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New Jersey is an area of wide industrial diversification and is known as the Crossroads of the East. Products from over 20,000 manufacturers can be delivered overnight to 100 million people. The greatest single industry is chemicals, with New Jersey being one of the foremost research centers in the world. Productive farmland covers about 790,000 acres and about 16.7% of New Jersey's land area.

New Jersey Water Science Center

New Jersey Water Science Center

3450 Princeton Pike
Suite 110
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Phone: (609) 771-3900
Fax: (609) 771-3915

New Jersey Water

News

Photograph of a sonobuoy launch
September 20, 2018

Data acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on the U.S. Atlantic Margin in August 2018 reveal new information about the distribution of gas hydrates in the sector stretching from the upper continental slope to deep water areas offshore New Jersey to North Carolina.

USGS
August 31, 2018

USGS SPCMSC personnel Jennifer Miselis (Research Geologist), Julie Bernier (Geologist), Nancy DeWitt (Geologist), Andy Farmer (CNT), Jake Fredericks (Hydrographic Technician), Kyle Kelso (Marine Operations Manager), BJ Reynolds (Engineering Technician), Chelsea Stalk (CNT), and Hunter Wilcox (CNT) will travel to southern New Jersey to conduct a nearshore geophysical survey.

Two osprey nestlings in the Delaware Estuary
July 10, 2018

Lower levels of environmental contaminants—including pesticides, flame retardants and other pollutants—were recently found in osprey eggs in the Delaware Estuary compared to those tested from the 1970s through the early 2000s. 

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Application to explore US Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: April 19, 2019
Status: Active

United States Assessments of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources

USGS Energy Resources Program provides periodic assessments of the oil and natural gas endowment of the United States and the World (click here for information about World Oil and Gas Assessments).  This website provides access to new, prioritized, assessment results and supporting data for the United States, as part...

Green frogs
Date Published: February 22, 2019
Status: Active

Point and Non-Point Sources of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and the Potential Effects on Fish and Frogs in the New Jersey Pinelands

Point and Non-Point Sources of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and the Potential Effects on Fish and Frogs in the New Jersey Pinelands

Contacts: Vicki Blazer
Photograph of road cut showing fractured sedimentary rocks
Date Published: December 21, 2018
Status: Active

Groundwater Response to Earthquakes

Did you know? Earthquakes can affect groundwater levels?

We often see a response to large (and sometimes not so large) earthquakes in groundwater levels in wells. The USGS maintains a network of wells for monitoring various things like natural variability in water levels and response to pumping and climate change across the U.S.

USGS Scientists fish sampling in the McDonald's Branch in Byrne State Forrest
Date Published: December 21, 2018
Status: Active

National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program Studies in New Jersey

The USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Project (NAWQA) is now part of the USGS National Water-Quality Program (NWQP). NAWQA provides nationally consistent data and...

Eastern Basins of US Oil and Gas Assessments
Date Published: December 19, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted several assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in formations in the Blue Ridge Thrust Belt (5068), Piedmont Province (5069), Atlantic Coastal Plain Province (5070), and the New England Province (5072).  These basins are generally east of the Appalachian Basin...

Rainbow created by the falling water at Great Falls New Jersey
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

USGS Data Delivery Tools

USGS WaterAlert allows users to set notification thresholds for any USGS real-time data collection station, including stream, tidal, and groundwater gages, water-quality, and weather stations and sends emails or text messages to subscribers whenever the threshold conditions are met, as often as every hour.

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Map defining the New Jersey Pinelands
Date Published: December 7, 2018
Status: Completed

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data for New Jersey

Spatial/GIS data sets for New Jersey are available numerous spatial data clearinghouses. Spatial/GIS data sets for USGS studies that include New Jersey or include parts of New Jersey are also available from USGS.

