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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.

April 7, 2021

Pennsylvania Waters - Spring 2021 - Issue 4

This issue of our Pennsylvania Water Science Center Newsletter highlights USGS data on the occurrence of PFAS contaminants in surface waters across the Commonwealth, a first-of-its-kind survey, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. USGS identified likely causes for changing low-flow statistics for streams in the Delaware River Basin, and there's more.

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!

September 9, 2020

Pennsylvania Waters - Fall 2020 - Issue 2

This 2nd issue of Pennsylvania Waters highlights USGS data and mapping support for drought management, record flood peaks (in the same month!), recognition for Matthew Gyves, a Hydrologic Technician in the Pennsylvania Water Science Center, innovative streamflow monitoring methods, Potter County groundwater quality, new findings on lead and polonium in groundwater, and more.

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June 5, 2020

Pennsylvania Waters - Summer 2020 - Issue 1

Introducing the Pennsylvania Water Science Center’s Newsletter, Pennsylvania Waters. Our newsletter will be published periodically to keep you informed of the latest USGS water-resources information for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Articles present new data, reports, activities, and outreach from our center as well as USGS national and regional programs. 
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Pennsylvania Water Science Center

215 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070
United States
Phone: 717-730-6900
Fax: 717-730-6997

Curtis Schreffler

Associate Director for Studies Programs
215 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070
Phone: 717-730-6913

Daniel J Goode

Research Hydrologist
Phone: 717-571-8783

In Pennsylvania, the USGS's water-resources roots date back to the late 1800s, with the initiation of streamflow gaging on the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. Today we work in cooperation with numerous federal, state, and local agencies to collect scientific data and conduct scientific studies of the source, quantity, quality, ecology, and use of Pennsylvania's water resources.

The PaWSC has a cadre of nearly 75 scientists, technicians, and support staff in our New Cumberland, Downingtown, Pittsburgh, and Williamsport offices that work in cooperation with numerous Federal, state, and local agencies to provide unbiased scientific and technical information needed for the best use and management of Pennsylvania's water resources. The PaWSC monitors and disseminates real-time water resource data for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at over 350 streamgages, 74 groundwater wells, 135 water-quality and 92 precipitation stations. The PaWSC characterizes the quality of surface-water and groundwater by collecting discreet samples in statewide networks and in statewide, regional, and local investigations. The results of these activities in some way affect every citizen, every day. 

The USGS Pennsylvania WSC strives to meet the water-information needs of the public we serve. Please contact us if you have questions about our data or services, or to suggest improvements for our outreach. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our main office is in New Cumberland, just across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg, with additional offices in Downingtown (Philadelphia), Pittsburgh, and Williamsport.