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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

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
Date published: August 8, 2019
Status: Active

Pennsylvania Statewide Surface Water-Quality Monitoring Network - Per- and polyfluoroalkyl Substances Sampling Preparation

The Pennsylvania Water Science Center, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and in collaboration with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, met to ensure standard equipment cleaning and sampling procedures are used to collect PFAS for the Water-Quality Monitoring Network. Participants cleaned sampling gear and blanked all gear to ensure proper...

Contacts: Joe Duris, Lee Eicholtz, Josh Lookenbill
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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

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

Seismic Reflection, Boomer 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 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 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 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.

Date published: March 12, 2020

Geospatial Bathymetry Dataset and elevation-area-capacity table for Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

Morris Lake, also known as Newton Reservoir, has been the source of drinking water for the Town of Newton, New Jersey, since the early 1900s. Although Morris Lake has been used as a source of drinking water for many years, its capacity was previously unknown. In April 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection conducted a bathymetric sur

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

Depth 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 depth.

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Getting to the core of the matter

The topic of carbon sequestration in coastal salt marshes can serve as the basis of an investigation story line with plenty of authentic relevance and drama! Consider establishing the context with students as an introduction to this lesson. Many resources for teaching about carbon uptake and sequestration in coastal wetlands can be found at the...

Gonneea, Meagan
Gonneea, M.E., 2020, Getting to the Core of the Matter: Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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Acoustic space occupancy: Combining ecoacoustics and lidar to model biodiversity variation and detection bias across heterogeneous landscapes

There is global interest in quantifying changing biodiversity in human-modified landscapes. Ecoacoustics may offer a promising pathway for supporting multi-taxa monitoring, but its scalability has been hampered by the sonic complexity of biodiverse ecosystems and the imperfect detectability of animal-generated sounds. The acoustic signature of a...

Rappaport, Danielle I.; Royle, J. Andrew; Morton, Douglas C.

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Factors facilitating co-occurrence at the Range Boundary of Shenandoah and Red-backed Salamanders

The transition from species in allopatry to sympatry, i.e., the co-occurrence zone of competing species, allows for investigation of forces structuring range limits and provides evidence of the evolutionary and population responses of competing species, including mechanisms facilitating co-occurrence (e.g., character displacement). The Shenandoah...

Amburgey, Staci M.; Miller, David A. W.; Brand, Adrianne B.; Dietrich, Andrew E; Campbell Grant, Evan H.

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Waterfowl occurrence and residence time as indicators of H5 and H7 avian influenza in North American Poultry

Avian influenza (AI) affects wild aquatic birds and poses hazards to human health, food security, and wildlife conservation globally. Accordingly, there is a recognized need for new methods and tools to help quantify the dynamic interaction between wild bird hosts and commercial poultry. Using satellite-marked waterfowl, we applied Bayesian joint...

Humphreys, John M.; Ramey, Andy; Douglas, David C.; Mullinax, Jennifer M.; Soos, Catherine; Link, Paul T.; Walther, Patrick; Prosser, Diann J.

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Spatial and temporal trends in Potomac River fish abundance linked to species traits

Analysis of species abundance trends can inform an understanding of the underlying mechanisms. We evaluated spatial and temporal trends in fish species abundance in the non-tidal Potomac River (USA) from a dataset comprising 2841 seine-hauls with > 250,000 individual fish records across 10 sites and 43 years (1975-2017). The dataset contained...

Hitt, Nathaniel P.; Rogers, Karli; Kelly, Zachary; Henesy, Josh; Mullican, John E.

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Determining the drivers of suspended sediment dynamics in tidal marsh-influenced estuaries using high-resolution ocean color remote sensing

Sediment budgets are a critical metric to assess coastal marsh vulnerability to sea-level rise and declining riverine sediment inputs. However, calculating accurate sediment budgets is challenging in tidal marsh-influenced estuaries where suspended sediment concentrations (SSC) typically vary on scales of hours and meters, and where SSC dynamics...

Zhang, Xiaohe; Fichot, Cedric; Baracco, Carly; Guo, Ruizhe; Neugebauer, Sydney; Bengtsson, Zachary; Ganju, Neil Kamal; Fagherazzi, Sergio

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A random forest approach for bounded outcome variables

Random forests have become an established tool for classication and regres- sion, in particular in high-dimensional settings and in the presence of non-additive predictor-response relationships. For bounded outcome variables restricted to the unit interval, however, classical modeling approaches based on mean squared error loss may severely suer...

Weinhold, Leonie; Schmid, Matthias; Mitchell, Richard M; Maloney, Kelly O.; Wright, Marvin N.; Berger, Moritz

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Geochronologic age constraints on tectonostratigraphic units of the central Virginia Piedmont, USA

New geologic mapping coupled with uranium-lead (U-Pb) zircon geochronology (sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe-reverse geometry [SHRIMP-RG] and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry [LA-ICP-MS]) analyses of 10 samples, provides new constraints on the tectonostratigraphic framework of the central Virginia Piedmont....

Carter, Mark W.; McAleer, Ryan J.; Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.; Spears, David B.; Regan, Sean P.; Burton, William C.; Evans, Nick H.
Carter, M.W., McAleer, R.J., Holm-Denoma, C.S., Spears, D.B., Regan, S.P., Burton, W.C., and Evans, N.H., 2020, Geochronologic age constraints on tectonostratigraphic units of the central Virginia Piedmont, USA: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1861, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1861.