Map of sites used to observe the monthly conditions in New Jersey
Date Published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

New Jersey Precipitation and Weather Short-Term Network

The New Jersey Water Science Center provides valuable short-term (120 day) data augmentation to many locations for: Precipitation, Water and Air Temperature, and even Wind speed and direction at some of our coastal sites. Our field technicians continuously make field measurements and maintain these networks to ensure the accuracy of these data.

Contacts: Heidi L Hoppe
Scientist at research table set up in the river
Date Published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

The New Jersey Water Quality Networks

The water quality of New Jersey's water bodies is monitored by the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center to characterize waters, identify trends over time, identify emerging problems, determine whether pollution control programs are working, help direct pollution control efforts to where they are most needed, and respond to emergencies such as floods and spills.

illustration of supply wells  and population on Long Island
Date Published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Map Visualization of Groundwater Withdrawals- Dan Goode

The intern will work with USGS researchers to test new applications of the WellFootprint method with USGS groundwater-use data, and to explore additional applications to similar datasets.

Map showing USGS Groundwater monitoring sites located in the Maravista neighborhood, Falmouth, Massachusetts
Date Published: November 27, 2018
Status: Active

Water Withdrawal Footprint Visualizations- Daniel Goode

Decision makers, water use stakeholders, and the public at large need intuitive visualizations of the status and trends in water use in order to make wise management decisions. How can we best turn newly available details on water use in the US into geospatial information that can be easily understood, without biasing that information. Help us create maps that make our water use data come...

Map of the four major basins in New Jersey
Date Published: November 7, 2018
Status: Archived

Archived and Completed Projects of the New Jersey Water Science Center

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center conducts research and investigations related to topics such as groundwater and surface-water quality related to anthropogenic and agricultural activities, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, tracking the movement of groundwater contamination, groundwater resource assessments and modeling, ecological assessments and response to urbanization, and...

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Web Application
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National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper

NWIS Mapper screenshot
March 5, 2019

The NWIS mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where current and historical surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/coastal-and-marine-geoscience-data-system

Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System

Lidar data of the Gulf Islands, Florida
March 1, 2019

Site provides access to Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) data via Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards services; serving data to GeoMapApp and Virtual Ocean 2-D and 3-D earth browsing tools, for data integration, visualization and analysis; and metadata catalogs for data discovery.

Water
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USGS Surface-Water Data for New Jersey

Hydrograph of Stoney Brook at Princeton gage
December 31, 2018

Nationally, USGS surface-water data includes more than 850,000 station years of time-series data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall. The data are collected by automatic recorders and manual field measurements at installations across the Nation.

Real-time Data
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USGS Groundwater Data for New Jersey

Hydrograph of Morrell 1 index well.
December 31, 2018

The Ground-Water database contains ground-water site inventory, ground-water level data, and water-quality data. Additional ground-water information for New Jersey is available at the New Jersey Water Science Center web page. This page includes geologic maps, a description of the aquifers in New Jersey, and references to selected ground-water reports.

Real-time Data
/data-tools/usgs-water-quality-data-new-jersey

USGS Water-Quality Data for New Jersey

Hydrograph of Dissolved Oxygen
December 31, 2018

At selected surface-water and ground-water sites, the USGS maintains instruments that continuously record physical and chemical characteristics of the water including pH, specific conductance, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and percent dissolved-oxygen saturation. At sites where this information is transmitted automatically, data are available from the real-time data system.

Water
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New Jersey Groundwater Watch

Outline of the State of New Jersey with USGS Streamflow sites noted
December 7, 2018

Interactive map of New Jersey Groundwater Network divided by Counties.

Web Application
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USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

Interactive map and chart highlighting USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present
August 28, 2018

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results for Continuous Assessments only from 2000-2018.

Floods
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USGS SWaTH Network

Installing a wave sensor at a SWaTH site
June 20, 2018

SWaTH is a system of flood-hardened, real-time telemetered tide gages, rapid deployment gages, and storm tide sensors deployed in integrated network configurations along the Northeastern Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to Maine.

