Unified Interior Regions

Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian

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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March Photo Contest

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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Regions L2 Landing Page Tabs

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Date published: December 12, 2017
Status: Active

Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory

S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory (CAFRL), Turners Falls, Massachusetts, showing Fish Passage Flume Complex in foreground

Date published: December 11, 2017
Status: Active

Monthly Hydrologic Conditions for New York

The U.S. Geological Survey New York Water Science Center’s monthly summary reports and tables of hydrologic conditions for surface and ground water list the station, county, period of record, and several statistics, including color-coded percent exceedance* categories based on average monthly conditions for the period of record at each station.

Date published: December 1, 2017
Status: Completed

Hurricane Sandy - New York

https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/55dee95ce4b0518e354e0834Gale- to storm-force winds associated with the passage of Sandy across central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania that lasted 12 to 18 hours caused major to record coastal flooding in southeastern New York on October 29, 2012. Of 10 real-time tide...

Date published: November 17, 2017
Status: Active

Our Science

The New York Water Science Center conducts research and investigations used across a broad range of industries and other services.

Contacts: Gary Wall
Date published: November 8, 2017
Status: Active

Virginia and West Virginia Real-Time Precipitation Network

The Virginia and West Virginia Real-Time Precipitation Network application shows current and cumulative rainfall total for precipitation sites in Virginia and West Virginia. The application includes real-time precipitation radar image to overlay from National Weather Service.

Real-time Precipitation Network:  ...

Date published: November 7, 2017
Status: Active

Water-Monitoring-Sites in Virginia and West Virginia

The Water-Monitoring-Site Mapper is an interactive map of Virginia and West Virginia water-monitoring-site locations from the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS). View and download surface water, groundwater, and water quality monitoring data for active sites. Functionality includes query, select, tabular display by county...

Date published: November 3, 2017
Status: Active

Africa Groundwater Exploration and Assessment Program

The purpose of the Program is to develop a sound understanding of the potential for development of potable groundwater supply in selected African countries and build local capacity to plan and conduct the hydrologic investigations and monitoring necessary to help ensure that groundwater resources are developed and managed efficiently and sustainably. 

Contacts: Richard Kropp
Date published: November 1, 2017
Status: Active

U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Monitoring on Long Island, New York

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and usable information.

Date published: October 31, 2017
Status: Active

Long Island Groundwater Network

U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Monitoring on Long Island, New York

Groundwater is the sole source of water supply for more than 3 million people on Long Island, New York. Large-scale groundwater pumpage, installation of sanitary- and storm-sewer systems, and frequent variations in precipitation all have significant effects on regional groundwater levels and aquifer...

Date published: October 31, 2017
Status: Active

Monitoring the Status and Expansion of Round Goby Populations in the Mohawk River/Barge Canal System

Background: The waters of the Mohawk River and its tributaries are inhabited by some of the most diverse fish communities in the Northeast. The construction of the Erie Canal in 1825, and later the Barge Canal in 1918, enabled the westward expansion of fishes from the Hudson River drainage as well as the eastward expansion of fishes indigenous to the Great Lakes drainage. Today, almost half of...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Scott George, Christopher Rees
Date published: October 31, 2017
Status: Active

Long Island Surface-Water Network

U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologic Monitoring on Long Island, New York

Most streams and lakes on Long Island are hydraulically connected with the shallow groundwater system, and provide a window to the overall health of the underlying aquifer system. These water bodies are usually the first to show changes in the underlying aquifer, so there needs to be a consistent...

Date published: October 27, 2017
Status: Active

Contaminants in fish tissues from AOCs in New York State: The Buffalo River AOC 2-year post remediation

Background The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) plan to obtain data on chemical contaminants in fish from multiple Areas of Concern (AOCs) in New York State and use this information to evaluate fish consumption advisories, which are a critical component of most removal criteria for “...

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Factors affecting species richness and distribution spatially and temporally within a protected area using multi-season occupancy models

Exploring trends in species richness and the distribution of individual species over time as well as the factors affecting these trends informs conservation priorities in protecting species and ecosystems as a whole. We used data from 41 park-wide line transect surveys in 2009 and 2014 and multi-season occupancy models with multi-species data to...

