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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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We conduct impartial, multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring on a large range of natural-resource issues that impact the quality of life of citizens and wildlife throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic states of Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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January 6, 2021

WaterMarks Newsletter - 2020

In this issue we introduce our new director, John Bumgarner, presenting his vision for the center. We also feature our hydrologic monitoring program, a recap of the 2020 drought, current work on the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance maps, two geonarratives, and we provide links to our 2020 staff publications and data releases.

Date published: January 4, 2021

New USGS study identifies key factors affecting nitrate concentrations in stream base flow in Chesapeake Bay watershed

A new USGS study has identified factors that contribute to high nitrate in base flow in streams flowing into Chesapeake Bay. Land use, organic carbon in soils, and geology were among the most important factors affecting nitrate in stream base flow, based on data collected at 156 stream sites.

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Date published: November 5, 2020
Status: Active

Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian PFAS Capability Team

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of anthropogenic emerging contaminants. Some PFAS have been voluntarily phased out, as exposure has been linked to adverse human health effects.

Date published: October 28, 2020
Status: Completed

New England Drought, 2020

Below average and infrequent rainfall from May through September 2020 led to an extreme hydrologic drought across much of New England, with some areas experiencing a flash (quick-onset) drought.

Date published: September 9, 2020
Status: Active

Functional and Molecular Bioassay Laboratory

The Functional and Molecular Bioassay Laboratory applies and modifies microbial and eukaryotic reporter bioassays to detect the presence of bioactive chemicals from environmental water samples. These analyses compliment analytical chemistry and biological datasets.

Date published: September 4, 2020
Status: Active

Monitoring Merrimack River Mainstem and Tidal Reaches in Massachusetts to Evaluate Water Quality Conditions, May to September 2020

The Merrimack River watershed, the 4th largest watershed in New England (Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, 2001), has seen substantial growth and development in recent years.

Contacts: Jason Sorenson
Date published: September 1, 2020
Status: Active

Groundwater Quality of Domestic Supply Wells in Pennsylvania

Most rural residents in Pennsylvania use groundwater from domestic supply wells for drinking, cleaning and other purposes. Some groundwater samples have been analyzed for private purposes, but those results generally are not readily available to the public. Many of the publicly available water-quality samples from rural areas were collected more than 30 years ago. Quality-assured groundwater...

Date published: August 31, 2020
Status: Active

Shale Gas and Water Resources in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Water Science Center and other USGS scientists are studying water availability, use, quality, and ecology associated with development of shale-gas energy resources in Pennsylvania.

Latest Report: Potter County 'Baseline' Groundwater Quality (see Publications)

Date published: August 11, 2020
Status: Active

Samples Repository

Since 2002, the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Samples Repository (WHCMSC) has been supporting research by providing secure storage for geological, biological, and geochemical samples; maintaining organization and an active inventory of these sample collections; as well as by providing access to these collections for study and reuse.

Date published: July 31, 2020
Status: Active

Streamflow Estimation from Advanced Imaging (LSPIV) in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Water Science Center and the Next Generation Water Observing Systems (NGWOS) Program are implementing new technologies for streamflow estimation at sites in Pennsylvania where conventional measurement techniques are inadequate.

Date published: July 6, 2020
Status: Active

Delaware River Basin

In Pennsylvania, the USGS's water-resources roots date back to the late 1800's, with the initiation of streamflow gaging on the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers and assessments of groundwater resources near Philadelphia. The USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center continues to provide scientific information about the water resources of the Delaware River Basin, in cooperation with regional and...

Date published: June 28, 2020
Status: Active

MD-DE-DC WSC Water Use & Water Supply Capabilities

In Maryland, public supply water is delivered to users for domestic, commercial, and industrial purposes. Most is used for public services, such as public pools, parks, firefighting, water and wastewater treatment, and municipal buildings, and some is unaccounted for because of leaks, flushing, tower maintenance, and other system losses. 5.7 million Marylanders get their water from the public...

Date published: June 26, 2020
Status: Active

MD-DE-DC WSC Modeling Capabilities

USGS models are widely used to predict responses of hydrologic systems to changing stresses, such as increases in precipitation or ground-water pumping rates, as well as to predict the fate and movement of solutes and contaminants in water.

The USGS is at the forefront of devising new techniques and computer software to solve practical problems in the study of water resources....

