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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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July Photo Contest

Check out the winning photographs in the July 2021 Photo Contest! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention

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Date published: March 12, 2020
Status: Active

Productivity of Species of Concern – Least Tern and Common Tern on Poplar Island Restoration Site

This project aims to understand the factors driving breeding success of multiple waterbird species, with special emphasis on Least and Common Terns (two species of concern) on Poplar Island Environmental Restoration Project.This project aims to understand the factors driving breeding success of multiple waterbird species, with special emphasis on Least and Common Terns (two species of concern...

Date published: March 11, 2020
Status: Active

Using Advanced Technology to Enhance Research at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) - a Public-Private Partnership

This project is focused on exploring the use of new technology to collect data on colonially nesting waterbird species in ways that reduce disturbance, improve data accuracy, or allow for the examination of previously unanswerable questions.

Date published: March 9, 2020
Status: Active

Bees of the Northeastern U.S.

Declines of pollinators have engendered worldwide concern, but trends in the faunas of most insect pollinators, including bees, remain uncertain.  We are studying the bee fauna of southern Rhode Island to provide baseline information about the current fauna, and information about bee-flower interactions.

Contacts: Howard Ginsberg, Ph.D., Sam Droege, Steven Alm, Aya Rothwell, Sara Tucker
Date published: March 9, 2020
Status: Active

Measurement and Modeling of Nitrogen Discharge to Cape Cod Rivers to Identify High-Priority Nitrogen Reduction Areas

     In 2019 USGS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 initiated a study to measure spatial and temporal patterns of nitrogen loading in selected rivers on Cape Cod and then determine whether the measured patterns can be related to nitrogen source areas in the surrounding watersheds to prioritize nitrogen reduction efforts. Study results will improve understanding of...

Date published: March 3, 2020
Status: Active

FEMA project – White

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Contacts: Scott A Olson
Date published: March 3, 2020
Status: Active

FEMA project – 01080103

Meeting Information

Contacts: Scott A Olson
Date published: March 2, 2020
Status: Active

FEMA project – 01080104

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Contacts: Scott A Olson
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,...

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Date published: May 11, 2020

Surficial Geology in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations and unit labels of the surficial geologic units.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Discharge and Surface Water Quality Sites in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of surface water discharge and water quality sites.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Overburden Thickness in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of overburden thickness and information regarding their relative thickness.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Aquifer Boundaries in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of aquifer boundaries and types of aquifer confinement.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Moraines and Ice Margins in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations of moraines and ice margins.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Records of Selected Wells in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains the well records compiled for this study.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Geologic Cross Section Lines in the Enfield Creek Valley

This dataset contains locations geologic cross sections used in the study.

Date published: May 11, 2020

Fish mercury concentration data and ancillary data for streams and rivers across New York State (United States), 1969-2016, including environmental characteristics of selected locations sampled during 2007-16

Fish mercury (Hg) data were compiled for 392 unique locations on freshwater streams and rivers in New York State for the period 1969-2016. A total of 7620 records were compiled from state, federal, and non-governmental organization databases. The compiled data were for samples of 65 non-anadromous species or species groups in which Hg was analyzed in whole fish or edible flesh, and for

Date published: May 11, 2020

Geospatial Datasets for the Geohydrology and Water Quality of the Unconsolidated Aquifers in the Enfield Creek Valley, Town of Enfield, Tompkins County, New York

From 2013 to 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Town of Enfield and the Tompkins County Planning Department, studied the unconsolidated aquifers in the Enfield Creek Valley in the town of Enfield, Tompkins County, New York. The objective of this study was to characterize the hydrogeology and water quality of the unconsolidated aquifers in the Enfield Creek valley

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...

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Inclusion of pesticide transformation products is key to estimating pesticide exposures and effects in small U.S. streams

Improved analytical methods can quantify hundreds of pesticide transformation products (TPs), but understanding of TP occurrence and potential toxicity in aquatic ecosystems remains limited. We quantified 108 parent pesticides and 116 TPs in more than 3 700 samples from 442 small streams in mostly urban basins across five major regions of the...

Mahler, Barbara; Nowell, Lisa H.; Sandstrom, Mark W.; Bradley, Paul; Romanok, Kristin; Konrad, Christopher; Van Metre, Peter

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Year Published: 2021

U.S. Geological Survey migratory bird science, 2020–21

Bird conservation as an endeavor engages a broad range of partners and a coordinated effort across State and Federal agencies, nongovernment organizations, universi­ties and, at times, international partnerships. To understand information needs and respond to the many challenges in bird conservation, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scien­tists...

Pearse, Aaron T.; Sherfy, Mark H.; Wimer, Mark; Khalil, Mona; Wiltermuth, Mark
Pearse, A.T., Sherfy, M.H., Wimer, M., Khalil, M., and Wiltermuth, M.T., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey migratory bird science, 2020–21: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1480, 131 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1480.

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Simulation of dissolved organic carbon flux in the Penobscot Watershed, Maine

Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is an important component of the carbon cycle as a measure of the hydrological transport of carbon between terrestrial carbon pools into soil pools and eventually into streams. As a result, changes in DOC in rivers and streams may indicate alterations in the storage of terrestrial carbon. Exploring the complex...

