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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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February Photo Contest

February Photo Contest

Check out the winning photographs in the February 2020 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: July 12, 2017
Status: Active

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Collaboration Partners

One of the strongest ways to ensure that science is done effectively and efficiently in the midst of ever decreasing budgets is to collaborate.

Date published: July 12, 2017
Status: Active

Directions to Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center offices

The Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center has science and field offices in Virginia and West Virginia. Follow the directions to our offices.

Date published: July 11, 2017

WaterAlert and WaterNow

USGS WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters exceed user-definable thresholds for any USGS real-time stream or raingage, water-quality, or groundwater monitoring site.

USGS WaterNow allows to send a text or...

Date published: July 11, 2017

Real-Time Precipitation at Sites in Virginia and West Virginia

These interactive maps show current and cumulative rainfall total for precipitation sites in Virginia and West Virginia.  Map provides real-time precipitation radar image to overlay from National Weather Service.

Visit Real-Time Precipitation Web site for: Virginia  |  ...

Date published: July 10, 2017
Status: Active

Contact the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center

For more information and data, contact the Virginia and West Virginia Water Science Center:

• Information Requests

Date published: July 7, 2017
Status: Active

Well Selection Information for Homeowners and PWS Personnel

Well Selection Information for Homeowners and PWS Personnel

Date published: July 5, 2017
Status: Active

Analytes 2018

Samples are analyzed for a wide range of constituents, including physical parameters (such as pH and temperature), nutrients, major ions, trace elements including mercury and arsenic, Coliform bacteria, radon, total organic carbon, volatile organic compounds, and pesticides

Date published: July 4, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Sample Collection Methods

Collecting groundwater samples from a typical homeowner well...

Date published: June 28, 2017
Status: Active

Edge of Field Monitoring - Black Creek Watershed

Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Water Science Center is monitoring the effects of best management practices (BMP's) on baseflow and storm runoff in the Black Creek watershed near Harlan, IN. We will be sampling water-quality intensively for 5 years from overland field, subsurface tile, and in-stream runoff events. Results will be used to model the effectiveness of BMP’s in reducing nutrient and...

Date published: June 24, 2017
Status: Active

Hampton Roads Benchmark Monitoring Network

The southern Chesapeake Bay region is experiencing land subsidence along with rising sea levels, both of which can contribute to coastal flooding. The rates at which these two processes are occurring are not exactly known. Mapping of land elevation change requires ground-truth survey data at multiple locations that are accurate and precise. With the exception of a few CORS sites that have...

Date published: June 15, 2017
Status: Active

Landslide Monitoring and Research in the Atlantic Highlands area, New Jersey

Recent shallow landslides have occurred on the steep hillslopes of the Atlantic Highlands area during and after large storm events with exceptionally heavy rainfall. These shallow landslides have resulted in extensive damage to residential property and local infrastructure and threatened human safety.The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center (NJWSC) and the USGS Landslide Hazards...

Date published: June 15, 2017
Status: Active

Hydrologic Monitoring and Analysis to Support Water Resource Management in the City of Roanoke

The U.S. Geological Survey, partnering with the City of Roanoke and Virginia Tech, are working to monitor the water volume and quality in streams throughout the City of Roanoke. There are currently six monitoring stations within the city. Water-quality data are collected at five stations through real-time monitors and manual sampling to support the estimation of suspended sediment loads. The...

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Brown trout in the Lees Ferry reach of the Colorado River—Evaluation of causal hypotheses and potential interventions

Over the period 2014–2016, the number of nonnative brown trout (Salmo trutta) captured during routine monitoring in the Lees Ferry reach of the Colorado River, downstream of Glen Canyon Dam, began increasing. Management agencies and stakeholders have questioned whether the increase in brown trout in the Lees Ferry reach represents a threat to the...

Runge, Michael C.; Yackulic, Charles B.; Bair, Lucas S.; Kennedy, Theodore A.; Valdez, Richard A.; Ellsworth, Craig; Kershner, Jeffrey L.; Rogers, R. Scott; Trammell, Melissa A.; Young, Kirk L.
Runge, M.C., Yackulic, C.B., Bair, L.S., Kennedy, T.A., Valdez, R.A., Ellsworth, C., Kershner J.L., Rogers, R.S., Trammell, M.A., and Young, K.L., 2018, Brown trout in the Lees Ferry reach of the Colorado River—Evaluation of causal hypotheses and potential interventions: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1069, 83 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181069.

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Decision support frameworks and tools for conservation

The practice of conservation occurs within complex socioecological systems fraught with challenges that require transparent, defensible, and often socially engaged project planning and management. Planning and decision support frameworks are designed to help conservation practitioners increase planning rigor, project accountability, stakeholder...

