Unified Interior Regions

Rhode Island

Rhode Island, smallest of the 50 states, is densely populated and highly industrialized. It is a major center for jewelry manufacturing, electronics, metal and plastic products, as well as boat and ship construction . Officially nicknamed "The Ocean State", the state's geography contains several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its 1,241 square miles.

New England Water Science Center - Rhode Island

New England Water Science Center - Rhode Island

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

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

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Rhode Island, smallest of the 50 states, is densely populated and highly industrialized. It is a major center for jewelry manufacturing, electronics, metal and plastic products, as well as boat and ship construction . Officially nicknamed "The Ocean State", the state's geography contains several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its 1,241 square miles.

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Date published: October 1, 2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge Summary Results for City / Town Halls in MA, CT, & RI

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

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 24, 2020

FINISHED! City / Town Halls in MA, CT, & RI

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

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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: 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

Rhode Island Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey has compiled the nation's water-use data in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive...

Date published: July 9, 2019
Status: Active

Water Quality Sampling and Monitoring of the Pawcatuck River Watershed

The Pawcatuck River and the Pawcatuck River Estuary and Little Narragansett Bay form part of the boundary between the States of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Both states have identified water quality impairments within these waters related to nutrients (insufficient oxygen) and bacteria. Studies of the eutrophication potential of Long Island Sound embayments have identified that the Pawcatuck...

Contacts: Kaitlin L Laabs, Jonathan Morrison, Traci Iott
Date published: June 26, 2019
Status: Active

Information by Region - Rhode Island

  

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...

Date published: September 26, 2018
Status: Active

Characterization of Water Quality in the Sakonnet River, Rhode Island

Sections of Narragansett Bay and its eastern arm, the Sakonnet River, are considered impaired for shell fishing, aquatic habitat and recreational use by the State of Rhode Island Rhode Island. The degradation of aquatic habitat and water quality in the western portions of Narragansett Bay has been and continues to be closely studied. However, there is comparably limited information available...

Contacts: Jason Sorenson
Date published: September 24, 2018
Status: Active

Surface Water Quality Monitoring in Rhode Island

Since 1979, the USGS has monitored water quality in the major river basins of Rhode Island contributing to Narragansett Bay.

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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: 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 Rhode Island

The link provides access to the 5-year water-use compilations (between 1985 and 2015) data for Rhode Island 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 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. 

Date published: September 1, 2017

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to real-time and historical surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Date published: August 24, 2017

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Interactive access to coastal change science and data for our Nation’s coasts. Information and products are organized within three coastal change hazard themes: 1) extreme storms, 2) shoreline change, and 3) sea-level rise. Displays probabilities of coastal erosion.

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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. 

Wells in the New England groundwater level network dataset, 2017, web application
November 13, 2019

Locations of active wells (at least one measurement during the previous year) in the New England groundwater level network at the end of 2017. The dataset contains 104 wells with continuous water-level measurements (15-minute to hourly measurements), 182 wells with discrete water-level measurements (monthly measurements at most locations), and 95 wells with intermittent water-level measurements.

Flood Inundation Mapper - New England
November 4, 2019

USGS Flood Inundation Mapper Web Application

NWIS-Mapper thumbnail image
November 26, 2018

The National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper provides access to water-resources data at over 1.5 million sites across the U.S., including current and historical data. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

New England Water Conditions Map
October 30, 2018

New England Current Water Conditions (Groundwater, Surface Water and Water-Quality) Maps

Example of StreamStats drainage basin delineation Illustration
October 21, 2018

StreamStats is a Web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application that provides users with access to an assortment of analytical tools that are useful for a variety of water-resources planning and management purposes.

Screenshot of the map showing part of New England
October 19, 2018

Maps of flood and high flow conditions within New England

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

USGS Storm-Tide Mapper and Data Services
March 8, 2016

The USGS Storm Tide Mapper is a tool for viewing, analyzing, and accessing storm tide data collected during and after hurricanes and Nor’easters. The USGS Storm Tide Mapper will continue to provide a unified and consistent source of real-time and archived storm-tide data.

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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.

