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Water Resources of New Jersey

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Welcome to the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center Web page. This is your direct link to water-resource information on New Jersey's rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and biology. Data collection and interpretive studies are done by the Center to support statewide 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
''Energy and mineral management
''National hazard risk and assessment
''Environmental risk to human health
''Water use and availability

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NJ Water Sciences

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center monitors and analyzes surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and biological parameters throughout the State. Data collection and interpretive studies are done in cooperation with various local, State, or Federal agencies.

Find out about the N.J. surface-water monitoring network

Surface Water

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center provides real-time water-stage and streamflow data for more than 140 sites across the State. Flood prediction, stream low-flow characteristics, and surface-water-quality are currently being investigated as part of 28 studies.


The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center maintains a long-term water-level-monitoring network. Real-time water-level data are available for 22 of these wells. More than 30 groundwater investigations are underway to evaluate groundwater-supply and groundwater-quality issues.

Water Quality

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center continuously monitors Water-quality conditions at 42 real-time sites across the State of New Jersey. Groundwater and Surface-water-quality issues are addressed in more than 30 current interpretive studies.


Interpretive studies based on periodic monitoring address aquatic-life impairments resulting from the impact of hydrologic stresses.

BioData - Aquatic Bioassessment Data for the Nation.

Noreaster - January 2016

USGS activated its Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network in preparation for the major coastal storm that affected the eastern seaboard

In response to the major coastal storm that affected the eastern seaboard January 22-24, 2016, the USGS activated its Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network. USGS teams in 5 states worked to install storm-tide and wave sensors in coastal areas that were expected to receive moderate to major tidal flooding from this storm. About 125 sensors from the Delaware coast north to southern Connecticut were deployed. Some of these sensors (rapid-deployment gages) provided real-time tide and meteorological data where needed to assist local emergency management and flood-forecast efforts. We plan to recover and process the sensors over the next week or two, with data being available from the USGS storm-tide mapper at

Photos of Storm-tide and Wave sensor deployment:

Photo taken by Michal Niemoczynski, photo is of Patrick Bowen installing a wave sensor at SWaTH transect site number NJOCE08009.

Photo taken by Michal Niemoczynski, photo is of Patrick Bowen installing an auxiliary wave sensor at USGS station 01409335, Little Egg Inlet near Tuckerton, NJ.

Photo taken by Michal Niemoczynski, photo is of Brian Painter of NJWSC installing wave sensor at SWaTH site number NJCAP04830

Summary of Coastal Flooding in New Jersey caused by the Noreaster of January 22-24, 2016.


Featured Science

Hurricane Sandy: Support and Recovery

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Hurricane Sandy made a variety of impacts along the highly populated northeastern Atlantic seaboard. Scientific information and the development of new tools helps communities recover and become more resilient in the future.

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Highlighted Publications

The USGS New Jersey Water Science Center produces publications about water resources.

Chemical and ancillary data associated with bed sediment, young of year bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) tissue, and mussel (Mytilus edulis and Geukensia demissa) tissue collected after Hurricane Sandy in bays and estuaries of New Jersey and New York

Publication Type: Data Series

Strategy to evaluate persistent contaminant hazards resulting from sea-level rise and storm-derived disturbances

Publication Type: Open-File Report

Chemical mixtures and environmental effects—A pilot study to assess ecological exposure and effects in streams

Publication Type: Open-File Report

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