Rouhani, Shabnam; Schaaf, Crystal B.; Huntington, Thomas; Choate, Janet

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Isolating the AFFF signature in coastal watersheds using oxidizable PFAS precursors and unexplained organofluorine

Water supplies for millions of U.S. individuals exceed maximum contaminant levels for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Contemporary and legacy use of aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) is a major contamination source. However, diverse PFAS sources are present within watersheds, making it difficult to isolate their predominant origins....

Ruyle, Bridger J; Pickard, Heidi M.; LeBlanc, Denis R.; Tokranov, Andrea K.; Thackray, Colin P.; Hu, Xindi C.; Vecitis, Chad D.; Sunderland, Elsie M.

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Year Published: 2021

Practical field survey operations for flood insurance rate maps

The U.S. Geological Survey assists the Federal Emergency Management Agency in its mission to identify flood hazards and zones for risk premiums for communities nationwide, by creating flood insurance rate maps through updating hydraulic models that use river geometry data. The data collected consist of elevations of river channels, banks, and...

Taylor, Nicholas J.; Simeone, Caelan E.
Taylor, N.J., and Simeone, C.E., 2021, Practical field survey operations for flood insurance rate maps: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1146, 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201146.

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Causes of delayed outbreak responses and their impacts on epidemic spread

Livestock diseases have devastating consequences economically, socially and politically across the globe. In certain systems, pathogens remain viable after host death, which enables residual transmissions from infected carcasses. Rapid culling and carcass disposal are well-established strategies for stamping out an outbreak and limiting its impact...

Tao, Y; Probert, William J. M.; Shea, Katriona; Runge, Michael C.; Lafferty, Kevin D.; Tildesley, Michael J.; Ferrari, Matthew J.

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An increase in the slope of the concentration-discharge relation for total organic carbon in major rivers in New England, 1973 to 2019

The mobilization and transport of organic carbon (OC) in rivers and delivery to the near-coastal ocean are important processes in the carbon cycle that are affected by both climate and anthropogenic activities. Riverine OC transport can affect carbon sequestration, contaminant transport, ocean acidification, the formation of toxic...

Huntington, Thomas; Wieczorek, Michael

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Molecular and isotopic gas composition of the Devonian Berea Sandstone and implications for gas evolution, eastern Kentucky

Since 2011, the Devonian Berea Sandstone in northeastern Kentucky has produced oil where thermal maturity studies indicate that likely source rocks, namely, the Devonian Ohio Shale and Mississippian Sunbury Shale, are thermally immature. Downdip, where source rocks are mature for oil, the Berea Sandstone and Ohio Shale primarily produce gas. To...

Parris, T. M.; Hackley, Paul C.; Greb, S. F.; Eble, C. F.

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Accommodating the role of site memory in dynamic species distribution models

First-order dynamic occupancy models (FODOMs) are a class of state-space model in which the true state (occurrence) is observed imperfectly. An important assumption of FODOMs is that site dynamics only depend on the current state and that variations in dynamic processes are adequately captured with covariates or random effects. However, it is...

Direnzo, Graziella Vittoria; Miller, David A. W.; Hossack, Blake R.; Sigafus, Brent H.; Howell, Paige E.; Muths, Erin L.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.

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Year Published: 2021

Mineral commodity summaries 2021

IntroductionEach mineral commodity chapter of the 2021 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...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2021, Mineral commodity summaries 2021: U.S. Geological Survey, 200 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/mcs2021.

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Using decision science for monitoring threatened western snowy plovers to inform recovery

Western Snowy Plovers (Charadrius nivosus nivosus) are federally listed under the US Endangered Species Act as Threatened. They occur along the US Pacific coastline and are threatened by habitat loss and destruction and excessive levels of predation and human disturbance. Populations have been monitored since the 1970s for distribution,...

Marcot, Bruce G.; Lyons, James; Elbert, Daniel C; Todd, Laura

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Re‐purposing groundwater flow models for age assessments: Important characteristics

Groundwater flow model construction is often time‐consuming and costly, with development ideally focused on a specific purpose, such as quantifying well capture from water bodies or providing flow fields for simulating advective transport. As environmental challenges evolve, the incentive to re‐purpose existing groundwater flow models may increase...

Juckem, Paul F.; Starn, J. Jeffrey

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September 9, 2020

SDC Seminar: Defining and Using Evidence in Conservation Practice

This is the Science and Decisions Center Seminar Series presentation of Defining and Using Evidence in Conservation Practice with Nick Salafsky, Director, Foundations of Success. Nick focuses on sharing new work on the development of shared evidence libraries based around theory-of-change pathways for key conservation actions. Nick draws on insights of evidence-based

Dry river bed during 2020 drought - Mill River at Cook Hill Rd. in Cheshire, Connecticut
September 3, 2020

Dry river bed during 2020 drought - Mill River, Cheshire, Connecticut

Station 01196588 Mill River at Cook Hill Rd. in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Photo shows dry river channel at location of staff gage.

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

Wildwood NJ Surf
August 20, 2020

Wildwood NJ Surf

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

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.

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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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.

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.

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September 6, 2019

USGS Microbial Ecologist Charlie Culbertson and Maine DEP Ecologist Jeremy Deeds met with members of the media on Thursday September 5th at Sabattus Pond while sampling for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

Image shows buildings on an ice island
August 8, 2019

In addition to 10 years of data on the flow of heat in the Arctic ocean seafloor, the USGS and Geological Survey of Canada have published an analysis of that data using modern seismic data.

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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.

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