Unified Interior Regions

Massachusetts

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the eastern United States. Several large bays distinctly shape its coast. Boston is the largest city at the innermost point of Massachusetts Bay and the mouth of the Charles River. There are 50 cities and 301 towns in Massachusetts, grouped into 14 counties.

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water

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Date published: April 19, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Detenbeck 20170419

Watershed managers are challenged by the need for predictive temperature models with sufficient accuracy and geographic breadth for practical use. We described thermal regimes of New England rivers and streams based on a reduced set of metrics for the May–September growing season (July or August median temperature, diurnal rate of change, and magnitude and timing of growing season maximum)...

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)...

Date published: February 22, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Cerutti 20170222

Prior to 2007, the year before oil reached $100 per barrel for the 1st time in history, MassDEP processed less than ten Underground Injection Control (UIC) registration applications per year for geothermal well installations. That number quickly increased to multiple hundreds per year.

Date published: February 16, 2017

Seabird Research Program

The Seabird Research Program at PWRC is focused on studying the ecology of species present across the Atlantic Coast. This program was a natural progression of PWRC's historic work studying the coastal ecology of wildlife in and around the Chesapeake Bay. We now focus on the three key areas on a variety of species: physiology, avoided bycatch, and movement ecology.

Date published: February 1, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Vogel 20170201

Over half a century ago, the Harvard Water Program introduced the field of operational or synthetic hydrology, providing stochastic streamflow models (SSMs) which could generate equally likely synthetic streamflow traces useful for hydrologic risk management. This presentation advances the modern equivalent of SSMs, termed ‘stochastic watershed models’ (SWMs), which could provide useful input...

Date published: December 7, 2016
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series LeBlanc 20161207

The Cape Cod unconsolidated sand and gravel aquifer is pitted with more than 400
groundwater-flow-through kettle lakes. In groundwater-flow models of western and central
Cape Cod, about 25 percent of the total simulated recharge to the aquifer from precipitation
discharges into lakes and subsequently seeps back into the groundwater before discharging to
streams and the...

Contacts: Denis R LeBlanc
Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. 

Date published: June 21, 2016
Status: Completed

USGS Scientists Measure New Bacterial Nitrogen Removal Process in Groundwater

For the first time, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the University of Connecticut scientists have detected active anammox bacteria in groundwater.

Date published: April 19, 2016

Sewage-Contaminated Ground Water

The USGS is investigating a wastewater plume in a shallow aquifer near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to increase the understanding of the physical, chemical, and microbiological processes that affect the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater.

Date published: April 14, 2016

Flood Science- Northeast Region Capability Team

One of the critical roles that USGS personnel play in their day-to-day activities is to respond in a timely and professional manner to floods that can occur at any time of the year and for a variety of reasons. The Flood Science Capability Team examines the cause and effect...

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USGS employees survey a bridge.​
June 11, 2019

FEMA Bridge Survey

​Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps. 

USGS employees survey a bridge.​​

Map showing surficial geology of Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard
February 26, 2019

Surficial Geology Map of Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard, MA

Map showing the surficial geology from this study and Baldwin and others (2016) with equivalent onshore geology (adapted from Stone and DiGiacomo-Cohen, 2009). The areal extents over which offshore subsurface geologic units crop out at the sea floor were interpreted from seismic-reflection data.

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.
 

Map of distribution sediment textures from Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts
December 31, 2018

Sediment textures distribution from Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard, MA

The distribution of sediment textures within the study area. The bottom-type classification is from Barnhardt and others (1998) and is based on 16 sediment classes. The classification is based on four sediment units that include gravel (G), mud (M), rock (R), and sand (S). If the texture is greater than 90 percent, it is labeled with a single letter. If the composition of

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Geologic sections illustrating general distributions and thickness of seismic stratigraphic units Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket
December 31, 2018

Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard geologic illustrations

Geologic sections (C-C', D-D', and E-E') illustrating the general distributions and thicknesses of seismic stratigraphic units and major unconformities in the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket study areas. The geologic sections were produced from chirp seismic-reflection profile interpretations.The Uunconformity is a dashed line to denote that it is

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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.

