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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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Measuring water velocities during historic low-flows
Date Published: December 5, 2016
Status: Active

Quantifying Effects of Flow Variability on Riverine Biota

Stream and river biota around the world are imperiled by alterations to stream flow regimes that result from dams, land-use changes, water diversions and changing climate patterns. To manage and conserve stream-dependent species threatened by flow alterations, natural resource managers need quantitative information relating multiple aspects of ecological response to changes in a stream’s flow...

Colorbanded Roseate Tern, Sterna dougallii
Date Published: October 19, 2016
Status: Active

Modeling Sex-specific Demographic Rates in Metapopulations

The Challenge: Research that integrates population dynamics and ecological studies is needed to identify the causal factors involved in population declines and viability. For highly mobile organisms such as birds, “between-patch” movements and the use of different geographic sites and habitats at various stages of the annual cycle can make it difficult to measure the effectiveness of “within-...

Cairn Krafft with NPS staff sampling vegetation at Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
Date Published: October 19, 2016
Status: Active

Vegetation Studies in National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and Other Protected Areas

The Challange: Forests and marshes provide critical habitat for numerous species of plants and animals. National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and other protected areas are attempting to protect, manage, and in some cases, restore our forests and marshes, many of which provide critical habitat for declining, threatened, or endangered species, in addition to providing recreational opportunities...

Ducks eating brine flies
Date Published: October 19, 2016
Status: Active

Survival and Reintroduction of the Laysan Teal

The Challenge: The Laysan Teal is an endangered, endemic, Hawaiian dabbling duck that has been pushed to the brink of extinction numerous times. The previous range includes the Main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and its current range is less than 10 sq. km within the National Wildlife Refuges of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This non-migratory waterfowl was eliminated from...

Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
Date Published: October 19, 2016
Status: Active

Integrating Habitat and Harvest Management for Northern Pintails

The Challenge: Several blue-ribbon panels have challenged the waterfowl management world to recognize the linkages between the two primary management frameworks: harvest management under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and habitat management under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Because these two frameworks seek to manage the same populations, there needs to be better coordination...

West Indian manatees, Trichechus manatus
Date Published: October 19, 2016
Status: Active

Modeling, Estimation, and Adaptive Management of Florida Manatees

The Challenge: Florida manatees are threatened by watercraft-related mortality, the potential loss of warmwater habitat, red tide events, and other anthropogenic factors. The USFWS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have regulatory authorities under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and state statutes to recover manatees. To...

Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus
Date Published: October 19, 2016
Status: Active

Adaptive Management for Threatened and Endangered Species

The Challenge: Threatened and endangered species have to be managed in the face of uncertainty, but traditionally, there has been reluctance to think about adaptive management of listed species. Management agencies with responsibility for threatened and endangered species need tools to help manage in the face of uncertainty, with the hope of reducing that uncertainty.

Decision tree illustrating the expected value of perfect information
Date Published: October 4, 2016
Status: Active

Structured Decision Making: Methods, Applications, and Capacity-Building

The Challenge: The field of decision analysis is a rich and mature discipline that provides robust methods for helping decision makers understand the nature of their decisions, involve stakeholders and scientists in appropriate steps of the process, and develop transparent records for the public. The use of these structured approaches is emerging in natural resource management, and there is...

Map of the United States Depicting Areas of Contaminated Groundwater
Date Published: September 27, 2016

Study Shows High Potential for Groundwater to be Corrosive in Half of U.S. States

A new U.S. Geological Survey assessment of more than 20,000 wells nationwide shows that untreated groundwater in 25 states has a high prevalence of being potentially corrosive. The states with the largest percentage of wells with potentially corrosive groundwater are located primarily in the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Northwest.

Attribution: Northeast
BBS Routes across North America
Date Published: September 23, 2016
Status: Active

The North American Breeding Bird Survey: Refining Scale to Provide New Insights

The Challenge: Since 1966, the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) has filled a vital role in identifying at-risk bird species for Federal, State, and private entities. The BBS is a scientifically rigorous population count performed by a highly skilled, largely volunteer work force of nearly 2,500 observers. Every year these observers visit most of the survey’s 4,500 routes, which...

