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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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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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Date published: November 4, 2019
Status: Completed

New Hampshire Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey has compiled the nation's water-use data in New Hampshire and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water-use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for New Hampshire is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive...

Date published: November 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Rhode Island Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey has compiled the nation's water-use data in Rhode Island and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water-use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Rhode Island is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive...

Date published: November 4, 2019
Status: Completed

Vermont Water Use

Background: The U.S. Geological Survey has compiled the nation's water-use data in Vermont and the rest of the United States at the county, state, and national levels every 5 years since 1950. The most recent estimated water-use compilation was completed in 2015. A summary for Vermont is presented on this webpage.

The Issue: Comprehensive water-use data...

Date published: October 24, 2019
Status: Active

Herring River Water Quality

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) New England Water Science Center installed, operated, and maintained surface water-quality sites at the Chequessett Neck Road dike on the Herring River from November 2015 through September 2018.

Date published: October 7, 2019
Status: Active

Groundwater Availability and Use

The USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center helps water providers assess the availability of groundwater for use in homes, on farms, and in industrial activities. 

Contacts: Brandon Fleming
Date published: September 24, 2019
Status: Active

Search for New York Water Science Center Projects by County

Search for NYWSC projects by county name.

Contacts: Gary Wall
Date published: September 23, 2019
Status: Active

Critical Mineral Recovery Potential from Tailings and Other Mine Waste Streams

The primary objectives of this one-year scoping project are to determine the feasibility of extracting byproduct mineral commodities, such as critical minerals, from mine tailings. We plan to analyze the existing data and reports from an active mine site on the composition of their mill tailings pile, and collect preliminary reconnaissance samples to identify appropriate analytical techniques...

Contacts: Bob Seal
Date published: September 17, 2019
Status: Active

Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern Fish Community Assessment

Background: Eighteenmile Creek was designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) in 1985 because water quality and bed sediments were contaminated by past industrial and municipal discharges, waste disposal, and pesticide usage. Five Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) were identified in the Eighteenmile Creek AOC, including BUI #3 - the degradation of fish and wildlife populations. The remedial action...

Date published: September 5, 2019
Status: Active

Status of American Eel populations in the Mohawk River Basin

Background: The waters of the Mohawk River basin are inhabited by one of the richest fish communities on the East Coast. The American Eel, Anguilla rostrata, is a unique member of this community, exhibiting a catadramous (maturing in fresh water and spawning in salt water) life history. Like many migratory fish, the American Eel has suffered a general decline across the East Coast largely...

Date published: September 4, 2019
Status: Active

FEMA project - Franklin and Orleans counties in Vermont

For the Franklin and Orleans Counties Risk MAP project, the USGS New England Water Science Center will develop new analyses of flood risk throughout both counties and will produce updated flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) for all communities in the counties.

Contacts: Scott A Olson
Date published: August 30, 2019
Status: Active

DISCOVRE: Diversity, Systematics and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems

DISCOVRE (DIversity, Systematics and COnnectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems) is an integrated, multidisciplinary, international effort investigating the unique and fragile deep-sea coral environments from the microscopic level to the ecosystem level. 

Date published: August 8, 2019
Status: Active

Track down survey of PCBs in three tributaries to the Niagara River Area of Concern (AOC)

Background Industrial discharges of toxic and bio-accumulating compounds to the Niagara River and its tributaries have occurred over many decades. High concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been found in samples of fish tissue from many locations, including three tributaries to the Niagara River: Tonawanda Creek, Two mile Creek, and Rattlesnake Creek (study reaches listed in...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, David Alvarez, Ph.D., Mark Filipski
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Date published: March 18, 2020

Seismic Reflection, EdgeTech SB-424 Chirp shot points collected in the vicinity of Buffalo Reef, Michigan, within Lake Superior during USGS field activity 2018-043-FA, (CSV text and Esri point shapefile, GCS WGS 84)

In September 2018, the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC), in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), conducted high-resolution geophysical mapping and sediment sampling to determine the distribution of historical mine tailings on the floor of Lake Superior. Large amounts of waste material from copper mining, locally known as “st

Date published: March 18, 2020

Sediment sample locations and analysis collected in the vicinity of Buffalo Reef, Michigan, within Lake Superior during USGS Field Activity 2018-043-FA (Microsoft Excel file).

