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Region 1: North Atlantic-Appalachian

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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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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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Year Published: 2019

A review of coastal management approaches to support the integration of ecological and human community planning for climate change

The resilience of socio-ecological systems to sea level rise, storms and flooding can be enhanced when coastal habitats are used as natural infrastructure. Grey infrastructure has long been used for coastal flood protection but can lead to unintended negative impacts. Natural infrastructure often provides similar services as well as added benefits...

Powell, Emily J.; Tyrrell, Megan C.; Milliken, Andrew; Tirpak, John M.; Staudinger, Michelle D.

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Passive experimental warming decouples air and sediment temperatures in a salt marsh

Open top chambers (OTCs) are a commonly used passive warming technique in experimental warming studies. OTCs have been shown to be effective in multiple types of terrestrial systems, but their utility in wetland environments remains uncertain. The objective of this work was to evaluate the effectiveness of using OTCs to warm a temperate salt marsh...

Carey, Joanna C.; Kroeger, Kevin D.; Zafari, Babak; Tang, Jianwu

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Isolation, characterization and molecular identification of a novel aquareovirus that infects the endangered fountain darter, Etheostoma fonticola

The fountain darter Etheostoma fonticola (FOD) is a federally endangered fish listed under the US Endangered Species Act. Here, we identified and characterized a novel aquareovirus isolated from wild fountain darters inhabiting the San Marcos River. This virus was propagated in Chinook salmon embryo (CHSE)-214, rainbow trout gonad-2 and...

Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Adams, Cynthia R.; Lewis, Teresa; Brandt, Tom; Sanders, Lakyn R.; Cornman, Robert S.

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Health and disease treatment in captive and reintroduced Whooping Cranes

The principles and applications of medicine in Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) are similar to that for other crane species, though the necessity of managing Whooping Crane health across the captive, reintroduced, and remnant populations poses particular challenges. In this chapter, we review the important aspects of crane medicine...

Olsen, Glenn H.; Hartup, Barry; Black, Sandie

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Indicators of exposure to estrogenic compounds at Great Lakes Areas of Concern: Species and site comparisons

Adverse effects resulting from potential exposure of wild fishes to estrogenic endocrine disruptors was assessed at seven United States Great Lakes Areas of Concern using biomarkers ranging from organismal (gonadosomatic indices) to tissue/plasma (histology, plasma vitellogenin) and molecular (hepatic gene transcripts) levels. Biomonitoring was...

Blazer, Vicki S.; Walsh, Heather L.; Shaw, Cassidy H.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.; Braham, Ryan P.; Mazik, Patricia

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Neutral genetic and phenotypic variation within and among isolated headwater Brook Trout populations

Isolated populations are challenging to manage and conserve as they are particularly vulnerable to genetic drift, allelic fixation, inbreeding, and may express markedly reduced phenotypic variability. We sought to improve our understanding of how spatial isolation, occupancy range, and restricted gene flow influence contemporary phenotypic...

Weathers, T. Casey; Kazyak, David C.; Stauffer, Jay R.; Kulp, Matt A.; Moore, Steve E.; King, Tim L.; Carlson, John E.

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Evaluating the relationship among wetland vertical development, elevation capital, sea-level rise and tidal marsh sustainability

Accelerating sea-level rise and human impacts to the coast (e.g., altered sediment supply and hydrology, nutrient loading) influence the accumulation of sediment and organic matter, and thereby impact the ability of coastal tidal wetlands to maintain an elevation consistently within the vegetation growth range. Critical components of marsh...

Cahoon, Donald R.; Lynch, James C.; Roman, Charles T.; Schmit, John Paul; Skidds, Dennis E.

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Pressure core analysis of geomechanical and fluid flow properties of seals associated with gas hydrate-bearing reservoirs in the Krishna-Godavari Basin, offshore India

Physical properties of the sediment directly overlying a gas hydrate reservoir provide important controls on the effectiveness of depressurizing that reservoir to extract methane from gas hydrate as an energy resource. The permeability of overlying sediment determines if a gas hydrate reservoir’s upper contact will provide an effective seal that...

Jang, Junbong; Dai, Sheng; Yoneda, J.; Waite, William F.; Stern, Laura A.; Boze, Lee-Gray; Collett, Timothy S.; Kumar, Pushpendra

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Recent advances in environmental flows science and water management—Innovation in the Anthropocene

The implementation of environmental flow regimes offers a promising means to protect and restore riverine, wetland and estuarine ecosystems, their critical environmental services and cultural/societal values.This Special Issue expands the scope of environmental flows and water science in theory and practice, offering 20 papers from academics,...

Angela H Arthington; Kennen, Jonathan; Eric D. Stein; J. Angus Webb

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Multi-measurement approach for establishing the base of gas hydrate occurrence in the Krishna-Godavari Basin for sites cored during Expedition NGHP-02 in the offshore of India

The 2015 National Gas Hydrate Program of India's second expedition, NGHP-02, acquired logging and coring datasets for constraining the base of the gas hydrate occurrence zone (deepest GH) and the theoretical base of gas hydrate stability zone (BGHS). These data are used here for two primary goals: to constrain the deepest occurrence of...

