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Water Resources of Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Water speed and depth measurement using ADCP

The mission of the USGS Massachusetts-Rhode Island Water Science Center is to provide the hydrologic information and understanding necessary for the management and use of the Nation's water resources. The WSC fulfills this mission by:
  - Systematically collecting surface-water, ground-water, water-quality and biological data;
  - Conducting interpretive water-resources studies that respond to cooperator and national needs;
  - Developing innovative scientific approaches to various environmental processes and problems to improve our understanding of hydrologic systems;
  - Publishing water data and results of investigations in high-quality reports
  - Assisting other governmental agencies and the public to understand hydrologic information relevant to the policies and management practices that affect the Nation´s water resources.

Interactive GIS mapping website

Link to Drainage Basins web page

New interactive GIS mapping website allows to view, query, and analyze the Massachusetts watersheds resource data online.

More on the Drainage Basins web page.

Water Programs in MA and RI

Long-Term Monitoring

Photo of a stream gaging station

The USGS stream-gaging network:

dot Massachusetts - 128 stations, (127 with real-time discharge and gage height data on the Web)
dot Rhode Island - 28 stations, (27 with real-time discharge and gage height data on the Web)

Photo of a ground-water wellThe USGS ground-water observation-well network:

dot Massachusetts - 89 wells (13 with real-time water levels data on the Web)
dot Rhode Island - 38 wells, (5 with real-time water levels data on the Web)

End of the Month Water Conditions Statements

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2006 Annual Water Data Report

Beginning with Water Year 2006, the ADR is a national report only and the reference to a local report in the WDR series is discontinued.

Therefore, to obtain the information about a specific state, basin or site, please start your search on the Water-resources data for the United States Water Year 2006 page.
This page gives the folowing options for search:

A map-based tool for locating hydrologic data is also available.
The Mapper allows users to geographically locate surface water, ground water, and climatological sites and view and download published water data for those sites.

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