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Maine

Maine is the northernmost and least densely populated state in the contiguous United States east of the Great Lakes. It is known for its jagged rocky coastline; low rolling mountains; heavily forested interior and picturesque waterways. Geologists describe this type of landscape as a "drowned coast", where a rising sea level has invaded former land features, creating bays out of valleys.

New England Water Science Center - Maine

New England Water Science Center - Maine

196 Whitten Rd
Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: 207 622-8201

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Maine is the northernmost and least densely populated state in the contiguous United States east of the Great Lakes. It is known for its jagged rocky coastline; low rolling mountains; heavily forested interior and picturesque waterways. Geologists describe this type of landscape as a "drowned coast", where a rising sea level has invaded former land features, creating bays out of valleys.

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Date published: September 29, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Maine

A total of $118,479 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Pine Tree State

Date published: September 28, 2020

New England Water Use, 2015

The New England Water Science Center has collected, reviewed, and aggregated water-withdrawal data in each of the six States every 5 years since 1950. The most recent water-use compilation was completed in 2015, and its summary is presented in this geonarrative.

Date published: September 21, 2020

Drought in New England

Current information to help with understanding the extent and severity of the recent drought in New England.

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Date published: October 28, 2020
Status: Completed

New England Drought, 2020

New England experienced a combination of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation beginning in mid-May that led to a flash drought and rapid drying of soil. Near record warmth and below normal precipitation has persisted through October.

Date published: September 29, 2020
Status: Completed

New England Water Use in 2015

The New England Water Science Center has collected, reviewed, and aggregated water-withdrawal data in each of the six States every 5 years since 1950. The most recent water-use compilation was completed in 2015, and its summary is presented in this geonarrative.

Date published: June 4, 2020
Status: Active

Vernal Pool Inundation Models

This website provides an application for exploring modeling results from a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) project titled ...

Date published: April 17, 2020
Status: Active

The Response of Coastal Wetlands to Sea-level Rise: Understanding how Macroscale Drivers Influence Local Processes and Feedbacks

The purpose of this work is to advance our understanding of how coastal wetland responses to sea-level rise (SLR) within the conterminous United States are likely to vary as a function of local, regional, and macroscale drivers, including climate. Based on our interactions with managers and decision makers, as well as our knowledge of the current state of the science, we propose to: (a)...

Date published: November 4, 2019
Status: Completed

New England Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey has compiled the nation's water-use data at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water-use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for New England is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water-use data analysis is needed to quantify the...

Date published: November 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Maine Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey has compiled the nation's water-use data in Maine and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water-use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Maine is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water-use data ...

Date published: June 26, 2019
Status: Active

Information by Region - Maine

  

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

Recharge Estimates for Maine: 25-year Average, Range, and Uncertainty, 1990-2015

The USGS Soil-Water-Balance model (SWB) has been used to estimate potential recharge across the State of Maine. The average and range (minimum and maximum) of annual recharge were estimated for the 25-year period from 1990 to 2015.  Datasets of estimated recharge and the modeled uncertainty in the recharge estimates are available for download.

Date published: November 28, 2018
Status: Active

Climate Change, Hydrologic Responses and Impacts on Carbon Cycling as Inferred by Changes in Fluvial Dissolved Organic Carbon Fluxes

This project investigates the links between terrestrial and marine carbon cycling and fluvial transport of freshwater and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to the near-coastal ocean. The project analyzes DOC export that integrates complex interacting processes in natural and human-impacted terrestrial and aquatic environments. Changes in DOC export may indicate changes in terrestrial ecosystem...

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Completed

Geospatial Dataset of Wells and Attributes in the New England Groundwater Level Network, 2017

The drought of 2016 affected hydrologic conditions throughout New England. Responses of USGS groundwater observation wells to this event, however, were not uniform and were sometimes markedly different from site to site. Although USGS scientists were able to provide explanations for most of these situations, the event highlighted the need for additional well information to develop quantitative...