In September 2018, the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC), in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), conducted high-resolution geophysical mapping and sediment sampling to determine the distribution of historical mine tailings on the floor of Lake Superior. Large amounts of waste material from copper mining, locally known as “st

Date published: March 18, 2020

Multibeam backscatter data collected in the vicinity of Buffalo Reef, Michigan, within Lake Superior during USGS Field Activity 2018-043-FA using a dual-head Reson T20-P multibeam echosounder (8-bit GeoTIFF, UTM Zone 16N, NAD 83, 2-m resolution)

In September 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted high-resolution geophysical mapping and sediment sampling to determine the distribution of historical mine tailings on the floor of Lake Superior. Large amounts of waste material from copper mining, locally known as “stamp sands,” were dumped into the lake in

Date published: March 18, 2020

Multibeam bathymetric data collected in the vicinity of Buffalo Reef, Michigan, within Lake Superior during USGS Field Activity 2018-043-FA using a dual-head Reson T20-P multibeam echosounder (32-bit GeoTIFF, UTM Zone 16N, NAD 83, NAVD 88 Vertical Datum,

In September 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, conducted high-resolution geophysical mapping and sediment sampling to determine the distribution of historical mine tailings on the floor of Lake Superior. Large amounts of waste material from copper mining, locally known as “stamp sands,” were dumped into the lake in

Date published: March 18, 2020

Seismic Reflection, Boomer profile images collected in the vicinity of Buffalo Reef, Michigan, within Lake Superior,during USGS field activity 2018-043-FA, (PNG Images)

In September 2018, the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC), in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), conducted high-resolution geophysical mapping and sediment sampling to determine the distribution of historical mine tailings on the floor of Lake Superior. Large amounts of waste material from copper mining, locally known as “st

Date published: March 12, 2020

Data on well characteristics and well-pair characteristics for estimating high groundwater levels in selected areas of Massachusetts

A method to estimate the probable high groundwater level in Massachusetts, excluding Cape Cod and the Islands was developed in 1981. The method, commonly called the “Frimpter Method,” uses a groundwater measurement from a test site, groundwater measurements from an index well, and a distribution of high groundwater levels from wells in similar geologic and topographic se

Date published: March 12, 2020

Estrogen equivalents of surface water and smallmouth bass estrogenic biomarker data in New Jersey, 2016-2017

The data were gathered as a preliminary assessment of estrogenicity under base-flow conditions at over 100 sites (lakes and streams) throughout New Jersey followed by more targeted sampling of smallmouth bass at nine sites with varying levels of estrogenicity. In 2016, 102 sites (lakes and streams) for the preliminary estrogenicity assessment were selected utilizing compiled results of

Date published: March 12, 2020

Elevation-area-capacity tables for Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

This dataset contains elevation-area-capacity tables computed from a bathymetric survey of Morris Lake conducted in April 2018.

Date published: March 12, 2020

Elevation contours, Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

This dataset contains a map of the bathymetric contours of Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir) at 2-foot intervals of elevation.

Date published: March 12, 2020

Raster map of interpolated areas of bathymetric maps of Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

This dataset contains a raster map of the areas of the bathymetric map of Morris Lake that were interpolated.

Date published: March 12, 2020

Depth raster, Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

This dataset contains a bathymetric map of Morris Lake in the form of a raster grid of depth in feet below spillway elevation.

Date published: March 12, 2020

Elevation raster, Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

This dataset contains a bathymetric map of Morris Lake in the form of a raster grid of elevation in feet above the North American Vertical Datum of 1988.