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Date published: December 22, 2020

Collection, analysis, and age-dating of sediment cores from a salt marsh platform and ponds, Rowley, Massachusetts, 2014-15

Sediment cores were collected from three sites within the Plum Island Ecosystems Long-Term Ecological Research (PIE-LTER) domain in Massachusetts to obtain estimates of long-term marsh decomposition and evaluate shifts in the composition and reactivity of sediment organic carbon in disturbed marsh environments. 

Date published: December 11, 2020

Sea-floor sediment samples, seabed imagery, and CTD instrument data collected on Stellwagen Bank in July and August, 2019, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2019-008-FA

This cruise was conducted in collaboration with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the data collected will aid research on the ecology of fish and invertebrate species that inhabit the region.

Date published: October 1, 2020

New England Below Normal 28-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of year

Below Normal 28-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of year

Date published: August 11, 2020

Continuous Seismic Profiling (CSP) at Callahan Mine Site: May 2017 to July 2018

In May 2017 and July 2018, continuous seismic profiling (CSP) surveys were collected in Goose Pond at the Callahan Mine site. The chirp frequency CSP tool was used in the deep water. A tuned transducer (dual-echo sounder) was used in the shallow water, and the data are served separately but within this data release (See CSP-DSO). CSP methods use an acoustic sound source that trave

Date published: July 27, 2020

Loads and trends in the Chesapeake Bay nontidal monitoring network: results through Water Year 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed the nontidal network mapper to share the short-term (2009-2018) water-year nutrient and suspended-sediment load and trend results for the Chesapeake Bay Program’s (CBP) non-tidal network (NTN). The mapper provides the primary findings for nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended-sediment trends, and gives the user tools to further examine the results...

Date published: July 9, 2020

Pesticide Toxicity Index (PTI) and maximum Toxic Unit (TUmax) scores and information for fish, cladocerans, and benthic invertebrates from water samples collected at National Water Quality Network sites during Water Years 2013-2017

During 2013-2017, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Project, collected water samples year-round from the National Water Quality Network – Rivers and Streams (NWQN) and reported on 221 pesticides at 72 sites across the US in agricultural, developed, and mixed land use watersheds. Pesticide Toxicity Index (PTI) scores, a screening-

Date published: July 9, 2020

Chemical and physical data for sediment source fingerprinting of suspended and bottom sediment in Black Creek, Indiana, tributary to the Maumee River and western Lake Erie - Fluvial-target samples

This data release includes physical and chemical data for samples from fluvial targets (streambed and suspended sediment) from three sampling sites in the Black Creek basin, Indiana. Data include total nitrogen and carbon concentrations, carbon species, total concentrations for 42 metals, and particle-size analysis. Fluvial-target samples include both soft, streambed sediment and

Date published: July 9, 2020

Chemical and physical data for sediment source fingerprinting of suspended and bottom sediment in Black Creek, Indiana, tributary to the Maumee River and western Lake Erie - Source samples

This data release includes physical and chemical data for samples from upland-source and streambank sampling sites in the Black Creek basin, Indiana. Data include total nitrogen and carbon concentrations, carbon species, total concentrations for 42 metals, and particle-size analysis. Source samples were identified as one of five land-use types: active cropland (corn, soybean, h

Date published: July 9, 2020

Data for multiple linear regression models for predicting microcystin concentration action-level exceedances in selected lakes in Ohio

Site-specific multiple linear regression models were developed for eight sites in Ohio—six in the Western Lake Erie Basin and two in northeast Ohio on inland reservoirs--to quickly predict action-level exceedances for a cyanotoxin, microcystin, in recreational and drinking waters used by the public. Real-time models include easily- or continuously-measured factors that do not require

Date published: July 8, 2020

Precipitation and Precipitation Chemistry in Robinson Forest, Breathitt County, Kentucky (1971-2018)

Robinson Forest, in eastern Kentucky, is a research forest owned and operated by the University of Kentucky (UK) since the 1920s. The UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources began collecting precipitation and precipitation chemistry data in the forest starting with one weather station at the Robinson Forest Camp in 1971, and followed by several additional stations in the mid-199

Date published: July 8, 2020

Air temperature in Robinson Forest, Breathitt County, Kentucky (1971-2018)

Robinson Forest, in eastern Kentucky, is a research forest owned and operated by the University of Kentucky (UK) since the 1920s. The UK Department of Forestry and Natural Resources began collecting air temperature data at the Robinson Forest Camp in 1971. This digital dataset includes information about the weather station where these data were collected, and how these data were process