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Date published: October 1, 2020

New England Below Normal 28-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of year

Below Normal 28-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of year

Date published: June 23, 2020

Global Geochemical Database for Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples

The Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples Database (CMDB) contains chemistry and geologic information for historic ore and ore-related rock samples from mineral deposits in the United States. In addition, the database contains samples from archetypal deposits from 27 other countries in North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Samples were obtained from archived ore

Date published: April 23, 2020

Domestic Wells in the United States

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Date published: April 9, 2019

Drought Streamflow Probabilities in Northeast Region

Maximum likelihood logistic regression (MLLR) is used to estimate drought probabilities for selected Northeast rivers and streams. Winter streamflows are used to estimate the chance of hydrologic drought during summer months. This application allows the display and query of these drought streamflow probabilities for Northeastern streams.

Date published: August 28, 2018

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

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...

Date published: April 9, 2018

Water Use Data for Maine

The link provides access to the 5-year water-use compilations (between 1985 and 2015) data for Maine on the National Water Information System (NWIS) web interface.

The presented data were compiled and published by the USGS's National Water Use Information Program (NWUIP).

Date published: February 14, 2018

Key Findings for Scenario-Based Assessment for Nor'easters

Percentage of sandy beaches very likely (probability > 0.9) to experience erosion associated with collision, overwash, and inundation during class 1-3 nor’easter impact.

Date published: February 14, 2018

Key Findings for Scenario-Based Assessment for Hurricanes

Percentage of sandy beaches very likely (probability > 0.9) to experience erosion associated with collision, overwash, and inundation during category 1-5 hurricane landfall.

Date published: January 19, 2018

Oblique Aerial Photography Viewer

Obique photos offer a unique perspective of the coast. Features such as beach erosion or accretion, dune erosion and overwash can all be clearly characterized in this imagery. It also documents coastal infrastructure, as well as the damage that infrastructure may incur as the result of an impacting hurricane. 

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A screenshot of the New England Water Use geo-narrative
September 28, 2020

The New England Water Science Center has collected, reviewed, and aggregated water-withdrawal data in each of the six States every 5 years since 1950. The most recent water-use compilation was completed in 2015, and its summary is presented in this geonarrative.

Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
April 23, 2020

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Simulated 25-year mean annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015
February 28, 2020

Simulated 25-year mean annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015.

Uncertainty in recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015
February 27, 2020

Calculated standard deviation on the median annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015.

Maine Soil-Water-Balance model study area and calibration watersheds
February 2, 2020

Calibration watersheds used in the Maine Soil-Water-Balance model and location of the study area.

DayMet average annual precipitation, 1991 to 2015, for the Maine Soil-Water-Balance model
January 21, 2020

DayMet average annual precipitation, 1991 to 2015, for the Maine Soil-Water-Balance model.

1991 to 2015 median annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine
January 21, 2020

Simulated 25-year median annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015.

Minimum annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991-2015
January 21, 2020

Simulated 25-year minimum annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015.

Maximum annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991-2015
January 20, 2020

Simulated 25-year maximum annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015.

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May 5, 2020

Timing is Everything: Fish, Wildlife, and Timing of Life Events

Timing is Everything: How Fish and Wildlife are Responding to Climate Change Through Shifts in the Timing of Life Events

Changes in phenology, or the seasonal timing of recurring life history events such as breeding, feeding, and movements, have emerged as a primary indicator of species’ responses to climate change. In terrestrial environments,

USGS employee using survey data to model water surface elevation for different storm events.
July 16, 2019

Modeling FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

USGS employee using survey data to model water surface elevation for different storm events.

USGS Employee is checking Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps before a meeting.
June 16, 2019

Checking preliminary maps

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

​USGS Employee is checking Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps before a meeting.

