USGS Science in New Jersey

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At the #USGS we love to help out our neighbors!  Which is why this #FieldPhotoFriday is from Upstate NY!! NJWSC Hydrogra...
11/06/2020

At the #USGS we love to help out our neighbors! Which is why this #FieldPhotoFriday is from Upstate NY!! NJWSC Hydrographers have been in NY for the past two weeks to help out the NYWSC Troy office with site inspections along the Mohawk River from Albany to Utica!

USGS Station 01455290 Pohatcong Creek at Creek Road near Carpentersville is one of the NJWSC's newer monitors and is par...
11/04/2020

USGS Station 01455290 Pohatcong Creek at Creek Road near Carpentersville is one of the NJWSC's newer monitors and is part of the USGS Next Generation Water Observing System. Continuous, real-time gage height, discharge, and water temperature data is recorded at this site. To view real-time data, click here: http://ow.ly/rYk950CbHiI πŸ“Έ:Nicole White #WaterWednesday #USGSNGWOS

The Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge encompasses more than 47,000 acres of coastal habitats in southern New Jersey. Mor...
10/30/2020

The Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge encompasses more than 47,000 acres of coastal habitats in southern New Jersey. More than 75 percent of the refuge is tidal salt marsh. The refuge also features freshwater wetlands, wooded uplands, beaches and open water habitat. The refuge's ecosystems, which are an integral part of the coastal habitats, are dynamic environments shaped by complex interactions among freshwater resources, saltwater resources, sediment processes, and vegetation communities.

On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Brigantine, New Jersey. The storm devastated coastal communities and habitats along much of the eastern seaboard and the eye of the storm passed directly over the Forsythe refuge. The storm brought high winds and an immense storm surge accompanied by coastal erosion and flooding. The Forsythe refuge acted as a buffer, protecting inland communities from the worst of the storm's effects.

On the seaward side, sea-level rise and coastal storm events present major challenges for the sustainability of the refuge's ecosystems. Water levels were measured at groundwater and surface-water sites in and near the Forsythe refuge. These measurements, along with surface-water elevations obtained from digital elevation models, were used to construct water-table-elevation and depth-to-water maps of the refuge and surrounding areas.

To read more about the Hydrologic Assessment of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, click here: http://ow.ly/JRW250C7pFO

Trying to make the best of the final bits of warm weather Hydrographers Jackie Polcino and Nicole White did an area cros...
10/30/2020

Trying to make the best of the final bits of warm weather Hydrographers Jackie Polcino and Nicole White did an area cross section survey for a water surface velocity radar at 01392170 Third River at Bloomfield. #FieldPhotoFriday #WomeninScience

Just before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, temporary storm tide sensors were deployed along the coast to m...
10/28/2020

Just before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, temporary storm tide sensors were deployed along the coast to measure tidal water-surface elevations and monitor barometric-pressure changes. The USGS Flood Event Viewer application provides access to observed high-water marks and the locations of where storm tide sensors, barometric pressure sensors, and wave height sensors were deployed.

The data which were collected 8 years ago during Hurricane Sandy are still available today and can be viewed by clicking here: http://ow.ly/MYKf50C30GL. 🌊 #WaterWednesday

Hydrographer Chris Mooney hit the water to make a discharge measurement at 01438500 Delaware River at Montague.  It’s be...
10/23/2020

Hydrographer Chris Mooney hit the water to make a discharge measurement at 01438500 Delaware River at Montague. It’s beautiful days like this that we truly look forward to when heading out into the field! πŸ“Έ: Jackie Polcino. #FieldPhotoFriday #ODRM #USGSNGWOS

In 2012, a late season tropical depression developed into a tropical storm and later a hurricane. The hurricane, named β€œ...
10/22/2020

In 2012, a late season tropical depression developed into a tropical storm and later a hurricane. The hurricane, named β€œHurricane Sandy,” gained strength to a Category 3 storm on October 25, 2012, and underwent several transitions on its approach to the mid-Atlantic region of the eastern coast of the United States. By October 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy had strengthened into the largest hurricane ever recorded in the North Atlantic and was tracking parallel to the east coast of United States, heading toward New Jersey.

To read more on the Hydrologic Analysis of Hurricane Sandy, click here: http://ow.ly/IfvO50BZAOw

Synoptic sampling for nutrients, chlorophyll a, and algal communities was performed at 36 sites in 5 sub-watersheds in t...
10/21/2020

Synoptic sampling for nutrients, chlorophyll a, and algal communities was performed at 36 sites in 5 sub-watersheds in the Delaware River Basin during summer of 2019, with the addition of eDNA in 2020. Due to their importance for water supply and their susceptibility to eutrophication and algal blooms, some of the small reservoirs and ponds in these basins were included in the synoptic to examine algal communities and the likelihood of harmful algal blooms.

