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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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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—...

Bronze reliquary for a shrew from the Late Period of ancient Egypt.
Date Published: January 10, 2017

What Ancient Egyptian Shrew Mummies Reveal About Small Mammal Responses to Climate Change

The Challenge: Ancient Egyptians mummified animals for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was as votive offerings to certain deities. Among the six species of shrews that have been identified as mummies, one is now extinct, one is no longer occurs in Egypt, and the remaining four have more restricted distributions in the country. One of the latter species also exhibits significantly...

Shrew bones on top of a penny
Date Published: January 3, 2017

How Mammals Move: Locomotory Function in the Soricidae

The Challenge: The postcranial skeletons of mammals exhibit tremendous variation in form that partly relates to phylogeny (who a particular species is related to) and partly to locomotory function (how that species moves through its environment). Understanding the contributions of these two factors is important because phylogenetic characters assist in working out evolutionary relationships,...

Banding Hen Eider
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Survival and Recruitment of Common Eiders in the Gulf of Maine

The dresseri race of common eiders breed from central Labrador to southern Maine and winter from Newfoundland to Massachusetts. The breeding population in the mid-1980s was estimated to be 71,000 pairs, of those 40% were in Maine. In Maine, nesting eiders increased from a few pairs in the early 1900s to approximately 28,000 pairs in 1989. Although the number of birds seems to be stable, the...

Contacts: Daniel McAuley
Radio telemetry is being used to determine how long local birds remain on breeding areas
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring migration of American woodcock past Cape May, NJ

The American woodcock is a popular game bird in much of eastern North America. The woodcock population declined between 1968- 2000 at an annual rate of 2.3% in the Eastern region and 1.6% in the Central region. The annual migration of woodcock from the breeding grounds to their wintering areas has been of interest to biologists and hunters. Migration corridors along the Atlantic coast, such as...

Contacts: Daniel McAuley
American woodcock, Scolopax minor
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Adaptive Management of American Woodcock in the Atlantic Northern Forest Bird Conservation Region

The Challenge: Research goals of this project seek to take an adaptive approch to habitat management for American woodcock. Under this process a mix of early successional forest habitat will be created following the allowable guidelines of state forest management, National Wildlife Refuge management plans, and commercial timber management plans; management actions will consist of various...

Contacts: Daniel McAuley
American Woodcock, Scolopax minor, chick
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Analyses of Woodcock Singing Ground Surveys in the Northeast

The Challenge: Research goals of this project seek to determine if survey routes for American woodcock are sampling represenative habitats and whether routes are distributed proportionally to early successional habitats and biophysical regions across Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. If routes are not representatively distributed (i.e., biased), we will evaluate the effects of this bias on...

Contacts: Daniel McAuley
Black-and-white Warbler, Mniotilta varia
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Response of Avian Community to Forest Management on Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge

The Challenge: Research goals focus on measurement of direct effects of various habitat management techniques for game species on neotropical migratory birds. Analyses are ongoing to determine if avian species richness, diversity, and relative abundance of land birds has changed at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge as a result of habitat management; determine if the structure of the avian...

Contacts: Daniel McAuley
Scientist taking measurements with a protractor
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Estimation of Density and Abundance of Biological Populations on National Parks and Wildlife Refuges Through Distance Sampling

The Challenge: Assessing the status and trends of populations of biological organisms is an important management goal and a recurrent theme in USGS research. Often, the most basic question of “how many are there?” remains elusive, thus making management decisions more difficult. This study continues a long-term commitment of technical support for the use of distance sampling for wildlife...

Scientists collecting bat location data
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Bats in Forests Managed for Wildlife

The Challenge: Within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV), forest managers may prescribe variable retention silvicultural treatments within bottomland hardwood forests on public lands to improve forest conditions (i.e., structural heterogeneity, species composition, and senescence) for priority wildlife species. This is referred to as wildlife-forestry silviculture. However, concerns have...

Citizen Scientists monitoring Avian populations in the Gulf Coast National Parks
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring Birds in National Parks of the Gulf Coast Network

The Challenge: Avian monitoring within the Gulf Coast Network of the National Park Service is challenged to provide valid quantitative data on bird populations within park boundaries with limited financial input. Thus, citizen science (volunteer) bird monitoring has been proposed to achieve reliable estimates of bird populations and to assess the effects of habitat change and temporal dynamics...

