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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: February 26, 2020
Status: Active

Impacts of coastal and watershed changes on upper estuaries: causes and implications of wetland ecosystem transitions along the US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Estuaries and their surrounding wetlands are coastal transition zones where freshwater rivers meet tidal seawater.  As sea levels rise, tidal forces move saltier water farther upstream, extending into freshwater wetland areas. Human changes to the surrounding landscape may amplify the effects of this tidal extension, impacting the resiliency and function of the upper estuarine wetlands. One...

Contacts: Ken Krauss, Ph.D., Gregory Noe, Camille LaFosse Stagg, Ph.D., Hongqing Wang, Ph.D., Eric J Ward, Ph.D., Jamie A. Duberstein, William H. Conner, Zhaohua Dai, Thomas L. O'Halloran
Date published: February 24, 2020
Status: Active

Assessment of Hydrologic Conditions in the Three Bays Watershed in Support of Nutrient Management Activities, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      In 2019 the USGS began a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD), EPA Region 1 Southeast New England Program for Coastal Watershed Restoration (SNEP), Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (BCWC), and other stakeholders to conduct hydrologic monitoring and assessment in support of multifaceted nutrient-management activities in...

Date published: February 19, 2020
Status: Active

Kankakee River at Davis, IN

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

Contacts: Jeffrey Woods
Date published: February 19, 2020
Status: Active

Arsenic variability in water-supply wells

The USGS, in cooperation with the Town of Seabrook, New Hampshire and a private well owner, is assessing the variability of arsenic over multiple time scales. A network of three wells is being used to monitor changes in arsenic, arsenic species, a host of other chemical constituents, and the distribution of ages of groundwater entering the wells. The wells—one domestic bedrock aquifer well,...

Date published: February 18, 2020
Status: Active

Yellow River near Oak Grove, IN

"Super" gages provide real-time, continuous water-quality information for rivers and streams at selected Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages. By combining discrete and continuous data in statistical models, USGS scientists can continuously estimate constituents that are difficult to measure in real-time. For example, in-stream turbidity sensors are often used...

Date published: February 18, 2020
Status: Active

The CMHRP Decadal Strategic Plan 2020-2030

This geonarrative constitutes the Decadal Strategic Plan of the USGS's Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program for 2020 to 2030.

Contacts: John Haines
Date published: February 14, 2020
Status: Archived

Groundwater Recharge - Pennsylvania

Recharge is the process of adding water to the saturated zone.  Because it is almost impossible to measure directly, recharge is usually estimated by indirect means.  

Contacts: Brandon Fleming
Date published: February 14, 2020
Status: Active

Coastal Change at Fire Island, a geonarrative

For more than two decades the U.S. Geological Survey has been researching Fire Island's offshore, nearshore, and barrier island systems to better understand drivers of coastal change and evolution. This geonarrative delves into how barrier islands change and evolve, demonstrates how seasons, storms and humans change beaches, and explores the role models play in predicting what the beach might...

Date published: February 14, 2020
Status: Active

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center: Science & News

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center produces a quarterly newsletter. Each newsletter includes center news, upcoming events, awards, key products and publications. If you are interested in receiving our newsletter, please contact pwrceditors@usgs.gov.

Date published: February 11, 2020
Status: Active

Yellow River at Knox, IN

"Super" gages provide real-time, continuous water-quality information for rivers and streams at selected Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages. By combining discrete and continuous data in statistical models, USGS scientists can continuously estimate constituents that are difficult to measure in real-time. For example, in-stream turbidity sensors are often used...

Contacts: Jeffrey Woods
Date published: February 11, 2020
Status: Active

Maumee River at Antwerp, OH

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

Date published: February 10, 2020
Status: Active

Indiana Harbor Canal at East Chicago, IN

Water-quality “super” gages (also known as “sentry” gages) provide real-time, continuous measurements of the physical and chemical characteristics of stream water at or near selected U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. A super gage includes streamflow and water-quality instrumentation and representative stream sample collection for laboratory analysis....

