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Our Science Centers

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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August and September Photo Contests

August and September Photo Contests

Check out the winning photographs in the August and September 2021 Photo Contests! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention.

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Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Completed

Molecular characterization of unknown virus isolated from the introduced species, the Northern snake head (Channa argus), present in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Molecular characterization of unknown virus isolated from the introduced species, the Northern snake head (Channa argus), present in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Date published: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Prevalence of Intersex in Fish Populations in New Jersey

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Prevalence of Intersex in Fish Populations in New Jersey

Date published: November 27, 2018
Status: Active

Funding for State Cooperatives

The National Coal Resources Data System (NCRDS) State Cooperatives project supports a publicly available database of coal knowledge that encompasses the entire United States. State-level partnering for coal resource assessment and fundamental research of energy-bearing strata improves the ability of Federal, State...

Contacts: Joseph A East
Date published: November 20, 2018
Status: Active

Remote Sensing Techniques for Characterizing Energy Resources in Waste

Funded by the USGS Energy Resource Program “Shark Tank” grant. The goal of this project is to develop a method to use remotely collected satellite and airborne data to ascertain the quantity and quality of waste at abandoned uranium mines to better estimate the resource potential, identify abandoned mines and explore potential applications to other energy resources.  This is a collaborative...

Date published: November 20, 2018
Status: Active

Assessing Emissions from Active and Abandoned Coal Mines

The gas emission zone liberates and accumulates significant amounts of coal mine methane as a by-product of active mining. In most active mines, coal mine methane is controlled by wellbores, called gob gas ventholes. Despite the presence of these wellbores, it is not possible to capture all of the methane generated within the gas emission zone. As a consequence, a large amount of gas migrates...

Date published: November 20, 2018
Status: Active

Contaminants in Groundwater near North Penn Area Superfund sites

USGS has investigated groundwater flow and contaminant transport in the vicinity of Superfund sites in Montgomery County, southeastern Pennsylvania, in cooperation with EPA. Additional cooperative support for these investigations has been provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Montgomery County, and local government agencies.

Contacts: Lisa A Senior
Date published: November 20, 2018
Status: Active

Big Data and Data Visualization

In the “Big Data and Data Visualization” task of the Oil and Gas Waters Project, we compile and update the USGS National Produced Waters Geochemical Database and use big data approaches to provide stakeholders with effortless access and modern tools for easier use and interpretation of our data.

Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Brine Research Instrumentation and Experimental (BRInE) Lab

In the “Brine Research Instrumentation and Experimental (BRInE) Lab” task of the Oil and Gas Waters Project we produce and report water quality data in support of studies internal and external to the project. Conduct laboratory research to complement and provide tools to help answer basic questions...

Contacts: Aaron M Jubb
Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Characterization and Reuse of Oil and Gas Waters

In the “Characterization and Reuse of Oil and Gas Waters” task of the Oil and Gas Waters Project, we collect new water samples from conventional and hydraulically fractured unconventional plays in high priority oil and gas basins. Use the geochemistry of water produced along with oil and gas (a) as a tool to...

Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Induced Seismicity Associated with Carbon Dioxide Geologic Storage

As a national science agency, the USGS is responsible for assessing hazards from earthquakes throughout the United States. The USGS studies induced seismicity across the spectrum of energy issues: carbon sequestration, geothermal energy, and conventional and unconventional oil and gas. In the central and eastern United States, earthquakes induced by fluid injection activities contribute...

Contacts: Joern Kaven
Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Geologic Carbon Dioxide and Energy-related Storage, Gas Resources, and Utilization

The objectives of this task are to conduct relevant research needed to 1) evaluate helium (He) and CO2 resources; 2) support future assessments of low-thermal gases and better understand their resources and potential for use as analogues for anthropogenic CO2 storage; 3) study the feasibility of large-scale CO2 mineralization in the United States; 4) develop...

