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We conduct impartial, multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring on a large range of natural-resource issues that impact the quality of life of citizens and wildlife throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont and Virginia.

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Image shows an undersea gas hydrate formation with shellfish on it.
February 9, 2017

A recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rochester sheds light on the interactions of gas hydrates and climate.

Scientist collects samples from a temporary wooden platform in a New Jersey salt marsh
January 24, 2017

If coastal salt marshes are like savings accounts, with sediment as the principal, all eight Atlantic and Pacific coast salt marshes studied are "in the red," researchers found.

Western bumblebee (Bombus occidentalis)
January 23, 2017

Patuxent Scientist Sam Droege interviewed for "Inside Science" about how commercially managed bumblebees and honey bees may be contributing to wild pollinator decline. 

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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Subadult Japanese quail
February 15, 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-...

Halictus ligatus
February 15, 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...

Neonicotinoid pesticides act as agonists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors
February 13, 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...

Dye deposition in yolk over time
February 10, 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...

Mallard (Anarhynchos platus)
February 2, 2017

The Challange: In December of 2014, a novel strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) caused an outbreak in poultry on the West coast of the United States. From there, the virus progressed steadily eastward, causing $3.3 billion in economic losses in addition to 50 million chickens or turkeys dying or being depopulated. While the primary mode of spread appears...

Male Ruddy duck
February 2, 2017

The Challenge: The susceptibility and pathogenesis of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) has not been characterized in numerous duck species, especially diving ducks (genera Melanitta, Aythya, and Oxyura), some of which migrate across the continental US. The few studies available (on Tufted duck, Aythya fuligula) suggest that they may shed high amounts of virus, but it is unclear...

Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project
February 2, 2017

The Challange: For several decades, the US Army Corps of Engineers, along with numerous state and federal partners, have been creating and restoring islands with dredged materials from navigation channels in the Bay. Natural resources management goals have guided restoration plans for these islands since the mid 1990’s. The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center...

Research Team Banding chicks on Poplar Island
February 2, 2017

The Challange: Concern has been raised over productivity of two important tern species that have colonized Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project (PIERP): the Maryland state-listed Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) and Common Tern (Sterna hirundo). Over the 14 year monitoring period at PIERP (beginning 2002), hatching and fledging success of these species has been variable, believed to...

A hardened shoreline (rip-rap revetment)
February 2, 2017

The Challenge: Climate change and sea level rise are expected to affect many miles of shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere along the Atlantic Coast in the coming years. In this scenario, federal and state agencies need to make more detailed assessments of how different watersheds and shoreline types might influence an array of ecosystem functions and components. Recently, most states...

American black duck
February 2, 2017

The Challange: Disease risk modeling can be an important tool for identifying areas of high transmission risk within and between animal populations, allowing for strategic allocation of limited resources for disease surveillance and prevention. Acquiring a spatial understanding of the distributions of high risk populations is a critical first step in developing...

Mallard
February 2, 2017

The Challange: Changes in aquatic ecosystems related to climate change phenomena or other anthropogenically based environmental stressors have significant impact on the dynamics of the host-pathogen-environment relationship, often with surprising results. Therefore, biosurveillance of the aquatic environment for pathogens of significance to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife...

Tracking migratory movements with satellite telemetry.
February 2, 2017

The Challenge: Following outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Eurasia, many researchers have attempted to determine how this virus spreads across the landscape. Unfortunately, prior to this work, most studies on HPAI movements were based on virology data alone, and no information on host ecology. Beginning in 2007, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) and...

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Hydrologic Conditions Mapper (NYWSC)
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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.

Virginia Data Resources water quality data cover image
September 26, 2016

Water Quality Data

Realtime Virginia Water Quality Data

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.

Orient Harbor at Orient NY Data Graph
April 19, 2016

Orient Harbor at Orient NY

USGS 01304200 Orient Harbor at Orient NY --Water elevation, astronomical-tide elevation, and residual water level. Graph updated every 15 minutes.