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Date published: May 4, 2020

Sea-Floor Sediment Samples, Seabed Imagery, and CTD Instrument Data Collected on Stellwagen Bank in November, 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2014-066-FA

 This field activity is part of the effort to map geologic substrates of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region off Boston, Massachusetts. The overall goal is to develop high-resolution (1:25,000) interpretive maps, based on multibeam sonar data and seabed sampling, showing surficial geology and seabed sediment dynamics. 

Date published: May 4, 2020

Chemistry Data from Southern Florida Canals Collected in Support of the Aquatic Cycling of Mercury in the Everglades Project

Several canals in southern Florida run from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) and feed water to the northern Everglades. Agricultural and water-management practices affect the water quality of these canals. Fertilizers added in the EAA flow into the canals and are transported to treatment areas which remove much of the phosphorous in the water, but are not as

Date published: May 1, 2020

U-Pb ages of detrital zircons in Paleogene strata of the Gulf Coast

This data release contains 60 detrital zircon age spectra, based on U and Pb isotope ratio measurements for 9399 single grains. The samples are from Paleogene strata of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Of the 9399 single grain measurements, we recommend that 8640 yield ages that are suitable for construction of detrital zircon age spectra. Comments tagged to individual grains explain the reasoning for ex...

Date published: May 1, 2020

Data release for structure-from-motion DEMs derived from historical aerial photographs and their use in geomorphological mapping

This data release publishes datasets within and surrounding the Piney Branch watershed located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan suburb of Vienna, Virginia. This dataset was utilized in studies that investigated the accuracy and application of geospatial modeling techniques, structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetric methods, and digital elevation model (DEM) differencing to a

Date published: May 1, 2020

Physico-chemical characteristics and sediment and nutrient fluxes of floodplains, streambanks, and streambeds in the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River watersheds

Dataset includes site averages of measurements of floodplain and streambank sediment physico-chemistry and long-term (dendrogeomorphic) vertical and lateral geomorphic change, and reach scale floodplain width, streambank height, channel width, and streambed particle size. This information was used to calculate fluxes of sediment, fine sediment, sediment-C, sediment-N, and sed

Date published: April 23, 2020

Domestic Wells in the United States

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. 

Date published: April 13, 2020

Concentrations of metals and other water-quality data for the Assabet and Concord Rivers, Massachusetts, 2008

This dataset contains water-quality data for stream samples collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at 12 sites on the Assabet and Concord Rivers in eastern Massachusetts in 2008. The samples were collected monthly from June to October, 2008. The water-quality parameters and constituents include field parameters (water temperature, specific conductance, pH, and dissolved oxygen), co

Date published: April 10, 2020

Discrete water-quality data supporting Herring River restoration project, Cape Cod National Seashore, 1984-2017

Staff from the Cape Cod National Seashore, National Park Service (CACO NPS) began limited water-quality data collection in the Herring River Estuary as early as 1984. In 2006 a monthly sampling program was established for 14 sites to monitor nutrient concentrations, dissolved oxygen, and other constituents. This monitoring program is ongoing and has been supplemented with data from othe

Date published: April 9, 2020

Marine Geophysical Data Collected to Support Methane Seep Research Along the U.S. Atlantic Continental Shelf Break and Upper Continental Slope Between the Baltimore and Keller Canyons During U.S. Geological Survey Field Activities 2017-001-FA and 2017-002

In spring and summer 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Gas Hydrates Project conducted two cruises aboard the research vessel Hugh R. Sharp to explore the geology, chemistry, ecology, physics, and oceanography of sea-floor methane seeps and water column gas plumes on the northern U.S. Atlantic margin between the Baltimore and Keller Canyons. 

Date published: April 9, 2020

Multibeam echo sounder - GeoTIFF images for processed Reson 7160 seafloor backscatter data collected during USGS field activities 2017-001-FA and 2017-002-FA.

