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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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August and September Photo Contests

August and September Photo Contests

Check out the winning photographs in the August and September 2021 Photo Contests! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention.

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Date published: September 25, 2017
Status: Active

Outreach

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center shares a wide range of resources to help explain and illustrate scientific concepts, our scientific activities, expertise, technology, tools, and other educational resources. Through newsletters, multimedia resources, special events, and other products, you can learn more about the many ways our science supports the Nation.

Contacts: Andrea T Babb
Date published: September 22, 2017
Status: Active

Long-Term Response Monitoring of Suspended-Sediment Transport Characteristics on the Patapsco River near Ellicott City, Maryland, in Response to the Removal of Simkins Dam, 2010-present

For over 100 years, the Patapsco River has been impacted by the presence of several dams that were designed and built at the beginning of the 20th century. The objective of the project is to monitor suspended-sediment transport resulting from the removal of Simkins Dam on the lower Patapsco River in November 2010. The role of USGS in the project includes operation and maintenance of 3 stream...

Date published: September 22, 2017
Status: Active

Delaware Agricultural Shallow Groundwater Monitoring Network

Studies in the Delmarva Peninsula have demonstrated that groundwater in shallow unconfined aquifers near agricultural lands is susceptible to contamination from chemicals applied at the land surface.

Observed concentrations of nitrate in shallow groundwater commonly exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 mg/L on the peninsula. Groundwater...

Date published: September 22, 2017
Status: Active

New York Flood Information

For emergency situations, please contact Chris Gazoorian, Surface Water Specialist at the USGS New York Water Science Center or call our general number (518) 285-5600 and follow the directions to leave voicemail which will be immediately forwarded to a responsible party and responded to as quickly as possible.

Date published: September 19, 2017
Status: Active

New Jersey Flood Reports

USGS reports document New Jersey floods from 1896 to the present. 

Date published: September 19, 2017

Enhanced hydrologic and geomorphic monitoring in Ten Mile Creek, Montgomery County, Maryland

Ten Mile Creek is a small, predominantly agricultural and forested watershed located to the west of Clarksburg, Maryland, in an area that has experienced land-use change and urban development over the past decade. Additional development extending into the Ten Mile Creek watershed is planned over the next several years.

This planned development in the Ten Mile Creek watershed presents an...

Date published: September 19, 2017
Status: Active

2017 Hurricane Coverage

Before, during, and after Hurricanes affect the United States, the USGS is involved in measuring the height and intensity of coastal storm surge and water levels of inland rivers and streams.

Date published: September 18, 2017
Status: Completed

Evaluation of Radon in Groundwater and Indoor Air in Pennsylvania

Existing groundwater and indoor air radon-222, hereafter referred to as "radon", concentrations were aggregated and evaluated for 16 geologic units throughout the state of Pennsylvania to provide a better understanding of potential human exposure to radon.

Date published: September 14, 2017
Status: Completed

Bioremediation in Wetland Areas, Standard Chlorine of Delaware Inc. Superfund Site, Delaware City, Delaware

Major releases of chlorinated benzenes and benzene are known to have occurred at the Standard Chlorine of Delaware Inc. Superfund Site from 1966-2002, resulting in contamination of the groundwater underlying the site and the wetlands surrounding Red Lion Creek.

Although installation of a groundwater interception and treatment system has been completed around the main facility, wetland...

Contacts: Michelle Lorah
Date published: September 13, 2017
Status: Active

New York Statewide Fish Collection: Contaminants in fish from the Buffalo River AOC

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

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Scott George, Damianos Skaros
Date published: September 11, 2017
Status: Active

Microplastics in Urban Streams of the Northeast Region

Microplastics in the environment are of increasing concern among resource managers and ecologists. With global production of plastic topping 300 million metric tons in 2015, research in fresh and marine waters throughout the world has implicated urban runoff, wastewater treatment effluent, and litter breakdown as major sources of microbeads and synthetic pieces and fibers that are slow to...

Contacts: Shawn C Fisher
Date published: September 8, 2017
Status: Active

Coastal Monitoring Tide Gage Sites in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.

Vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms affecting Maryland will be more accessible than ever due to a new monitoring network the U.S. Geological Survey is currently building. 

A team from the USGS MD-DE-DC Water Science Center is surveying 63 locations in the state, determining their elevations and installing receiving...

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Year Published: 2019

Consistency counts: Modeling the effects of a change in protocol on Breeding Bird Survey counts

Analysis of North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data requires controls for factors that influence detectability of birds along survey routes. Identifying factors that influence the counting process and incorporating them into analyses is a primary means of limiting bias in estimates of population change. Twedt (2015) implemented an...

