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Our Science Centers

The NAA Region has 15 Science Centers spanning 14 NE States and Washington, DC. The Centers conduct interdisciplinary biologic, geologic, hydrologic, and energy monitoring and research addressing natural resource issues facing our nation.

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March Photo Contest

Check out the winning photographs in the March 2021 Photo Contest! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention

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Date published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

USGS Data Delivery Tools

USGS WaterAlert allows users to set notification thresholds for any USGS real-time data collection station, including stream, tidal, and groundwater gages, water-quality, and weather stations and sends emails or text messages to subscribers whenever the threshold conditions are met, as often as every hour.

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Date published: December 13, 2018
Status: Completed

Estimation of Daily Streamflow and Water Availability in the Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator, Version 2.0

The Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator is a decision-support tool that provides estimates of daily unaltered streamflow, water-use-adjusted streamflow, and water availability for ungaged, user-defined sites in Massachusetts. In this recently completed study, version 2.0 of the original Sustainable-Yield Estimator (Archfield and others, 2010) was developed with minor changes to the...

Date published: December 12, 2018
Status: Active

Life History and Migration of Sturgeons in New England Waters

Sturgeons appear in the fossil record as early as the Triassic, 200 million years ago.  Although most populations could once tolerate harvesting pressures, most populations have collapsed and nearly all of the 28 species alive today are listed as threatened or endangered.  In New England, dams and water regulation challenge population recoveries of the two resident species, the shortnose and...

Contacts: Micah Kieffer
Date published: December 11, 2018
Status: Active

Oil and Gas Waters Project

The primary objective of this project is to provide information on the volume, quality, impacts, and possible uses of water produced during generation and development of energy resources (particularly hydrocarbons) as well as related fluids injected into reservoirs for energy development and associated waste disposal.  The purpose of this work is to address scientific and societal questions...

Date published: December 11, 2018
Status: Completed

Economics, Energy Resources, and Future Energy Supply

The members of this project have prepared a number of analyses that constitute the economic components of energy resource assessments. They have also proposed enhancements to geologic assessment data and methods that make results of assessments immediately amenable to economic analysis. In addition, they apply theoretically sound valuation methodologies to assess the commercial value of...

Date published: December 10, 2018
Status: Active

Project eTrout

Welcome to Project eTrout [instructional video]!

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Date published: December 10, 2018
Status: Active

Webcams at streamgages in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Water Science Center hosts webcams at several streamgaging sites.

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

The Purge Analyzer Tool (PAT) to Assess Optimal Pumping Parameters in the Collection of Representative Groundwater Samples from Wells

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing analytical models to assess in-well groundwater flow conditions during the collection of groundwater samples from wells being pumped. This information can be used to inform groundwater samplers on when and how to collect samples that are most reflective of the targeted aquifer or...

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Completed

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data for New Jersey

Spatial/GIS data sets for New Jersey are available numerous spatial data clearinghouses. Spatial/GIS data sets for USGS studies that include New Jersey or include parts of New Jersey are also available from USGS.

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Active

New Jersey Precipitation and Weather Short-Term Network

The New Jersey Water Science Center provides valuable short-term (120 day) data augmentation to many locations for: Precipitation, Water and Air Temperature, and even Wind speed and direction at some of our coastal sites. Our field technicians continuously make field measurements and maintain these networks to ensure the accuracy of these data.

Contacts: Heidi L Hoppe
Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

The New Jersey Water Quality Networks

The water quality of New Jersey's water bodies is monitored by the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center to characterize waters, identify trends over time, identify emerging problems, determine whether pollution control programs are working, help direct pollution control efforts to where they are most needed, and respond to emergencies such as floods and spills.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Geochemistry of Energy Fuels Task

Geologic and geochemical processes that impact fuel quality, quantity, and availability can be best understood by utilizing a range of approaches, including, but not limited to isotopic signatures, inorganic and organic analyses, and neutron scattering techniques. Current work focuses on using neutron scattering to understand how fluids are stored and flow through tight continuous reservoirs...