Moore, Jennifer F.; Hines, James E.; Masozera, Michel K.

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Associations between environmental pollutants and larval amphibians in wetlands contaminated by energy-related brines are potentially mediated by feeding traits

Energy production in the Williston Basin, located in the Prairie Pothole Region of central North America, has increased rapidly over the last several decades. Advances in recycling and disposal practices of saline wastewaters (brines) co-produced during energy production have reduced ecological risks, but spills still...

Smalling, Kelly L.; Anderson, Chauncey W.; Honeycutt, R. Ken; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.; Preston, Todd M.; Hossack, Blake R.

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Dynamic N-mixture models with temporal variability in detection probability

In theory parameters of dynamic N-mixture models can be estimated with multiple years of data without the robust design under the assumption of constant detection probability. However, such an assumption can rarely be met in long-term studies, and the consequences of violating this assumption in the inferences of dynamic N-mixture models have not...

Zhao, Qing; Royle, J. Andrew

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Resource selection and wintering phenology of White-winged Scoters in southern New England: Implications for offshore wind energy development

Southern New England provides key wintering habitat for White-winged Scoters (Melanitta fusca). This area has also pioneered the development of offshore wind energy in North America and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has established nine Wind Energy Area (WEA) lease blocks along the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf in areas that...

Meattey, Dustin E.; McWilliams, Scott R.; Paton, Peter W.C.; Lepage, Christine; Gilliland, Scott G.; Savoy, Lucas; Olsen, Glenn H.; Osenkowski, Jason E.

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User’s guide for Assessment Tract Aggregation GUI (ATA GUI)—A graphical user interface for the AggtEx.fn R script

The U.S. Geological Survey three-part method for mineral resource assessments estimates numbers of undiscovered mineral deposits as probability distributions in geologically defined regions termed “permissive tracts.” This report describes a graphical user interface (GUI) script developed in open-source statistical software (R) that aggregates...

Shapiro, Jason L.; Robinson,, Gilpin R.
Shapiro, J.L., and Robinson, G.R., Jr., 2019, User’s guide for Assessment Tract Aggregation GUI (ATA GUI)—A graphical user interface for the AggtEx.fn R script: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 7, chap. C21, 9 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm7c21.

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Occupancy models for citizen-science data

Large‐scale citizen‐science projects, such as atlases of species distribution, are an important source of data for macroecological research, for understanding the effects of climate change and other drivers on biodiversity, and for more applied conservation tasks, such as early‐warning systems for biodiversity loss.However, citizen‐science data...

Altwegg, Res; Nichols, James D.

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The mighty Susquehanna—extreme floods in Eastern North America during the past two millennia

The hazards posed by infrequent major floods to communities along the Susquehanna River and the ecological health of Chesapeake Bay remain largely unconstrained due to the short length of streamgage records. Here we develop a history of high‐flow events on the Susquehanna River during the late Holocene from flood deposits contained in MD99‐2209, a...

Toomey, Michael; Cantwell, Meagan; Colman, Steven; Cronin, Thomas M.; Donnelly, Jeffrey P.; Giosan, Liviu; Heil, Clifford; Korty, Robert L.; Marot, Marci E.; Willard, Debra A.

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Impact of prey occupancy and other ecological and anthropogenic factors on Tiger distribution in Thailand’s Western Forest Complex

Despite conservation efforts, large mammals such as tigers (Panthera tigris) and their main prey, gaur (Bos gaurus), banteng (Bos javanicus), and sambar (Rusa unicolor), are highly threatened and declining across their entire range. The only large viable source population of tigers in mainland Southeast Asia occurs in Thailand's Western Forest...

Duangchatrasiri, Somphot; Jornburom, Pornkamol; Jinamoy, Sitthichai; Pattanvibool, Anak; Hines, James E.; Arnold, Todd W.; Fieberg, John; Smith, James L D
Duangchatrasiri, S., Jornburom, P., Jinamoy, S., Pattanvibool, A., Hines, J. E., Arnold, T. W., and Fieberg, J. Smith J. L. D., 2019, Impact of prey occupancy and other ecological and anthropogenic factors on tiger distribution in Thailand's western forest complex: Ecology and Evolution, v. 9, no. 5, p. 2449-2458. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.4845

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Description of disparate responses of two indoor feral bee colonies

As is sometimes the case, field research does not always go according to plan. This is especially true when the research involves free-ranging animals. We recently conducted a preliminary field study that involved placing a beehive in a tent and individually releasing marked honey bees (Apis mellifera) outdoors to study their ability to locate...