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Changes in sediment source areas to the Amerasia Basin, Arctic Ocean, over the past 5.5 million years based on radiogenic isotopes (Sr, Nd, Pb) of detritus from ferromanganese crusts

Ferromanganese (FeMn) crusts provide a useful paleoenvironmental archive for studying the poorly understood climatic, oceanographic, and geologic evolution of the Arctic Ocean. This study is based on the identification and temporal reconstruction of sources and inferred transport pathways of terrigenous material in FeMn crusts collected from...

Konstantinova, Natalia; Hein, James R.; Mizell, Kira; Cherkashov, Georgy; Dreyer, Brian; Hutchinson, Deborah

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Gas hydrates in sustainable chemistry

Gas hydrates have received considerable attention due to their important role in flow assurance for the oil and gas industry, their extensive natural occurrence on Earth and extraterrestrial planets, and their significant applications in sustainable technologies including but not limited to gas and energy storage, gas separation, and water...

Hassanpouryouzband, Aliakbar; Joonaki, Edris; Vasheghani Farahania, Mehrdad; Takeya, Satoshi; Ruppel, Carolyn D.; Yang, Jinhai; English, Neill; Schicks, Judith; Edlmann, Katriona; Mehrabian, Hadi; Tohidi, Bahman

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Hurricane Sandy effects on coastal marsh elevation change

High-magnitude storm events such as Hurricane Sandy are powerful agents of geomorphic change in coastal marshes, potentially altering their surface elevation trajectories. But how do a storm’s impacts vary across a large region spanning a variety of wetland settings and storm exposures and intensities. We determined the short-term impacts of...

Yeates, Alice G.; Grace, James; Olker, Jennifer H.; Guntenspergen, Glenn R.; Cahoon, Donald; Adamowicz, Susan C.; Anisfeld, Shimon C.; Barrett, Nels; Benzecry, Alice; Blum, Linda K.; Christian, Rober T; Grzyb, Joseph; Kracauer Hartig, Ellen; Hines Leo, Kelly; Lerberg, Scott; Lynch, James C.; Maher, Nicole; Megonigal, J Patrick; Reay, William G.; Siok, Drexel; Starke, Adam; Turner, Vincent; Warren, Scott

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Modified QuEChERS extraction for the analysis of young-of-year smallmouth bass using GC × GC-TOFMS

Signs of disease, such as external lesions, have been prevalent in smallmouth bass throughout the Susquehanna River Basin, USA. Previous targeted chemical studies in this system have identified known persistent organic pollutants, but a common explanatory link across multiple affected sites remains undetermined. A fast and robust extraction method...

Teehan, Paige; Schall, Megan K.; Blazer, Vicki S.; Gruber, Beate; Dorman, Frank L

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Comparing trends in modeled and observed streamflows at minimally altered basins in the United States

We compared modeled and observed streamflow trends from 1984–2016 using five statistical transfer models and one deterministic, distributed-parameter, process-based model, for 26 flow metrics at 502 basins in the United States that are minimally influenced by development. We also looked at a measure of overall model fit and average bias. A higher...

Hodgkins, Glenn A.; Dudley, Robert; Russell, Amy M.; LaFontaine, Jacob H.

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Conceptual framework and approach for conducting a geoenvironmental assessment of undiscovered uranium resources

This report presents a novel conceptual framework and approach for conducting a geologically based environmental assessment, or geoenvironmental assessment, of undiscovered uranium resources within an area likely to contain uranium deposits. The framework is based on a source-to-receptor model that prioritizes the most likely contaminant sources,...

Gallegos, Tanya J.; Walton-Day, Katherine; Seal, Robert R.
Gallegos, T.J., Walton-Day, K., and Seal, R.R., II, 2020, Conceptual framework and approach for conducting a geoenvironmental assessment of undiscovered uranium resources: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5104, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185104.

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Updating data inputs, assessing trends, and evaluating a method to estimate probable high groundwater levels in selected areas of Massachusetts

A method to estimate the probable high groundwater level in Massachusetts, excluding Cape Cod and the islands, was developed in 1981. The method uses a groundwater measurement from a test site, groundwater measurements from an index well, and a distribution of high groundwater levels from wells in similar geologic and topographic settings. The U.S...

