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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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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: March 1, 2017
Status: Active

Northeast Region Flood Science Capability Team

The USGS Northeast Region has been an active and competent force in flood-science through (1) maintenance of our streamgaging network to provide timely and accurate data to the National Weather Service, other federal (USACE and FEMA) and state agencies (Emergency Management Agencies), and the public in times of flood emergencies; (2) documentation of major floods; (3) involvement in the USGS...

Contacts: Robert H Flynn
Date published: March 1, 2017
Status: Active

Chester County, Pennsylvania

Since 1969, the Pennsylvania Water Science Center has had a cooperative program with Chester County to measure and describe water resources. Cooperation has been primarily with the Chester County Water Resources Authority (CCWRA), with participation from the Chester County Health Department. This partnership provides Chester County with scientific information for water-resources management....

Date published: February 22, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Cerutti 20170222

Prior to 2007, the year before oil reached $100 per barrel for the 1st time in history, MassDEP processed less than ten Underground Injection Control (UIC) registration applications per year for geothermal well installations. That number quickly increased to multiple hundreds per year.

Date published: February 16, 2017
Status: Active

Program to Maintain and Update Groundwater Models

The Model Maintenance program, in cooperation with the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), archives, maintains, updates, and shares groundwater-flow models that have been developed by the New Jersey Water Science Center (NJWSC). The program was started in 1995 to maintain existing groundwater flow models, use standardized procedures to archive the models, update...

Contacts: Alison Gordon
Date published: February 16, 2017
Status: Active

Predictive Modeling of Bacteria Concentrations at Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania

Approximately 7 miles of Lake Erie shoreline lies within Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa. Monitored public bathing beaches at Presque Isle make up less than 1 mile. Concentrations of Escherichia coli (E. coli) at monitored beaches in Presque Isle State Park occasionally exceed the single-sample bathing-water standard of 235 colonies per 100 milliliters resulting in potentially unsafe...

Contacts: Tammy Zimmerman
Date published: February 15, 2017

Evaluation of Water-Supply Issues

The NJ Coastal Plain RASA (Regional Aquifer System Analysis) model (in this document referred to simply as “the RASA model”) is one of the most widely used models by hydrologists in the NJWSC.  This model was developed as part of the RASA program, which was started in 1978 after a congressional mandate to develop quantitative appraisals of the major groundwater systems of the United States....

Date published: February 1, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Vogel 20170201

Over half a century ago, the Harvard Water Program introduced the field of operational or synthetic hydrology, providing stochastic streamflow models (SSMs) which could generate equally likely synthetic streamflow traces useful for hydrologic risk management. This presentation advances the modern equivalent of SSMs, termed ‘stochastic watershed models’ (SWMs), which could provide useful input...

Date published: February 1, 2017
Status: Archived

Do Neonicotinoid Pesticide Seed Coatings Pose a Hazard to Seed-eating Birds?

Treating or “dressing” of seeds with pesticides is a commonly used method to enhance crop yield in agriculture.  Regrettably, such treated seeds can be ingested by wildlife, and depending on the extent of exposure, can cause adverse effects.

Date published: January 25, 2017
Status: Completed

A Native Earthworm Accumulates Extraordinarily High Concentrations of Lead

The Challenge: As a rule, plants and animals contain lower concentrations of lead than are present in soils that support them. Lead does not biomagnify along trophic levels in ecosystems but instead remains relatively immobile in soil. The exposure of wildlife to soil lead depends mainly on the incidental ingestion of soil. The native earthworm, Eisenoides lonnbergi, is anomalous in its...

Date published: January 9, 2017
Status: Active

New York Water Science Center Data Program

Objective: The USGS New York Water Science Center (NYWSC) works with other Federal agencies as well as with State, municipal, and tribal agencies to provide research and data about water-related issues. Relevance and Impact: The NYWSC leads the scientific and water-resources management communities by providing high-quality, timely, and unbiased scientific data, reports, and other information...

