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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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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: May 9, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Methods Associated with Animal Population Dynamics

The Challenge: Conservation and management of natural animal populations requires knowledge of their dynamics and associated environmental and management influences. Specifically, informed management requires periodic estimates of system state (e.g., population size) and models for projecting consequences of management actions for subsequent state dynamics. However, it is very difficult to...

Date published: May 9, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Patch Occupancy Models for Assessing the Spatial Distribution of Organisms

The Challenge: A variety of important questions about the conservation and management of natural resources requires information about the spatial distribution of organisms. For species of conservation concern, the size of a species’ range is a criterion used to assign species status as threatened or endangered. For invasive species and disease organisms, the dynamics of the species range ...

Date published: May 9, 2018
Status: Active

Statistical Research for the USGS - Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative

The Challenge: Since its inception in 2002 the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) has taken the lead in monitoring amphibian populations on Department of Interior lands. ARMI scientists work on a broad spectrum of species and management issues to address the core causes of amphibian declines. In many cases, research requires complex study designs and innovative methods. A...

Date published: May 7, 2018
Status: Active

Monitoring Land-Surface Deformation in the Virginia Coastal Plain

Land-surface deformation in eastern Virginia is being monitored to evaluate effects of groundwater pumping and wastewater injection on land-surface movement and relative sea-level rise.

Date published: May 4, 2018
Status: Archived

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

NJ WSC and Leetown Science Center scientists in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection were tasked with characterizing endocrine disruption in smallmouth bass from New Jersey.

 

Contacts: Kelly Smalling, Luke R Iwanowicz, Ph.D., Sandra Goodrow
Date published: May 4, 2018
Status: Active

Long-term trends in Rainbow Trout growth and naturalized populations in the Ashokan Basin

Background: Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) have thrived in the Esopus Creek since their introduction in the 1880s. The construction of the Ashokan Reservoir in 1915 changed the fishery by providing a stable lentic environment where adult trout could grow large and find refuge during periods when stream conditions become stressful. Although many adult Rainbow Trout spend time in the...

Date published: May 2, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Elskus 20180502

Known in Turners Falls as ‘The Fish Lab’, the USGS Conte lab’s mission is the conservation of migratory fish.

Date published: May 2, 2018
Status: Active

Environmental Compliance

The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is the cornerstone of our Nation's environmental laws and was enacted to ensure that information on the environmental impacts of any Federal, or federally funded, action is available to public officials and citizens before decisions are made and before actions are taken

Date published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Date published: April 27, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Long Island Water Quality Integrated Data System (LIQWIDS) - User interface and web services in support of collaboration under the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan(LINAP)

PROBLEM There are more than 60 organizations and agencies collecting water-quality data on Long Island. The types of database management that are used to store and archive regulatory and non-regulatory data vary from paper forms to spreadsheets to State and Federal databases, and there is minimal communication between these systems. As a result, those interested in analyzing data may be...

Contacts: Martyn Smith
Date published: April 25, 2018
Status: Active

Water Use Resources

The future health and welfare of the Nation's population and environment are dependent upon a continuing supply of uncontaminated fresh water. Increasing withdrawals and increasing demands for in-stream flows are limiting the water available for future use.

Date published: April 24, 2018
Status: Active

Threatened & Endangered Species

Science on threatened and endangered species often includes challenges in counting rare animals or in resolving human-wildlife conflicts.  Our research is focused on measuring populations and managing species in spite of these challenges, and working with agency biologists who must manage populations under competing priorities for habitat use.