Barclay, Janet R.; Mullaney, John R.
Barclay, J.R., and Mullaney, J.R., 2020, Updating data inputs, assessing trends, and evaluating a method to estimate probable high groundwater levels in selected areas of Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5036, 45 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205036.

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Mysterious tsunami in the Caribbean Sea following the 2010 Haiti earthquake possibly generated by dynamically triggered early aftershocks

Dynamically triggered offshore aftershocks, caused by passing seismic waves from main shocks located on land, are currently not considered in tsunami warnings. The M7.0 2010 Haiti earthquake epicenter was located on land 27 km north of the Caribbean Sea and its focal mechanism was oblique strike-slip. Nevertheless, a tsunami recorded on a...

ten Brink, Uri S.; Wei, Yong; Fan, Wenyuan; Granja-Bruna, Jose-Luis; Miller, Nathaniel C.

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A non-linear relationship between marsh size and sediment trapping capacity compromises salt marshes’ resilience to sea-level rise

Global assessments predict the impact of sea-level rise on salt marshes with present-day levels of sediment supply from rivers and the coastal ocean. However, these assessments do not consider that variations in marsh extent and the related reconfiguration of intertidal area affect local sediment dynamics, ultimately controlling the fate of the...

Donatelli, Carmine; Zhang, Xiaohe; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Aretxabaleta, Alfredo; Fagherazzi, Sergio; Leonardi, Nicoletta

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Comparison of SELDM simulated total-phosphorus concentrations with ecological impervious-area criteria

Ecological studies indicate that impervious cover (IC) greater than approximately 5%–20% may have adverse effects on receiving-stream ecology. It is difficult to separate the effects of runoff quality from other effects of urbanization on receiving streams. This study presents the results of a numerical experiment to assess the effects of...

Jeznach, Lillian C.; Granato, Gregory E.

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Groundwater levels and generalized potentiometric surfaces, former Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey, 2018

Groundwater-level conditions, generalized groundwater potentiometric surfaces, and generalized flow directions at the decommissioned Naval Air Warfare Center in West Trenton, New Jersey, were evaluated for calendar year 2018. Groundwater levels measured continuously in five on-site wells and one nearby off-site well were plotted as hydrographs for...

Fiore, Alex R.; Pierre J. Lacombe
Fiore, A.R., and Lacombe, P.J., 2020, Groundwater levels and generalized potentiometric surfaces, former Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1016, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201016.

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Incorporating spatial synchrony in the status assessment of a threatened species with multivariate analysis

Spatial synchrony—correlated abundance fluctuations among distinct populations—is associated with increased extinction risk but is not a component of widely-used extinction risk assessments (e.g., IUCN Red List, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Species Status Assessment). Alongside traditional viability metrics (i.e., the number of populations,...

Stowe, Edward; Wenger, Seth J.; Freeman, Mary; Freeman, Byron J.

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a white machine with a clear blue front and white swirled light inside
October 21, 2019

Dissolved organic/inorganic carbon analyzer (DOC/DIC)

Dissolved organic/inorganic carbon analyzer (DOC/DIC)

October 14, 2019

Introduction to the FEMA Project Team: Surveying

The USGS assists FEMA with updating flood insurance rate maps throughout New England. This is in response to recent major flooding events and because of the need to update the 30 year-old effective flood insurance rate maps. This video gives a brief overview of the FEMA project team with a focus on the surveying component of the project.
 

man in boat hauling up a water sample from a large river
October 9, 2019

Niagara River Water Quality Sample 2019

USGS staffer Matthew Jennings collecting water quality samples on the lower Niagara River for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project. Photo by John Wernly (Public domain)

September 12, 2019

ADCP Training Time Lapse

This video was taken during the SW1321 training course, Streamflow Measurements Using ADCPs. On this field day, students from all over the USGS used their newfound knowledge to collect ADCP data in Windham, Maine.
 

women in cableway car above water pulling orange adcp
September 12, 2019

Cableway measurement Saranac River at Plattsburgh, NY

USGS contractor Diana Phillips on September 12, 2019, making a section by section measurement at USGS 04273500 SARANAC RIVER AT PLATTSBURGH NY using an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP). Photo by Brian McDonald

Image of USGS staff on the fantail of a research vessel
August 31, 2019

Sound velocity casts on Cape Cod Bay

Sometimes the fog can be as thick as pea soup! The captains use radar and keen eyesight to navigate in such conditions. Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center staff,  Alex Nichols and Wayne Baldwin,  take a sound velocity cast off the back of the boat.
 

