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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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Date published: May 4, 2017
Status: Archived

Rockaway

Hydrogeology of, and Simulated Groundwater Flow, in the Valley-Fill Aquifers of the Upper Rockaway River Basin, Morris, New Jersey

Contacts: Model Request
Date published: May 4, 2017
Status: Archived

Lamington

Hydrogeology of, and Groundwater Flow in, a Valley-Fill and Carbonate-Rock Aquifer System Near Long Valley in the New Jersey Highlands

by Robert S. Nicholson, Steven D. McAuley, Julia L. Barringer, and Alison D. Gordon

Contacts: New Jersey Groundwater Specialist, Model Request
Date published: May 4, 2017
Status: Archived

Picatinny

Hydrogeology and Simulation of Groundwater Flow, Picatinny Arsenal and Vicinity, Morris County, New Jersey

Contacts: Model Request
Date published: May 4, 2017
Status: Archived

Fair Lawn

Hydrogeologic Framework, Groundwater Quality, and Simulation of Groundwater Flow at the Fair Lawn Well Field Superfund Site, Bergen County, New Jersey

Contacts: New Jersey Groundwater Specialist, Model Request
Date published: May 4, 2017
Status: Archived

Simulation of groundwater flow and pathlines at NAWC NJ (2006)

Hydraulic and Solute-Transport Properties and Simulated Advective Transport of Contaminated Groundwater in a Fractured-Rock Aquifer at the Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey

by Jean C. Lewis-Brown and Donald E. Rice

Contacts: New Jersey Groundwater Specialist, Model Request
Date published: May 1, 2017
Status: Active

GIS-based landscape analysis to identify sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals

A key component to assessing the contaminant exposure pathways in streams and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay is using GIS-based landscape analysis to identify sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) discharges are potentially major sources of EDCs to streams, and therefore understanding the de facto wastewater reuse (represented as...

Date published: April 27, 2017
Status: Active

Post-Hurricane Sandy Vegetation Recovery in the Presence of a Hyper-abundant Deer Population

The Challenge: The primary dune along barrier island beaches protects leeward vegetation from tidal fluctuation, salt spray and storm surge.  However, storm surges like those experienced during Hurricane Sandy can obliterate the primary dune, transporting sand inland and burying existing vegetation.  The dune rebuilds naturally as recovering vegetation traps wind-blown and waterborne sand. ...

Date published: April 25, 2017
Status: Active

State of the Aquifer, Long Island, New York

Groundwater is among the Nation's most important natural resources. Nationwide it provides half of our drinking water and is essential to the vitality of agriculture and industry, as well as to the health of rivers, wetlands, and estuaries throughout the country. On Long Island groundwater is the sole source of fresh water for over 2.6 million people.

Contacts: Jack Monti
Date published: April 19, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Detenbeck 20170419

Watershed managers are challenged by the need for predictive temperature models with sufficient accuracy and geographic breadth for practical use. We described thermal regimes of New England rivers and streams based on a reduced set of metrics for the May–September growing season (July or August median temperature, diurnal rate of change, and magnitude and timing of growing season maximum)...

Date published: April 18, 2017
Status: Completed

Mapping and Characterizing the Arsenic Hazard in Private Well Water Across the Nation

Study estimates about 2.1 million people using wells high in arsenic: USGS research directly supports federal agencies concerned with public health—specifically, understanding natural hazards in private domestic drinking water and the risk they pose to human health.

Contacts: Joseph Ayotte
Date published: April 13, 2017

USGS LSC Conte lab CT river migration dams

USGS LSC Conte lab is working with local and state agencies in Turners Falls, MA on eel migration efforts.

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Rule reversal: Ecogeographical patterns of body size variation in the common treeshrew (Mammalia, Scandentia)

There are a number of ecogeographical “rules” that describe patterns of geographical variation among organisms. The island rule predicts that populations of larger mammals on islands evolve smaller mean body size than their mainland counterparts, whereas smaller‐bodied mammals evolve larger size. Bergmann's rule predicts that populations of a...

Sargis, Eric J.; Millien, Virginie; Woodman, Neal; Olson, Link E.
Sargis, E. J., Millien, V., Woodman, N., and Olson, L. E., 2018, Rule reversal: Ecogeographical patterns of body size variation in the common treeshrew (Mammalia, Scandentia): Ecology and Evolution, v. 8, no. 3, p. 1634-1645. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3682

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Are ranger patrols effective in reducing poaching-related threats within protected areas?

Poaching is one of the greatest threats to wildlife conservation world-wide. However, the spatial and temporal patterns of poaching activities within protected areas, and the effectiveness of ranger patrols and ranger posts in mitigating these threats, are relatively unknown.We used 10 years (2006–2015) of ranger-based monitoring data and...