Photo of drone with ground-penetrating radar system flying close over river surface
May 1, 2019

USGS Tests drone-based ground-penetrating radar for bathymetry

USGS hydrographers collect tens of thousands of streamflow measurements every year. In-water work by personnel is one of the most dangerous aspects of USGS hydrologic studies, especially during high-flow conditions. In May 2019, USGS continued testing of a light-weight, self-contained ground-penetrating radar (GPR) system that can be mounted on a small drone. We are

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Attribution: Water Resources
Photo of USGS scientist walking across snowy field with trees and groundwater well in the background.
March 12, 2019

USGS Groundwater Monitoring in Winter

Groundwater science doesn't take a winter vacation! In this photo, USGS hdyrologic technician Jeffrey Kinsey is snowshoeing to a USGS groundwater monitoring site in Maine. USGS scientists visit USGS groundwater observation wells year-round to measure water levels and maintain equipment. You can view or download USGS groundwater-level data from the

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Attribution: Water Resources
Photo of USGS scientist opening groundwater well housing, surrounded by snow
March 11, 2019

USGS Groundwater Monitoring in Winter

Groundwater science doesn't take a winter vacation! In this photo, USGS hdyrologic technician Jeremiah Pomerleau has snowshoed to a USGS groundwater monitoring site in Eustis, Maine. USGS scientists visit USGS groundwater observation wells year-round to measure water levels and maintain equipment. You can view or download USGS groundwater-level data from the

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Attribution: Water Resources
December 31, 2018

Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist

Biography of scientist featured in Circular 1443 about STEM and related careers in USGS, to be used for recruitment into STEM careers.
 

Terrence Talbot is setting up a GPS unit on the rocky bank of Branch Brook near Kennebunk, Maine. It is a snowy November day.​
November 21, 2018

Surveying Branch Brook near Kennebunk, Maine

Hydrologic technicians Terrence Talbot and Jeff Kinsey visited our station on Branch Brook near Kennebunk (ID 01069700) to conduct some surveying. In this photo, Terrence is setting up a high precision GPS unit to help the crew establish elevation before their survey.

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.

The Androscoggin river in Maine during Fall
October 14, 2018

The Androscoggin river in Maine during Fall

The Androscoggin river in Maine during Fall colors. 

A small boat with scientific equipment loaded onboard resting near shore of a lake.
September 10, 2017

"Miss Q" Ready to Go

The Maine Office boat, "Miss Q", is parked next to the boat launch on Verona Island, ready to begin data collection on the Penobscot River. The crew was preparing to collect ADCP data (depth and velocity) as well as conductivity, temperature and depth profiles at various locations. In the background is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Fort Knox.

February 24, 2017

Ice Breaking on the Penobscot River

On February 24, 2017, Nick Stasulis (Data Section Chief of the USGS New England Water Science Center, Maine Office) met with police and fire officials from the City of Bangor and surrounding communities to ride along with the US Coast Guard on the ice breaker Bridle. Along with Bridle, ice breaker Tackle worked to clear ice on the Penobscot River in preparation for spring

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Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Maine
September 29, 2020

A total of $118,479 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Pine Tree State

A screenshot of the New England Water Use geo-narrative
September 28, 2020

The New England Water Science Center has collected, reviewed, and aggregated water-withdrawal data in each of the six States every 5 years since 1950. The most recent water-use compilation was completed in 2015, and its summary is presented in this geonarrative.

Map of New England 7-day average streamflow conditions
September 21, 2020

Current information to help with understanding the extent and severity of the recent drought in New England.

THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
September 9, 2020

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of Schools in ME, NH, VT
August 27, 2020

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
August 27, 2020

This challenge is SO CLOSE to being finished! There's only a handfull of communities left that still need a point.  See our spatial analysis for tips on which communities these might be. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
August 20, 2020

This challenge is getting closer and closer to being finished!  See our spatial analyses for tips on remaining communities. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
August 12, 2020

Calling all editors! This challenge is close to being finished! However, there's still some city / town halls that have yet to be collected.  See our spatial analyses for tips on which communities these might be. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in ME, NH, VT FINISHED
August 6, 2020

This challenge is complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in ME, NH, VT
August 6, 2020

This challenge is close to being finished! See our spatial analyses for tips on remaining communities. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in LA FINISHED
July 31, 2020

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

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New England Water Science Center - Maine

New England Water Science Center - Maine

196 Whitten Rd
Augusta, ME 04330

Phone: 207 622-8201

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