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News

September 30, 2021

Pennsylvania Waters - Fall 2021 - Issue 5

This issue of our Pennsylvania Water Science Center Newsletter includes high water from Hurricanes Ida and Henri, removal of a low-head dam in York County, state of the art USGS monitoring and modeling of stream temperature in the Delaware River Basin, and more.

Date published: September 17, 2021

Northeastern U.S. Streams During Tropical Storm Henri

Streamflow and water level changed dramatically as Tropical Storm Henri made landfall in the northeastern U.S. in late August, 2021, as shown by the Water Footprint Data Visualization.

Date published: July 8, 2021

Spring Grove Weir Removal

Pennsylvania Water Science Center personnel remove broad-crested weir, Codorus Creek at Spring Grove

Publications

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Managed aquifer recharge suitability—Regional screening and case studies in Jordan and Lebanon

The U.S. Geological Survey, at the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development, led a 5-year regional project to develop and apply methods for water availability and suitability mapping for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) in the Middle East and North Africa region. A regional model of surface runoff for the period from 1984 to 2015 was...

Goode, Daniel J.
Goode, D.J., ed., 2021, Managed aquifer recharge suitability—Regional screening and case studies in Jordan and Lebanon: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1089, 87 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211089.

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Hydrogeologic framework, water levels, and selected contaminant concentrations at Valmont TCE Superfund Site, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 2020

The Valmont TCE Superfund Site, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is underlain by fractured and folded sandstones and shales of the Pottsville and Mauch Chunk Formations, which form a fractured-rock aquifer recharged locally by precipitation. Industrial activities at the former Chromatex Plant resulted in trichloroethene (TCE) contamination of...

Senior, Lisa A.; Fiore, Alex R.; Bird, Philip H.
Senior, L.A., Fiore, A.R., and Bird, P.H., 2021, Hydrogeologic framework, water levels, and selected contaminant concentrations at Valmont TCE Superfund Site, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1093, 80 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211093.

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Methods for estimating regional skewness of annual peak flows in parts of eastern New York and Pennsylvania, based on data through water year 2013

Bulletin 17C (B17C) recommends fitting the log-Pearson Type III (LP−III) distribution to a series of annual peak flows at a streamgage by using the method of moments. The third moment, the skewness coefficient (or skew), is important because the magnitudes of annual exceedance probability (AEP) flows estimated by using the LP–III distribution are...

Veilleux, Andrea G.; Wagner, Daniel M.
Veilleux, A.G., and Wagner, D.M., 2021, Methods for estimating regional skewness of annual peak flows in parts of eastern New York and Pennsylvania, based on data through water year 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5015, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215015.