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Welcome to the New England Water Science Center web page. This is your direct link to water-resource information on New England's rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and biology. Data collection and interpretive studies are done by the Center to support multi-state water-resource infrastructure and management needs and are part of the USGS science strategy to address the water-resource priorities of the nation and global trends in:

  • Ecosystem status and change
  • Climate variability and change
  • National hazard risk and assessment
  • Environmental risk to human health
  • Water use and availability
  • Transportation activities in relation to water resources

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News Releases

A Decade of Water Science: USGS Helps Assess Water Resources in Afghanistan
Released: 8/19/2014

fact sheet

For the past decade, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) in efforts to build an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. A new fact sheet details how these efforts help the country quantify and monitor its water resource.
”This partnership with the Afghanistan Geological Survey and other international agencies is extremely important for Afghanistan,” said Jack Medlin, USGS regional specialist, Asia and Pacific Region. ”There’s a broad consensus that water availability is a global issue, and these collaborative efforts created the data collection networks necessary to help quantify water conditions in the region and manage future water supplies.” Read more ...

Well-Water for 80,000 New Hampshire Residents May contain Metals Exceeding Human Health Standards
Released: 6/16/2014

fact sheet

Nearly three-in-ten well-water samples tested from southeast New Hampshire contained metals at concentrations that exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking-water standards and guidelines, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.
Researchers sampled water from 232 private bedrock wells from 2012 to 2013, testing for levels of arsenic, uranium, manganese, iron and lead.
”Our study showed that a significant percentage of the population that relies on domestic bedrock wells may have drinking water with arsenic, lead, manganese, and (or) uranium concentrations greater than human-health standards established by the EPA for public-water systems,” said hydrologist Sarah Flanagan, lead author of the study. Read more ...

Featured Project

USGS Coastal Storm Surge Monitoring Network

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Sensors site locations map interface.

Hurricane Sandy made the East Coast of the United States realize its vulnerability to extreme tidal surges, coastal flooding and possible impacts of climate change on sea levels and weather. Following this devastating event, the US Geological Survey (USGS) received $18.8 million in supplemental funding to better understand coastal flooding, to improve our preparedness for future coastal storms, and to increase the resilience of coastal cities, infrastructure and natural systems.
Read more ...

Newest Publications

Journal Publications

Xun Shi, Joseph D. Ayotte, Akikazu Onda, Stephanie Miller, Judy Rees, Diane Gilbert-Diamond, Tracy Onega, Jiang Gui, Margaret Karagas, John Moeschler, 2014, Geospatial association between adverse birth outcomes and arsenic in groundwater in New Hampshire, USA: Environmental Geochemistry and Health, DOI 10.1007/s10653-014-9651-2.

Huntington, T.G., and Billmire, M., 2013, Trends in Precipitation, Runoff, and Evapotranspiration for Rivers Draining to the Gulf of Maine in the United States: Journal of Hydrometeorology, v.15, p. 726-743.

Lamborg, C.H., Kent, D.B., Swarr, G.J., Munson, K.M., Kading, Tristan, O’Connor, A.E., Fairchild, G.M., LeBlanc, D.R., and Wiatrowski, H.A., 2013, Mercury speciation and mobilization in a wastewater-contaminated groundwater plume: Environmental Science & Technology, v.47, no. 23, p. 13239-13249.

Joseph D. Ayotte, Marcel Belaval, Scott A. Olson, Karen R. Burow, Sarah M. Flanagan, Stephen R. Hinkle, Bruce D. Lindsey, 2014, Factors affecting temporal variability of arsenic in groundwater used for drinking water supply in the United States. Science of The Total Environment.

        Journal Publications archives

USGS Publications

cover Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5163
Bjerklie, D.M., Trombley, T.J., and Olson, S.A., 2014, Assessment of the spatial extent and height of flooding in Lake Champlain during May 2011, using satellite remote sensing and ground-based information: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5163, 18 p.

cover Open–File Report 2014–1209
Medalie, Laura, 2014, Concentration and flux of total and dissolved phosphorus, total nitrogen, chloride, and total suspended solids for monitored tributaries of Lake Champlain, 1990–2012: U.S. Geological Survey Open–File Report 2014–1209, 21 p.

cover Open–File Report 2014–1184
Medalie, Laura, Chalmers, A.T., Kiah, R.G., and Copans, Benjamin, 2014, Use of acoustic backscatter to estimate continuous suspended sediment and phosphorus concentrations in the Barton River, northern Vermont, 2010–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1184, 29 p., 4 appendixes.

cover Fact Sheet 2014–3067
Barbaro, J.R., Masterson, J.P., and LeBlanc, D.R., 2014, Science for the stewardship of the groundwater resources of Cape Cod, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3067, 6 p.

cover Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5113
Mack, T.J., Chornack, M.P., Flanagan, S.M., and Chalmers, A.T., 2014, Hydrogeology and water quality of the Chakari Basin, Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5113, 35 p.

cover Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5123
Huntington, T.G., Culbertson, C.W., Fuller, Christopher, Glibert, Patricia, and Sturtevant, Luke, 2014, The relative importance of oceanic nutrient inputs for Bass Harbor Marsh Estuary at Acadia National Park, Maine

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