Results will be used to develop algal-stressor models to predict the responses of algal communities and chlorophyll a to nutrients, streamflow, water temperature, and other potential independent variables. Predictions from the algal stressor models in the sub-watersheds of DRB can be used to predict where and when these streams could become susceptible to water availability concerns, such as algal blooms, under current and potential future conditions. πŸ“Έ: Pam Reilly #WaterWednesday #USGSNGWOS #IWAAS

In the spirit of the spooky season upon us, hydrographer Bob Atkinson channeled a spirit of past hydrographers to help h...
10/16/2020

In the spirit of the spooky season upon us, hydrographer Bob Atkinson channeled a spirit of past hydrographers to help him with his measurement at 01384500 Ringwood Creek near Wanaque (http://ow.ly/PXz750BUjZL). πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ¬

It's that time of  the year! πŸ‚ Now that fall is in action, hydrographers can take in all the beauty that Mother Nature h...
10/14/2020

It's that time of the year! πŸ‚ Now that fall is in action, hydrographers can take in all the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer like the autumn foliage & a spider protecting her eggs. πŸ•·οΈ Site info: 01397000 South Branch Raritan River at Stanton (http://ow.ly/xtFf50BS7hm) #WaterWednesday

Sometimes we can be truly amazed by what nature can create, for instance this #FieldPhotoFriday pic of a tie-dye algae f...
10/09/2020

Sometimes we can be truly amazed by what nature can create, for instance this #FieldPhotoFriday pic of a tie-dye algae formation at 01396800 Spruce Run at Clinton (http://ow.ly/dBki50BNa2q). While installing a new QW monitor Hydrographers stopped to marvel in natures art! πŸŽ¨πŸ–ΌοΈ

The NJ Coastal Plain Chloride Monitoring Network identifies and tracks the zone of transition between saltwater and fres...
10/07/2020

The NJ Coastal Plain Chloride Monitoring Network identifies and tracks the zone of transition between saltwater and freshwater in coastal aquifers. Saltwater intrusion can be caused by excessive groundwater pumping, sea-level rise, as well as other factors.

Chloride is a good indicator of possible saltwater intrusion. Here at the New Brooklyn Park 2 Observation well (http://ow.ly/HlPQ50BLdKl), hydrologic technicians Dan Skulski and Chris Witzigman pumped 3,000 gallons of water in order to sample for chloride ions.

#WaterWednesday #Groundwater #NJ #NJWSC

There is not much time left to set up shop in a river like Hydrographer Rob Rossman did here in the Great Egg Harbor Riv...
10/02/2020

There is not much time left to set up shop in a river like Hydrographer Rob Rossman did here in the Great Egg Harbor River! As we head into a new water year and season, we are doing our best to make the most of the nice weather that's left! #FieldPhotoFriday #FlashbackFriday

Happy New Water Year's Eve! πŸ’§πŸ’¦ The NJWSC is celebrating the start of the new water year, which begins every October 1st....
09/30/2020

Happy New Water Year's Eve! πŸ’§πŸ’¦ The NJWSC is celebrating the start of the new water year, which begins every October 1st. Our new year starts on this day simply for how our planet's water cycle works. 🌍 #WaterWednesday

Happy birthday to you! 🎢🎡 Happy Birthday to you... 01467024 Rancocas Creek at Bridgeboro (http://ow.ly/fsKa50BtR4v). Thi...
09/25/2020

Happy birthday to you! 🎢🎡 Happy Birthday to you... 01467024 Rancocas Creek at Bridgeboro (http://ow.ly/fsKa50BtR4v). This gage is just a baby 🐣at one year old today! With 365 days under its belt we are wishing this gage many many more!

Happy #FieldPhotoFriday Hydrographer Bob Atkinson took this lovely photo of his gage 01386000 West Brook Near Wanaque (h...
09/25/2020

Happy #FieldPhotoFriday Hydrographer Bob Atkinson took this lovely photo of his gage 01386000 West Brook Near Wanaque (http://ow.ly/8ot650BB2aG) while making a routine site inspection and measurement!

