface-Water Discharge and Surface-Water Quality Records

White, R.K.; Hayes, D.C.; Eckenwiler, M.R.; Belval, D.L.; Herman, P.E.
Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995, Volume 1. Surface-Water Discharge and Surface-Water Quality Records; 1996; WDR; VA-95-1; White, R. K.; Hayes, D. C.; Eckenwiler, M. R.; Belval, D. L.; Herman, P. E.
Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995; Volume 2. Ground-Water-Level and Ground-Water-Quality Records
Year Published: 1996

Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995; Volume 2. Ground-Water-Level and Ground-Water-Quality Records

Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995; Volume 2. Ground-Water-Level and Ground-Water-Quality Records; 1996; WDR; VA-95-2; Geological Survey (U.S.)
Reconnaissance of Stream Geomorphology, Low Streamflow, and Stream Temperature in the Mountaintop Coal-Mining Region, Southern West Virginia, 1999-2000
Year Published: 2001

Reconnaissance of Stream Geomorphology, Low Streamflow, and Stream Temperature in the Mountaintop Coal-Mining Region, Southern West Virginia, 1999-2000

Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Evaldi, Ronald D.; Eychaner, James H.; Chambers, Douglas B.
Reconnaissance of Stream Geomorphology, Low Streamflow, and Stream Temperature in the Mountaintop Coal-Mining Region, Southern West Virginia, 1999-2000; 2001; WRI; 2001-4092; Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Evaldi, Ronald D.; Eychaner, James H.; Chambers, Douglas B.
The Virginia Coastal Plain Hydrogeologic Framework
Year Published: 2006

The Virginia Coastal Plain Hydrogeologic Framework

McFarland, E. Randolph; Bruce, T. Scott
The Virginia Coastal Plain Hydrogeologic Framework; 2006; PP; 1731; McFarland, E. Randolph; Bruce, T. Scott
Drainage Areas of Selected Streams in Virginia
Year Published: 2006

Drainage Areas of Selected Streams in Virginia

Hayes, Donald C.; Wiegand, Ute
Drainage Areas of Selected Streams in Virginia; 2006; OFR; 2006-1308; Hayes, Donald C.; Wiegand, Ute
A Reconnaissance for Emerging Contaminants in the South Branch Potomac River, Cacapon River, and Williams River Basins, West Virginia, April-October 2004
Year Published: 2006

A Reconnaissance for Emerging Contaminants in the South Branch Potomac River, Cacapon River, and Williams River Basins, West Virginia, April-October 2004

Chambers, Douglas B.; Leiker, Thomas J.
A Reconnaissance for Emerging Contaminants in the South Branch Potomac River, Cacapon River, and Williams River Basins, West Virginia, April-October 2004; 2006; OFR; 2006-1393; Chambers, Douglas B.; Leiker, Thomas J.
Ground-Water Quality in Unmined Areas and Near Reclaimed Surface Coal Mines in the Northern and Central Appalachian Coal Regions, Pennsylvania and West Virginia
Year Published: 2006

Ground-Water Quality in Unmined Areas and Near Reclaimed Surface Coal Mines in the Northern and Central Appalachian Coal Regions, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

McAuley, Steven D.; Kozar, Mark D.
Ground-Water Quality in Unmined Areas and Near Reclaimed Surface Coal Mines in the Northern and Central Appalachian Coal Regions, Pennsylvania and West Virginia; 2006; SIR; 2006-5059; McAuley, Steven D.; Kozar, Mark D.
Hydrogeology, Aquifer Geochemistry, and Ground-Water Quality in Morgan County, West Virginia
Year Published: 2006

Hydrogeology, Aquifer Geochemistry, and Ground-Water Quality in Morgan County, West Virginia

Boughton, Carol J.; McCoy, Kurt J.
Hydrogeology, Aquifer Geochemistry, and Ground-Water Quality in Morgan County, West Virginia; 2006; SIR; 2006-5198; Boughton, Carol J.; McCoy, Kurt J.
Base-flow yields of watersheds in the Berkeley County area, West Virginia
Year Published: 2006

Base-flow yields of watersheds in the Berkeley County area, West Virginia

Evaldi, Ronald D.; Paybins, Katherine S.
Base-flow yields of watersheds in the Berkeley County area, West Virginia; 2006; DS; 216; Evaldi, Ronald D.; Paybins, Katherine S.
Water resources data Virginia water year 2005 Volume 1. Surface-water discharge and surface-water quality records
Year Published: 2006

Water resources data Virginia water year 2005 Volume 1. Surface-water discharge and surface-water quality records

Wicklein, Shaun M.; Powell, Eugene D.; Guyer, Joel R.; Owens, Joseph A.
Water resources data Virginia water year 2005 Volume 1. Surface-water discharge and surface-water quality records; 2006; WDR; VA-05-1; Wicklein, Shaun M.; Powell, Eugene D.; Guyer, Joel R.; Owens, Joseph A.
Physical habitat classification and instream flow modeling to determine habitat availability during low-flow periods, North Fork Shenandoah River, Virginia
Year Published: 2006

Physical habitat classification and instream flow modeling to determine habitat availability during low-flow periods, North Fork Shenandoah River, Virginia