Moore, Jennnifer F.; Mulindahabi, Felix; Masozera, Michel K.; Nichols, James D.; Hines, James E.; Turikunkiko, Ezechiel; Oli, Madan K.
Moore, J. F., Mulindahabi, F., Masozera, M. K., Nichols, J. D., Hines, J. E., Turikunkiko, E., and Oli, M. K., 2018, Are ranger patrols effective in reducing poaching-related threats within protected areas?: Journal of Applied Ecology, v. 55, no. 1, p. 99-107. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.12965

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Environmental characteristics and utilization potential of metallurgical slag

Slag, an abundant byproduct from the pyrometallurgical processing of ores, can be an environmental liability or a valuable resource. The most common environmental impact of slag is from the leaching of potentially toxic elements, acidity, or alkalinity that may impact nearby soils and surface water and groundwater. Factors that influence its...

De Vivo, Benedetto; Belkin, Harvey E.; Lima, Annamaria; Piatak, Nadine M.

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Lead and strontium isotopes as monitors of anthropogenic contaminants in the surficial environment

Isotopic discrimination can be an effective tool in establishing a direct link between sources of Pb contamination and the presence of anomalously high concentrations of Pb in waters, soils, and organisms. Residential wells supplying water containing up to 1600 ppb Pb to houses built on the former Mohr orchards commercial site, near Allentown...

Ayuso, Robert A.; Foley, Nora K.

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Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity to non-target wildlife under controlled exposure conditions

Much of our understanding of anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity to non-target wildlife has been derived from molecular through whole animal research and registration studies in domesticated birds and mammals, and to a lesser degree from trials with captive wildlife. Using these data, an adverse outcome pathway identifying molecular initiating and...

van den Brink, Nico; Elliott, J.; Shore, R.; Rattner, B.; Rattner, Barnett A.; Mastrota, F. Nicholas
Rattner, B.A. and Mastrota, F.N., 2017, Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity to non-target wildlife under controlled exposure conditions, in van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., editors, Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Wildlife: Springer, Cham, Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology (Principles, Approaches and Perspectives) 5, p. 45-86.

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Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Concluding remarks

Rodents are known to affect human society globally in various adverse ways, resulting in a widespread demand for their continuous control. Anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) have been, and currently remain, the cornerstone of rodent control throughout the world. Although alternative control methods exist, they are generally less effective. ARs work...

van den Brink, Nico W.; Elliott, John E.; Shore, Richard F.; Rattner, Barnett A.
van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., 2017, Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Concluding remarks, in van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., editors, Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Wildlife: Cham, Springer, Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology (Principles, Approaches and Perspectives) 5, p. 379-386.

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Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Introduction

Rodents have interacted with people since the beginning of systematic food storage by humans in the early Neolithic era. Such interactions have had adverse outcomes such as threats to human health, spoiling and consumption of food sources, damage to human infrastructure and detrimental effects on indigenous island wildlife (through inadvertent...

van den Brink, Nico W.; Elliott, John E.; Shore, Richard F.; Rattner, Barnett A.; van den Brink, Nico W.; Elliott, John E.; Shore, Richard F.; Rattner, Barnett A.
van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., 2017, Anticoagulant rodenticides and wildlife: Introduction, in van den Brink, N.W., Elliott, J.E., Shore, R.F., and Rattner, B.A., editors, Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Wildlife: Springer, Cham, Emerging Topics in Ecotoxicology (Principles, Approaches and Perspectives) 5, p. 1-9.

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Living on the edge: Opportunities for Amur tiger recovery in China

Sporadic sightings of the endangered Amur tiger Panthera tigris altaica along the China-Russia border during the late 1990s sparked efforts to expand this subspecies distribution and abundance by restoring potentially suitable habitats in the Changbai Mountains. To guide science-based recovery efforts and provide a baseline for future monitoring...

Wang, Tianming; Royle, Andy; Smith, J.L.D.; Zou, Liang; Lu, Xinyue; Li, Tong; Yang, Haitao; Li, Zhilin; Feng, Rongna; Bian, Yajing; Feng, Limin; Ge, Jianping
Wang, T., Royle, J. A., Smith, J. L. D., Zou, L., Lu, X., Li, T., Yang, H., Li, Z., Feng, R., Bian, Y., and Feng, L., 2018, Living on the edge: Opportunities for Amur tiger recovery in China: Biological Conservation, v. 217, no. 269-279, p. 8557_Wang.pdf. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.11.008

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Characteristics of peak streamflows and extent of inundation in areas of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia affected by flooding, June 2016

Heavy rainfall occurred across central and southern WestVirginia in June 2016 as a result of repeated rounds of torrentialthunderstorms. The storms caused major flooding and flashflooding in central and southern West Virginia with Kanawha,Fayette, Nicholas, and Greenbrier Counties among the hardesthit. Over the duration of the storms, from 8 to 9....

Austin, Samuel H.; Watson, Kara M.; Lotspeich, R. Russell; Cauller, Stephen J.; White , Jeremy S.; Wicklein, Shaun M.
Austin, S.H., Watson, K.M., Lotspeich, R.R., Cauller, S.J., White, J.S., and Wicklein, S.M., 2018, Characteristics of peak streamflows and extent of inundation in areas of West Virginia and southwestern Virginia affected by flooding, June 2016 (ver. 1.1, September 2018): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1140, 35 p., https://doi. org/10.3133/ofr20171140.