Date published: July 8, 2020

Chesapeake Bay River Input Monitoring Network 1985-2019: Annual loads

Nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended-sediment loads, and changes in loads, in major rivers across the Chesapeake Bay watershed have been calculated using monitoring data from the Chesapeake Bay River Input Monitoring Network (RIM) stations for the period 1985 through 2019. Nutrient and suspended-sediment loads and changes in loads were determined by applying a weighted regression appro

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New England Water Use, 2015
September 28, 2020

The New England Water Science Center has collected, reviewed, and aggregated water-withdrawal data in each of the six States every 5 years since 1950. The most recent water-use compilation was completed in 2015, and its summary is presented in this geonarrative.

Photo showing different species of salt tolerant plants near a saltmarsh
June 2, 2020

Coastal wetlands, and salt marshes specifically, are simultaneously geomorphic and biologic systems. They proliferate across a narrow range of elevation, water level, and salinity conditions. Salt marshes rely on their own growth and sediment input to maintain or increase their extent, whereas physical forces such as waves and sea-level rise tend to reduce it. 

Third River basin study area
April 27, 2020

Lower Passic River - Third River Basin 2020

Map of Urbanized area around the Second and Third Rivers
April 27, 2020

Lower Passaic River Basin 2020

Map of Second River Study Area
April 27, 2020

Lower Passaic River - Second River Basin 2020

Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
April 23, 2020

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

USGS Station 011058798 Herring River at Chequessett Neck Road gage house
April 13, 2020

The New England WSC geonarrative explores the availability of water-quality data collected by the Cape Cod National Seashore and U.S. Geological Survey in support of the Herring River restoration project. It highlights the development of the monitoring program since the 1980s and the recent publication of Cape Cod National Seashore data in a U.S. Geological Survey data release.

Simulated 25-year mean annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015
February 28, 2020

Simulated 25-year mean annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015.

Uncertainty in recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015
February 27, 2020

Calculated standard deviation on the median annual potential recharge to groundwater for Maine, 1991 to 2015.

Three Bays watershed, Barnstable, MA
February 24, 2020

Three Bays watershed area and locations of four sites for preliminary hydrogeologic site characterization, Barnstable, Massachusetts.

Screenshot of 'Longer Term Change' section from NPS story map about Fire Island
February 6, 2020

This geonarrative features research used to predict how Fire Island beaches change in response to storms and how they may subsequently recover in the year following a storm event.

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Statistical methods for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM)

This report documents statistics for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM). The U.S. Geological Survey developed SELDM and the statistics documented in this report in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to indicate the risk for...

Granato, Gregory E.; Spaetzel, Alana B.; Medalie, Laura
Granato, G.E., Spaetzel, A.B., and Medalie, L., 2021, Statistical methods for simulating structural stormwater runoff best management practices (BMPs) with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5136, 41 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205136.

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Modeling areal measures of campsite impacts on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to enhance ecological sustainability

Campsite impacts in protected natural areas are most effectively minimized by a containment strategy that focuses use on a limited number of sustainable campsites that spatially concentrate camping activities. This research employs spatial autoregressive (SAR) modeling to evaluate the relative influence of use-related, environmental, and...

Arredondo, Johanna R.; Marion, Jeffrey L.; Meadema, Fletcher P.; Wimpey, Jeremy F.

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Heed the data gap: Guidelines for using incomplete datasets in annual stream temperature analyses

Stream temperature data are useful for deciphering watershed processes important for aquatic ecosystems. Accurately extracting signal trends from stream temperature is essential for predicting responses of environmental and ecological indicators to change. Missing data periods are common for various reasons, and pose a challenge for scientists...

Johnson, Zachary C.; Johnson, Brittany G.; Briggs, Martin A.; Snyder, Craig D.; Hitt, Nathaniel P.; Devine, Warren

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Photoperiodic regulation of pituitary thyroid-stimulating hormone and brain deiodinase in Atlantic salmon

Seasonal timing is important for many critical life history events of vertebrates, and photoperiod is often used as a reliable seasonal cue. In mammals and birds, it has been established that a photoperiod-driven seasonal clock resides in the brain and pituitary, and is driven by increased levels of pituitary thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and...

Irachi, Shotaro; Hall, Daniel J.; Fleming, Mitchell S; Maugers, Gersende; Bjornsson, Bjorn; Dufour, Sylvie; Uchida, Katsuhisa; McCormick, Stephen D.