Contacts: Sean T Brennan
Date published: November 19, 2018
Status: Active

Methodology Development and Assessment of National Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery and Associated Carbon Dioxide Storage Potential

The objective of this research task is to conduct a national assessment of recoverable oil related to COinjection. The amount of CO2 stored (utilized) during the hydrocarbon recovery process will also be evaluated.

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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: Fisherman 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: 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

ElevMHW: Elevation adjusted to local mean high water: 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

DCpts, DTpts, SLpts: Dune crest, dune toe, and mean high water shoreline positions: Monomoy Island, 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: Cape Hatteras, 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

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

shoreline, inletLines: Shoreline polygons and tidal inlet delineations: 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

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

DisOcean: Distance to the ocean: 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

shoreline, inletLines: Shoreline polygons and tidal inlet delineations: Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge, RI, 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: 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

shoreline, inletLines: Shoreline polygons and tidal inlet delineations: Assawoman 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-...

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Year Published: 2020

Ecological forecasting—21st century science for 21st century management

Natural resource managers are coping with rapid changes in both environmental conditions and ecosystems. Enabled by recent advances in data collection and assimilation, short-term ecological forecasting may be a powerful tool to help resource managers anticipate impending near-term changes in ecosystem conditions or dynamics. Managers may use the...

Bradford, John B.; Weltzin, Jake; Mccormick, Molly; Baron, Jill; Bowen, Zack; Bristol, Sky; Carlisle, Daren; Crimmins, Theresa; Cross, Paul; DeVivo, Joe; Dietze, Mike; Freeman, Mary; Goldberg, Jason; Hooten, Mevin; Hsu, Leslie; Jenni, Karen; Keisman, Jennifer L.; Kennen, Jonathan; Lee, Kathy; Lesmes, David; Loftin, Keith; Miller, Brian W.; Murdoch, Peter S.; Newman, Jana; Prentice, Karen L.; Rangwala, Imtiaz; Read, Jordan; Sieracki, Jennifer; Sofaer, Helen; Thur, Steve; Toevs, Gordon; Werner, Francisco; White, C. LeAnn; White, Timothy; Wiltermuth, Mark
Bradford, J.B., Weltzin, J.F., McCormick, M., Baron, J., Bowen, Z., Bristol, S., Carlisle, D., Crimmins, T., Cross, P., DeVivo, J., Dietze, M., Freeman, M., Goldberg, J., Hooten, M., Hsu, L., Jenni, K., Keisman, J., Kennen, J., Lee, K., Lesmes, D., Loftin, K., Miller, B.W., Murdoch, P., Newman, J., Prentice, K.L., Rangwala, I., Read, J., Sieracki, J., Sofaer, H., Thur, S., Toevs, G., Werner, F., White, C.L., White, T., and Wiltermuth, M., 2020, Ecological forecasting—21st century science for 21st century management: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1073, 54 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201073.

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Implanted satellite transmitters affect sea duck movement patterns at short- and long-term time scales

Studies of the effects of transmitters on wildlife often focus on survival. However, non-lethal behavioral changes resulting from radiomarking have the potential to affect inferences from telemetry data and may vary based on individual and environmental characteristics. We used a long-term, multi-species tracking study of sea ducks to assess...

Lamb, Juliet S.; Paton, Peter WC; Osenkowski, Jason E; Badzinski, Shannon S.; Berlin, Alicia; Bowman, Timothy D.; Dwyer, Chris; Fara, Luke J.; Gilliland, Scott G; Kenow, Kevin P.; Lepage, Christine; Mallory, Mark L.; Olsen, Glenn H.; Perry, Matthew; Petrie, Scott A.; Savard, Jean-Pierre L.; Savoy, Lucas; Schummer, Michael L.; Spiegel, Caleb S; McWilliams, Scott R.