Date published: January 5, 2017
Status: Completed

New England WSC Seminar series Granato 20170105

Example analyses for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, suspended sediment, and total zinc in highway-runoff were done by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration to simulate long-term annual loads for Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) analyses with the Stochastic Empirical Loading and Dilution Model (SELDM).

Contacts: Gregory Granato
Date published: January 2, 2017
Status: Active

Why Do We Band Birds?

Bird banding data are useful in both scientific research and management and conservation projects. Individual identification of birds makes possible studies of dispersal and migration, behavior and social structure, life-span and survival rate, reproductive success and population growth.

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Movement ecology of reintroduced migratory Whooping Cranes

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Teitelbaum, Claire S.; Converse, Sarah J.; Fagan, William F.; Mueller, Thomas
Mueller, T., Teitelbaum, C.S., Fagan, W.F., and Converse, S.J., 2018, Movement Ecology of Reintroduced Migratory Whooping Cranes, in French, J.B., Jr., Converse, S.J., and Austin, J.E., editors, Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation: San Diego, CA, Academic Press, Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes, p. 217-238.

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Reproduction and reproductive strategies relevant to management of Whooping Cranes ex situ

Due to the small population size (∼400 birds) and continuing threats to wild Whooping Cranes (Grus americana), an ex situ (captive) population is maintained to contribute to the recovery of the species. The goals of the captive breeding program are to provide opportunity for research and birds for reintroduction. However, reproduction...

Songsasen, Nucharin; Converse, Sarah J.; Brown, Megan
Songsasen, N., Converse, S.J., and Brown, M., 2018, Reproduction and Reproductive Strategies Relevant to Management of Whooping Cranes Ex Situ, in French, J.B., Jr., Converse, S.J., and Austin, J.E., editors, Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation: San Diego, CA, Academic Press, Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes, p. 373-388.

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Population dynamics of reintroduced Whooping Cranes

Because of the small size and restricted range of the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population, reintroduction is a prominent element of the recovery effort to ensure persistence of Whooping Cranes (Grus americana). A fundamental objective of all Whooping Crane reintroduction efforts is the establishment of a self-sustaining population. Therefore...

Converse, Sarah J.; Servanty, Sabrina; Moore, Clinton T.; Runge, Michael C.
Converse, S.J., Servanty, S., Moore, C.T., and Runge, M.C., 2018, Population Dynamics of Reintroduced Whooping Cranes, in French, J.B., Jr., Converse, S.J., and Austin, J.E., editors, Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation: San Diego, CA, Academic Press, Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes, p. 139-160.

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Whooping Cranes past and present

The Whooping Crane (Grus americana), endemic to North America, is the rarest of all crane species. It is believed that in the early 1800s, the Whooping Crane was widespread in North America, though it was never very abundant. Whooping Crane numbers decreased precipitously as westward migration of Euro-American settlers converted ...

French, John B.; Converse, Sarah J.; Austin, Jane E.
French, J.B., Jr., Converse, S.J., and Austin, J.E., 2018, Whooping Cranes Past and Present, in French, J.B., Jr., Converse, S.J., and Austin, J.E., editors, Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation: San Diego, CA, Academic Press, Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes, p. 3-16.

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Reproductive failure in the Eastern Migratory Population: The interaction of research and management

The reintroduction of the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) has shown the most promise of any effort to date toward the establishment of a self-sustaining population. However, reproduction – including both nest success and chick survival – has been a major challenge. Here, we review the research and...

Converse, Sarah J.; Strobel, Bradley N.; Barzen, Jeb A.
Converse, S.J., Strobel, B.N., and Barzen, J.A., 2018, Reproductive Failure in the Eastern Migratory Population: The Interaction of Research and Management, in French, J.B., Jr., Converse, S.J., and Austin, J.E., editors, Whooping Cranes: Biology and Conservation: San Diego, CA, Academic Press, Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes, p. 161-178.