Alana Spaetzel collecting water-quality sample on Sakonnet tidal strait in Rhode Island
August 21, 2018

Collecting water samples on Sakonnet

Alana Spaetzel collecting water-quality sample on Sakonnet tidal strait in Rhode Island

Sakonnet River, the eastern arm of the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island
May 24, 2018

Sakonnet River, the eastern arm of the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

Sakonnet River, the eastern arm of the Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

August 28, 2017

Image of the Week: Gypsy Moth Infestation Continues in New England

Gypsy Moth populations are at their highest levels since the 1980s, causing damage to hardwood trees in the New England area.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

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Photo of the seafloor in Block Island Sound, Rhode Island
December 31, 2013

Photo of the seafloor in Block Island Sound, Rhode Island

Photo of the seafloor in Block Island Sound showing a rock crab and several shrimp on a boulder that is covered with bryozoans. The photo was collected in support of research and management activities (e.g., wind farms and fisheries) along the Rhode Island inner continental shelf.

Image: Rhode Island Seafloor
November 13, 2008

Rhode Island Seafloor

This photograph is of the seafloor on the Rhode Island coast and shows a skate on a fine-grained, likely silty or muddy seafloor. This photograph was collected to support research and management activities (e.g., wind farms and fisheries) along the Rhode Island inner continental shelf.

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March 22, 2018

New England WSC Newsletter - Spring 2018

Spring 2018 WaterMarks continues a regular series of newsletters from the USGS New England Water Science Center to cooperating agencies, collaborators, and others interested our work. This issue features:

  •  Links to new reports and journal articles by our staff
  •  Current hydrologic conditions, with a focus on winter ice in streams 
  •  Highlights
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November 29, 2018

New England WSC Newsletter - Fall 2018

Fall 2018 WaterMarks continues a regular series of newsletters from the USGS New England Water Science Center to cooperating agencies, collaborators, and others interested in our work. This issue features:

  •  Links to new reports and journal articles by our staff
  •  Updates on recent activities of our Data Section  
  •  Highlights of new and recently
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July 26, 2019

New England Newsletter - Spring-Summer 2019

This issue of WaterMarks has information on the full spectrum of work we do: from flood monitoring to drought predictions, water-quality sampling in estuaries to the latest technology in rapid arsenic analysis. In addition, we are starting to highlight a few of our staff in each newsletter, so you get to meet and become more familiar with those who do the work and

USGS
April 8, 2020

Aggregates Data by State, Type, and End Use; 1971–2016

This data set contains supplemental aggregates data for the USGS Minerals Yearbook Volume II—Area Reports: Domestic. It contains data for the years 1971 through 2016 and replaces the discrete construction aggregate tables that were included in the individual State chapters prior to 2014. It contains

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI 09/03/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI 09/03/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI 09/10/20

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI 09/10/20

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THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI
October 1, 2020

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

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.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI FINISHED
September 24, 2020

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

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.

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI
September 17, 2020

Almost 200 new points have been added since last week - NICE WORK!  Since this challenge is nearing completion, we performed our spatial analyses to help identify remaining communities. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI
September 10, 2020

Volunteers edited over 100 points since last week - nice work!  This includes the addition of ~40 new points. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI
September 3, 2020

Almost 200 edits have come in for this challenge since we launched it last week - nice work!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in MA, CT, RI NEW
August 27, 2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenges continue in New England with a new challenge for city/town halls in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island!

Dragonfly larvae being held in an open hand
July 21, 2020

A team of federal, academic, and NGO researchers conducted a national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic ecosystems using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels.

New England Newsletter - Spring-Summer 2019 cover
July 26, 2019

This issue of WaterMarks has information on the full spectrum of work we do: from flood monitoring to drought predictions, water-quality sampling in estuaries to the latest technology in rapid arsenic analysis. In addition, we are starting to highlight a few of our staff in each newsletter, so you get to meet and become more familiar with those who do the work and represent the future of our WSC.

map of northeastern U.S. with clusters of 3 colored dots and a smaller bar graph
April 9, 2019

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.

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New England Water Science Center - Rhode Island

New England Water Science Center - Rhode Island

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

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

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