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Mineral commodity summaries 2020

Each chapter of the 2020 edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Commodity Summaries (MCS) includes information on events, trends, and issues for each mineral commodity as well as discussions and tabular presentations on domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, 5-year salient statistics, and world production and...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Mineral commodity summaries 2020: U.S. Geological Survey, 200 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/mcs2020.

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Groundwater withdrawals and regional flow paths at and near Willow Grove and Warminster, Pennsylvania—Data compilation and preliminary simulations for conditions in 1999, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2017

In 2014, groundwater samples from residential and public supply wells in the vicinity of two former U.S. Navy bases at Willow Grove and Warminster, and an active Air National Guard Station at Horsham, Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania, were found to have concentrations of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS...

Goode, Daniel J.; Senior, Lisa A.
Goode, D.J., and Senior, L.A., 2020, Groundwater withdrawals and regional flow paths at and near Willow Grove and Warminster, Pennsylvania—Data compilation and preliminary simulations for conditions in 1999, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1137, 127 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191137.

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A weight-of-evidence approach for defining thermal sensitivity in a federally endangered species

1. Managing for threatened and endangered species under changing environmental conditions is a challenge faced by resource managers worldwide. Lack of basic knowledge of the biology and habitat requirements of these species can contribute to this difficulty, but is confounded by the limitations of working with rare (i.e. few individuals) species...

Galbraith, Heather; Blakeslee, Carrie J.; Spooner, Daniel E.; Lellis, William A.

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Meteotsunamis triggered by tropical cyclones

Tropical cyclones are one of the most destructive natural hazards and much of the damage and casualties they cause are flood-related. Accurate characterization and prediction of total water levels during extreme storms is necessary to minimize coastal impacts. While meteotsunamis are known to influence water levels and to produce severe...

Olabarrieta, Maitane; Shi, Luming; Nolan, David; Warner, John C.

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Researchers on the back of a boat
August 15, 2019

Deploying the subbottom profiler

Before deploying the subbottom profiler for leg 2 of the Cape Cod Bay 2019 Survey, Wayne Baldwin, Alex Nichols, and Chuck Worley made sure that the floats are sufficiently inflated. In the relatively shallow waters of Cape Cod Bay we want the instrument towed at water's surface for the resolution of the sub seafloor geology.

Cape Cod Bay Bathy/Backscatter
August 14, 2019

Cape Cod Bay Bathy/Backscatter

2270-trackline kilometers of geophysical data and 320 km^2 of continuous bathy/backscatter was collected in Leg 1 of the Cape Cod Bay 2019 seafloor mapping cruise.

Cape Cod Bay Bathy/Backscatter
August 14, 2019

Cape Cod Bay Bathy/Backscatter

2270-trackline kilometers of geophysical data and 320 km^2 of continuous bathy/backscatter was collected in Leg 1 of the Cape Cod Bay 2019 seafloor mapping cruise.

Cape Cod Bay Bathy/Backscatter
August 14, 2019

Cape Cod Bay Bathy/Backscatter

2270-trackline kilometers of geophysical data and 320 km^2 of continuous bathy/backscatter was collected in Leg 1 of the Cape Cod Bay 2019 seafloor mapping cruise.

scientist showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini showing and talking about different instrumentation used for sediment transport research at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Couple learning about a coastal change model
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Taran talking to a couple about the COAWST model at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

big paper with words written on it
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

At the 2019 Science Stroll, we had a big piece of paper out where we asked visitors to write down words they associate with the USGS.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

USGS scientists working at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

USGS presence at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

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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.

Satellite image of Hurricane Florence approaching the east coast
September 11, 2018

Field work completed for powerful Hurricane Florence, while experts watch Isaac and Olivia

Editor's note: This story was originally published on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and was updated at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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

Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Newsletter Logo
September 1, 2018

The Summer 2018 edition of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center Newsletter highlights science and selected OKI WSC staff. Science highlights include Nowcast, monitoring in the Western Lake Erie Basin, School Branch watershed monitoring, and  Spring flooding in the tri-state area. Scientists included are Greg Koltun, Thomas Harris, Travis Cole, Catherine Fargen, and Shawn LeMaster.

USGS
August 31, 2018

USGS SPCMSC personnel Jennifer Miselis (Research Geologist), Julie Bernier (Geologist), Nancy DeWitt (Geologist), Andy Farmer (CNT), Jake Fredericks (Hydrographic Technician), Kyle Kelso (Marine Operations Manager), BJ Reynolds (Engineering Technician), Chelsea Stalk (CNT), and Hunter Wilcox (CNT) will travel to southern New Jersey to conduct a nearshore geophysical survey.

Photograph of USGS drone pilots standing on a sand dune at Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod, MA
August 15, 2018

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Aerial Imaging and Mapping (AIM) group conducted drone flights from atop a dune at Sandy Neck (Cape Cod) while the Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX) aircraft collected data overhead.

Nearshore geophysical mapping at Fire Island
July 17, 2018

The objective of the field effort was to remeasure seafloor elevations and sub-seafloor geology in areas that were surveyed in 2014 in order to quantify change in shoreface sediment availability and flux, some of the first data of its kind.

Two osprey nestlings in the Delaware Estuary
July 10, 2018

Lower levels of environmental contaminants—including pesticides, flame retardants and other pollutants—were recently found in osprey eggs in the Delaware Estuary compared to those tested from the 1970s through the early 2000s. 

This photograph shows a backpacker on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
June 21, 2018

With summer officially here, it’s a great time to explore the outdoors! As people go hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and engage in other recreation activities, there can be associated impacts on the natural environment.

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