Researchers on cliff face investigating the effects of climbing on rare cliff plants.
Date Published: December 20, 2016
Status: Active

Assessing Recreational Impact to Cliff Habitats and Rare Plants

Protected natural areas, including parks, forests, wilderness, and wildlife refuges, have a dual mandate to protect natural resources and accommodate recreational visitation. Recreational activities that occur on trails (hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding) and on recreation sites (picnicking, camping) can benefit from the development of a sustainable infrastructure of facilities that...

Contacts: Jeff Marion, Ph.D., Dr. Jeremy Wimpey, Dr. Chris Carr, Dr. Yu-Fai Leung
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Continuous Turbidity Monitoring in the Indian Creek Watershed, Tazewell County, Virginia, 2006-08

Thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines are installed annually in the United States. These pipelines commonly cross streams, rivers, and other water bodies during pipeline construction. A major concern associated with pipelines crossing water bodies is increased sediment loading and the subsequent impact to the ecology of the aquatic system....

Moyer, Douglas; Hyer, Kenneth
Continuous Turbidity Monitoring in the Indian Creek Watershed, Tazewell County, Virginia, 2006-08; 2009; SIR; 2009-5085; Moyer, Douglas L.; Hyer, Kenneth E.

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Annual Maximum Stages and Discharges of Selected Streams in Virginia through 2007

Annual maximum stages and discharges for continuous-record and partial-record streamflow-gaging stations in Virginia are summarized through the 2007 water year. Data are included for over 500 active and discontinued streamflow-gaging stations operated by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and other...

Austin, Samuel H.; Wiegand, Ute
Annual Maximum Stages and Discharges of Selected Streams in Virginia through 2007; 2009; OFR; 2009-1007; Austin, Samuel H.; Wiegand, Ute

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Generalized Skew Coefficients of Annual Peak Flows for Rural, Unregulated Streams in West Virginia

Generalized skew was determined from analysis of records from 147 streamflow-gaging stations in or near West Virginia. The analysis followed guidelines established by the Interagency Advisory Committee on Water Data described in Bulletin 17B, except that stations having 50 or more years of record were used instead of stations with the less...

Atkins, John T.; Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Paybins, Katherine S.
Generalized Skew Coefficients of Annual Peak Flows for Rural, Unregulated Streams in West Virginia; 2009; OFR; 2008-1304; Atkins, John T., Jr.; Wiley, Jeffrey B.; Paybins, Katherine S.

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Year Published: 2008

Estimating Selected Streamflow Statistics Representative of 1930-2002 in West Virginia

Regional equations and procedures were developed for estimating 1-, 3-, 7-, 14-, and 30-day 2-year; 1-, 3-, 7-, 14-, and 30-day 5-year; and 1-, 3-, 7-, 14-, and 30-day 10-year hydrologically based low-flow frequency values for unregulated streams in West Virginia. Regional equations and procedures also were developed for estimating the 1-day, 3-...

Wiley, Jeffrey B.
Estimating Selected Streamflow Statistics Representative of 1930-2002 in West Virginia; 2008; SIR; 2008-5105; Wiley, Jeffrey B.

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Basin Characteristics for Selected Streamflow-Gaging Stations In and Near West Virginia

Basin characteristics have long been used to develop equations describing streamflow. In the past, flow equations used in West Virginia were based on a few hand-calculated basin characteristics. More recently, the use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to generate basin characteristics from existing datasets has refined the process for...

Paybins, Katherine S.
Basin Characteristics for Selected Streamflow-Gaging Stations In and Near West Virginia; 2008; OFR; 2008-1087; Paybins, Katherine S.

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Escherichia coli Concentrations in Recreational Streams and Backcountry Drinking-Water Supplies in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, 2005-2006

Although fecal contamination of streams is a problem of national scope, few investigations have been directed at relatively pristine streams in forested basins in national parks. With approximately 1.8 million visitors annually, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is subject to extensive recreational use. The effects of these visitors and their...