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Date published: May 1, 2017

PaRadonGW.shp - Evaluation of Radon Occurrence in Groundwater from 16 Geologic Units in Pennsylvania, 1986–2015, with Application to Potential Radon Exposure from Groundwater and Indoor Air

This dataset documents results from 1,041 groundwater samples collected during 1986‒2015 from 16 geologic units in Pennsylvania associated with 25 or more groundwater samples with activities or concentrations of radon-222. Radon-222 is hereafter referred to as “radon.” These 16 geologic units were evaluated in an effort to identify variations in radon concentrations and

Date published: April 25, 2017

North American Breeding Bird Survey Dataset 1966 - 2016, version 2016.0

The 1966-2016 North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) dataset contains avian point count data for more than 700 North American bird taxa (species, races, and unidentified species groupings). These data are collected annually during the breeding season, primarily in June, along thousands of randomly established roadside survey routes in the United States and Canada. Routes are ro

Date published: January 1, 2017

Matrix inhibition PCR and Microtox® 81.9% screening assay analytical results for samples collected for the Sediment-Bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response Strategy pilot study, northeastern United States, 2015

Coastal communities are uniquely vulnerable to sea-level rise (SLR) and severe storms such as hurricanes. These events enhance the dispersion and concentration of natural and anthropogenic chemicals and pathogenic microorganisms that could adversely affect the health and resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems in coming years. The U.S. Geo­logical Survey has developed the Sedime

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are measurements of sediment depth in the downstream approach channel of Brandon Rd Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois, on February 13-14, 2017. Data collection software recorded and stored the horizontal position of the vessel and the measured sediment depth. Data processing required computer software to extract position data from the target data files and to summarize and map the...

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format, generated from the February 13, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River in an area centered approximately 2.2 miles downstream of Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected using a multibeam echo-sounder (MBES) with integrated inertial n

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format, generated from the February 14, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River in an area centered approximately 250 feet upstream of Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected using a multibeam echo-sounder (MBES) with integrated inertial navi

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format and measurements of sediment depth in CSV format, generated from the February 13–14, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River near Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected in three separate areas (approach channel, mooring area%2

Date published: January 1, 2017

Channel Migration Rates of Stream Reaches in Indiana

An investigation was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that found 1,132 transportation and utility assets in Indiana are vulnerable to fluvial erosion hazards due to close proximity to actively migrating streams. Locations of transportation assets (bridges, roadways, and railroad lines) and selected utility asse

Date published: January 1, 2017

Summary of Transportation and Utility Assets Vulnerable to Fluvial Erosion Hazards in Indiana

An investigation was completed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs that found 1,132 transportation and utility assets in Indiana are vulnerable to fluvial erosion hazards due to close proximity to actively migrating streams. Locations of transportation assets (bridges, roadways, and railroad lines) and selected utility asse

Date published: January 1, 2017

PRISM late Pliocene (Piacenzian) alkenone - derived SST data

This dataset collects sea surface temperature data generated through alkenone analysis of late Pliocene sediments collected from cores and outcrops

Date published: January 1, 2017

Multibeam bathymetry and sediment depth data at select locations on the Des Plaines River near Joliet, Illinois, February 13–14, 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (river bottom elevation) in XYZ format, generated from the February 14, 2017, topographic and hydrographic survey of the Des Plaines River in an area centered approximately 0.3 miles downstream of Brandon Road Lock and Dam at Joliet, Illinois. Hydrographic data were collected using a multibeam echo-sounder (MBES) with integrated inertial n

Date published: January 1, 2016

Attributes for NHDPlus Version 2.1 Reach Catchments and Modified Routed Upstream Watersheds for the Conterminous United States: STATSGO Soil Characteristics, Soil pH

This tabular data set represents the soil pH as processed from STATSGO2 database compiled for two spatial components of the NHDPlus version 2 data suite (NHDPlusv2) for the conterminous United States; 1) individual reach catchments and 2) reach catchments accumulated upstream through the river network. The source data was produced by the United States Geological Survey (Wieczorek, 2

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Rapid adoption of nestboxes by Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea) in mesic deciduous forest

Breeding territory selection in Prothonotary Warblers (Protonotaria citrea (Boddaert, 1783)) is thought to hinge on standing water, with a strong preference for low-lying areas prone to seasonal flooding. However, we have observed this species nesting in much drier areas than previously reported. We recently initiated a study of the Carolina...

Mueller, Alexander J; Twedt, Daniel J.; Bowers, E Keith

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Adult survival of common eiders in Maine

Although most species of sea ducks are poorly studied, much is known about the population dynamics of the American race of Somateria mollissma dresseri (Common Eider). Although Common Eiders typically have high adult survival and low recruitment rates, their populations in Maine have declined since the early 1990s. Wildlife managers...