It was a beautiful day on the Delaware River! Pictured here is hydrographer Jon Cohl holding up a juvenile smallmouth ba...
09/23/2020

It was a beautiful day on the Delaware River! Pictured here is hydrographer Jon Cohl holding up a juvenile smallmouth bass during his field visit at 01463500 Delaware River at Trenton! Click here to view real-time parameters for this site: http://ow.ly/V1MU50Byi5P. #WaterWednesday Photo Credits: Molly Schreiner

Today is a great day! Why you ask?  Because we're celebrating the 48th birthday of 01463620 Assunpink Creek Near Clarksv...
09/23/2020

Today is a great day! Why you ask? Because we're celebrating the 48th birthday of 01463620 Assunpink Creek Near Clarksville! (http://ow.ly/2tSq50BtIcO). This gage has been providing fantastic Gage Height data since way back in 1972! Here's to 48 more years! πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ

Happy #WorldWaterMonitoringDay! The NJWSC is proud to be a part of something much greater than ourselves.  We thank our ...
09/18/2020

Happy #WorldWaterMonitoringDay! The NJWSC is proud to be a part of something much greater than ourselves. We thank our own water scientists and scientists around the world for all the hard work they do while keeping an eye on the planets waterways! #FieldPhotoFriday πŸ“ΈJacob Gray

The USGS is performing a gain/loss study, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force, to evaluate groundwater-surface water ...
09/16/2020

The USGS is performing a gain/loss study, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force, to evaluate groundwater-surface water interactions associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances contamination at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Groundwater and surface water monitors have been deployed to continuously record water levels and temperature in nearby lakes and the underlying aquifer. To read more on this project, click here: http://ow.ly/pZOS50BsrfM #WaterWednesday πŸ“Έ:Chris Witzigman

Every now and then we make a friend in the field.  We named this little amphibian Fred! Fred hopes you enjoy this  #Fiel...
09/11/2020

Every now and then we make a friend in the field. We named this little amphibian Fred! Fred hopes you enjoy this #FieldPhotoFriday pic of him helping Hydrographers with gage upgrades in the Passaic Flood Warning System! πŸΈπŸ”¨πŸ”§

We never know what we may cross paths with while working in the field! 🐒 Hydrologic technician Kaitlin Bowen smiles ear ...
09/09/2020

We never know what we may cross paths with while working in the field! 🐒 Hydrologic technician Kaitlin Bowen smiles ear to ear with a friendly turtle while retrieving passive samplers, known as Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Tracking (SPATT), at the Salem River, NJ. πŸ“Έ: Jake Gray #WaterWednesday #WildLife

Occasionally our office can have a change of scenery. A Hydrographer enjoyed this pretty office view at 01389802 Passaic...
09/04/2020

Occasionally our office can have a change of scenery. A Hydrographer enjoyed this pretty office view at 01389802 Passaic River at Great Falls at Patterson (http://ow.ly/e6Ta50BiwVL). Enjoy Labor Day Weekend outside!

Hydrographers, Nicole Donato and Chris Mooney, spent a day servicing the gage at 01438500 Delaware River at Montague. Fi...
09/02/2020

Hydrographers, Nicole Donato and Chris Mooney, spent a day servicing the gage at 01438500 Delaware River at Montague. Field inspections and discharge measurements are currently being made here every 2-weeks due to the heavy vegetation along the streambed and to ensure our stage-discharge relationship for this site is accurate. This site is part of the #USGSNGWOS and comes fully equipped with continuous real-time water-quality sensors, streamflow sensors, and even has sensors that monitor weather! Click here to view our real-time data: http://ow.ly/vwYU50BfMVB #WaterWednesday

Some of our gages are now able to take their own #FieldPhotoFriday pictures!  This photo is from 01391000 HoHoKus Brook ...
08/28/2020

Some of our gages are now able to take their own #FieldPhotoFriday pictures! This photo is from 01391000 HoHoKus Brook at Ho-Ho-Kus (http://ow.ly/ind950BbvU6) these cameras help us keep an eye out for any in stream events or conditions we want to capture data from!

Recent Grad Hydrographer, Kathryn Cahalane, measures streamflow after collecting water-quality samples at site 01409815 ...
08/26/2020

Recent Grad Hydrographer, Kathryn Cahalane, measures streamflow after collecting water-quality samples at site 01409815 West Branch Wading River at Maxwell NJ πŸ’§(http://ow.ly/jQvu50B9swa). πŸ“Έ: Kate Bowen - peek at those Atlantic White Cedars in the background! 🌳 #WaterWednesday

Hydrographer Stephan Shansey took this #FIeldPhotoFriday while doing some upgrades at 01379530 Canoe Brook Near Summit (...
08/21/2020

Hydrographer Stephan Shansey took this #FIeldPhotoFriday while doing some upgrades at 01379530 Canoe Brook Near Summit (http://ow.ly/1l1450B3Vc9). This streamgage and co-located precip gage are funded by the USGS, NJDEP and USACE as part of the Passiac Flood Warning Network.