Water
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Water Watch - National

Outline of the State of New Jersey with USGS Streamflow sites noted
June 19, 2018

WaterWatch is a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) World Wide Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. 

Other
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Surface-Water Quality Summary

Water Quality Parameters shown in Box Graph format
April 10, 2018

The purpose of this report is to summarize selected ambient surface-water-quality data collected cooperatively by the USGS and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Data on the physical characteristics and (or) water-quality constituents in samples collected at surface-water and bed-sediment stations are presented in figures and tables.

APIs
/data-tools/coastal-and-marine-geology-program-internet-map-server-and-gis-data

Coastal and Marine Geology Program Internet Map Server and GIS Data

Map of Submerged Lands
April 4, 2018

The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) Internet Map Server is an interactive mapping service which allows the user to explore and download GIS data sets published by CMGP.

Science Datasets
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Conceptual salt marsh units for wetland synthesis: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey

Browse graphic of Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge study area
April 4, 2018

The salt marsh complex of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (EBFNWR), which spans over Great Bay, Little Egg Harbor, and Barnegat Bay (New Jersey, USA), was delineated to smaller, conceptual marsh units by geoprocessing of surface elevation data. Flow accumulation based on the relative elevation of each location is used to determine the ridge lines that separate each marsh unit.

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Application to explore US Oil and Gas Assessments
March 19, 2019

This map shows the provinces assessed by the USGS for undiscovered oil and gas resources. 

Image of the National Water Information System Mapper for New Jersey
April 3, 2018

Ambient SWQ Monitiring Network 2018-19 Probabilistic Sites

Image of the National Water Information System Mapper for New Jersey
April 3, 2018

Ambient SWQ Monitoring Network 2015 HUC14 Sites

Image of the National Water Information System Mapper for New Jersey
April 3, 2018

Ambient SWQ Monitoring Network 2016-17 Probabilistic Sites

Image of the National Water Information System Mapper for New Jersey
April 3, 2018

Ambient Surface Water Quality Monitoring Network Fixed Sites

Screen capture of the Flood Inundation Mapper
August 10, 2017

The USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Program (FIM) partners with local communities and other government agencies to develop and validate flood inundation map libraries. Click the title above to visit the USGS FIM website and learn more about available tools. Completed projects are collected on the USGS National Flood Inundation Mapper, brought to you by the USGS Wisconsin Internet Mapping Group (WiM)

Image of the National Water Information System Mapper for New Jersey
July 6, 2017

National Water Information System Web Mapper (NWISWeb Mapper) Provides access to water-resources data collected throughout the state of New Jersey as presented in the form of an interactive map.

Map depicting the basins covered by the Aquifer Mapper
July 6, 2017

The series of surficial aquifer studies were completed to evaluate the unconfined aquifer system of the NJ Coastal Plain for use as a potential source of water. As the demand for water in the State increases and the restrictions continue on the use of water from certain confined aquifers, withdrawals on the unconfined aquifer system are expected to increase.

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.

Map of Submerged Lands
March 15, 2016

Links to publications that contain maps of the sea floor or lake beds and the digital data used to create them.

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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Year Published: 2018

Bioremediation in fractured rock: 1. Modeling to inform design, monitoring, and expectations

Field characterization of a trichloroethene (TCE) source area in fractured mudstones produced a detailed understanding of the geology, contaminant distribution in fractures and the rock matrix, and hydraulic and transport properties. Groundwater flow and chemical transport modeling that synthesized the field characterization information proved...