Allen, R. B.; McAuley, Daniel; Zimmerman, G.

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Residency, recruitment, and stopover duration of hatch-year Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii) during the pre-migratory staging period

Avian migratory stopover and staging sites represent important energetic bottlenecks and may influence population dynamics as much as breeding or wintering periods. Roseate terns (Sterna dougallii) are an ideal species to examine staging demography because >70% of the entire endangered northwest Atlantic population stages at accessible...

Davis, Kayla L.; Karpanty, Sarah M.; Spendelow, Jeffrey A.; Cohen, Jonathan B.; Althouse, Melissa A.; Parsons, Katharine C; Luttazi, Cristin F.; Catlin, Daniel H.; Gibson, Daniel

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Restoring a forest icon: Could returning the American chestnut remodel our wildlife landscape?

Mother Nature was not making it easy. It was February 18, 2009, and winds were gusting, sleet was falling, and temperatures were hovering around 40° F. Our crew of 9 which consisted of personnel from the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, the Cherokee National Forest, and The University of Tennessee’s Tree Improvement Program, was...

Clark, Staci L; Schlarbaum, Scott E.; Clark, Joseph D.

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Water velocity regulates macro-consumer herbivory on the benthic macrophyte Podostemum ceratophyllum Michx.

1) Macrophytes influence aquatic ecosystems by increasing habitat complexity and providing trophic resources for aquatic fauna. While herbivory on freshwater macrophytes is widely documented in lakes, low-velocity riverine habitats, the influence of herbivory on macrophytes in higher-velocity habitats has rarely been examined. 2) We...

Wood, James L; Skaggs, Jon W; Conn, Caitlin C; Freeman, Mary

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Hydrologic balance, water quality, chemical-mass balance, and geochemical modeling of hyperalkaline ponds at Big Marsh, Chicago, Illinois, 2016–17

Hyperalkaline (pH greater than 12) ponds and groundwater exist at Big Marsh near Lake Calumet, Chicago, Illinois, a site used by the steel industry during the mid-1900s to deposit steel- and iron-making waste, in particular, slag. The hyperalkaline ponds may pose a hazard to human health and the environment. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in...

Gahala, Amy M.; Seal, Robert R.; Piatak, Nadine M.
Gahala, A.M., Seal, R.R., and Piatak, N.M., 2019, Hydrologic balance, water quality, chemical-mass balance, and geochemical modeling of hyperalkaline ponds at Big Marsh, Chicago, Illinois, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5078, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195078.

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Development and evaluation of a record extension technique for estimating discharge at selected stream sites in New Hampshire

Daily mean discharges are needed for rivers in New Hampshire for the management of instream flows. It is impractical, however, to continuously gage all streams in New Hampshire, and at many sites where information is needed, the discharge data required do not exist. For such sites, techniques for estimating discharge are available. The U.S....

Olson, Scott A.; Meyerhofer, Abraham J.
Olson, S.A., and Meyerhofer, A.J., 2019, Development and evaluation of a record extension technique for estimating discharge at selected stream sites in New Hampshire: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5066, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195066.

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Urban stormwater: An overlooked pathway of extensive mixed contaminants to surface and groundwaters in the United States

Increasing global reliance on stormwater control measures to reduce discharge to surface water, increase groundwater recharge, and minimize contaminant delivery to receiving waterbodies necessitates improved understanding of stormwater-contaminant profiles. A multi-agency study of organic and inorganic chemicals in urban stormwater from 50 runoff...

Masoner, Jason R.; Kolpin, Dana W.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Barber, Larry B.; Burden, D.S.; Foreman, William T.; Forshay, Kenneth J.; Furlong, Edward; Groves, Justin F.; Hladik, Michelle; Hopton, Matthew E.; Jaeschke, Jeanne B.; Keefe, Steffanie H.; Krabbenhoft, David; Lowrance , Richard; Romanok, Kristin; Rus, David L.; Selbig, William R.; Williams, Brad; Bradley, Paul

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Molecular identification of fecal contamination in the Elks Run Watershed, Jefferson County, West Virginia, 2016–17

The U.S. Geological Survey conducted a study using modern methods of molecular analysis aimed at attempting to identify the source(s) of fecal contamination that had been identified in previous studies conducted by the West Virginia Conservation Agency in the Elk Run watershed, Jefferson County, West Virginia. Water samples from multiple sites...