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Seasonality of acarological risk of exposure to Borrelia miyamotoi from questing life stages of Ixodes scapularis collected from Wisconsin and Massachusetts, USA

Measures of acarological risk of exposure to Ixodes scapularis-borne disease agents typically focus on nymphs; however, the relapsing fever group spirochete, Borrelia miyamotoi can be transmitted transovarially, and I. scapularis larvae are capable of transmitting B. miyamotoi to their hosts. To quantify the...

Han, Seungeun; Hickling, Graham J.; Ogden, Nicholas H.; Ginsberg, Howard S.; Kobbekaduwa, Vishvapali; Rulison, Eric L.; Beati, Lorenza; Tsao, Jean I.

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High prevalence of biliary neoplasia in white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA: potential roles of bile duct parasites and environmental contaminants

Recent surveys of white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay revealed a high prevalence of hepatic and biliary lesions, including neoplasia, and bile duct parasites. Here, we describe lesions in the liver and gallbladder and evaluate for statistical associations between lesions, parasites, and biomarkers of chemical exposure in fish from...

Matsche, Mark A; Blazer, Vicki S.; Pulster, Erin; Mazik, Patricia M.
Matsche, M. A., Blazer, V. S., Pulster, E. L., and Mazik, P. M., 2020, High prevalence of biliary neoplasia in white perch Morone americana from Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA: potential roles of bile duct parasites and environmental contaminants: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, v. Online early . https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03510

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2020 drought in New England

Below average and infrequent rainfall from May through September 2020 led to an extreme hydrologic drought across much of New England, with some areas experiencing a flash drought, reflecting its quick onset. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recorded record-low streamflow and groundwater levels throughout the region. In September, the U.S....

Lombard, Pamela J.; Barclay, Janet R.; McCarthy, Dee-Ann E.
Lombard, P.J., Barclay, J.R., and McCarthy, D.E., 2020, 2020 drought in New England: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1148, 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201148.

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Optimization of salt marsh management at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Connecticut, through use of structured decision making

Structured decision making is a systematic, transparent process for improving the quality of complex decisions by identifying measurable management objectives and feasible management actions; predicting the potential consequences of management actions relative to the stated objectives; and selecting a course of action that maximizes the total...

Low, Laurel E.; Neckles, Hilary A.; Lyons, James E.; Nagel, Jessica L.; Adamowicz, Susan C.; Mikula, Toni; Vagos, Kristina; Potvin, Richard
Low, L.E. , Neckles, H.A., Lyons, J.E., Nagel, J.L., Adamowicz, S.C., Mikula, T., Vagos, K., and Potvin, R., 2020, Optimization of salt marsh management at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Connecticut, through use of structured decision making: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1139, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201139.

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Co-habiting in a disease hotspot: Overlap between wild and domestic birds in Egypt impacts transmission of highly pathogenic H5N1

Understanding transmission dynamics that link wild and domestic animals is a key element of predicting the emergence of infectious disease, an event that has highest likelihood of occurring wherever human livelihoods depend on agriculture and animal trade. Contact between poultry and wild birds is a key driver of the emergence of highly pathogenic...

Hill, Nichola J.; Smith, Lacy M.; Muzaffar, Sabir B.; Nagel, Jessica L.; Prosser, Diann; Sullivan, Jeffery D.; Spragens, Kyle A.; DeMattos, Carlos A.; Demattos, Cecilia C.; El Sayed, Lu'ay; Erciyas-Yavuz, Kiraz; Davis, C. Todd; Jones, Joyce; Kis, Zoltan; Donis, Ruben O.; Newman, Scott H.; Takekawa, John Y.

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Estimating the impact of seep methane oxidation on ocean pH and dissolved inorganic radiocarbon along the U.S. mid‐Atlantic Bight

Ongoing ocean warming can release methane (CH4) currently stored in ocean sediments as free gas and gas hydrates. Once dissolved in ocean waters, this CH4 can be oxidized to carbon dioxide (CO2). While it has been hypothesized that the CO2 produced from aerobic CH4 oxidation could enhance ocean acidification, a previous study...

Garcia-Tigreros, Fenix; Leonte, Mihai; Ruppel, Carolyn D.; Ruiz-Angulo, Angel; Joung, DoongJoo; Young, Benjamin; Kessler, John D.

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Development of genetic baseline information to support the conservation and management of wild Brook Trout in North Carolina

Following centuries of declines, there is growing interest in conserving extant wild populations and reintroducing Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) populations of native ancestry. A population genetic baseline can enhance conservation outcomes and promote restoration success. Consequently, it is important to document existing patterns of...