In spring and summer 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Gas Hydrates Project conducted two cruises aboard the research vessel Hugh R. Sharp to explore the geology, chemistry, ecology, physics, and oceanography of sea-floor methane seeps and water column gas plumes on the northern U.S. Atlantic margin between the Baltimore and Keller Canyons. Split-beam and multibeam echo sounder

Date published: April 9, 2020

Multibeam echo sounder - GeoTIFF grids for processed Reson 7160 seafloor bathymetry data collected during USGS field activities 2017-001-FA and 2017-002-FA.

In spring and summer 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Gas Hydrates Project conducted two cruises aboard the research vessel Hugh R. Sharp to explore the geology, chemistry, ecology, physics, and oceanography of sea-floor methane seeps and water column gas plumes on the northern U.S. Atlantic margin between the Baltimore and Keller Canyons. Split-beam and multibeam echo sounder

Date published: April 9, 2020

Multibeam echo sounder - navigation tracklines for Reson 7160 data collected during USGS field activities 2017-001-FA and 2017-002-FA.

In spring and summer 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Gas Hydrates Project conducted two cruises aboard the research vessel Hugh R. Sharp to explore the geology, chemistry, ecology, physics, and oceanography of sea-floor methane seeps and water column gas plumes on the northern U.S. Atlantic margin between the Baltimore and Keller Canyons. Split-beam and multibeam echo sounder

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Optimal strategies for managing wildlife harvest under climate change

Wildlife populations are experiencing shifting dynamics due to climate and landscape change. Management policies that fail to account for non‐stationary dynamics may fail to achieve management objectives. We establish a framework for understanding optimal strategies for managing a theoretical harvested population under non‐stationarity. Building...

Tucker, Anna Maureen; Runge, Michael C.

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Insights on the characteristics and sources of gas from an underground coal mine using compositional data analysis

Coal mine gas originates from the gas emission zone (GEZ) of the mine, as well as the longwall face and pillars. Gas emissions are controlled directly at the sources using horizontal or vertical boreholes drilled from surface or from the entries in advance of mining, or it is captured from the fractured and caved zones (gob) using...

Karacan, C. Özgen; Martín-Fernández, Josep Antoni; Ruppert, Leslie F.; Olea, Ricardo

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Capturing the transient hydrological response in sandy soils during a rare cloudburst associated with shallow slope failures; A case study in the Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, USA

A cloudburst on 7 August 2018 in the coastal bluffs of the Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, induced flooding, erosion and multiple shallow slope failures that adversely affected the surrounding hillside residential area. Historically, short-duration deluges are rare in the New York Bay region, with only eight cloudbursts of greater magnitude...

Ashland, Francis; Reilly, Pamela A.; Fiore, Alex R.

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Assessment of wave attenuation, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion during winter storms by living shoreline structures in Gandys Beach, New Jersey

This study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and Northeastern University in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. This report summarizes field investigation and analysis of waves, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion along the Gandys Beach, New Jersey, salt marsh vegetated...

Wang, Hongqing; Capurso, William D.; Chen, Qin; Zhu, Ling; Niemoczynski, Lukasz; Snedden, Gregg
Wang, H., Capurso, W., Chen, Q., Zhu, L., Niemoczynski, L., and Snedden, G., 2021, Assessment of wave attenuation, current patterns, and sediment deposition and erosion during winter storms by living shoreline structures in Gandys Beach, New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1040, 37 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211040.

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A framework for allocating conservation resources among multiple threats and actions

Land managers decide how to allocate resources among multiple threats that can be addressed through multiple possible actions. Additionally, these actions vary in feasibility, effectiveness, and cost. We sought to provide a way to optimize resource allocation to address multiple threats when multiple management options are available, including...

Moore, Joslin L; Camaclang, Abbey E; Moore, Alana L.; Hauser, Cindy E; Runge, Michael C.; Picheny, Victor; Rumpff, Libby

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USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network

What is the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Monitoring Network?Understanding the water quality of U.S. streams and rivers requires consistent data collection and analysis over decades. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water Quality Network (NWQN) was established to facilitate national-scale understanding of surface-water...

