New England Water Science Center - Rhode Island Office
Water Resources of Rhode Island
Quick Link to Real-Time Data (Quick look: Real-time data typically are recorded at 15-60 minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours, depending on the data relay technique used. Recording and transmission times may be more frequent during critical events. Data from real-time sites are relayed to USGS offices via satellite, telephone, and/or radio and are available for viewing within minutes of arrival.
Welcome to the New England Water Science Center - Rhode Island Office web page. This is your direct link to water-resource information on Rhode Island's rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and biology. Data collection and interpretive studies are done by the Center 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:
RI Water Sciences
The USGS Rhode Island Office 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.
Rhode Island provides real-time water-stage and streamflow data at over 140 sites across the state. Flood prediction, stream low-flow characteristics and surface-quality are currently under investigation in 28 studies.
Twenty-two groundwater wells are monitored hourly by the USGS in Rhode Island. Over 30 current groundwater investigations evaluate groundwater-supply and groundwater-quality issues.
Water-quality conditions are continuously monitored by the USGS at 42 sites across the state of Rhode Island. Water-quality issues in groundwater and surface water are addressed in over 30 current interpretive studies.
Interpretive studies based on periodic monitoring address aquatic life impairments resulting from the impact of hydrologic stresses.
Field Characterization and Numerical Simulation of Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions in Rhode Island Wetlands: Big River Watershed Case Study
Big River Watershed - wetland sediment coring
Water demand in Rhode Island is increasing, and the Rhode Island Water Resources Board (RIWRB), which is responsible developing and protecting the State's major water resources, is concerned that this increasing demand may exceed the current capacity. Nearly all of the potable groundwater supplies identified in Rhode Island are found in shallow, river-dominated valley-fill aquifer systems, such as the Big River Watershed in central Rhode Island. There are concerns about potential effects of groundwater withdrawals on the hydrology of streams and wetlands. These concerns have created the need for a better understanding of the interaction between groundwater and surface water in wetlands in order to better assess potential effects of pumping on wetlands.
USGS Highlighted Publications
Open–File Report 2015–1127
Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5058
Open–File Report 2015–5026
Fact Sheet 2015–3035
Scientific Investigations Report 2015–5026
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5216
Open–File Report 2014–1003
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5037
Scientific Investigations Report 2014–5010