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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.

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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.

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Path through the Pines leading to a gage house
July 24, 2017

The New Jersey Water Science Center has many programs studying the various aspects of the Pinelands.

Infrared photo of Landslide in the Atlantic Highlands
June 15, 2017

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center (NJWSC) and the USGS Landslide Hazards Program (LHP) are currently monitoring hillslopes within the Atlantic Highlands area of NJ to better understand the hydrologic and meteorological conditions associated with shallow landslide initiation.

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Map of the model area used for the RASA model
May 4, 2017

Hydrogeology and Groundwater Flow, Fractured Mesozoic Structural-Basin Rocks, Stony Brook, Beden Brook, and Jacobs Creek Drainage Basins, West Central New Jersey

by Jean C. Lewis-Brown & Eric Jacobsen

map depicting the area of study for the Fair Lawn Model
May 4, 2017

Hydrogeologic Framework, Groundwater Quality, and Simulation of Groundwater Flow at the Fair Lawn Well Field Superfund Site, Bergen County, New Jersey

by Jean C. Lewis-Brown, Donald E. Rice, Robert Rosman, & Nicholas P. Smith

Map of Naval Air Warfare Center model
May 4, 2017

Hydraulic and Solute-Transport Properties and Simulated Advective Transport of Contaminated Groundwater in a Fractured-Rock Aquifer at the Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey

by Jean C. Lewis-Brown and Donald E. Rice

Map of the Piccatinny model area
May 4, 2017

Hydrogeology and Simulation of Groundwater Flow, Picatinny Arsenal and Vicinity, Morris County, New Jersey

Map of the Model area for the Lamington Model
May 4, 2017

Hydrogeology of, and Groundwater Flow in, a Valley-Fill and Carbonate-Rock Aquifer System Near Long Valley in the New Jersey Highlands

by Robert S. Nicholson, Steven D. McAuley, Julia L. Barringer, and Alison D. Gordon

Map of the study area for the Rockaway model
May 4, 2017

Hydrogeology of, and Simulated Groundwater Flow, in the Valley-Fill Aquifers of the Upper Rockaway River Basin, Morris, New Jersey

Map of the South Ocean model area
May 4, 2017

Simulated Effects of Groundwater withdrawals from Aquifers in Ocean County and Vicinity, New Jersey ...

Illustration of Groundwater mounding
May 4, 2017

Simulation of Groundwater Mounding beneath Hypothetical Stormwater Infiltration Basins

Model of the Salem and Gloucester area
May 4, 2017

Simulated effects of allocated and projected 2025 withdrawals from the Potomac-Raritan-Magothy aquifer system, Gloucester and Northeastern Salem Counties, New Jersey ...

Map of the Great Egg and Mullica model
May 4, 2017

Simulated Effects of Alternative Withdrawal Strategies on Groundwater Flow in the Unconfined Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer System, the Rio Grande Water-Bearing Zone, and the Atlantic City 800-Foot Sand in the Great Egg Harbor and Mullica River Basins, New Jersey

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Photo of historic water data reports for New Jersey
July 6, 2017

Annual Water Data Reports

Annual Water Data Reports were published annually for many decades as static archival products that supplemented direct access to current and historical water data provided by the National Water Information System (NWIS). This site helps users access historical Water Data Reports, electronic Site Data Sheets, or current on-demand, print-ready Water-Year Summaries.

Graph indicating the change in content of Spruce Run Reservoir
July 6, 2017

Lake & Reservoir Data

Real-time, daily, and statistics of current and historical data that describe reservoir and lake levels. Reservoir data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Hydrograph of Dissolved Oxygen
March 20, 2017

Water-quality data for New Jersey

Chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, sediment, and tissue samples from New Jersey. Water-quality data are collected as either discrete field measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders that continuously record physical and chemical characteristics including pH, specific conductance, temperature, and dissolved oxygen.