Sauer, John R.; Link, William A.; Ziolkowski, David; Pardieck, Keith L.; Twedt, Daniel J.

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The presence of antibiotic resistance genes in coastal soil and sediment samples from the eastern seaboard of the USA

Infections from antibiotic resistant microorganisms are considered to be one of the greatest global public health challenges that result in huge annual economic losses. While genes that impart resistance to antibiotics (AbR) existed long before the discovery and use of antibiotics, anthropogenic uses of antibiotics in agriculture, domesticated...

Griffin, Dale W.; Benzel, William M.; Fisher, Shawn C.; Focazio, Michael J.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Loftin, Keith A.; Reilly, Timothy J.; Jones, Daniel K.

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Assessing potential effects of highway and urban runoff on receiving streams in total maximum daily load watersheds in Oregon using the stochastic empirical loading and dilution model

The Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM) was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to simulate stormwater quality. To assess the effects of runoff, SELDM uses a stochastic mass-balance approach to estimate combinations of pre-storm...

Stonewall, Adam J.; Granato, Gregory E.; Glover-Cutter, Kira M.
Stonewall, A.J., Granato, G.E., and Glover-Cutter, K.M., 2019, Assessing potential effects of highway and urban runoff on receiving streams in total maximum daily load watersheds in Oregon using the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5053, 116 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195053.

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Hydrocarbons in upland groundwater, Marcellus Shale Region, Northeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New York, USA

Water samples from 50 domestic wells located <1 km (proximal) and >1 km (distal) from shale-gas wells in upland areas of the Marcellus Shale region were analyzed for chemical, isotopic, and groundwater-age tracers. Uplands were targeted because natural mixing with brine and hydrocarbons from deep formations is less common in those areas...

McMahon, Peter B.; Lindsey, Bruce D.; Conlon, Matthew D.; Hunt, Andrew G.; Belitz, Kenneth; Jurgens, Bryant; Varela, Brian A.

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Carbon dioxide emissions and methane flux from forested wetland soils of the Great Dismal Swamp, USA

The Great Dismal Swamp, a freshwater forested peatland, has accumulated massive amounts of soil carbon since the postglacial period. Logging and draining have severely altered the hydrology and forest composition, leading to drier soils, accelerated oxidation, and vulnerability to disturbance. The once dominant Atlantic white cedar, cypress, and...

Gutenberg, Laurel; Krauss, K. W.; Qu, John; Ahn, Changwoo; Hogan, Dianna M.; Zhu, Zhiliang; Xu, Chenyang
Gutenberg, L., Krauss, K.W., Qu, J.J., Ahn, C., Hogan, D., Zhu, Z., and Xu, C., 2019, Carbon dioxide emissions and methane flux from forested wetland soils of the Great Dismal Swamp, USA: Environmental Management, First Online, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-019-01177-4.

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Seasonal and spatial variation in the location and reactivity of a nitrate-contaminated groundwater discharge zone in a lakebed

Groundwater discharge delivering anthropogenic N from surrounding watersheds can impact lake nutrient budgets. However, upgradient groundwater processes and changing dynamics in N biogeochemistry at the groundwater-lake interface are complex and difficult to resolve. In this study, hydrograph variations in a groundwater flow-through lake...

Smith, Richard L.; Repert, Deborah A.; Stoliker, Deborah; Kent, Douglas B.; Song, Bongkeun; LeBlanc, Denis R.; McCobb, Timothy; Böhlke, John K.; Hyun, Sung Pil; Moon, Hee Sun

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Toxicity of aluminum to Ceriodaphnia dubia in low-hardness waters as affected by natural dissolved organic matter

We conducted a series of 7‐d toxicity tests with Ceriodaphnia dubia in dilutions of low‐hardness natural waters, which contained dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations up to 10 mg/L. Stream waters were mixed with well water to achieve 2 target hardness levels (20 and 35 mg/L) and 4 DOC concentrations. Tests with aluminum (Al)‐...

Besser, John M.; Cleveland, Danielle; Ivey, Chris D.; Blake, Laura

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Coastal and marine science of the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is one of three centers serving the mission of the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP). Since its authorization by Congress in 1962, the CMHRP has served as the primary Federal program for marine geology and...

Ernst, Sara
Ernst, S., 2019, Coastal and marine science of the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 191, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip191.

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USGS critical minerals review

The United States’ supply of critical minerals has been a concern and a source of potential strategic vulnerabilities for U.S. economic and national security interests for decades (for example, see Strategic and Critical Minerals Stockpiling Act, 1939). More recently, with the rapid increase in the types of materials being used in advanced...