Kazyak, David; Lubinski, Barbara A.; Rash, Jacob M; Johnson, Thomas C; King, Timothy L.

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Simulation of groundwater flow in the regional aquifer system on Long Island, New York, for pumping and recharge conditions in 2005–15

A three-dimensional groundwater-flow model was developed for the aquifer system of Long Island, New York, to evaluate (1) responses of the hydrologic system to changes in natural and anthropogenic hydraulic stresses, (2) the subsurface distribution of groundwater age, and (3) the regional-scale distribution of groundwater travel times and the...

Walter, Donald A.; Masterson, John P.; Finkelstein, Jason S.; Monti, Jr., Jack; Misut, Paul E.; Fienen, Michael N.
Walter, D.A., Masterson, J.P., Finkelstein, J.S., Monti, J., Jr., Misut, P.E., and Fienen, M.N., 2020, Simulation of groundwater flow in the regional aquifer system on Long Island, New York, for pumping and recharge conditions in 2005–15: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5091, 75 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205091.

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Floodplain and Channel Evaluation Tool (FACET)
December 4, 2019

The Floodplain and Evaluation Tool (FACET) is an open-source python tool that maps the floodplain extent and derives reach-scale summaries of stream and floodplain geomorphic measurements from high-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs).

Screen grab of coupled ocean atmosphere wave sediment transport modeling system
April 23, 2019

The Coupled-Ocean-Atmosphere-Wave-Sediment Transport (COAWST) Modeling System is an agglomeration of open-source modeling components that has been tailored to investigate coupled processes of the atmosphere, ocean, and waves in the coastal ocean.

The Housatonic River near Lee, Massachusetts
December 13, 2018

This software release provides the database application that runs the Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator (MA SYE) computer program (version 2.0).

West Cornwall covered bridge spanning the Housatonic River near Cornwall Connecticut
December 13, 2018

This software release provides the database application that runs the Connecticut Streamflow and Sustainable Water Use Estimator (CT SSWUE) computer program (version 1.0).

Osprey stretching wings
August 16, 2018

To assist decision makers in risk assessments, two sets of indices have been developed to rank terrestrial vertebrates for their utility in biomonitoring and susceptibility.

map of iPlover study sites
August 13, 2018

This package is used to calculate coastal geomorphology variables along shore-normal transects. The calculated variables are used as inputs for modeling geomorphology using a Bayesian Network (BN). 

About Bandit
July 3, 2018

Bandit is the latest in a series of desktop applications aimed at helping bird banders manage and submit their data for banded birds. We have tried to make the process of maintaining banding records as simple as possible. Bandit was created by the Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD.

Distribution of data
June 29, 2018

The Contaminant Exposure and Effects-Terrestrial Vertebrates database (CEE-TV) contains contaminant exposure and effects information for terrestrial vertebrates (birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles) that reside in estuarine and coastal habitats along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Coasts including Alaska and Hawaii and in the Great Lakes Region.

Contaminant Exposure and Effects—Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEE-TV) Database Homepage
June 29, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions for the Contaminant Exposure and Effects-Terrestrial Vertebrates (CEE-TV) Database

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Photograph of a scuba diver in Double Keyhole Cave, Tampa Bay, FL
December 31, 2020

Double Keyhole Cave Diving

Bobby Scharping, a post-doctoral scholar working with scientists from the USGS (John Pohlman) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Stefan Sievert and Matt Charette), documents the environmental conditions where he as emplaced an acoustic current meter and multi-sensor package 90 feet underwater AND underground in Double Keyhole Cave near the coastline of Tampa Bay

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Checking in on a benchmark and taking recovery photos
October 6, 2020

Checking in on a benchmark and taking recovery photos

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps. ​

USGS Hydrologic Technicians Terrence Talbot and Gunther Schletter take field notes and benchmark recovery photos after checking in at the benchmark.

​USGS employee in a canoe hold a prism while survey rod level and the channel point is collected with a total station from shore
October 6, 2020

Taking channel measurements from a canoe

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

​​USGS employee in a canoe hold a prism and survey rod level while the channel point is collected with a total station from shore.

USGS employees check a channel measurement taken with a total station on a river near St. Johnsbury, VT.
October 6, 2020

Checking the channel measurement

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

​USGS employees check a channel measurement taken with a total station on a river near St. Johnsbury, VT.