Hydrograph of Morrell 1 index well.
March 20, 2017

Groundwater data for New Jersey

Data from wells, springs, test holes, tunnels, drains, and excavations in New Jersey; well location data includes information such as latitude and longitude, well depth, and aquifer. Groundwater level data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Hydrograph of Stoney Brook at Princeton gage
February 16, 2017

Surface-water Data for New Jersey

Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in New Jersey. Surface-water data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Structure datasets for the nation from The National Map
April 20, 2016

Structures Data

USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations.

Boundaries datasets for the nation from The National Map.
April 19, 2016

Boundaries Data

Boundaries data or governmental units represent major civil areas including states, counties, Federal, and Native American lands, and incorporated places such as cities and towns.

Illustration related to the the river corridor
April 19, 2016

Hydrography Data

The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD) are used to portray surface water on The National Map.

3D Lidar Point Cloud Image of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge
April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and Fall.

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.

Fish on seafloor, Offshore Northern California
April 18, 2016

Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photography Portal

This portal contains U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) video and photography of the seafloor off of coastal California and Massachusetts, and aerial imagery of the coastline along segments of the Gulf of Mexico and mid-Atlantic coasts. These data were collected as part of several USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program Seafloor Mapping projects and Hurricane and Extreme Storm research.

Orthoimagery of Augusta Ga
April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

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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.

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: 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.

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Wintry trees and grasses line New Jersey's Mantua Creek.
2017 (approx.)
Wintry, leafless trees and tawny grasses provide a natural buffer along the undeveloped banks of New Jersey's Mantua Creek.
As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
2016 (approx.)
As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
Technician installing a wave sensor at a SWaTH site
February 3, 2016
Patrick Bowen installing a wave sensor to a utility pole at SWaTH transect site number NJOCE08009
Hydrologic Technician installing an auxiliary sensor
January 22, 2016
Patrick Bowen installing an auxiliary wave sensor at USGS station 01409335, Little Egg Inlet near Tuckerton, NJ.
Installing a wave sensor at a SWaTH site
January 21, 2016
Brian Painter of NJWSC installing wave sensor on the beach at SWaTH site number NJCAP04830
Scientist collects samples from a temporary wooden platform in a New Jersey salt marsh
2015 (approx.)
Caption: USGS scientist Zafer Defne measures water and sediment movement at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey. Defne is co-author with USGS' Neil Ganju of a 2017 study on how to estimate coastal salt marshes' potential longevity, based on their sediment budgets and the ratio of open water to vegetation. Photo: Sandra Brosnahan, USGS
USGS Technician wading a river with a water quality probe
2015 (approx.)
USGS Technician Kaitlin Zoida, using an EXO2 water quality probe to sample the Cedar Creek
Barnegat Light from a boat across the Bay
June 20, 2014
View of Barnegat Light from the side of a USGS boat looking past the GPS on a recording mast.
Sun setting over the bay looking out from a pier.
February 6, 2014
Looking down a pier out into the bay at the sunset.
separating sediment for sampling
August 13, 2013
Scientist screening and seprating sediment sample for storage during a Post-Sandy sampling trip.
USGS Technician gathering sediment samples after Super storm Sandy
August 13, 2013
USGS Technician filtering sediment samples on a boat in the bay in New Jersey
Scientist gathering sediment samples from the Ponar
July 26, 2013
Scientist retrieving sedimant from a ponar during Post-Sandy sampling
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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.

Image: Methane Seeps along Offshore Virginia
June 16, 2016

Recent scientific work has confirmed the source, composition and origin of methane seeps on the Atlantic Ocean seafloor, discovered in 2012, where scientists never expected them to be.

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.

 

Map of the 48 contiguous states showing Microcystin concentrations
May 31, 2016

First-of-its-kind survey shows that algal toxins are found nationwide

New Jersey boat docking at a tidal sensor in the bay
May 11, 2016

USGS activated its Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network in preparation for the major coastal storm that affected the eastern seaboard.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
March 14, 2016

Much of the coast from Maine to Virginia is more likely to change than to simply drown in response to rising seas during the next 70 years or so, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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December 1, 2015

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