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Estimating streamflow and base flow within the nontidal Chesapeake Bay riverine system

Daily mean streamflow was estimated for all the nontidal parts of the Chesapeake Bay riverine system with the Unit Flows in Networks of Channels computer application using measured streamflow at the most downstream gage of selected rivers. The streamflows estimated by the Unit Flows in Networks of Channels computer application were aggregated at...

Buffington, Patrick C.; Capel, Paul D.
Buffington, P.C., and Capel, P.D., 2020, Estimating streamflow and base flow within the nontidal Chesapeake Bay riverine system: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5055, 26 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205055.

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Groundwater quality in relation to drinking water health standards and geochemical characteristics for 54 domestic wells in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 2017

Despite the reliance on groundwater by approximately 2.4 million rural Pennsylvania residents, publicly available data to characterize the quality of private well water are limited. As part of a regional effort to characterize groundwater in rural areas of Pennsylvania, samples from 54 domestic wells in Clinton County were collected and analyzed...

Clune, John W.; Cravotta, Charles A.
Clune, J.W., and Cravotta, C.A., III, 2020, Groundwater quality in relation to drinking water health standards and geochemical characteristics for 54 domestic wells in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 2017 (ver 1.1, July 2020): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5022, 72 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205022.

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Sediment delivery to marsh platforms minimized by source decoupling and flux convergence

Sediment supply is a primary factor in determining marsh response to sea level rise and is typically approximated through high‐resolution measurements of suspended sediment concentrations (SSCs) from adjacent tidal channels. However, understanding sediment transport across the marsh itself remains limited by discontinuous measurements of SSC over...

Coleman, Daniel; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Kirwan, Matthew

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Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) exposed to different preparatory photoperiods during smoltification show varying responses in gill Na+/K+-ATPase, salinity-specific mRNA transcription and ionocyte differentiation

Control of the parr-smolt transformation (or smoltification) is crucial for the husbandry and successful seawater (SW) transfer of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) reared in freshwater (FW) hatcheries. Photoperiod is an important environmental signal that initiates the complex physiological, morphological and behavioural changes that coincide with...

van Rijn, Christian A.; Jones, Paul L.; Schultz, Aaron G.; Evans, Brad S.; McCormick, Stephen D.; Afonso, Luis O.B.

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11‑Deoxycortisol controls hydromineral balance in the most basal osmoregulating vertebrate, sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)

It is unknown whether and how osmoregulation is controlled by corticosteroid signaling in the phylogenetically basal vertebrate group Agnatha, including lampreys and hagfishes. It is known that a truncated steroid biosynthetic pathway in lampreys produces two predominant circulating corticosteroids, 11-deoxycortisol (S) and 11-deoxycorticosterone...

Shaughnessy, Ciaran A.; Barany-Ruiz, Andre; McCormick, Stephen D.

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Taxonomic evaluation of the Grallaria rufula (Rufous Antpitta) complex (Aves: Passeriformes: Grallariidae) distinguishes sixteen species

Populations in the Rufous Antpitta (Grallaria rufula) complex occupy humid montane forests of the Andes from northern Colombia and adjacent Venezuela to central Bolivia. Their tawny to cinnamon-colored plumages are generally uniform, featuring subtle variation in hue and saturation across this range. In contrast to their conservative plumage,...

Isler, Morton L; Chesser, Terry; Robbins, Mark B; Cuervo, Andres M; Cadena, C Daniel; Hosner, Peter A.

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Conservative plumage masks extraordinary phylogenetic diversity in the Grallaria rufula (Rufous Antpitta) complex of the humid Andes

The Grallaria rufula complex is currently considered to consist of 2 species, G. rufula (Rufous Antpitta) and G. blakei (Chestnut Antpitta). However, it has been suggested that the complex, populations of which occur in humid montane forests from Venezuela to Bolivia, comprises a suite of vocally distinct yet morphologically cryptic species. We...

Chesser, Terry; Isler, Morton L; Cuervo, Andres M; Cadena, C Daniel; Galen, Spencer C; Bergner, Laura M.; Fleischer, Robert C.; Bravo, Gustavo A; Lane, Daniel F; Hosner, Peter A.