Hyer, Kenneth
Escherichia coli Concentrations in Recreational Streams and Backcountry Drinking-Water Supplies in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, 2005-2006; 2007; SIR; 2007-5160; Hyer, Kenneth E.

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Development of Relations of Stream Stage to Channel Geometry and Discharge for Stream Segments Simulated with Hydrologic Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF), Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Adjacent Parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB), Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VADCR), and University of Maryland (UMD) are collaborating to improve the...

Moyer, Douglas; Bennett, Mark
Development of Relations of Stream Stage to Channel Geometry and Discharge for Stream Segments Simulated with Hydrologic Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF), Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Adjacent Parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; 2007; SIR; 2007-5135; Moyer, Douglas L.; Bennett, Mark R.

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Processes Affecting Phosphorus and Copper Concentrations and Their Relation to Algal Growth in Two Supply Reservoirs in the Lower Coastal Plain of Virginia, 2002-2003, and Implications for Alternative Management Strategies

Elevated phosphorus concentrations commonly promote excessive growth of algae in waters nationwide. When such waters are used for public supply, the algae can plug filters during treatment and impart tastes and odors to the finished water. This increases treatment costs and results in finished water that may not be of the quality desired for...

Speiran, Gary K.; Simon, Nancy S.; Mood-Brown, Maria L.
Processes Affecting Phosphorus and Copper Concentrations and Their Relation to Algal Growth in Two Supply Reservoirs in the Lower Coastal Plain of Virginia, 2002-2003, and Implications for Alternative Management Strategies; 2007; SIR; 2006-5277; Speiran, Gary K.; Simon, Nancy S.; Mood-Brown, Maria L.

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Presumptive Sources of Fecal Contamination in Four Tributaries to the New River Gorge National River, West Virginia, 2004

Several methods were used to determine the sources of fecal contamination in water samples collected during September and October 2004 from four tributaries to the New River Gorge National River -- Arbuckle Creek, Dunloup Creek, Keeney Creek, and Wolf Creek. All four tributaries historically have had elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria. The...

Mathes, Melvin V.; O'Brien, Tara L.; Strickler, Kriston M.; Hardy, Joshua J.; Schill, William B.; Lukasik, Jerzy; Scott, Troy M.; Bailey, David E.; Fenger, Terry L.
Presumptive Sources of Fecal Contamination in Four Tributaries to the New River Gorge National River, West Virginia, 2004; 2007; OFR; 2007-1107; Mathes, Melvin V.; O'Brien, Tara L.; Strickler, Kriston M.; Hardy, Joshua J.; Schill, William B.; Lukasik, Jerzy; Scott, Troy M.; Bailey, David E.; Fenger, Terry L.

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The Quality of Water and Bottom Material in Lunga Reservoir, Virginia, September 2004 through August 2005

Lunga Reservoir is on the U.S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, which is in the Potomac River basin and the Piedmont Physiographic Province of northern Virginia. Because of the potential use of the reservoir for scuba-diver training and public water supply in addition to current recreational activities, the U.S. Marine Corps wanted to know more...

Lotspeich, R. Russell
The Quality of Water and Bottom Material in Lunga Reservoir, Virginia, September 2004 through August 2005; 2007; OFR; 2007-1053; Lotspeich, R. Russell

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Water-Use Estimates for West Virginia, 2004

This study estimates the quantity of surface water and ground water used within West Virginia. About 4,787 million gallons per day (Mgal/d) of water were withdrawn from West Virginia surface-water and ground-water sources in 2004, with about 4,641 Mgal/d (97 percent) from surface-water sources and about 146 Mgal/d (3 percent) from ground water...

Atkins, John T.
Water-Use Estimates for West Virginia, 2004; 2007; OFR; 2007-1038; Atkins, John T., Jr.

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A Multiple-Tracer Approach for Identifying Sewage Sources to an Urban Stream System

The presence of human-derived fecal coliform bacteria (sewage) in streams and rivers is recognized as a human health hazard. The source of these human-derived bacteria, however, is often difficult to identify and eliminate, because sewage can be delivered to streams through a variety of mechanisms, such as leaking sanitary sewers or private...