NJWSC staff continue to stay connected with each other while working from home by sharing photos taken at National Parks...
08/19/2020

NJWSC staff continue to stay connected with each other while working from home by sharing photos taken at National Parks! Here are some of the highlights. πŸŒ‹πŸŒπŸŒŠβ›°οΈ #NationalParkService #WaterWednesday #USGS

During Tropical Storm Isaias, NJWSC field crews were deployed to measure high flows! Hydrographer, Nicole  Donato took t...
08/14/2020

During Tropical Storm Isaias, NJWSC field crews were deployed to measure high flows! Hydrographer, Nicole Donato took this #FieldPhotoFriday pic of Michal Niemoczynski making a pre-measurement sensor test at 01455290 Pohatcong Creek Near Carpentersville (http://ow.ly/w5aJ50AYmzN)

New publication alert: Ingestion of low levels of naturally occurring radionuclides in drinking water has been linked to...
08/12/2020

New publication alert: Ingestion of low levels of naturally occurring radionuclides in drinking water has been linked to increased cancer risk, but until now, information on where lead-210 and polonium-210 occur in U.S. groundwater has been lacking. Check out the first national assessment of these radionuclides in groundwater used for public drinking water supplies at http://ow.ly/PHWh50AXBtm πŸ’§ #WaterWednesday #USGS #Research #Groundwater

Get to know a scientist emeritus (http://ow.ly/ZGWi50ASsrB) on this #FieldPhotoFriday!  NJWSC scientist Tom Imbrigiotta ...
08/07/2020

Get to know a scientist emeritus (http://ow.ly/ZGWi50ASsrB) on this #FieldPhotoFriday! NJWSC scientist Tom Imbrigiotta recently reached emeritus status after spending 41 YEARS with the USGS and literally wrote the book on using passive samplers to investigate groundwater quality.

Hydrographer Maggie Phillips shot this #FieldPhotoFriday of 01385465 South Branch Raritan River at South Branch(http://o...
07/31/2020

Hydrographer Maggie Phillips shot this #FieldPhotoFriday of 01385465 South Branch Raritan River at South Branch(http://ow.ly/yoo950ANqBU), while taking some readings after surveying. We survey to make sure gages are recording accurately and ensure the elevations have not changed.

Did you know?  There are relationships between mercury in the environment, dragonflies, and health risks to wildlife and...
07/29/2020

Did you know? There are relationships between mercury in the environment, dragonflies, and health risks to wildlife and people? The Dragonfly Mercury Project brought together over 4,000 citizen scientists along with USGS, NPS, and other researchers to examine mercury levels in dragonfly larvae in 100 U.S. National Parks, including the Delaware Water Gap and the Maurice Wild and Scenic River (WSR) in NJ. Information from the project was used to assess potential health risks based on mercury concentrations in dragonfly larvae in National Parks across the Nation.



While mercury concentrations were low in about a third of the sites, freshwaters in all regions, including the Maurice WSR in NJ, reached levels indicating that health of fish or the wildlife and humans that consume the fish may be moderately to severely affected. Find out more at http://ow.ly/ypcU50ALmqk



Explore the Data Through Interactive Maps and Charts here (http://ow.ly/M3L250ALmqm)
#WaterWednesday

There is nothing quite like being outside on a beautiful day! This picture of 01391000 HoHoKus Brook at Ho-Ho-Kus (http:...
07/24/2020

There is nothing quite like being outside on a beautiful day! This picture of 01391000 HoHoKus Brook at Ho-Ho-Kus (http://ow.ly/40qT50AGvce) perfectly captures that feeling! We hope you have a great #FieldPhotoFriday

Did you know that the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center operates over 40 real-time, continuous water-quality monitors...
07/22/2020

Did you know that the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center operates over 40 real-time, continuous water-quality monitors throughout the state? πŸ’§ πŸ’¦ Current conditions for all real-time water-quality monitors can be found here: http://ow.ly/SyvT50AE6Sz #WaterWednesday #NJWSC

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I read on the National Water Quality Monitoring Council website that USGS-NJ maintains Wolf Creek in Ridgefield, NJ. I am reaching out because residents have been trying to get the creek cleaned up (people dumping), there is occasionally a rat problem, and the banks need to be shored up (banks are eroding) and there seems to be some disagreement over who maintains the creek between Bergen County and the Borough of Ridgefield. This creek also borders Fariview, NJ. Can you please provide me with some advice on how to gets something accomplished with this waterway?
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