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Anticipating future learning affects current control decisions: A comparison between passive and active adaptive management in an epidemiological setting

Infectious disease epidemics present a difficult task for policymakers, requiring the implementation of control strategies under significant time constraints and uncertainty. Mathematical models can be used to predict the outcome of control interventions, providing useful information to policymakers in the event of such an epidemic. However, these...

Atkins, Benjamin D; Jewell, Chris P.; Runge, Michael C.; Ferrari, Matthew J.; Shea, Katriona; Probert, William J. M.; Tildesley, Michael J.

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An updated genetic marker for detection of Lake Sinai Virus and metagenetic applications

BackgroundLake Sinai Viruses (LSV) are common RNA viruses of honey bees (Apis mellifera) that frequently reach high abundance but are not linked to overt disease. LSVs are genetically heterogeneous and collectively widespread, but despite frequent detection in surveys, the ecological and geographic factors structuring their distribution in A...

Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Wu-Smart, Judy Y.; Olgun, Tugce; Smart, Autumn H.; Otto, Clint R. V.; Lopez, Dawn; Evans, Jay D.; Cornman, Robert S.

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Aquatic invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay drainage—Research-based needs and priorities of U.S. Geological Survey partners and collaborators

Executive SummaryThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is revising the Chesapeake Bay-based science plan to align it with recent U.S. Department of Interior and USGS science priorities that include, as stated in the plan, providing “an integrated understanding of the factors affecting fish habitat, fish health, and landscape conditions” in Chesapeake...

Densmore, Christine L.
Densmore, C.L., 2020, Aquatic invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay drainage—Research-based needs and priorities of U.S. Geological Survey partners and collaborators: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1057, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201057.

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Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

brochures, booklets, and maps on a table
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Brochures, booklets, maps, and more on our handout table at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Researcher showing a drone to the public
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Julia Moriarty showing and talking to the public about drone equipment at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

scientist showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini showing and talking about different instrumentation used for sediment transport research at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Researcher showing drone to the public
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Julia Moriarty showing and talking to the public about drone equipment at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Calibrate the tide gage 01194815 Connecticut River
August 7, 2019

Calibrate the tide gage 01194815 Connecticut River

Northeast Region Photo Contest, August 2019, Honorable Mention
Stephen Banulski using a surveying instrument to calibrate the tide gage 01194815 Connecticut River near Bridge St near Old Saybrook, CT

People on boat deploying equipment
August 5, 2019

Deploying the s-boom

USGS deploying the s-boom into Cape Cod Bay during the Cape Cod Bay 2019 Survey.

Kayaking
August 5, 2019

Kayaking

Kayakers paddling into bay-shore.

New York City skyline
August 5, 2019

New York City

New York city skyline view from Liberty Island.

bayside channel and marsh on summer evening
August 5, 2019

Bayside Channel and Surrounding Marsh

Bayside channel and surrounding marsh on summer evening.

Cars on ferry
August 5, 2019

Cars on ferry

Cars on ferry headed across Long Island Sound.

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USGS science for a changing world logo
January 30, 2015

The estimated value of mineral production increased in the United States in 2014, despite the decline in price for most precious metals, the U.S. Geological Survey announced today in its Mineral Commodity Summaries 2015.

Image: Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)
May 12, 2014

Migratory birds provide ecosystem benefits that include pest control, pollination of plants and serve as food sources for other wildlife.  They are also a source of recreation for millions of bird watchers and enthusiasts who provide food and design backyard habitats to attract a variety of species throughout the year.

Image: Southeast Missouri Helicopter Survey
February 5, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a comprehensive, high-resolution airborne survey to study the rock layers under parts of Washington, Franklin and Crawford counties. Instruments on the helicopter will collect information about the underground geology and mineral deposits of the region.

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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