Vyas, Nimish B.; Plunkett, Amanda D.

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Design and methods of the U.S. Geological Survey Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA), 2016

During 2016, as part of the National Water-Quality Assessment Project (NAWQA), the U.S. Geological Survey conducted the Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA) to investigate stream quality in the northeastern United States. The goal of the NESQA was to assess the health of wadeable streams in the region by characterizing multiple water-...

Coles, James F.; Riva-Murray, Karen; Van Metre, Peter C.; Button, Daniel T.; Bell, Amanda H.; Qi, Sharon L.; Journey, Celeste A.; Sheibley, Rich W.
Coles, J.F., Riva-Murray, K., Van Metre, P.C., Button, D.T., Bell, A.H., Qi, S.L., Journey, C.A., and Sheibley, R.W., 2019, Design and methods of the U.S. Geological Survey Northeast Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA), 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1183, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181183.

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Factors affecting the occurrence of lead and manganese in untreated drinking water from Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain aquifers, eastern United States—Dissolved oxygen and pH framework for evaluating risk of elevated concentrations

Groundwater samples collected during 2012 and 2013 from public-supply wells screened in the Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain aquifers of the eastern and southeastern U.S. rarely contained lead or manganese concentrations that exceeded drinking-water limits, despite having corrosive characteristics. Data indicate that the...

Brown, Craig J.; Barlow, Jeannie R. B.; Cravotta, Charles A.; Lindsey, Bruce D.

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Marshes are the new beaches: Integrating sediment transport into restoration planning

Recent coastal storms and associated recovery efforts have led to increased investment in nature-based coastal protection, including restoration of salt marshes and construction of living shorelines. In particular, many of these efforts focus on increasing vertical elevation through sediment nourishment, where sediment is removed from the tidal...

Ganju, Neil Kamal

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Kanakee River at Davis, IN - Wire Weight Gage Reading
March 21, 2018

Kanakee River at Davis, IN - Wire Weight Gage Reading

Kanakee River at Davis, IN - Trae Bruce making a Wire Weight Gage (WWG) reading.

divers deploy acoustic devices in centoes in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
March 17, 2018

USGS in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

John Pohlman (USGS), David Brankovits (USGS/WHOI) and Jake Emmert (MG) deploy acoustic devices in open water sinkhole (or cenote) prior to a 6-month long installation in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico cave

drone content collage
March 8, 2018

Drone collage

Top left- Rob Thieler, Sandy Brosnahan and Alex Nichols deploying ground control targets for a UAS study on Coast Guard National Seashore in Eastham, MA.  

Top right- Seth Ackerman (pilot) and Alex Nichols (data recorder) conducting a mapping survey at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newbury Ma.  Photogrammetric techniques are used to stich together the

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Waves break between houses in Sandwich, MA
March 2, 2018

March 2018 Nor'Easter, Sandwich, MA

Waves break between houses on White Cap Path in Sandwich, MA near high tide on Friday, March 2, 2018

floodwaters more than two feet deep on Water Street, Sandwich, MA, March 2018
March 2, 2018

Floodwaters in Sandwich, MA

 photo taken at noon on Friday, March 2, 2018, shows floodwaters more than two feet deep on Water Street, Sandwich, MA, approaching the beach cam house (visible above the mailbox) and Town Neck Beach parking lot.

BeachCam's perspective on the storm! This is the last image taken before the camera stopped working on Friday, March 2 at 11:23
March 2, 2018

BeachCam's perspective on the March 2018 Nor'Easter

BeachCam's perspective on the storm! This is the last image taken before the camera stopped working on Friday, March 2 at 11:23 a.m.

 

USGS Deploys Storm-Tide Sensors
March 1, 2018

USGS Deploys Storm-Tide Sensors

USGS Hydrologic Technician deploys storm-tide sensor in Cohasset, MA.