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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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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Date Published: March 14, 2017
Status: Active

Analyzing the Gut Microbiome of Urban Canada Geese

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 to its...

Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs)
Date Published: March 14, 2017
Status: Active

Effects of Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs) on developing birds

The Challenge: Short-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs) are complex technical mixtures of polychlorinated n-alkanes used in lubricants and coolants in metalworking, as flame retardants, and in paints, adhesives, sealants, textiles and polymeric materials, plastics and rubber. SCCPs are of concern because they are globally transported, bioaccumulate in wildlife and humans, and are...

Staging HY ROSTs still need parental care
Date Published: March 14, 2017
Status: Active

Evaluation of Potential Offshore Wind Projects in the Northeastern U.S. on Endangered Roseate Terns: Who is at Risk and When?

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, New York)...

Avian egg injection
Date Published: March 13, 2017
Status: Completed

Assessing Adverse Outcomes Associated with Exposure of Birds to Flame Retardants

The Challenge: The use of flame retardants (FRs) as additives in a variety of consumer use products, including plastics, textiles, and electronics, is projected to continue and increase for the foreseeable future. Because of unanticipated environmental problems, some FRs have either been banned, restricted, or are being phased-out and replaced by other new and presumably safer FRs. Regrettably...

Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project
Date Published: February 2, 2017
Status: Archived

Island Restoration, Sea Level Rise, and Waterbirds in Chesapeake Bay

The Challenge: 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 has been the only USGS science...

Research Team Banding chicks on Poplar Island
Date Published: February 2, 2017
Status: Active

Productivity of Species of Concern – Least Tern and Common Tern on Poplar Island Restoration Site

The Challenge: 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...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drone)
Date Published: February 1, 2017
Status: Active

Using Advanced Technology to Enhance Research at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) - a Public-Private Partnership

This project is focused on exploring the use of new technology to collect data on colonially nesting waterbird species in ways that reduce disturbance, improve data accuracy, or allow for the examination of previously unanswerable questions.

Eisenoides lonnbergi, a native earthworm, found to contain extremely high concentrations of lead
Date Published: January 25, 2017
Status: Completed

A Native Earthworm Accumulates Extraordinarily High Concentrations of Lead

The Challenge: As a rule, plants and animals contain lower concentrations of lead than are present in soils that support them. Lead does not biomagnify along trophic levels in ecosystems but instead remains relatively immobile in soil. The exposure of wildlife to soil lead depends mainly on the incidental ingestion of soil. The native earthworm, Eisenoides lonnbergi, is anomalous in its...

Chesapeake Bay Program Logo
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Status: Active

USGS News Release: Oldest Large Body of Ancient Seawater Identified under Chesapeake Bay

USGS scientists have determined that high-salinity groundwater found more than 1,000 meters (0.6 mi.) deep under the Chesapeake Bay is actually remnant water from the Early Cretaceous North Atlantic Sea and is probably 100-145 million years old. This is the oldest sizeable body of seawater to be identified worldwide.

Twice as salty as modern seawater, the ancient seawater was preserved...

USGS staff working in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Status: Active

USGS contributes to new STAC report on designing sustainable coastal habitats

The purpose of the Designing Sustainable Coastal Habitats workshop and the approach the workshop steering committee used to bring together scientists, habitat restoration partners, and policy makers to address three goals.  The three workshop goals or themes were to:  

1. Assess the current status and trending condition of coastal ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; 

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USGS staff working in Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Date Published: January 24, 2017

USGS contributes to new STAC report on designing sustainable coastal habitats

The purpose of the Designing Sustainable Coastal Habitats workshop and the approach the workshop steering committee used to bring together scientists, habitat restoration partners, and policy makers to address three goals.  The three workshop goals or themes were to:  

1. Assess the current status and trending condition of coastal ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; 

2....

Map of the Chesapeake Bay
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Status: Active

USGS works with academic and CBP partners to summarize science on water-quality

Pollution-reducing practices can improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams, according to new research from the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership. In a report released today, a number of case studies show that “best management practices”—including upgrading wastewater treatment plants, lowering vehicle and power plant emissions and reducing runoff from farmland—...

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Year Published: 2010

Outdoor water use and water conservation opportunities in Virginia Beach, Virginia

How much water do you use to water your lawn, wash your car, or fill your swimming pool? Your answers to these questions have important implications for water supplies in the City of Virginia Beach. To help find the answers, the City cooperated with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Old Dominion University to learn more about seasonal outdoor...

Eggleston, John R.
Outdoor water use and water conservation opportunities in Virginia Beach, Virginia; 2010; FS; 2010-3007; Eggleston, John R.

Year Published: 2010

Preliminary Assessment of the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Availability in the Metamorphic and Siliciclastic Fractured-Rock Aquifer Systems of Warren County, Virginia

Expanding development and the prolonged drought from 1999 to 2002 drew attention to the quantity and sustainability of the groundwater resources in Warren County, Virginia. The groundwater flow systems of the county are complex and are controlled by the extremely folded and faulted geology that underlies the county. A study was conducted between...

Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M.
Preliminary Assessment of the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Availability in the Metamorphic and Siliciclastic Fractured-Rock Aquifer Systems of Warren County, Virginia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5190; Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M., Jr.

Year Published: 2010

Estimation of selected seasonal streamflow statistics representative of 1930-2002 in West Virginia

Regional equations and procedures were developed for estimating seasonal 1-day 10-year, 7-day 10-year, and 30-day 5-year hydrologically based low-flow frequency values for unregulated streams in West Virginia. Regional equations and procedures also were developed for estimating the seasonal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency harmonic-mean flows...

Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Atkins, John T.
Estimation of selected seasonal streamflow statistics representative of 1930-2002 in West Virginia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5185; Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Atkins, John T., Jr.

Year Published: 2010

Hydrogeology and groundwater availability in Clarke County, Virginia

The prolonged drought between 1999 and 2002 drew attention in Clarke County, Virginia, to the quantity and sustainability of its groundwater resources. The groundwater flow systems of the county are complex and are controlled by the extremely folded and faulted geology that underlies the county. A study was conducted between October 2002 and...

Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M.
Hydrogeology and groundwater availability in Clarke County, Virginia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5112; Nelms, David L.; Moberg, Roger M. Jr.

Year Published: 2010

Groundwater-quality data and regional trends in the Virginia Coastal Plain, 1906-2007

A newly developed regional perspective of the hydrogeology of the Virginia Coastal Plain incorporates updated information on groundwater quality in the area. Local-scale groundwater-quality information is provided by a comprehensive dataset compiled from multiple Federal and State agency databases. Groundwater-sample chemical-constituent values...

McFarland, Randolph E.
Groundwater-quality data and regional trends in the Virginia Coastal Plain, 1906-2007; 2010; PP; 1772; Mcfarland, E. Randolph

Year Published: 2010

Estimation of Flood-Frequency Discharges for Rural, Unregulated Streams in West Virginia

Flood-frequency discharges were determined for 290 streamgage stations having a minimum of 9 years of record in West Virginia and surrounding states through the 2006 or 2007 water year. No trend was determined in the annual peaks used to calculate the flood-frequency discharges. Multiple and simple least-squares regression equations for the 100...

Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Atkins, John T.
Estimation of Flood-Frequency Discharges for Rural, Unregulated Streams in West Virginia; 2010; SIR; 2010-5033; Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Atkins Jr., John T.

Year Published: 2009

Regional Curves for Bankfull Channel Characteristics in the Appalachian Plateaus, West Virginia

Streams in the Appalachian Plateaus Physiographic Province in West Virginia were classified as a single region on the basis of bankfull characteristics. Regression lines for annual peak flow and drainage area measured at streamgages in the study area at recurrence intervals between 1.2 and 1.7 years fell within the 99-percent confidence interval...

Messinger, Terence
Regional Curves for Bankfull Channel Characteristics in the Appalachian Plateaus, West Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5242; Messinger, Terence

Year Published: 2009

Mercury Loads in the South River and Simulation of Mercury Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the South River, South Fork Shenandoah River, and Shenandoah River: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Due to elevated levels of methylmercury in fish, three streams in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia have been placed on the State's 303d list of contaminated waters. These streams, the South River, the South Fork Shenandoah River, and parts of the Shenandoah River, are downstream from the city of Waynesboro, where mercury waste was discharged from...

Eggleston, Jack
Mercury Loads in the South River and Simulation of Mercury Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the South River, South Fork Shenandoah River, and Shenandoah River: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5076; Eggleston, Jack

Year Published: 2009

Regional Curves of Bankfull Channel Geometry for Non-Urban Streams in the Piedmont Physiographic Province, Virginia

Natural-channel design involves constructing a stream channel with the dimensions, slope, and plan-view pattern that would be expected to transport water and sediment and yet maintain habitat and aesthetics consistent with unimpaired stream segments, or reaches. Regression relations for bankfull stream characteristics based on drainage area,...

Lotspeich, R. Russell
Regional Curves of Bankfull Channel Geometry for Non-Urban Streams in the Piedmont Physiographic Province, Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5206; Lotspeich, R. Russell

Year Published: 2009

A Comparison of Turbidity-Based and Streamflow-Based Estimates of Suspended-Sediment Concentrations in Three Chesapeake Bay Tributaries

Fluvial transport of sediment into the Chesapeake Bay estuary is a persistent water-quality issue with major implications for the overall health of the bay ecosystem. Accurately and precisely estimating the suspended-sediment concentrations (SSC) and loads that are delivered to the bay, however, remains challenging. Although manual sampling of SSC...

Jastram, John D.; Moyer, Douglas; Hyer, Kenneth
A Comparison of Turbidity-Based and Streamflow-Based Estimates of Suspended-Sediment Concentrations in Three Chesapeake Bay Tributaries; 2009; SIR; 2009-5165; Jastram, John D.; Moyer, Douglas L.; Hyer, Kenneth E.