Riskin, Melissa L.; Lee, Casey J.
Lee, C.J., and Riskin, M.L., 2021, USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3019, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213019.

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Geophysical insights into Paleoproterozoic tectonics along the southern margin of the Superior Province, central Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

The southern margin of the Archean Superior Province in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan was a nexus for key Paleoproterozoic tectonic events involved in the ~2.1 Ga rifting of proposed Archean supercraton Superia and subsequent assembly of Laurentia. Interpretations of the region’s tectonic history have historically been hampered by...

Drenth, Benjamin J.; Cannon, William F.; Schulz, Klaus J.; Ayuso, Robert A.

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Integrating tracking and resight data enables unbiased inferences about migratory connectivity and winter range survival from archival tags

Archival geolocators have transformed the study of small, migratory organisms but analysis of data from these devices requires bias correction because tags are only recovered from individuals that survive and are re-captured at their tagging location. We show that integrating geolocator recovery data and mark–resight data enables unbiased...

Rushing, Clark S; Van Tatenhove, Aimee M; Sharp, Andrew; Ruiz-Gutierrez, Viviana; Freeman, Mary; Sykes, Paul W. Jr; Given, Aaron M.; Sillett, T. Scott

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Emerging investigator series: Municipal wastewater as a year-round point source of neonicotinoid insecticides that persist in an effluent-dominated stream

Neonicotinoids in aquatic systems have been predominantly associated with agriculture, but some are increasingly being linked to municipal wastewater. Thus, the aim of this work was to understand the municipal wastewater contribution to neonicotinoids in a representative, characterized effluent-dominated temperate-region stream. Our approach was...

Webb, Danielle T.; Zhi, Hui; Kolpin, Dana W.; Klaper, Rebecca D.; Iwanowicz, Luke R.; LeFevre, Gregory H.

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Slow recovery of headwater-stream fishes following a catastrophic poisoning event

Accidental spills of chemicals and other pollutants can decimate populations of stream-dwelling species. Recovery from such accidents can be relatively fast and complete when the affected stream reaches can be recolonized from upstream and downstream sources. However, faunal recoveries from accidental spills that extirpate populations from entire...

Freeman, Mary; Elkins, Duncan; Maholland, Peter; Butler, Zachary; Kleinhans, Maxwell; Skaggs, Jonathan; Stowe, Edward; Straight, Carrie A.; Wenger, Seth J.

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Geophysical and video logs of selected wells at and near the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 2017-19

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collected borehole geophysical and video logs in 17 open-hole wells in Northampton, Warminster, and Warwick Townships, Bucks County, Pennsylvania during 2017–19 to support detailed groundwater investigations at and near the former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) Warminster, where groundwater contamination with per...

Senior, Lisa A.; Anderson, J. Alton; Bird, Philip H.
Senior, L.A., Anderson, J.A., and Bird, P.H., 2021, Geophysical and video logs of selected wells at and near the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 2017–19: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1025, 92 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211025.

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How does climate change affect emergent properties of aquatic ecosystems?

Emergent properties of ecosystems are community attributes, such as structure and function, that arise from connections and interactions (e.g., predator–prey, competition) among populations, species, or assemblages that, when viewed together, provide a holistic representation that is more than the sum of its individual parts. Climate change is...

Staudinger, Michelle; Lynch, Abigail; Gaichas, Sarah; Fox, Michael; Gibson-Reinemer, Daniel; Langan, Joseph; Teffer, Amy K.; Thackeray, Stephen; Winfield, Ian

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Wildwood NJ Surf
August 20, 2020

Wildwood NJ Surf

Photo of the surf and clouds in Wildwood, NJ November 2019. 