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Date published: December 20, 2019

DisMOSH, Cost, MOSH_Shoreline: Distance to foraging areas for piping plovers including foraging shoreline, cost mask, and least-cost path distance: Coast Guard Beach, MA, 2013-2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

DisMOSH, Cost, MOSH_Shoreline: Distance to foraging areas for piping plovers including foraging shoreline, cost mask, and least-cost path distance: Parker River, MA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

SupClas, GeoSet, SubType, VegDen, VegType: Categorical landcover rasters of landcover, geomorphic setting, substrate type, vegetation density, and vegetation type: Myrtle Island, VA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

shoreline, inletLines: Shoreline polygons and tidal inlet delineations: Cape Lookout, NC, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

Development: Development delineation: Parker River, MA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

shoreline, inletLines: Shoreline polygons and tidal inlet delineations: Assateague Island, MD & VA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

points, transects, beach width: Barrier island geomorphology and shorebird habitat metrics at 50-m alongshore transects and 5-m cross-shore points: Ship Shoal Island, VA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

points, transects, beach width: Barrier island geomorphology and shorebird habitat metrics at 50-m alongshore transects and 5-m cross-shore points: Cobb Island, VA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

ElevMHW: Elevation adjusted to local mean high water: Wreck Island, VA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

DisMOSH, Cost, MOSH_Shoreline: Distance to foraging areas for piping plovers including foraging shoreline, cost mask, and least-cost path distance: Metompkin Island, VA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

DisOcean: Distance to the ocean: Smith Island, VA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

Date published: December 20, 2019

ElevMHW: Elevation adjusted to local mean high water: Coast Guard Beach, MA, 2014

Understanding how sea-level rise will affect coastal landforms and the species and habitats they support is critical for crafting approaches that balance the needs of humans and native species. Given this increasing need to forecast sea-level rise effects on barrier islands in the near and long terms, we are developing Bayesian networks to evaluate and to forecast the cascading effects of sea-...

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Mercury bioaccumulation in freshwater fishes of the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Chemical contaminants are a threat to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, with mercury (Hg) among the most prevalent causes of impairment. Despite this, large-scale patterns of Hg concentrations, and the potential risks to fish, wildlife, and humans across the watershed, are poorly understood. We compiled fish Hg data from state monitoring programs and...

Willacker, James; Eagles-Smith, Collin; Blazer, Vicki S.

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Geomorphological mapping and anthropogenic landform change in an urbanizing watershed using structure-from-motion photogrammetry and geospatial modeling techniques

Increasing urbanization and suburban growth in cities globally has highlighted the importance of land planning using detailed geomorphologic maps that depict anthropogenic landform changes. Such mapping provides information crucial for land management, hazard identification, and the management of the challenges arising from urbanization. The...

Chirico, Peter G.; Bergstresser, Sarah E.; DeWitt, Jessica D.; Alessi, Marissa Ann

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Potential freshening impacts on fines migration and pore-throat clogging during gas hydrate production: 2-D micromodel study with Diatomaceous UBGH2 sediments

The methane gas hydrate stored in natural sediments is considered a potential gas resource. Countries such as China, India, Japan, and Korea are interested in commercializing this resource, and offshore field pilot tests for gas production have been conducted using depressurization methods to destabilize gas hydrate and facilitate the migration...

Jang, Junbong; Cao, Shaung; Stern, Laura A.; Waite, William F.; Jung, Jongwon; Lee, Joo Yong

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Gardening with climate-smart native plants in the Northeast

Bradley, Bethany A.; Bayer, A.; Griffin, Bridget; Joubran, Sydni; Laginhas, Brittany B.; Munro, Lara; Talbot, Sam; Allen, Jenica M.; Barker-Plotkin, Audrey; Beaury, Evelyn M.; Brown-Lima, Carrie; Fusco, Emily J.; Mount, Hailey; Servais, Bailey; Morelli, Toni Lyn

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Movement-assisted localization from acoustic telemetry data

Acoustic telemetry technologies are being increasingly deployed to study a variety of aquatic taxa including fishes, reptiles, and marine mammals. Large cooperative telemetry networks produce vast quantities of data useful in the study of movement, resource selection and species distribution. Efficient use of acoustic telemetry data requires...