Schwartz, Mark W.; Cook, Carly N.; Pressey, Robert L.; Pullin, Andrew S.; Runge, Michael C.; Salafsky, Nick; Sutherland, William J.; Williamson, Matthew A.
Schwartz, M. W., Cook, C. N., Pressey, R. L., Pullin, A. S., Runge, M. C., Salafsky, N, Sutherland, W. J., and Williamson, M. A., 2018, Decision support frameworks and tools for conservation: Conservation Letters, v. 11, no. 2, article no. e12385. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12385

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Quality-control design for surface-water sampling in the National Water-Quality Network

The data-quality objectives for samples collected at surface-water sites in the National Water-Quality Network include estimating the extent to which contamination, matrix effects, and measurement variability affect interpretation of environmental conditions. Quality-control samples provide insight into how well the samples collected at surface-...

Riskin, Melissa L.; Reutter, David C.; Martin, Jeffrey D.; Mueller, David K.
Riskin, M.L., Reutter, D.C., Martin, J.D., and Mueller, D.K., 2018, Quality-control design for surface-water sampling in the National Water-Quality Network: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1018, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181018.

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The future of fish passage science, engineering, and practice

Much effort has been devoted to developing, constructing and refining fish passage facilities to enable target species to pass barriers on fluvial systems, and yet, fishway science, engineering and practice remain imperfect. In this review, 17 experts from different fish passage research fields (i.e., biology, ecology, physiology, ecohydraulics,...

Silva, Ana T.; Lucas, Martyn C.; Castro-Santos, Theodore R.; Katopodis, Christos; Baumgartner, Lee J.; Thiem, Jason D.; Aarestrup, Kim; Pompeu, Paulo S.; O'Brien, Gordon C.; Braun, Douglas C.; Burnett, Nicholas J.; Zhu, David Z.; Fjeldstad, Hans-Petter ; Forseth, Torbjorn; Rajarathnam, Nallamuthu; Williams, John G.; Cooke, Steven J.
Silva,A.T., Lucas,M.C., CastroÇÉSantos,T., Katopodis,C., Baumgartner,L.J., Thiem,J.D., Aarestrup,K., Pompeu,P.S., O'Brien,G.C., Braun,D.C., Burnett,N.J., Zhu,D.Z., Fjeldstad,H., Forseth,T., Rajaratnam,N., Williams,J.G., and Cooke,S.J. 2018. The future of fish passage science, engineering, and practice. Fish Fish 19: 340-362.

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Digital representation of exposures of Precambrian bedrock in parts of Dickinson and Iron Counties, Michigan, and Florence and Marinette Counties, Wisconsin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a program of bedrock geologic mapping in much of the central and western Upper Peninsula of Michigan from the 1940s until the late 1990s. Geologic studies in this region are hampered by a scarcity of bedrock exposures because of a nearly continuous blanket of unconsolidated sediments resulting from...

Cannon, William F.; Schulte, Ruth; Bickerstaff, Damon
Cannon, W.F., Schulte, Ruth, and Bickerstaff, Damon, 2018, Digital representation of exposures of Precambrian bedrock in parts of Dickinson and Iron Counties, Michigan, and Florence and Marinette Counties, Wisconsin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1042, 3 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181042.

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China, the United States, and competition for resources that enable emerging technologies

Historically, resource conflicts have often centered on fuel minerals (particularly oil). Future resource conflicts may, however, focus more on competition for nonfuel minerals that enable emerging technologies. Whether it is rhenium in jet engines, indium in flat panel displays, or gallium in smart phones, obscure elements empower smarter,...

Gulley, Andrew L.; Nassar, Nedal T.; Xun, Sean

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Linking animals aloft with the terrestrial landscape

Despite using the aerosphere for many facets of their life, most flying animals (i.e., birds, bats, some insects) are still bound to terrestrial habitats for resting, feeding, and reproduction. Comprehensive broad-scale observations by weather surveillance radars of animals as they leave terrestrial habitats for migration or feeding flights can be...

Buler, Jeffrey J.; Barrow, Wylie; Boone, Matthew; Dawson, Deanna K.; Diehl, Robert H.; Moore, Frank R.; Randall, Lori A.; Schreckengost, Timothy; Smolinsky, Jaclyn A.
Buler, J.J., Barrow, W.C. Jr., Boone, M.E., Dawson, D.K., Diehl, R.H., Moore, F.R., Randall, L.A., Schreckengost, T.D., and Smolinsky, J.A., 2017, Linking animals aloft with the terrestrial landscape, in Chilson, P., Frick, W.F., Kelly, J., and Liechti, F., editors, Aeroecology, Springer International Publishing, p. 347-378. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68576-2_14

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Occupancy in community-level studies

Another type of multi-species studies, are those focused on community-level metrics such as species richness. In this chapter we detail how some of the single-species occupancy models described in earlier chapters have been applied, or extended, for use in such studies, while accounting for imperfect detection. We highlight how Bayesian methods...