Tiedeman, Claire; Shapiro, Allen M.; Hsieh, Paul A.; Imbrigiotta, Thomas; Goode, Daniel J.; Lacombe, Pierre; DeFlaun, Mary F.; Drew, Scott R.; Johnson, Carole D.; Williams, John H.; Curtis, Gary P.
Tiedeman, C.R., A.M. Shapiro, P.A. Hsieh, T.E. Imbrigiotta, D.J. Goode, P.J. Lacombe, M.F. DeFlaun, S.R. Drew, C.D. Johnson, J.H. Williams, G.P. Curtis, 2017, Bioremediation in Fractured Rock: 1. Modeling to Inform Design, Monitoring, and Expectations, Groundwater. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gwat.12585

Year Published: 2018

Bioremediation in fractured rock: 2. Mobilization of chloroethene compounds from the rock matrix

A mass balance is formulated to evaluate the mobilization of chlorinated ethene compounds (CE) from the rock matrix of a fractured mudstone aquifer under pre- and postbioremediation conditions. The analysis relies on a sparse number of monitoring locations and is constrained by a detailed description of the groundwater flow regime. Groundwater...

Shapiro, Allen M.; Tiedeman, Claire; Imbrigiotta, Thomas; Goode, Daniel J.; Hsieh, Paul A.; Lacombe, Pierre; DeFlaun, Mary F.; Drew, Scott R.; Curtis, Gary P.
Shapiro, A. M., Tiedeman, C. R., Imbrigiotta, T. E., Goode, D. J., Hsieh, P. A., Lacombe, P. J., DeFlaun, M. F., Drew, S. R. and Curtis, G. P. 2017. Bioremediation in fractured rock: 2. Mobilization of chloroethene compounds from the rock matrix. Groundwater 56(2): 317-336. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12586.

Year Published: 2018

Quality of water from crystalline rock aquifers in New England, New Jersey, and New York, 1995-2007

Crystalline bedrock aquifers in New England and parts of New Jersey and New York (NECR aquifers) are a major source of drinking water. Because the quality of water in these aquifers is highly variable, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) statistically analyzed chemical data on samples of untreated groundwater collected from 117 domestic bedrock...

Flanagan, Sarah M.; Ayotte, Joseph D.; Robinson, Gilpin R.
Flanagan, S.M., Ayotte, J.D., Robinson, G.R., Jr., 2018, Quality of water from crystalline rock aquifers in New England, New Jersey, and New York, 1995–2007 (ver.1.1, April 2018): U.S. Geological Survey 2011–5220, 104 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20115220.

Year Published: 2018

Ground-water levels and potentiometric surfaces, Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey, 2000

Water levels were measured in wells at the decommissioned Naval Air Warfare Center in West Trenton, N.J., during 2000. Water-level hydro­graphs prepared from data collected at seven obser­vation wells on the base show changes caused by seasonal and daily climate conditions and by the pumping of contaminated water from recovery wells. Stressed and...

Lacombe, Pierre J.
Lacombe, P.J., 2018, Ground-water levels and potentiometric surfaces, Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey, 2000 (ver.1.1, August 2018): U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 2001–4197, 38 p., https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/wri014197.

Year Published: 2016

Documentation and hydrologic analysis of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, October 29–30, 2012

In 2012, a late season tropical depression developed into a tropical storm and later a hurricane. The hurricane, named “Hurricane Sandy,” gained strength to a Category 3 storm on October 25, 2012, and underwent several transitions on its approach to the mid-Atlantic region of the eastern coast of the United States. By October 28, 2012, Hurricane...

Suro, Thomas P.; Deetz, Anna; Hearn, Paul
Suro, T.P., Deetz, Anna, and Hearn, Paul, 2016, Documentation and hydrologic analysis of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, October 29–30, 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5085, 73 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165085.

Year Published: 2016

Simulated effects of groundwater withdrawals from aquifers in Ocean County and vicinity, New Jersey

Rapid population growth since the 1930s in Ocean County and vicinity, New Jersey, has placed increasing demands upon the area’s freshwater resources. To examine effects of groundwater withdrawals, a three-dimensional groundwater-flow model was developed to simulate the groundwater-flow systems of five area aquifers: the unconfined Kirkwood-...

Cauller, Stephen J.; Voronin, Lois M.; Chepiga, Mary M.
Cauller, S.J., Voronin, L.M., and Chepiga, M.M., 2016, Simulated effects of groundwater withdrawals from aquifers in Ocean County and vicinity, New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5035, 77 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165035.