Krstolic, Jennifer L.; Hayes, Donald C.; Ruhl, Peter M.
Physical habitat classification and instream flow modeling to determine habitat availability during low-flow periods, North Fork Shenandoah River, Virginia; 2006; SIR; 2006-5025; Krstolic, Jennifer L.; Hayes, Donald C.; Ruhl, Peter M.
Channel gains and losses in the Opequon Creek watershed of West Virginia, July 25-28, 2005
Year Published: 2006

Channel gains and losses in the Opequon Creek watershed of West Virginia, July 25-28, 2005

Evaldi, Ronald D.; Paybins, Katherine S.
Channel gains and losses in the Opequon Creek watershed of West Virginia, July 25-28, 2005; 2006; DS; 179; Evaldi, Ronald D.; Paybins, Katherine S.
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January 23, 2017

Estimates patch occupancy rates and related parameters.

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July 14, 2016

fatalityCMR - capture-recapture software to correct raw counts of wildlife fatalities using trial experiments for carcass detecition probability and persistence time. Version 3.0

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October 2106 (approx.)
In this video we will outline the process of collecting an open water station in the SonTek RSSL software. Note: Use of trade names is for descriptive purposes only, and does not imply endorsement by the USGS. For additional videos in this series, visit the following link: https://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/ecd/hydrotube/hydrotube-ADCP.html
October 2106 (approx.)
In this video we will outline the pre-measurement tests conducted prior to a measurement in the SonTek RSSL software. Note: Use of trade names is for descriptive purposes only, and does not imply endorsement by the USGS. For additional videos in this series, visit the following link: https://www2.usgs.gov/humancapital/ecd/hydrotube/hydrotube-ADCP.html
March 2017 (approx.)
This is lesson 12, Downloading the Style Template and Topo Map Vector Data Products. This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will provide step-by-step...
March 2017 (approx.)
This is lesson 12 - How to configure the Topo TNM Style Template. This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how...
March 2017 (approx.)
This is lesson 12-Introduction to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data Products. This lesson consists of a series of videos intended to introduce the user to the Topo TNM Style Template and the Topo Map Vector Data products. We will discuss the how and why they are needed and used. We will show you where to download the Template and the various products. Finally, we will...
Mohawk River flowing under railroad bridge at Stockade district
March 30, 2017
Mohawk River Live Ice Jam Web Camera monitoring conditions at the railroad bridge in the Stockade district, Schenectady, NY
January 2017 (approx.)
Lesson 10A - 3DEP Topic Lesson: Digital Elevation Models, Hydro-Flattening, Hydro-Enforcement, and Breaklines In this 3DEP Topic lesson, we will provide information on different types of Digital Elevation Models, or DEMs. We will discuss the difference between a Topographic DEM and a Hydrologic DEM, and provide explanations of the related terms “hydro-flattened” and “hydro-enforced”. We will also...
drill rig
January 30, 2017
Exploratory well drilling on Long Island to study the effective management of Long Island’s groundwater resources The drilling will better define the aquifer system, track saltwater encroachment, and inform a new groundwater-flow model for the Island. Knowledge of the effects of land use and water use on groundwater resources is critical for understanding the sustainability of Long Island’s sole...
January 27, 2017
The National Minerals Information Center, the primary agency for collecting and analyzing nonfuel minerals information, releases the 2017 Mineral Commodity Summaries, a collection of reports on over 85 commodities essential to the U.S. economy and national security.
USGS Leetown Science Center building surrounded by snow.
January 6, 2017
Morning snowfall at the Leetown Science Center's Administration building.
Image shows a sample of Apophyllite and Prehnite on a black background
2016 (approx.)
These two minerals are apophyllite and prehnite. Both apophyllite, the clear crystals, and prehnite, the green mineral, are primarily prized as collectors minerals. Sample provided by Carlin Green, USGS. Sample originated from Virginia Crushed Stone Quarry, Virginia, and is 4.6cm in size.
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A map of Pennsylvania indicating radon concentrations of water samples collected during a multi-year groundwater radon study. Ma
May 11, 2017

A new U.S. Geological Survey study has discovered high levels of radon in wells across certain areas of Pennsylvania.

Image shows a research vessel with snow-covered mountains in the background
May 8, 2017

U.S., Norwegian, and German scientists report back on the surprising results of an Arctic Ocean research expedition. 

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May 3, 2017

A report published today by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, reveals that water from some private wells across the state has registered high levels of Arsenic and Uranium.

Image: Monarch Male Close-Up
April 27, 2017

As many as 1.8 billion additional stems of milkweed plants may be needed in North America to return imperiled monarch butterflies to a sustainable population size, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study.

Image shows a map of U.S. states colored based on the value of their mineral industry
April 14, 2017

In 2016, these five states led the pack in mineral production, accounting for about one third of the total mineral production value for the entire country.

Image shows a map of countries that are color-coded by the amount of mineral commodities they supply to the U.S.
April 12, 2017

The USGS National Minerals Information Center tracks how much the United States relies on other countries for minerals critical to the economy and national security.

A Manatee swimming in Florida waters.
April 11, 2017

Florida’s iconic manatee population is highly likely to endure for the next 100 years, so long as wildlife managers continue to protect the marine mammals and their habitat, a new study by the US Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has found.