MacKenzie, Darryl I.; Nichols, James D.; Royle, Andy; Pollock, Kenneth H.; Bailey, Larissa L.; Hines, James E.
MacKenzie, D.I., Nichols, J.D., Royle, J.A., Pollock, K.H., Bailey, L.L., and Hines, J.E., 2018, Occupancy in community-level studies, in MacKenzie, D.I., Nichols, J.D., Royle, J.A., Pollock, K.H., Bailey, L.L., and Hines, J.E., authors, Occupancy Estimation and Modeling: Inferring Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence (Second), Elsevier, p. 557-583.

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Skeletal injuries in small mammals: a multispecies assessment of prevalence and location

Wild mammals are known to survive injuries that result in skeletal abnormalities. Quantifying and comparing skeletal injuries among species can provide insight into the factors that cause skeletal injuries and enable survival following an injury. We documented the prevalence and location of structural bone abnormalities in a community of 7 small...

Stephens, Ryan B.; Burke, Christopher B.; Woodman, Neal; Poland, Lily B.; Rowe, Rebecca J.
Stephens, R. B., Burke, C. B., Woodman, N., Poland, L. B., and Rowe, R. J., 2018, Skeletal injuries in small mammals: a multispecies assessment of prevalence and location: Journal of Mammalogy, v. 99, no. 2, p. 486-497. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyy020

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The aerosphere as a network connector of organisms and their diseases

Aeroecological processes, especially powered flight of animals, can rapidly connect biological communities across the globe. This can have profound consequences for evolutionary diversification, energy and nutrient transfers, and the spread of infectious diseases. The latter is of particular consequence for human populations, since migratory birds...

Ross, Jeremy D.; Bridge, Eli S.; Prosser, Diann J.; Takekawa, John Y.
Ross, J.D., Bridge, E.S., Prosser, D.J., and Takekawa, J.Y., 2017, The Aerosphere as a Network Connector of Organisms and Their Diseases, in Chilson, P., Frick, W.F., Kelly, J., and Liechti, F., editors, Aeroecology, Springer International Publishing, p. 427-464.

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Reduced swimming performance repeatedly evolves upon loss of migration in landlocked populations of Alewife

Whole-organism performance tasks are accomplished by the integration of morphological traits and physiological functions. Understanding how evolutionary change in morphology and physiology influences whole-organism performance will yield insight into the factors that shape its own evolution. We demonstrate that nonmigratory populations of alewife...

Velotta, Jonathan P.; McCormick, Stephen D.; Jones, Andrew W.; Schultz, Eric T.
Velotta, J.P., McCormick, S.D., Jones, A.W. and Schultz, E.T. 2018. Reduced Swimming Performance Repeatedly Evolves on Loss of Migration in Landlocked Populations of Alewife. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 91: 814-825. doi: 10.1086/696877

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Reduced thermal tolerance during salinity acclimation in brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) can be rescued by prior treatment with cortisol

The aims of this study were to assess whether thermal tolerance of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is affected during seawater (SW) acclimation and to investigate the role of cortisol in osmoregulation and thermal tolerance during SW acclimation. Freshwater (FW)-acclimated brook trout at 18°C (Tacc) were exposed to SW for 16 days, whilst...

Shaugnessy, Ciaran A.; McCormick, Stephen D.

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 Black River at Elyria, OH - adcp measurement on snow covered river
December 28, 2017

Black River at Elyria, OH - control on the river

Black River at Elyria, OH - adcp measurement on snow covered river

Maumee River at Antwerp, OH - wading measurement
December 19, 2017

Maumee River at Antwerp, OH - wading measurement

Maumee River at Antwerp, OH - staff making a wading measurement

lake with trees in background
December 11, 2017

Moreau Lake, Moreau, New York

Moreau Lake, Moreau, New York

Maumee River at Antwerp, OH - equipment pipes
December 7, 2017

Maumee River at Antwerp, OH - equipment pioes

Maumee River at Antwerp, OH - pipes running into the river that contain the water-qualityy equipment probes

Surveying for the FEMA project
December 7, 2017

Surveying for the FEMA project

Sam Banas using a total station to survey points on the covered bridge that is located along the Tioga River in the Belmont, New Hampshire. These survey points will be used in the Winnipesaukee Watershed flood risk analysis mapping project funded by FEMA as part of the National Flood Insurance Program.