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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; 


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—...

Spatial Capture-Recapture by Royle,Chandler, Sollmann, & Gardner
Date Published: December 19, 2016
Status: Active

Spatial Capture-Recapture Models to Estimate Abundance and Density of Animal Populations

The Challenge: For decades, capture-recapture methods have been the cornerstone of ecological statistics as applied to population biology.  While capture-recapture has become the standard sampling and analytical framework for the study of population processes (Williams, Nichols & Conroy 2002) it has advanced independent of and remained unconnected to the spatial structure of the population...

Weddell seal pup and mom
Date Published: December 19, 2016
Status: Active

Hierarchical Models for Estimation of Population Parameters

The Challenge: Much of wildlife research consists of the description of variation in data. Some of the variation results from spatial and temporal change in populations, while some results from biologically irrelevant sampling variation induced by the process of data collection. Distinguishing relevant from irrelevant variation is the first task of statistical analysis, but the job does not...

Feral cat in trap.
Date Published: December 19, 2016
Status: Completed

Managing Free-Roaming Cats at the Patuxent Research Refuge

The Challenge: Free-roaming cats (Felis catus) are nonnative predators of small mammals, songbirds and gamebirds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. They are also competitors of native predators and vectors for diseases to human and wildlife. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is authorized to remove cats from National Wildlife Refuges. Presently cat trapping on Refuge lands is conducted...

USGS-PWRC population modeling software web-page
Date Published: December 14, 2016
Status: Active

Development of Computer Software for the Analysis of Animal Population Parameters

Biologists at USGS Patuxent, as well as cooperating agencies are constantly looking for new ways of answering questions about the status of animal populations and how animal populations change over time. To address these questions, data are collected on captures and or sightings of animals which can be used to estimate parameters which affect the population using legacy software. Over time,...

Contacts: James Hines
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...

Gunpowder River
Date Published: September 28, 2016

Geomorphic Responses to Stream Channel Restoration at Minebank Run, Baltimore County, Maryland

Urban streams frequently undergo severe incision and erosion due to flashy streamflows caused by impervious surfaces in the watershed. The study was designed to investigate the hydrodynamics and geomorphology of a selected reach of Minebank Run before and after stream restoration, in order to determine the effect that stream restoration had on sediment processes in the stream.

Storm on Nanticoke River, MD
Date Published: September 28, 2016

Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrologic (SWaTH) Network in Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia

Many U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Centers have responsibilities for coastal regions within their mission areas. The integrated Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrologic (SWaTH) Network has been developed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to support model development and verification for coastal regions, detection of hydrologic trends, and early warning of hydrologic hazards in the northeast from...

Data Nutrient
Date Published: September 20, 2016
Status: Active

USGS science contributes to "Water quality improves, pollution falls in the Chesapeake Bay"

Data show significant drop in nutrient and sediment loads

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...

Radar used to see nocturnal birds migrating through the area
Date Published: September 2, 2016
Status: Active

Nocturnal Bird Migration through the Central Appalachians

The Challenge: Concerns have arisen about the potential impacts of wind power development in the Appalachians on migrating birds, creating a critical need for information on their distribution and flight characteristics as they pass through the region. This study focuses on the spatial and temporal distribution of nocturnally migrating birds in the Central Appalachians (MD, VA, WV). The...

Contacts: Deanna Dawson

The "Best Report" for 2014 is "Hydrogeologic characterization and assessment of bioremediation of chlorinated benzenes and benzene in wetland areas, Standard Chlorine of Delaware, Inc. Superfund Site, New Castle County, Delaware, 2009-12"

Hydrogeologic characterization and assessment of bioremediation of chlorinated benzenes and benzene in wetland areas
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February 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey have, for the first time, demonstrated how aquifer composition can affect how excessive levels of phosphorous (an essential nutrient contained in fertilizers) can be carried from fertilized agricultural fields via groundwater to streams and waterways. 

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September 8, 2011

SGS scientist Vicki Blazer received the American Fisheries Society 2010 Publications Award for her article investigating the mortality of fish in the Potomac River basin. Blazer, a fish biologist at the Leetown Science Center, received the award at the AFS 141st Annual Meeting in Seattle on Sept. 6. 

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August 23, 2011

The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

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August 1, 2011

USGS scientists gather at the 4th National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration from August 1-5. 

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July 26, 2011

U.S. Geological Survey Chesapeake Bay studies scientists Peter Claggett, Vicki Blazer, and Alicia Berlin will discuss the new science and cooperative efforts being applied to understand the factors contributing to ecosystem health and to restoring the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed. 

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July 15, 2011

A manatee spotted this week in Calvert County, Maryland is the same one that first made waves 17 years ago when he appeared in Chesapeake Bay just before the onset of winter and later had to be rescued.

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May 23, 2011

The most recent USGS Earth as Art exhibit, the third in the series of award-winning Landsat satellite images, will be on display at the Library of Congress beginning May 31. 

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March 24, 2011

Wild migratory birds may indeed play a role in the spread of bird flu, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1.

May 14, 2010

More than one-third of the nation’s population uses drinking water from public water systems that rely on groundwater pumped from public wells. The U.S. Geological Survey has collected data nationwide on water-quality in public wells.

May 12, 2010

In the United States, 1 in 4 people live with the risk of earthquakes. The U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are designing innovative tools to better detect earthquakes and share critical information. The involvement of citizens is key, as decisions made before and immediately after an earthquake can save lives and protect property.

May 6, 2010

Large amounts of nitrogen are stored in the soils of agricultural areas in Nebraska and Maryland, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Once in the soil, nitrogen can be converted to nitrate, which can readily move to groundwater.

March 9, 2010

U.S. Geological Survey conservation geneticists will showcase their science at the Department of the Interior on March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (South Interior Building, South Interior Auditorium, 1951 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.)

Maryland - Delaware - Washington D.C. Water Science Center

Maryland -  Delaware - Washington D.C. Water Science Center

5522 Research Park Drive
Catonsville, MD 21228

Phone: 443-498-5500
Fax: 442-498-5510

MD-DE-DC Water

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, MD 20708-4039

Phone: 301-497-5000

Patuxent Research