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Water Resources of Massachusetts

Welcome to the New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts Office web page. This is your direct link to water-resource information on Massachusetts'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:

  • 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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MA Water Sciences

The USGS Massachusetts 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.

Surface Water

Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts. Over 30 current groundwater investigations evaluate groundwater-supply and groundwater-quality issues.

Water Quality

Water-quality conditions are continuously monitored by the USGS at 42 sites across the state of Massachusetts. Water-quality issues in groundwater and surface-water are addressed in over 30 current interpretive studies.

Water Use

Find out more about Massachusetts water-use data.

Highlighted USGS Publications

Link to Full Bibliography

Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5123
Levin, S.B., 2016, Effects of water–supply reservoirs on streamflow in Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5123, 35 p.

Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5122
Weiskel, P.K., Barbaro, J.R., and DeSimone, L.A., 2016, Environmental conditions in the Namskaket Marsh area, Orleans, Massachusetts—A summary of studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1989–2011: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5122, 29 p.

Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5107
Flynn, R.H., Bent, G.C., and Lombard, P.J., 2016, Flood–inundation maps for the Green River in Colrain, Leyden, and Greenfield, Massachusetts, from U.S. Geological Survey streamgage 01170100 Green River near Colrain to the confluence with the Deerfield River: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5107, 18 p.

Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5063
Savoie, J.G., DeSimone, L.A., Mullaney, J.R., Zimmerman, M.J., and Waldron, M.C., 2016, Changes in phosphorus concentrations and loads in the Assabet River, Massachusetts, October 2008 through April 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5063, 40 p.

Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5058
Walter, D.A., McCobb, T.D., Masterson, J.P., and Fienen, M.J., 2016, Potential effects of sea–level rise on the depth to saturated sediments of the Sagamore and Monomoy flow lenses on Cape Cod, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5058, 55 p.

Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5027
Bent, G.C., Olson, S.A., and Massey, A.J., 2016, Tropical storm Irene flood of August 2011 in northwestern Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5027, 28 p.

Journal Publications

Masterson, J. P., Fienen, M. N., Thieler, E. R., Gesch, D. B., Gutierrez, B. T. and Plant, N. G. (2013), Effects of sea-level rise on barrier island groundwater system dynamics � ecohydrological implications. Ecohydrol.. doi: 10.1002/eco.1442

Davis, J. H. and Verdi, R. (2013), Groundwater Flow Cycling Between a Submarine Spring and an Inland Fresh Water Spring. Ground Water. doi: 10.1111/gwat.12125

Haack, S.K., Metge, D.W., Fogarty, L.R., Meyer, M.T., Barber, L.B., Harvey, R.W., LeBlanc, D.R., and Kolpin, D.W., 2012, Effects on groundwater microbial communities of an engineered 30-day in-situ exposure to the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 46, no. 14, p. 7478-7486.

Smith, R.L., Repert, D.A., Barber, L.B., and LeBlanc, D.R., 2013, Long-term groundwater contamination after source removal�The role of sorbed carbon and nitrogen on the rate of reoxygenation of a treated-wastewater plume on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA: Chemical Geology, v. 337-338, p. 38-47.

Archfield, S. A., Steeves, P. A., Guthrie, J. D., and Ries III, K. G.: Towards a publicly available, map-based regional software tool to estimate unregulated daily streamflow at ungauged rivers, Geosci. Model Dev., 6, 101-115, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-101-2013, 2013.

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