Year Published: 2016

An assessment of mercury in estuarine sediment and tissue in Southern New Jersey using public domain data

Mercury (Hg) is considered a contaminant of global concern for coastal environments due to its toxicity, widespread occurrence in sediment, and bioaccumulation in tissue. Coastal New Jersey, USA, is characterized by shallow bays and wetlands that provide critical habitat for wildlife but share space with expanding urban landscapes. This study was...

Ng, Kara; Szabo, Zoltan; Reilly, Pamela A.; Barringer, Julia; Smalling, Kelly L.

Year Published: 2016

Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

Year Published: 2016

Imaging pathways in fractured rock using three-dimensional electrical resistivity tomography

Major challenges exist in delineating bedrock fracture zones because these cause abrupt changes in geological and hydrogeological properties over small distances. Borehole observations cannot sufficiently capture heterogeneity in these systems. Geophysical techniques offer the potential to image properties and processes in between boreholes. We...

Robinson, Judith; Slater, Lee; Johnson, Timothy B.; Shapiro, Allen M.; Tiedeman, Claire; Ntlargiannis, Dimitrios; Johnson, Carole D.; Day-Lewis, Frederick D.; Lacombe, Pierre; Imbrigiotta, Thomas; Lane, John W.
Robinson, J., Slater, L., Johnson, T., Shapiro, A., Tiedeman, C., Ntarlagiannis, D., Johnson, C., Day-Lewis, F., Lacombe, P., Imbrigiotta, T. and Lane, J. (2015), Imaging Pathways in Fractured Rock Using Three-Dimensional Electrical Resistivity Tomography. Groundwater. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12356

Year Published: 2015

Water-level conditions in the confined aquifers of the New Jersey Coastal Plain, 2008

Groundwater-level altitudes in 10 confined aquifers of the New Jersey Coastal Plain were measured and evaluated to provide an overview of regional groundwater conditions during fall 2008. Water levels were measured in more than 900 wells in New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and northern Delaware and potentiometric surface maps prepared for the...

Depaul, Vincent T.; Rosman, Robert

Year Published: 2014

High-resolution delineation of chlorinated volatile organic compounds in a dipping, fractured mudstone: depth- and strata-dependent spatial variability from rock-core sampling

Synthesis of rock-core sampling and chlorinated volatile organic compound (CVOC) analysis at five coreholes, with hydraulic and water-quality monitoring and a detailed hydrogeologic framework, was used to characterize the fine-scale distribution of CVOCs in dipping, fractured mudstones of the Lockatong Formation of Triassic age, of the Newark...

Goode, Daniel J.; Imbrigiotta, Thomas E.; Lacombe, Pierre J.
Goode, D.J., Imbrigiotta, T.E., and Lacombe, P.J., 2014, High-resolution delineation of chlorinated volatile organic compounds in a dipping, fractured mudstone--Depth- and strata-dependent spatial variability from rock-core sampling: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, v. 171, p. 1-11, doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2014.10.005.

Year Published: 2014

Transmissivity and storage coefficient estimates from slug tests, Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey

Slug tests were conducted on 56 observation wells open to bedrock at the former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) in West Trenton, New Jersey. Aquifer transmissivity (T) and storage coefficient (S) values for most wells were estimated from slug-test data using the Cooper-Bredehoeft-Papadopulos method. Test data from three wells exhibited fast,...

Fiore, Alex R.
Transmissivity and storage coefficient estimates from slug tests, Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey; 2014; OFR; 2014-1020; Fiore, Alex R.

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Two USGS scientists collecting samples from the river bed
December 20, 2018

NAWQA Sampling

USGS Scientists collecting Biological samples in stream bed

Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

Map defining the New Jersey Pinelands
November 6, 2018

Pinelands Study Areas

Map depicting the bounderies of the New Jersey Pinelands Management Areas

Image shows USGS scientists in PFDs collecting a seismic airgun while at sea
September 6, 2018

Retrieving Seismic Airguns

USGS personnel on the deck of the R/V Hugh R. Sharp during retrieval of seismic airguns.  The streamer that receives the seismic signals generated by the airguns is towed behind the ship and is here shown

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June 7, 2018

Beach Haven, NJ Flyover!

USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center personnel aboard Stockton University's R/V Petrel under survey offshore of Beach Haven, NJ in June 2018. The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program is working to characterize the sea floor and shallow substrate in nearshore waters, using high-resolution geophysical techniques, sediment sampling, and sea-floor photography

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May 31, 2018

Jersey Shore Field Work

Deployment of an Edgetech 512i subbottom profiler from the deck of Stockton University's R/V Petrel near Little Egg Inlet, NJ. The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program is working to characterize the sea floor and shallow substrate in nearshore waters, using high-resolution geophysical techniques, sediment sampling, and sea-floor photography and videography.
 

Demonstrating a Passive Seismic Tool in Kenya
February 28, 2018

Equipment preperations

USGS scientist demonstrates the use of Tromino, a passive seismic tool used for stratigraphy and bedrock mapping to local water officials. 

Map of marsh shoreline change rates for Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
December 31, 2017

Map of Marsh shoreline change rates

Map of Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, N.J., marsh shoreline change rates.

USGS scientists studying groundwater
December 15, 2017

Tracer Addition

USGS and University at Buffalo scientists injecting tracers to study diffusion.

Stony Brook at Princeton Gage House
November 28, 2017

StonyBrook gage

Stony Brook at Princeton (01401000) Gage House as seen from across the Creek.

September 30, 2017

USGS Hurricane Preparedness

Before a hurricane, USGS Scientists undertake a data collection effort of a grand scale. They install a temporary mobile network of sensors along the coasts to collect additional data on the intensity of storm surge, one of the most dangerous elements of a hurricane. This effort provides critical information that allows various USGS partners and emergency responders to

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Photograph of a sonobuoy launch
September 20, 2018

Data acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on the U.S. Atlantic Margin in August 2018 reveal new information about the distribution of gas hydrates in the sector stretching from the upper continental slope to deep water areas offshore New Jersey to North Carolina.

USGS
August 31, 2018

USGS SPCMSC personnel Jennifer Miselis (Research Geologist), Julie Bernier (Geologist), Nancy DeWitt (Geologist), Andy Farmer (CNT), Jake Fredericks (Hydrographic Technician), Kyle Kelso (Marine Operations Manager), BJ Reynolds (Engineering Technician), Chelsea Stalk (CNT), and Hunter Wilcox (CNT) will travel to southern New Jersey to conduct a nearshore geophysical survey.

Two osprey nestlings in the Delaware Estuary
July 10, 2018

Lower levels of environmental contaminants—including pesticides, flame retardants and other pollutants—were recently found in osprey eggs in the Delaware Estuary compared to those tested from the 1970s through the early 2000s. 

Nor'easter
March 1, 2018

USGS field crews are deploying storm-tide and wave sensors today from Maine to Delaware to track and study a Nor’easter forecasted to begin tomorrow.

Alongshore-varying forecasts of barrier island response to sea-level rise
December 12, 2017

A new article combines geomorphological and pre- and post-Hurricane Sandy observations from coastal New Jersey with a morphodynamic model to forecast the response of barrier islands to various rates of sea-level rise and explores the impact of human alterations on forecasted behavior.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

Wintry trees and grasses line New Jersey's Mantua Creek.
February 27, 2017

A USGS analysis of New Jersey water quality trends found levels of total nitrogen and total phosphorus, which fuel algae blooms, declined or stayed the same at most stream sites between the 1970s and 2011. At all sites studied, chlorides from road salt increased over that time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

USGS: Science for a changing world
September 6, 2016

Threats to groundwater availability and sustainability in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain are dependent to a large degree by the type of aquifers used for water supply, according to a new regional assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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