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Pharmaceuticals in water, fish and osprey nestlings in Delaware River and Bay

Exposure of wildlife to Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) is likely to occur but studies of risk are limited. One exposure pathway that has received attention is trophic transfer of APIs in a water-fish-osprey food chain. Samples of water, fish plasma and osprey plasma were collected from Delaware River and Bay, and analyzed for 21 APIs....

Bean, Thomas G.; Rattner, Barnett A.; Lazarus, Rebecca S.; Day, Daniel D.; Burket, S. Rebekah; Brooks, Bryan W.; Haddad, Samuel P.; Bowerman, William W.
Bean, T. G., Rattner, B. A., Lazarus, R. S., Day, D. D., Burket, S. R., Brooks, B. W., Haddad, S. P., and Bowerman, W. W., 2018, Pharmaceuticals in water, fish and osprey nestlings in Delaware River and Bay: Environmental Pollution, v. 232, p. 533-545. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2017.09.083

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Geochemical and Pb isotopic characterization of soil, groundwater, human hair, and corn samples from the Domizio Flegreo and Agro Aversano area (Campania region, Italy)

A geochemical survey was carried out to investigate metal contamination in the Domizio Littoral and Agro Aversano area (Southern Italy) by means of soil, groundwater, human hair and corn samples. Pb isotope ratios were also determined to identify the sources of metals. Specifically, the investigation focused on topsoils (n = 1064),...

Rezza, Carmela; Albanese, Stefano; Ayuso, Robert A.; Lima, Annamaria; Sorvari, Jaana; De Vivo, Benedetto
Rezza, C., Albanese, S., Ayuso, R., Lima, A., Sorvari, J., & De Vivo, B. (2017). Geochemical and Pb isotopic characterization of soil, groundwater, human hair, and corn samples from the Domizio Flegreo and Agro Aversano area (Campania region, Italy). Journal of Geochemical Exploration.

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Research note: Mapping spatial patterns in sewer age, material, and proximity to surface waterways to infer sewer leakage hotspots

Identifying areas where deteriorating sewer infrastructure is in close proximity to surface waterways is needed to map likely connections between sewers and streams. We present a method to estimate sewer installation year and deterioration status using historical maps of the sewer network, parcel-scale property assessment data, and pipe material....

Hopkins, Kristina G.; Bain, Daniel J.
Hopkins, K.G. and D.J. Bain. 2017. Mapping spatial patterns in sewer age, material, and proximity to surface waterways to infer sewer leakage hotspots. In press at Landscape and Urban Planning.

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A field of peatland surrounded by spruce and other understory plants in Alaska. Mountains can be seen in the background.
August 30, 2017

Thawing Peatlands, Alaska

Cores were collected from various areas of thawing permafrost-peatlands in Alaska. Permafrost thaw results in ground subsidence and inundation that kills black spruce and other understory plants living on the permafrost plateau. 

Aerial image of Woods Hole, MA
August 12, 2017

Drone's Eye View of Woods Hole, MA

Aeiral image of Woods Hole, MA taken during the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll.  The green USGS tent generated a lot of interest and participation from Science Stroll attendees

Image of USGS scientist, Meagan Gonneea, at the Woods Hole Science Stroll outreach event
August 12, 2017

USGS Research Scientist, Meagan Gonneea, shares science

USGS Research Scientist, Meagan Gonneea, talking about the differences between coastal salt marshes and invasive phragmites at the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll outreach event

Image of children surrounding USGS drone pilot, Emily Sturdivant, at the Woods Hole Science Stroll
August 12, 2017

USGS Drone demonstration at Woods Hole Science Stroll

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center drone pilot, Emily Sturdivant, provides a demonstration of drone capabilities at the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll

Image of a done landing on a target at the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll
August 12, 2017

Drone on target!

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center drone pilot, Emily Sturdivant, lands a drone on target at the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll

Image of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Science Stroll participants
August 12, 2017

USGS Science Stroll Dream Team

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Science Stroll participants; Dann Blackwood, Andrea Toran, Emily Sturdivant, Ellyn Montgomery, Sara Zeigler, Neil Ganju, Seth Ackerman, Laura Brothers, Meagan Gonneea

USGS scientist standing knee deep in Mohawk River getting SOD sample
August 10, 2017

SOD sampling Mohawk RIver

USGS scientist SOD sampling in the Mohawk RIver

woman with waders and big spoon standing knee deep in river
August 9, 2017

Sediment Oxygen Demand (SOD) sampling in Mohawk River

Sediment Oxygen Demand (SOD) sampling in Mohawk River

Shawn Meyer flying a Unmanned Aircraft System
July 31, 2017

Shawn Meyer flying a Unmanned Aircraft System

Photograph of USGS Hydrologic technician, Shawn Meyer, preparing the UAS for a flight,