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India National Gas Hydrate Program Expedition 02 summary of scientific results: Evaluation of natural gas hydrate-bearing pressure cores

India’s National Gas Hydrate Program (NGHP) Expedition-02 was conducted in 2015 with the goal of investigating numerous locations that had been determined to be prospective for gas hydrate at high saturation in sand-rich reservoirs. Initial logging while drilling data revealed extensive sand-rich gas hydrate occurrences at multiple drill sites in...

Boswell, R.; Yoneda, J.; Waite, William F.

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Evidence for shelf acidification during the onset of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum

A transect of paleoshelf cores from Maryland and New Jersey contains a ~0.19 m to 1.61 m thick interval with reduced percentages of carbonate during the onset of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). Outer paleoshelf cores are barren of nannofossils and correspond to two minor disconformities. Middle paleoshelf cores contain a mixture of...

Bralower, Timothy J.; Kump, Lee R.; Robinson, Marci M.; Self-Trail, Jean M.; Lyons, Shelby L.; Babila, Tali; Ballaron, Edward; Freeman, Katherine H.; Hajek, Elizabeth A.; Rush, William; Zachos, James C.

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In vivo effects of 17α-ethinylestradiol, 17B-estradiol and 4-nonylphenol on insulin-like growth-factor binding proteins (igfbps) in Atlantic salmon

Feminizing endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) affect the growth and development of teleost fishes. The major regulator of growth performance, the growth hormone (Gh)/insulin-like growth-factor (Igf) system, is sensitive to estrogenic compounds and mediates certain physiological and potentially behavioral consequences of EDC exposure. Igf...

Breves, Jason P.; Duffy, Tara A.; Einarsdottir, Ingibjörg E.; Björnsson, Björn Thrandur; McCormick, Stephen D.

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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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Image of Michael Casso giving a lab tour to the Woods Hole Children's School of Science
December 31, 2017

Woods Hole Science Center hosts Woods Hole Science School students

Michael Casso, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center physical scientist,  seeks volunteers from Children’s School of Science students to have their breath measured for carbon dioxide and methane, greenhouse gases USGS scientists measure in the oceans

USGS pilot Sandy Brosnahan and Senate Pro Tempore Marc Pacheco
December 31, 2017

Pilots and Politics

 

USGS pilot Sandy Brosnahan and Senate Pro Tempore Marc Pacheco discuss the use of Umanned Aerial Systems (UASs, also known as drones) to collect data in coastal environments.

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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Image of USGS scientist, Neil Ganju, at the Woods Hole Science Stroll outreach event
December 31, 2017

USGS Oceanographer, Neil Ganju, at the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Oceanographer, Neil Ganju, sharing science at the 2017 Woods Hole Science Stroll outreach event

 Map of distribution of fine- and coarse-grained sand, Stellwagen Bank
December 31, 2017

Map of distribution of fine- and coarse-grained sand, Stellwagen Bank

 Map of distribution of fine- and coarse-grained sand, Stellwagen Bank.  Blue and purple = boulder ridges.  Redlines = leading edges of sand sheets

Photograph of moving-boat ADCP discharge measurements being made in Bayou Heron.
December 31, 2017

Photograph of Bayou Heron, Mississippi

Photograph of moving-boat ADCP discharge measurements being made in Bayou Heron, Mississippi

 

deploying a multicorer to sample the seafloor near an Atlantic margin methane seep site.
December 31, 2017

Multicorer deployment to sample the seafloor

USGS ocean engineers Peter Dal Ferro and Gerry Hatcher, from the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, deploying a multicorer to sample the seafloor near an Atlantic margin methane seep site.

browse graphic of the data locations
December 31, 2017

Browse graphic of data

Browse graphic of the sediment textuer and geomorphology data of the sea floor from Fenwick Island, MD to FIsherman's Island, VA