Fortier, Steven M.; Hammarstrom, Jane M.; Ryker, Sarah J.; Day, Warren C.; Seal, Robert R.

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Seasonal occurrence and abundance of dabbling ducks across the continental United States: Joint spatio-temporal modelling for the Genus Anas

Estimating the distribution and abundance of wildlife is an essential task in species conservation, wildlife management and habitat prioritization. Although a host of methods and tools have been proposed to accomplish this undertaking, several challenges remain in accurately forecasting occurrence and abundance for highly mobile species....

Humphreys, John M.; Murrow, Jennifer L.; Sullivan, Jeffery D.; Prosser, Diann

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Concurrent assessment of epidemiological and operational uncertainties for optimal outbreak control: Ebola as a case study

Determining how to best manage an epidemiological outbreak may be hindered by both epidemiological uncertainty (i.e. about epidemiological processes) and operational uncertainty (i.e. about the effectiveness of candidate interventions). These two uncertainties are rarely addressed concurrently in epidemic studies, impeding decision-making. We...

Li, Shou-Li; Ferrari, Matthew J.; Bjørnstad, Ottar N.; Runge, Michael C.; Fonnesbeck, Christopher J; Tildesley, Michael J.; Pannell, David; Shea, Katriona
Shou-Li, L., Ferrari, M. J., Bjørnstad, O. N, Runge, M. C., Fonnesbeck, C. J., Tildesley, M. J., Pannell, D., and Shea, K., 2019, Concurrent assessment of epidemiological and operational uncertainties for optimal outbreak control: Ebola as a case study: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, v. 286, no. 1905, art. 20190774, 10 p. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0774

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Begging behavior as an honest signal of need and parent-offspring association during the post-fledging dependency period

Honest signaling mechanisms can function to appropriate care to hungry offspring and avoid misdirected care of unrelated offspring. Begging, the behavior by which offspring solicit food and parental care, may be an honest signaling mechanism for need, as well as association of parents and offspring. Roseate terns (Sterna dougallii) exhibit...

Davis, Kayla L.; Karpanty, Sarah M.; Spendelow, Jeffrey A.; Cohen, Jonathan B.; Althouse, Melissa A.; Parsons, Katharine C; Luttazi, Cristin F.
Davis, K. L., Karpanty, S. M., Spendelow, J. A., Cohen, J. B., Althouse, M. A., Parsons, K. C., and Luttazi, C. F., 2019, Begging behavior as an honest signal of need and parent–offspring association during the postfledging dependency period: Ecology and Evolution, v. 9, no. 13, p. 7497-7508. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5279

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Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia
May 8, 2018

Great Dismal Swamp

Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia to understand natural conditions before centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting. This is a collaborative project between the USGS and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia
May 8, 2018

Great Dismal Swamp

Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia to understand natural conditions before centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting. This is a collaborative project between the USGS and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia
May 8, 2018

Great Dismal Swamp

Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia to understand natural conditions before centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting. This is a collaborative project between the USGS and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia
May 8, 2018

Great Dismal Swamp

Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia to understand natural conditions before centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting. This is a collaborative project between the USGS and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia
May 8, 2018

Great Dismal Swamp

Scientists are collecting core samples from the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia to understand natural conditions before centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting. This is a collaborative project between the USGS and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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Photograph of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia
May 8, 2018

The Great Dismal Swamp

Photograph of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia.

A solitary tree trunk stands amongst the devastation of the 2011 fire in Great Dismal Swamp, VA.
May 7, 2018

Great Dismal Swamp, 2018

Photograph of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia several years after the 2011 fire. USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years.

This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and restore it. Restoring the

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An in-progress piping plover nest
May 7, 2018

Piping Plover Nest

An in-progress piping plover nest on Parramore Island, Virginia -- females typically lay 3 to 4 eggs in a nest over the course of a week. Both the male and female will take turns incubating eggs when the final egg is laid. This nest was established in new overwash habitat created by storms during the winter of 2017-2018. 

May 7, 2018

Mapping the Nation's Wind Power: Using the U.S. Wind Turbine Database

Did you know there are more than 57,000 wind turbines in the United States? In this video, we'll show you how you can get to know each and every one of them with our U.S. Wind Turbine Database and viewer, which we've assembled in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the American Wind Energy Association.
 

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine
May 2, 2018

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine, following rainfall and snowmelt that led to high water levels in the Fish and St. John Rivers in April and May of 2018.

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine
May 2, 2018

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine

Flooding in Soldier Pond, Maine, following rainfall and snowmelt that led to high water levels in the Fish and St. John Rivers in April and May of 2018.