North American Bird Phenology Program Logo
Date Published: September 21, 2016
Status: Completed

North American Bird Phenology Program

The Challenge: The North American Bird Phenology Program (BPP) houses a data set of 6 million historical observations of over 800 bird species, documenting occurrences and migration times from the 1880s through the 1970s -- the longest and most comprehensive legacy data set on bird migration in existence. In an effort to rescue this invaluable data set, the BPP has scanned and are in the...

Contacts: Sam Droege
Environmental Drivers & Biogeomorphic Process Controls on Vertical Wetland Development
Date Published: September 20, 2016
Status: Active

Improving Our Ability to Forecast Tidal Marsh Response to Sea Level Rise

Our overall objective is to understand what controls the vulnerability of coastal marshes to risks associated with global change drivers and rising sea levels. Fundamental questions pertaining to coastal wetland vulnerability still need to be addressed. What factors explain spatial and geographic variation in tidal wetland vulnerability? How do short term climatic events (storms) influence the...

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Year Published: 1996

Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995; Volume 2. Ground-Water-Level and Ground-Water-Quality Records

Water Resources Data, Virginia, Water Year 1995; Volume 2. Ground-Water-Level and Ground-Water-Quality Records; 1996; WDR; VA-95-2; Geological Survey (U.S.)

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Image shows a green and black sign next to several vertical stone columns
July 20, 2016

USGS National Center North Entrance and Volcanic Crystal Columns

Granite is an igneous rock that we’ve used for building materials for thousands of years. It’s name comes from the Latin word “granum,” meaning “grain,” which refers to the grains of quartz and feldspar that define granite. This one is from the Barre formation in Vermont.

Attribution: Northeast
Image shows a large black stone with a silver sign in front
July 20, 2016

Cannel Coal

Cannel coal is a type of bituminous coal, which is the second-highest rank of coal (just behind anthracite). This particular sample has a high carbon content with high pollen and spore content as well. Unlike most bituminous coal, Cannel coal can be carved into ornaments. This sample came from the Eastern Interior Coalfield in Kentucky.

2 people working with water quality equipment
June 13, 2016

Water-quality sampling on Long Island

USGS hydrologists Irene Fisher and Michael Como sample water quality on Long Island.

Joseph Levitt secures the new buoy off Weirs Beach, NH
June 10, 2016

Joseph Levitt secures the new buoy off Weirs Beach, NH

USGS scientist Joseph Levitt secured the new buoy, equipped to monitor water quality, at Weirs Beach on Lake Winnepesaukee, New Hampshire in June 2016. Photo: Sanborn Ward, USGS

Scientists deploy high-tech buoy in Lake Winnipesaukee
June 8, 2016

A new buoy for Lake Winnipesaukee

In June, USGS scientists deployed a new high tech buoy that will help determine when the water is safe for swimming at popular Weirs Beach on New Hampshire's Lake Winnepesaukee. Photo: Richard Kiah, USGS.

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

Hurricane erodes N.C. road

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

A long-tailed duck, two days old, standing. 
May 31, 2016

A long-tailed duck, 2 days old

A long-tailed duck, two days old, standing. 

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Staff on a Field Activity on the R/V Rafael
May 10, 2016

Field Activity 2016-005-FA North of Nantucket, MA

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists aboard the RV Rafael prepare to launch the Mini SEABOSS just off of Nantucket!  The Mini SEABOSS collects samples, photos and video of the seafloor. 

Rope across creek that is securing an acoustic doppler device
April 20, 2016

New England WSC - Acoustic Doppler at Salmon Creek

New England WSC - Acoustic Doppler at Salmon Creek

New England WSC - Mystic Seaport
April 20, 2016

New England WSC - Mystic Seaport

New England Water Science Center - Mystic Seaport

April 18, 2016

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Image of the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

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