Waite, William F.; Ruppel, Carolyn D.; Collett, Timothy S.; Schultheiss, P.; Holland, M.; Shukla, K.M.; Kumar, P.

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Importance of riparian forest corridors for the ocelot in agricultural landscapes

Worldwide, private lands have attracted increased attention from conservationists, not only because most of the globe is privately owned, but also because private lands can be an asset to the protected area conservation strategy. In Brazil, the riverine Areas of Permanent Protection (APPs) is a key instrument of the Forest Code to protect native...

Roberta Paolino; Royle, Andy; Natalia Versiani; Thiago F. Rodrigues; Nielson Pasqualotto; Victor Krepschi; Adriano Chiarello
Paolino, R. M., Royle, J. A., Versiani, N. F., Rodrigues, T., Pasqualotto, N., Krepschi, V. G., and Chiarello, A. G., 2018, Importance of riparian forest corridors for the ocelot in agricultural landscapes: Journal of Mammalogy, v. 99, no. 4, p. 874-884. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyy075

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The Santa Cruz Basin submarine landslide complex, southern California: Repeated failure of uplifted basin sediment

The Santa Cruz Basin (SCB) is one of several fault-bounded basins within the California Continental Borderland that has drawn interest over the years for its role in the tectonic evolution of the region, but also because it contains a record of a variety of modes of sedimentary mass transport (i.e., open slope vs. canyon-confined systems). Here,...

Brothers, Daniel S.; Maier, Katherine L.; Kluesner, Jared W.; Conrad, James E.; Chaytor, Jason
Brothers, D.S., Maier, K.L., Kluesner, J.W., and Conrad, J.E., 2018, The Santa Cruz Basin submarine landslide complex, southern California--Repeated failure of uplifted basin sediment; in From the Mountains to the Abyss--The California Borderland as an archive of southern California geologic evolution: Society for Sedimentary Geology, Special Publication No. 110, https://doi.org/10.2110/sepmsp.110.05

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white ice and snow on river by train bridge
January 16, 2018

Mohawk River Ice Jam at Lock 8 in Schenectady, NY

Mohawk River Ice Jam at Lock 8 in Schenectady, NY near USGS gaging station 01354330 

Walls and carts of cores
January 12, 2018

Walls and carts of cores

Core racks filled with split cores in D-tubes in the K.O. Emery Geotechnical Wing walk-in refrigerator

ducks floating on a pond in winter with snow on ground
January 10, 2018

Hook Pond Dreen at Davids Lane, East Hampton, New York

Ducks in Hook Pond Dreen at Davids Lane, East Hampton, New York

Licking River at Highway 536 near Alexandria, Kentucky
January 10, 2018

Licking River at Highway 536 near Alexandria, Kentucky

Licking River at Highway 536 near Alexandria, Kentucky gage, looking downstream from the gage location.

Image of Erika Lentz and Danille Niles at Trunk River Beach, Falmouth, MA
January 10, 2018

Erika Lentz is interviewed by WBZ Boston for a sea-level rise segment

Erika Lentz, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Research Geologist interviewed by WBZ Boston Meterologist, Danielle Niles fora segment on sea-level rise

Erika Lentz interview on Trunk River Beach, Falmouth. MA
January 10, 2018

Erika Lentz interview by WBZ Meteorologist, Danielle Niles

Research geologist, Erika Lentz, interviewed on Trunk River Beach, Falmouth, MA, by WBZ meterologist, Danielle Niles, about the future impacts of sea-level rise

Scouting out high water marks after blizzard
January 6, 2018

Scouting out high water marks after blizzard

New England WSC Physical Scientist Andy Massey scouting out high water marks associated with the blizzard of January 2018. Houghs Neck Maritime Center, Quincy, MA.

​​​​​​​Jonathan Cohl holding a piece of ice from Delaware River at Frenchtown, NJ
January 5, 2018

​​​​​​​Jonathan Cohl holding a piece of ice at Delaware River

Northeast Region Photo Contest Winner | March 2019 | People
Jonathan Cohl holding a piece of ice from Delaware River at Frenchtown, NJ

orange sled loaded with bags of equipment on snow covered path in forest
January 4, 2018

Field Photo Friday Winner for April 2018

Transporting equipment used for maintenance of groundwater well CT2498 in Perrysburg, New York 

Photograph of  methane plumes at the Norfolk Canyon seeps
December 31, 2017

Methane Plumes

(Top) Methane plumes at the Norfolk Canyon seeps (~1600 meters or 5250 feet) were detected using the EK60 sonar. The water column plumes are shown above the sub-seafloor structure as imaged by high-resolution multichannel seismic data acquired by the USGS and processed by J. Kluesner. (Bottom) Close-up view showing that the bubbles in the largest methane plume is

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Backscatter, bathymetry, and hill shaded relief maps
December 31, 2017

Backscatter, bathymetry, and hill shaded relief maps

(A) Maximum Likelihood Classification (MLC) with two inputs, slope, and ISO-classified backscatter for the whole survey area. (B) MLC with five inputs, slope, ISO-classified backscatter, bathymetry, hillshaded-relief, and curvature. (C) RF with five inputs, slope, ISO-classified backscatter, bathymetry, relief, and

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