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USGS Water Science Centers are located in each state.

There is a USGS Water Science Center office in each State. Washington Oregon California Idaho Nevada Montana Wyoming Utah Colorado Arizona New Mexico North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Texas Minnesota Iowa Missouri Arkansas Louisiana Wisconsin Illinois Mississippi Michigan Indiana Ohio Kentucky Tennessee Alabama Pennsylvania West Virginia Georgia Florida Caribbean Alaska Hawaii New York Vermont New Hampshire Maine Massachusetts South Carolina North Carolina Rhode Island Virginia Connecticut New Jersey Maryland-Delaware-D.C.

What We Do

The staff of the USGS New Jersey Water Science Center:

  • Operates local and statewide networks to collect high-quality water data that define natural and human-induced hydrologic conditions, and maintains real-time and historical databases.
  • Analyzes hydrologic processes through research projects that increase understanding of important water-resource issues and promote informed decision making.
  • Disseminates unbiased hydrologic information through peer-reviewed interpretive and data publications.

Data collection and interpretive studies are done to support state-wide 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

Water-Data Collection

Water-data collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and archiving are major parts of the New Jersey Water Science Center program. Streamflow data, for example, are used for flood and water-supply forecasts, planning and design, river regulation, streamflow statistics, and research investigations. Much of the data are available on a near-real-time basis by satellite telemetry. Types of real-time data currently collected include:

  • Streamflow data for 161 streamgages
  • Groundwater-level data for 22 wells
  • Water-quality data for 40 sites
  • Weather data fort 54 sites
  • Tide telemetry data for 30 stations
  • Bridge scour for 7 stations

USGS data are stored and maintained in long-term, quality-assured databases. The databases contain data for New Jersey and the rest of the Nation. A majority of the data are readily accessible to the public through NWIS web. The data include:

  • Streamflow, reservoir, and lake data
  • Long-term groundwater level data at 192 wells
  • 5-year synopticwater-level data at over 800 wells
  • Continuous and discrete water-quality data
  • Water-use data
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) data


Hydrologic research projects done by the NJ WSC staff are done with the purpose to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural hazards; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of cooperating agencies solve water problems. Research projects with the data collection activities of the NJ WSC make it an be an indispensible resource:

  • to New Jersey water managers on watershed andwater-supply assessment tools and information
  • on flood-hazard and drought assessment of New Jersey riverine and coastal resources, both in real-time and post-flood analysis
  • on vulnerability analysis for water-borne contaminants in New Jersey's ground- and surface-water systems
  • to New Jersey hazardous-waste program managers on waste-site characterization, analysis tools, and information, and the authority on cutting-edge, hazardous-waste-site remediation research

NJ WSC project work address many water issues:

  • Water-quantity and -quality assessments
  • Toxic substances in natural waters and biota
  • Rural and urban nonpoint pollution
  • Saltwater intrusion
  • Surface-water/groundwater interactions
  • Sediment transport and chemistry
  • Effects of climate change
  • Wetland functions and hydrology
  • Aquifer and streamflow characterizations
  • Frequency and magnitude of droughts and floods


The New Jersey Water Science Center provides water-information publications on many topics and in many formats. From this Web page, you can locate, view, download, or order scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by our scientists and partners.

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