Image of USGS staff on the fantail of a research vessel preparing to deploy the subbottom profiler
August 31, 2019

Subbottom profiler deployment on Cape Cod Bay, 2019

 Before deploying the subbottom profiler for leg 2 of the seafloor mapping cruise, Wayne Baldwin, Alex Nichols, and Chuck Worley made sure the floats were sufficiently inflated. In the relatively shallow waters of Cape Cod Bay, they want the instrument towed at water's surface for the resolution of the sub seafloor geology.

Image of Seth Ackerman processing seafloor data
August 31, 2019

Let me process this

Seth Ackerman processing the seafloor mapping data as they are collected on the Cape Cod Bay 2019 research cruise.

Image of processing van on the deck of the R/V Warren
August 31, 2019

Round the clock operations

Sunrise on Cape Cod Bay with a peek inside the processing van on the deck of R/V Warren Jr. 

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This map shows the countries that supply mineral commodities for which the United States was more than 50 percent import reliant
March 4, 2019

U.S. mines produced an estimated $82.2 billion of raw mineral materials in 2018 – a 3 percent increase over the revised total of $79.7 billion in 2017– the U.S. Geological Survey announced in its annual Mineral Commodity Summaries published Feb. 28.

Geologic sections illustrating general distributions and thickness of seismic stratigraphic units Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket
February 27, 2019

Marine geologic maps of the inner continental shelf of Massachusetts, where science, scientists, and art come together to create visually appealing interpretive maps that are critical to aid statewide efforts to inventory and manage coastal and marine resources.

 

 

Lake Sturgeon in the water
February 14, 2019

Dawn Dittman and Marc Chalupnicki will attend New York Lake Sturgeon Working Group meeting on February 21, 2019.

New England Newsletter Fall 2018 cover
November 29, 2018

Fall 2018 WaterMarks continues a regular series of newsletters from the USGS New England Water Science Center to cooperating agencies, collaborators, and others interested in our work. This issue features:

  •  Links to new reports and journal articles by our staff
  •  Updates on recent activities of our Data Section  
  •  Highlights of new and recently completed studies.
Landsat landcover classification along the Maryland and Virginia coast
November 16, 2018

New study analyzed Landsat satellite imagery to document historical and recent (post-Hurricane Sandy) wetland changes that occurred along the Maryland and Virginia coastlines since 1984.

Two people, wearing safety gear, stand on board a ship and retrieve an instrument, attached to heavy cable, from the water..
November 1, 2018

In August 2018, the USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) completed the Mid-Atlantic Resource Imaging Experiment (MATRIX), a three-week cruise that acquired more than 2,000 kilometers of multichannel seismic data between Hudson Canyon and Cape Hatteras on the U.S. Atlantic margin.

Volunteers mark lake sturgeon at the NYSDEC Oneida Hatchery
October 29, 2018

Research Ecologist Dawn Dittman (GLSC, Cortland, New York) participated as a partner in this year’s release of hatchery reared lake sturgeon on October 10, 2018.

Photograph of a sonobuoy launch
September 20, 2018

Data acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on the U.S. Atlantic Margin in August 2018 reveal new information about the distribution of gas hydrates in the sector stretching from the upper continental slope to deep water areas offshore New Jersey to North Carolina.

Thumbnail of Hurricane Florence Water Footprint Data Visualization
September 16, 2018

To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after #Florence, visit the #USGS Hurricane Florence page at https://www.usgs.gov/florence.

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