2020 drought impact on Sudbury River in Saxonville, Massachusetts
August 20, 2020

2020 drought impact on Sudbury River in Saxonville, Massachusetts

2020 drought impact on Sudbury River near the USGS station 01098530 in Saxonville, Massachusetts

2020 drought impact on Segreganset River near USGS station 01109070, Dighton, Massachusetts
August 19, 2020

2020 drought impact on Segreganset River near Dighton, Massachusetts

2020 drought impact on Segreganset River near USGS station 01109070, Dighton, Massachusetts

Lake, tree, water vessels, fence
August 12, 2020

Lake George in the Fall

Lake George, New York, in the fall with a dock and watercraft.

Quinebaug River during 2020 drought, West Thompson, Connecticut
August 11, 2020

Quinebaug River during 2020 drought, West Thompson, Connecticut

Quinebaug River near West Thompson, Connecticut. Photo shows one of few deeper pools of water in the 01124151 station vicinity during drought.

2020 drought impact on Quinebaug River, West Thompson, Connecticut
August 11, 2020

2020 drought impact on Quinebaug River, West Thompson, Connecticut

Station 01124151 Quinebaug River West Thompson Connecticut. Photo shows the orifice line that senses the river stage. The orifice is out of water, so we were not able to collect stage or discharge data. The orifice line was extended further into the channel to a

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USGS boat crew on Merrimack River, Massachusetts
July 1, 2020

USGS boat crew on Merrimack River, Massachusetts

Two USGS scientists traveling by boat to estuary sampling and monitoring stations, Merrimack River, Massachusetts

Photograph of USGS staff in the marsh wearing masks
June 8, 2020

Social distancing in the field

Safety is a top priority. USGS staff recently improved access to field sites at the Herring River estuary within the Cape Cod National Seashore to provide safer paths through a phragmites wetland. Research continues largely through deployment of instruments that can take measurements in water and air continuously, but some measurements do require staff, who are

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Merrimack River near Aiken St Bridge, Lowell, Massachusetts (USGS ID: 010965985)
June 6, 2020

Merrimack River near Aiken St Bridge, Lowell, Massachusetts

Merrimack River near Aiken St Bridge, Lowell, Massachusetts (USGS ID: 010965985).

The site is one of the Merrimack project water quality sampling and monitoring stations.

Photograph of USGS scientist on a ladder checking equipment
May 21, 2020

Rebecca Sanders-DeMott performing maintenance on an eddy flux tower

Instruments continue to collect vital data during workplace closures. Here staff perform maintenance on an eddy flux tower located within a phragmites wetland at the Cape Cod National Seashore. The instruments on this tower measure methane and CO2 fluxes related to plant and soil processes day in and day out for the entire year. This information is critical for

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August 6, 2019

On July 19, a new journal article from the Cape Cod Toxic Substances Hydrology team was published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences.  New England WSC co-authors include Denis LeBlanc and Tim McCobb.  The study was partly supported by the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources in Daejeon, South Korea.

USGS 2019 PECASE Awardees
July 29, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey is celebrating the success of eight distinguished researchers who are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Piping plover chicks on a beach
July 25, 2019

Storms and undeveloped coastlines can create and maintain habitat for this species, which is threatened along the Atlantic coast.

Monitor buoy floating on Lake Hopatcong
July 12, 2019

On July 9, USGS scientists deployed an advanced monitoring buoy to study water-quality conditions and a harmful algal bloom-HAB-recently detected in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. 

Great Lakes Science Center
July 5, 2019

Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative Data Integration for the 2018 Season in Lake Ontario

Domestic well in front of house in rural area
July 1, 2019

A new USGS study reports that shale-gas production in northern Pennsylvania has not currently caused widespread hydrocarbon contamination in the upland aquifer zone used for domestic supply.

Image shows a large yellow lander sitting on the seafloor next to several starfish
June 30, 2019

Usually when scientists do research, they go into the field, take samples, then bring them back to the lab. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research engineer Howard Mendlovitz, working with Professor Chris Martens wants to reverse that.

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