Hyer, Kenneth Edward
A Multiple-Tracer Approach for Identifying Sewage Sources to an Urban Stream System; 2007; SIR; 2006-5317; Hyer, Kenneth Edward

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Flowing stream passing a streamgage with swirling leaves in the water
October 20, 2016

Streamgage in Connecticut

A beautiful capture of a streamgage at Bunnell Brook near Burlington, CT.

A weir structure controls the height of the water, so a stable relation between stream stage and flow can be maintained. The gage house is the concrete structure in the photo, and has been used to collect streamflow data since 1931. Recent drought conditions have reduced the flow to a trickle

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September 30, 2016

Collecting Under Ice Midsection ADCP Measurements in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will demonstrate how to collect data at a station as part of an under ice midsection ADCP measurement in TRDI SxS Pro. 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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September 30, 2016

Collecting Manual Verticals in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will discuss situations where manual verticals are usually used, and how they are done 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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September 30, 2016

Accounting for Open Water Flow Angles in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will discuss the specifics of accounting for open water flow angles 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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September 30, 2016

Data Quality Indicators during Data Collection in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will discuss some of the important data quality indicators you can use when collecting data 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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September 30, 2016

Registering for USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool

Lesson 13B Part One – USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR). For the complete listing of

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September 30, 2016

Dealing with Invalid Depths in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will discuss how to deal with invalid depths during data collection 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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September 30, 2016

Navigating the USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool

Lesson 13B Part Two – USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR). For the complete listing of

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September 30, 2016

Submitting Data Acquisition Request in USGS Collection Management Tool

Lesson 13B Part 3– USGS Emergency Operations Collection Management Tool This lesson is comprised of instructions on how to register for access to the Collection Management Tool through the EROS Registration System (ERS), how to navigate around the Collection Management Tool, or CMT and finally, How to Submit a Data Acquisition Request (DAR). For the complete listing of

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September 30, 2016

Ending Edge Data Collection in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will demonstrate how to collect an ending edge as part of a midsection ADCP measurement in TRDI SxS Pro. 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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September 30, 2016

Editing Vertical Information in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will discuss how to edit vertical information during playback of a measurement in TRDI SxS Pro. 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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September 30, 2016

Processing Parameters in TRDI SxS Pro

In this video, we will discuss the Processing dialog in TRDI SxS Pro. 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/

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USGS
April 1, 2015

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Utah have used a new stream-based methane monitoring method to identify and quantify groundwater methane discharging to a stream in an area of shale-gas development.

Image: Happy Cows in Happy Flowers
March 25, 2015

Grassland habitats on rangelands in California’s Central Valley and surrounding foothills could decline by as much as 37 percent by 2100 due to changes in land use and climate, according to new scientific projections by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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March 25, 2015

Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy needs, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
March 12, 2015

Excess fertilizer and manure applied to the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore are causing poor water-quality in streams that flow into the Bay, according to a new publication by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

USGS
March 12, 2015

Vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms affecting North Carolina will be more accessible than ever due to a new monitoring network the U.S. Geological Survey is currently building.

Image: Carolina Northern Flying Squirrel
March 10, 2015

Habitat loss has fragmented the population of the Carolina northern flying squirrel, an endangered species now living on “sky-islands” on nine isolated mountain peaks in the southern Appalachians.

USGS
February 10, 2015

Pharmaceuticals, hormones and personal care products associated with everyday household activities are finding their way into groundwater through septic systems in New York and New England, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Map of the south, central, and north sections of the study area
January 21, 2015

Several areas with modest water-resource potential within the valleys of the Ramapo River and Woodbury Creek have been identified in eastern Orange County, New York. 

USGS
January 9, 2015

A year after the January 9, 2014 chemical spill on the Elk River that affected the drinking water of 300,000 Charleston area residents, scientists continue to provide new information to increase understanding of the chemicals in the spill and how they traveled through the water system.  

USGS
December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

Image: Hughes River, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
December 8, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The majority of streams in the Chesapeake Bay region are warming, and that increase appears to be driven largely by rising air temperatures. These findings are based on new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Climatic Change.

Image: Louisiana Black Bear and Cubs
November 19, 2014

The bear species nicknamed “teddy” more than a century ago that inspired the iconic stuffed toy still popular today will likely survive at least another century, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

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