Hostetter, Nathan J.; Royle, Andy

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Framework for a long-term strategic plan for the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Commission

The Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Commission oversees the use of groundwater in six parishes in Louisiana. In carrying out its statutory responsibilities and authorities, the Commission recognizes the complexity of its decisions: the long-term objectives it is seeking are multifaceted; the actions it can choose from are numerous and...

Runge, Michael C.; Bean, Ellen A; McInnis, Adrian; Clark, Ryan; Dausman, Alyssa
Runge MC, Bean EA, McInnis A, Clark R, Dausman A. 2020. Framework for a long-term strategic plan for the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Commission. A report produced for and funded by the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation Commission under Task Order No. 70, Cooperative Endeavor Agreement No. 2503-12-58. Baton Rouge, LA: The Water Institute of the Gulf.

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Short and long-term movement of mudflows of the Mississippi River Delta Front and their known and potential impacts on oil and gas infrastructure

Mudflows on the Mississippi River Delta Front (MRDF) are recognized hazards to oil and gas infrastructure in the shallow (20 – 300 m water depth) Gulf of Mexico. Preconditioning of the seafloor for failure results from high sedimentation rates coupled with slope over-steepening, under-consolidation, and abundant biogenic gas production....

Chaytor, Jason; Baldwin, Wayne E.; Bentley, Samuel J.; Damour, Melanie; Jones, Douglas; Maloney, Jillian; Miner, Michael; Obelcz, Jeff; Xu, Kehui
Jason D. Chaytor, Wayne E. Baldwin, Samuel J. Bentley, Melanie Damour, Douglas Jones, Jillian Maloney, Michael D. Miner, Jeff Obelcz and Kehui Xu Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 500, 26 March 2020, https://doi.org/10.1144/SP500-2019-183

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Assessment of microscopic pathology in fishes collected at sites impacted by wood tar in Pennsylvania

In an effort to determine whether fish populations in an area affected by wood tar waste exhibited health effects, fish were collected and analyzed with histopathology. Multiple species, including Mottled Sculpin (Cottus bairdii), Creek Chub (Semotilus atromaculatus), White Sucker (Catostumus commersonii), Redside Dace (Clinostomus elongatus),...

Walsh, Heather L.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Mazik, Patricia M.; Sperry, Adam J.; Pavlick, Diana
Walsh, H.L., Blazer, V.S., Mazik, P.M., Sperry, A.J., and Pavlick, D., 2020, Assessment of microscopic pathology in fishes collected at sites impacted by wood tar in Pennsylvania: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1024, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201024.

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Development of microsatellite markers for three at risk tiger beetles Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis, C. d. media, and C. puritana

ObjectiveTiger beetles inhabiting sandy beaches and cliffs along the east coast of the United States are facing increasing habitat loss due to erosion, urbanization, and sea level rise. The northeastern beach tiger beetle Cicindela dorsalis dorsalis and Puritan tiger beetle Cicindela puritana are both listed as threatened under...

Aunins, Aaron; Eackles, Michael; Kazyak, David; Drummond, Michael; King, Tim L.

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The role of sand lances (Ammodytes sp.) in the Northwest Atlantic Ecosystem: A synthesis of current knowledge with implications for conservation and management

The American sand lance (Ammodytes americanus, Ammodytidae) and the Northern sand lance (A. dubius, Ammodytidae) are small forage fishes that play an important functional role in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean (NWA). The NWA is a highly dynamic ecosystem currently facing increased risks from climate change, fishing and energy development. We need a...

Staudinger, Michelle D.; Goyert, Holly ; Suca, Justin ; Coleman, Kaycee ; Welch, Linda ; Llopiz, Joel ; Wiley, Dave ; Altman, Irit ; Applegate, Andew ; Auster, Peter ; Baumann, Hannes ; Beaty, Julia ; Boelke, Deirdre ; Kaufman, Les ; Loring, Pam ; Moxley, Jerry ; Paton, Suzanne ; Powers, Kevin; Richardson, David ; Robbins, Jooke ; Runge, Jeff ; Smith, Brian ; Spiegel, Caleb ; Steinmetz, Halley

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Reconnaissance of surface water estrogenicity and the prevalence of intersex in smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) inhabiting New Jersey

The observation of testicular oocytes in male fishes has been utilized as a biomarker of estrogenic endocrine disruption. A reconnaissance project led in the Northeastern United States (US) during the period of 2008–2010 identified a high prevalence of intersex smallmouth bass on or near US Fish & Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges...