Year Published: 2009

Summary of West Virginia Water-Resource Data through September 2008

The West Virginia Water Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with State and Federal agencies, obtains a large amount of data pertaining to the water resources of West Virginia each water year. A water year is the 12-month period beginning October 1 and ending September 30. These data, accumulated during many years,...

Evaldi, R.D.; Ward, S.M.; White, J.S.
Summary of West Virginia Water-Resource Data through September 2008; 2009; OFR; 2009-1199; Evaldi, R. D.; Ward, S. M.; White, J. S.

Year Published: 2009

Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the Coastal Plain Aquifer System of Virginia

The groundwater model documented in this report simulates the transient evolution of water levels in the aquifers and confining units of the Virginia Coastal Plain and adjacent portions of Maryland and North Carolina since 1890. Groundwater withdrawals have lowered water levels in Virginia Coastal Plain aquifers and have resulted in drawdown in...

Heywood, Charles E.; Pope, Jason P.
Simulation of Groundwater Flow in the Coastal Plain Aquifer System of Virginia; 2009; SIR; 2009-5039; Heywood, Charles E.; Pope, Jason P.

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USGS Leetown Science Center building surrounded by snow.
January 6, 2017

USGS Leetown Science Center Administration Building

Morning snowfall at the Leetown Science Center's Administration building.

Water flowing from culvert
December 31, 2016

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Hampton Roads WQMP Image 1. Water flowing from a culvert.

December 31, 2016

USGS Phosphorus Filter

Take a short look at a low cost phosphorus removal water filter the USGS has been working on for several years. 
 

Image shows a sample of Apophyllite and Prehnite on a black background
December 31, 2016

Sample of Apophyllite and Prehnite

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.

Image shows a sample of cerussite on a black background
December 31, 2016

Sample of Cerussite

This sample is of the mineral cerussite, once an important source of lead for paints and pigments. With the phasing out of lead-based paints, cerussite is now mostly valued as a collectors mineral.

Sample provided by Carlin Green, USGS. Sample originated from Mibladen, Morocco, and is 5.6cm in size.

October 31, 2016

Setting up an Open Water Measurement in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will outline the process of setting up an open water 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: 

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October 31, 2016

Setting up Communication in SonTek RSSL

In this video, we will review the process of setting up a connection between an ADCP and 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: 

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October 31, 2016

Setting up an Ice Measurement in TRDI SxS Pro

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: 

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October 31, 2016

Setting up a Measurement with SonTek RSSL

In this video we will outline the process of setting up a measurement 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://

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October 31, 2016

Pre-measurement Tests for SonTek RSSL

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: 

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October 31, 2016

USGS Extensometer Drilling in Virginia

Along the Atlantic Coast, a 2000+ ft deep hole has been drilled by the USGS to assess the issues of groundwater pumping, relative sea-level rise, and land subsidence. This video shows the drilling of the first extensometer to measure land subsidence in the North Atlantic Coastal Plain in 30+ years.

Land subsidence has been observed at various locations in the

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October 31, 2016

Starting Edge Data Collection in SonTek RSSL

In this video we will outline the process of entering the starting edge 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: 

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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.

Small prop plane sitting on runway. Snow covered mountains in the background. Photo credit: Goldak Airborne Survey
December 4, 2015

Residents of Essex and Clinton counties in New York may notice an airplane flying a grid pattern at low altitude for a few weeks in December as scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey map buried geological features that provide clues into mineral resources in the area.

A brook trout swimming in stream.
November 23, 2015

A coalition of research institutions and fish and wildlife agencies this week unveiled a new online tool for use by local decision-makers, conservation managers, land trusts, regional planners, landowners and community leaders in Massachusetts who are interested in taking action in response to climate change.

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November 4, 2015

Areas of sand and gravel in contact with the Chemung River are the most favorable for potential large-scale groundwater supply within the largest valleys of eastern Chemung County, New York, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. More modest water-supply potential was estimated in the valleys of Newtown, Baldwin, and Wynkoop Creeks.

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September 10, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Accomack County, the Town of Saxis and the Town of Chincoteague has installed two new tide gauge stations at the Saxis Marina and Chincoteague Marina to help emergency planners protect the shorelines of the Eastern Shore.

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August 10, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Fort Monroe Authority, has installed a new tide gauge station at Fort Monroe to help emergency planners protect the shorelines in the Hampton Roads region.

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June 29, 2015

Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

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June 29, 2015

A new screening tool to assess the potential risk posed by contaminated groundwater moving from landfills to nearby streams, wetlands and residences has been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.

Map showing North Carolina's Coastal Plain
June 23, 2015

Animal feeding operations have measureable effects on stream water quality in many agricultural watersheds in the North Carolina Coastal Plain, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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May 11, 2015

Mountaintop mining is reducing the number of forest-dependent songbirds in areas adjacent to reclaimed mining sites while increasing the number of shrubland-dependent birds, according to a recent study in Landscape Ecology. 

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April 21, 2015

A recent study comparing historic water quality from the Monongahela River Basin in West Virginia found little change in the groundwater and few changes in the surface water samples, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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April 9, 2015

New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.

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