Hydrologic Technician Gunther Schletter takes a channel measurement using a Total Station on a river near St. Johnsbury, VT.
October 6, 2020

Behind the Total Station

Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

Hydrologic Technician Gunther Schletter takes a channel measurement using a Total Station on a river near St. Johnsbury, VT.​​

​USGS employees use a GPS to set reference marks next to a damn near St. Johnsbury, VT.
October 6, 2020

Setting reference marks

​​Surface Water Modeling for FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps. 

USGS employees use a GPS to set reference marks next to a damn near St. Johnsbury, VT.​​​

USGS employee stands in the river with a prism while a point measurement is taken with a station located on the river bank.
October 6, 2020

Taking a channel measurement

Surface-water modeling for Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance rate maps. 

​A USGS employees stands in the river channel keeping a prism on a survey rod level while a point measurement is taken with a total station located on the river bank.​

Map of Earth MRI projects in West Virginia
September 29, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in West Virginia

USGS map of Earth MRI projects in West Virginia announced in September 2020.

Stony Brook near West Suffield, CT during 2020 drought
September 18, 2020

Stony Brook near West Suffield, CT during 2020 drought

Station 01184100 Stony Brook near West Suffield, Connecticut. 

Photo shows a stretch of channel that is almost dry. There was such little flow that non-conventional means of discharge measurement was required, instead of wading with a velocity meter in a cross section

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2020 drought impact on Stony Brook near West Suffield, CT
September 18, 2020

2020 drought impact on Stony Brook near West Suffield, CT

Station 01184100 Stony Brook near West Suffield, Connecticut. 

Photo shows a stretch of channel that is almost dry. There was such little flow that non-conventional means of discharge measurement was required, instead of wading with a velocity meter in a cross section

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water, table, hydrologic technician, ducks, trees
September 17, 2020

USGS Hydrologic Technician Collecting Water Samples

USGS Hydrologic Technician assisting with collection of downwelling porewater samples in a PFAS-impacted lake on Cape Cod.

September 9, 2020

SDC Seminar: Defining and Using Evidence in Conservation Practice

This is the Science and Decisions Center Seminar Series presentation of Defining and Using Evidence in Conservation Practice with Nick Salafsky, Director, Foundations of Success. Nick focuses on sharing new work on the development of shared evidence libraries based around theory-of-change pathways for key conservation actions. Nick draws on insights of evidence-based

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​USGS employee in a canoe hold a prism while survey rod level and the channel point is collected with a total station from shore
January 6, 2021

In this issue we introduce our new director, John Bumgarner, presenting his vision for the center. We also feature our hydrologic monitoring program, a recap of the 2020 drought, current work on the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance maps, two geonarratives, and we provide links to our 2020 staff publications and data releases.

Chesapeake Bay-Elk River
January 4, 2021

A new USGS study has identified factors that contribute to high nitrate in base flow in streams flowing into Chesapeake Bay. Land use, organic carbon in soils, and geology were among the most important factors affecting nitrate in stream base flow, based on data collected at 156 stream sites.

Mill Tailings Pile, Town of Moriah, New York
December 22, 2020

Waste rock from long-closed mines in the eastern Adirondack Mountains, New York, may prove valuable due to its rare earth element content, according to newly published research. The results are from airborne and ground surveys conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and collaborators.

3 people in a small motorboat on a lake with green leafed trees on the bank in the background
December 18, 2020

A field crew collects sediment samples from Hoyt Lake in Buffalo, New York (Credit: Scott George, USGS NY WSC. Public domain.)

USGS Publications spread out on a table
December 16, 2020

List of data releases and publications from the New England Water Science Center released in 2020.

 

Map of real-time streamflow conditions at USGS gaging sites in New England from the National Water Dashboard, December 10, 2020
December 11, 2020

The Hydrologic Monitoring Program (HMP) conducts hydrologic surveillance and investigation in all six New England States. 

Map of Earth MRI projects in West Virginia
September 29, 2020

A total of $125,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Mountain State

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Maine
September 29, 2020

A total of $118,479 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Pine Tree State

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Pennsylvania
September 29, 2020

A total of $100,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Keystone State

New England Water Use, 2015
September 28, 2020

The New England Water Science Center has collected, reviewed, and aggregated water-withdrawal data in each of the six New England States every 5 years since 1950. The most recent water-use compilation was completed in 2015, and its summary is presented in this geonarrative.

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