Iwanowicz, Luke; Smalling, Kelly; Blazer, Vicki S.; Braham, Ryan P.; Sanders, Lakyn R.; Boetsma, Anna; Procopio, Nick; Goodrow, Sandra; Buchanan, Gary; Millemann, Daniel; Ruppel, Bruce; Vile, John; Henning, Brian; Abatemarco, John

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Consequences of ignoring group association in spatial capture-recapture analysis

Many models in population ecology, including spatial capture–recapture (SCR) models, assume that individuals are distributed and detected independently of one another. In reality, this is rarely the case – both antagonistic and gregarious relationships lead to non-independent spatial configurations, with territorial exclusion at one end of the...

Bischof, Richard; Dupont, Pierre; Milleret, Cyril; Chipperfield, Joseph; Royle, J. Andrew

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​​​​​​​Dragonfly on tagline
July 16, 2019

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Northeast Region Photo Contest Winner | Sept 2019 | Honorable Mention
Dragonfly on tagline

USGS employees carry survey equipment to the survey site. They are hiking down a grassy hill in a farmers field in Connecticut.
July 16, 2019

Hiking in to the survey site

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

USGS employees carry survey equipment to the survey site. They are hiking down a grassy hill in a farmers field in Connecticut.

USGS employees are setting up a total station near an old factory in preparation of taking a channel measurement.
July 16, 2019

Setting up a total station near an old factory

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

​USGS employees are setting up a total station near an old factory in preparation of taking a channel measurement.

group looking at drone in the air
July 11, 2019

UAS imagery collected at Plum Island

The AIM (Aerial Imaging and Mapping group) collected UAS imagery for scientists at The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) from the Plum Island estuary in Rowley MA.  Inke Forbrich from MBL will lead the analysis looking at the reflectance index NDVI for vegetation surrounding a gas flux tower installed in the middle of the study area.

woman in the grass working with a drone
July 11, 2019

UAS imagery taken from Plum Island

The AIM (Aerial Imaging and Mapping group) collected UAS imagery for scientists at The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) from the Plum Island estuary in Rowley MA.  Inke Forbrich from MBL will lead the analysis looking at the reflectance index NDVI for vegetation surrounding a gas flux tower installed in the middle of the study area.

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Flooded gage at Whippany, New Jersey
October 20, 2011

Hurricane Irene moved up the eastern seaboard making landfall for a second time at Little Egg Inlet New Jersey early Sunday morning August 28, 2011. This is the first time a Hurricane made landfall in New Jersey since 1903. 

Getting ready to measure flood waters
October 20, 2011

New Jersey experienced record flooding at 7 USGS gages during August 14-16, 2011.

Flooded neighborhood in Pompton, New Jersey
October 1, 2010

A storm moved north along the Atlantic Coast spreading rain across the State,  from March 12 through March 15, 2010. Light rain began to fall during late morning on Friday March 12. Steady, heavier rain developed on Saturday morning and continued  through the evening. Bands of heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms occurred on Sunday with showers continuing through Monday March 15, 2010. 

Flooded road in Hackensack, New Jersey
April 27, 2007

Flood peaks were the highest ever recorded at ten USGS gaging stations in the Hackensack, Hudson, Raritan, Mullica and lower Delaware River basins 

Delaware River flooding
April 22, 2005

Rainfall totaling as much as 5 inches during April 2-4, 2005, combined with wet antecedent conditions caused by more than 2 inches of rain that fell less than a week earlier, snow cover in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and Catskill Mountains, New York, regions, and reservoirs filled to capacity, set the stage for the worst flooding in 50 years along the mainstem of the Delaware River.

Road closed sign in a flooded out road
October 8, 2004

Flood peaks along the main stem of the Delaware River were the highest since the flood of August 19, 1955

Flooded road in Vincentown  New Jersey
August 2, 2004

Flood peaks were the highest ever recorded at six USGS stream gaging stations in Burlington and Camden Counties N.J. 

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