Great Sacandaga Lake at Conklingville NY Data Graph
April 19, 2016

Great Sacandaga Lake at Conklingville NY

USGS 01323500 Great Sacandaga Lake at Conklingville NY Great Sacandaga Lake Surface Elevations year-to-date

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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 science for a changing world logo
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
January 1, 1994

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
January 1, 1994

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
December 1, 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
April 7, 2007

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
March 17, 2007

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
January 4, 2007

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
November 16, 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
October 30, 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
October 7, 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
September 11, 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
July 10, 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
June 6, 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 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
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
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...
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.
November 2016 (approx.)
Lesson 14a- Bulk Download of US Topo Maps. In this lesson you will learn how to use the internal USGS network for bulk download of US Topo Maps. Access the USGS “I-SPI” site. Set up a query by county, state bounding box, or cell IDs. Download multiple US Topo maps to your local drive
Weighing soils into crucibles for the determination of percent dry and loss-on-ignition
November 30, 2016
Don Bonville, Physical Scientist Technician, weighs soils into crucibles for the determination of percent dry and loss-on-ignition. These soil samples are part of the Hydrologic Benchmark Network Program.
October 2016 (approx.)
In this video we will outline the process of editing vertical information using 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 2016 (approx.)
In this video we will outline the process of entering manual station information 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 2016 (approx.)
In this video, we will briefly review how to enable the RiverSurveyor Stationary Live software for field operation, enabling it for use. 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 2016 (approx.)
In this video we will outline the process of accounting for under ice flow angles 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 2016 (approx.)
In this video, we will outline the process of setting up an under ice measurement in the TRDI SxS Pro 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
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Image shows an undersea gas hydrate formation with shellfish on it.
February 9, 2017

A recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rochester sheds light on the interactions of gas hydrates and climate.

Scientist collects samples from a temporary wooden platform in a New Jersey salt marsh
January 24, 2017

If coastal salt marshes are like savings accounts, with sediment as the principal, all eight Atlantic and Pacific coast salt marshes studied are "in the red," researchers found.

Western bumblebee (Bombus occidentalis)
January 23, 2017

Patuxent Scientist Sam Droege interviewed for "Inside Science" about how commercially managed bumblebees and honey bees may be contributing to wild pollinator decline. 

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
January 19, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the combined Valley and Ridge and Piedmont and Blue Ridge aquifers in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Aerial view of the caldera of Mt Tambora, island of Sumbawa, Indonesia.
January 18, 2017

Hundreds of articles have been written about the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, at Indonesia’s Mt. Tambora just over 200 years ago. But for a small group of New England-based researchers, one more Tambora story needed to be told, one related to its catastrophic effects in the Gulf of Maine that may carry lessons for intertwined human-natural systems facing climate change today.

Map of Chesapeake Bay and Its Tributaries Showing Sediment Sources and Core Sites 1995-2006
January 17, 2017

Richard Batiuk got to know the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1970s. During visits with his friends and family, they would swim and boat, and fish would practically jump aboard. He was young but knew he wanted to live and work on the bay.

The Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Cape Lookout National Seashore
November 18, 2016

The Interior Department’s Climate Science Centers, managed by USGS, are helping the National Park Service pinpoint the specific impacts of climate change on parks and their cultural and natural resources. Doing so will help managers answer a critical question: which resources will require human intervention to ensure their continued existence?

House partly collapsed after flooding in Mantoloking, NJ.
November 17, 2016

USGS researchers ground-truthed Hurricane Sandy's October 2012 storm tides in New Jersey and found northern coastal communities had significantly higher storm tides than southern ones did, though flood damage was widespread in both areas. The findings suggest that some southern New Jersey communities may be underestimating their future flood risks.

Baltimore Harbor Water Wheel (aka “Mr. Trash Wheel”)
October 14, 2016

Online sites will provide the first real-time, user-friendly Inner Harbor water information