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Date published: January 8, 2021

Drought Watch or Warning Removed from 20 Pennsylvania Counties, Drought Watch Remains in 3 Counties

USGS groundwater and surface water monitoring data contributed to the January 7, 2021 removal of drought watch or warning declarations for 20 counties by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP). 

On January 7, 2021, PaDEP removed drought watch or warning in 20 counties and maintained drought watch status for 3 counties.

Date published: December 17, 2020

USGS and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture study groundwater quality in agricultural areas

USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture have agreed on a new five-year program to continue 30 years of cooperation assessing groundwater quality in agricultural areas. 

December 10, 2020

Pennsylvania Waters - Winter 2020 - Issue 3

News in this issue of Pennsylvania Waters includes a visual story about water availability and quality in the Delaware River Basin, StreamStats updates for Pennsylvania, a water-quality modeling tool for acid mine drainage treatment systems, a national water dashboard for flooding and other stream data, studies of nutrients and sediments in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and more!


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Year Published: 2020

Arsenic and uranium occurrence in private wells in Connecticut, 2013–18—A spatially weighted and bedrock geology assessment

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, conducted a study to determine the presence of arsenic and uranium in private drinking water wells in Connecticut. Samples were collected during 2013–18 from wells completed in 115 geologic units, with 2,433 samples analyzed for arsenic and 2,191 samples...

Gross, Eliza L.; Brown, Craig J.
Gross, E.L., and Brown, C.J., 2020, Arsenic and uranium occurrence in private wells in Connecticut, 2013–18—a spatially weighted and bedrock geology assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1111 (ver. 1.1, November 2020), 13 p.,

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Meeting the challenge: U.S. Geological Survey North Atlantic and Appalachian Region fiscal year 2020 in review

The utilization, preservation, and conservation of the Nation’s resources requires well-informed management decisions. The North Atlantic and Appalachian Region (NAAR) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) supports science-based decision making for Federal, State, and local policymakers to meet the challenges of today and into the future. The...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Meeting the challenge—U.S. Geological Survey North Atlantic and Appalachian Region fiscal year 2020 in review: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 207, 20 p.,

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QCam: sUAS-based doppler radar for measuring river discharge

The U.S. Geological Survey is actively investigating remote sensing of surface velocity and river discharge (discharge) from satellite-, high altitude-, small, unmanned aircraft systems- (sUAS or drone), and permanent (fixed) deployments. This initiative is important in ungaged basins and river reaches that lack the infrastructure to deploy...

Fulton, John W.; Anderson, Isaac E.; Chiu, C.-L.; Sommer, Wolfram; Adams, Josip; Moramarco, Tommaso; Bjerklie, David M.; Fulford, Janice M.; Sloan, Jeff L.; Best, Heather; Conaway, Jeffrey S.; Kang, Michelle J.; Kohn, Michael S.; Nicotra, Matthew J.; Pulli, Jeremy J.