Schill, W. Bane; Iwanowicz, Deborah D.
Schill, W.B., and Iwanowicz, D.D., 2019, Molecular identification of fecal contamination in the Elks Run watershed, Jefferson County, West Virginia, 2016–17: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1064, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191064.

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Spatial distribution of water level impact to back-barrier bays

Water level in semi-enclosed bays, landward of barrier islands, is mainly driven by offshore sea level fluctuations that are modulated by bay geometry and bathymetry, causing spatial variability in the ensuing response (transfer). Local wind setup can have a secondary role that depends on wind speed, fetch, and relative orientation of the wind...

Aretxabaleta, Alfredo; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Defne, Zafer; Signell, Richard P.
Aretxabaleta, A.L., Ganju, N.K., Defne, Z., and Signell, R.P., 2019, Spatial distribution of water level impacting back-barrier bays: Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, v. 19, no. 8, 1823-1838 p doi:10.5194/nhess-19-1823-2019.

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The effects of seasonal temperature and photoperiod manipulation on reproduction in the eastern elliptio Elliptio complanata

The eastern elliptio Elliptio complanata is a species of freshwater mussel common to streams and rivers of the Atlantic Coast. Egg fertilization, larval brooding, and glochidial release are reported to occur within a period of several weeks during early to midsummer. In this study, mussels were exposed to manipulated photoperiod and...

Blakeslee, Carrie J.; Lellis, William A.

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Phytoplankton community structure response to groundwater-borne nutrients in the inland bays, Delaware

To determine the impacts of groundwater-borne nutrients on phytoplankton biomass and community structure, we conducted a series of mesocosm experiments in the Inland Bays of Delaware. Four treatments were tested, including mesocosms coupled directly to submarine groundwater seepage, mesocosms with the addition of pumped submarine groundwater,...

Torre, Daniel; Coyne, Kathryn; Kroeger, Kevin D.; York, Joanna K.

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Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) boat measurement at 01457500 Delaware River
October 31, 2018

Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) boat measurement

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Getting ready to begin an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) boat measurement at 01457500 Delaware River at Riegelsville, NJ

Photograph of USGS and University of KwaZulu-Natal personnel in front of a shark sign on the Lower/Outer Cape, Massachusetts
October 30, 2018

Cape Cod hazards

USGS geologists Dave Foster and Wayne Baldwin and Andrew Green (University of
KwaZulu-Natal) observe coastal hazards on the Lower Cape, Massachusetts.

white truck in distance on gravel road in midst of fall foliage-orange, yellow, brown leaves
October 29, 2018

Adirondack Fall Foliage, NY

Waning fall foliage as seen on a rural Adirondack road during the Western Adirondack Stream Survey (WASS) conducted in November, 2018. Photo by Scott George

Wayne Baldwin (USGS, far right) with students and staff from Stockton University
October 22, 2018

miniSEABOSS deployment off the R/V Petrel

Wayne Baldwin (USGS, far right) with students and staff from Stockton University getting ready to deploy the miniSEABOSS off the R/V Petrel during the geological sampling survey in October 2018.

graphic of N and S deposition and annual temp and precipitation from Horn, et al. (2018)
October 18, 2018

Figure 1, Horn, et al. (2018)

Gradients of N deposition, S deposition, mean annual temperature, and mean annual precipitation across the conterminous U.S. Panels are the a) mean total N deposition from 2000–2012, b) mean total S deposition from 2000–2012, c) mean annual temperature from 2000–2014, and d) mean annual precipitation form 2000–2014. Deposition data are from the TDEP product [23] and

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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.

   
The Androscoggin river in Maine during Fall
October 14, 2018

The Androscoggin river in Maine during Fall

The Androscoggin river in Maine during Fall colors. 

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.

   
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