Groundwater site inspection, Petersham, Massachusetts
October 31, 2018

Groundwater site inspection, Petersham, Massachusetts

Shown in this photo is Hydrologic Technician Sam Banas performing an electric tape down measurement of a groundwater well. The site ID is: 422906072124301 MA-PHW 16 Petersham, MA

Photo of a boardwalk over a saltmarsh creek showing people
October 14, 2018

Social benefits of marshes

Photo of a boardwalk over a saltmarsh creek showing people.

Photo showing floating cages for oyster farming in a marsh creek exposed at low tide.
October 14, 2018

Economic benefits of marshes

Photo showing floating cages for oyster farming in a marsh creek exposed at low tide.

   
Photo showing different species of salt tolerant plants near a saltmarsh
October 14, 2018

Saltmarsh vegetation

Photo showing different species of salt tolerant plants near a saltmarsh.

saltmarsh fish
October 14, 2018

School of juvenile fish in water next to marsh vegetation

Photo showing school of juvenile fish in water next to marsh vegetation.

   
Photo of a saltmarsh platform showing vegetation on on top of the banks of a tidal creek.
October 7, 2018

A saltmarsh platform

Photo of a saltmarsh platform showing vegetation on on top of the banks of a tidal creek. It shows the general setting of a saltmarshes that experience wet and dry periods with the tides within a day.

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USGS science for a changing world logo
September 16, 2009

Levels of chloride, a component of salt, are elevated in many urban streams and groundwater across the northern U.S., according to a new government study. Chloride levels above the recommended federal criteria set to protect aquatic life were found in more than 40 percent of urban streams tested. The study was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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March 2, 2009

Residents with private wells in Essex, Middlesex, and Worcester counties are needed for a study about arsenic and uranium. In early March, some 1600 residents will receive letters asking them to help scientists determine if arsenic or uranium concentrations are elevated in their well water.
The letters will come from the U.S. Geological Survey. Instructions and sampling kits will be provided.

USGS
December 18, 2008

U.S. Geological Survey Deputy Director Robert Doyle has been selected as a Distinguished recipient of the Presidential Rank Award, a prestigious award that commends outstanding leadership and long-term accomplishments.

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October 30, 2008

A previously undescribed, cold-loving fungus has been linked to white-nose syndrome, a condition associated with the deaths of over 100,000 hibernating bats in the northeastern United States. The findings are published in this week's issue of Science.

USGS
May 9, 2008

Investigations continue into the cause of a mysterious illness that has resulted in the deaths of thousands of bats since March 2008. At more than 25 caves and mines in the northeastern U.S, bats exhibiting a condition now referred to as "white-nosed syndrome" have been dying.  

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April 15, 2008

New USGS research indicates that climate change may impact water supply from the Colorado River basin. This could greatly impact the more than 25 million people, including residents of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, who rely on this source for water and power. 

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April 14, 2008

USGS Scientists Prominent at AAG Convention

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September 20, 2006

WOODS HOLE, Mass.— For the fourth consecutive year, federal and university researchers have surveyed two areas on Georges Bank where an invasive colonial sea squirt continues to thrive on the gravel bottom.

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August 23, 2006

A West Indian manatee has been sighted in various waters of the northeastern United States in the last 5-6 weeks. It took in the sights along the Hudson River traveling up into Harlem, visited Cape Cod, Mass., and was most recently sighted in Warwick, Rhode Island, in Greenwich Bay.

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May 25, 2006

Many private ground-water wells in New Hampshire and Maine may have arsenic at concentrations close to or above Federal safety standards for public water supplies. A recently released study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows the likely locations of elevated arsenic.

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May 25, 2006

Many private ground-water wells in New Hampshire and Maine may have arsenic at concentrations close to or above Federal safety standards for public water supplies. A recently released study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows the likely locations of elevated arsenic.

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water