Pennsylvania Water Science Center



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USGS Waterwatch:
Maps of Current Conditions


Pennsylvania Streamstats

Delineate watersheds and estimate streamflow



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View current and historical streamflow, groundwater level, and water-quality data for Pennsylvania

Real-time data

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USGS IN YOUR STATE

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 Massachusettes South Carolina North Carolina Rhode Island Virginia Connecticut New Jersey Maryland-Delaware-D.C.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Answers

I.  Water Information

1.

How can I obtain streamflow and groundwater level data?

Much of the historical data and current data for many stations in Pennsylvania can be accessed on the Pennsylvania Water Science Center Home Page at http://pa.water.usgs.gov/. Links are provided for stations nationwide. If you do not have access to the World Wide Web, call or write the Information Specialist:

U.S. Geological Survey, WRD
215 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070
(Tel: 717-730-6979)
(Fax: 717-730-6997)

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2.

How do I get low-flow and flood frequency statistics?

Streamflow statistics are available online. This web page also provides more information about streamflow statistics.

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3.

Where can I get climatic data (precipitation, air temperature, windspeed, etc...)?

Contact NOAA at:

National Climatic Data Center
Room 120
151 Patton Avenue
Ashville, NC 28801-5001
(Tel: 704-271-4800)
(Fax: 704-271-4876)
http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/ncdc.html

Pennsylvania State Climatologist
503 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
(Tel: 814-865-8732)
(Fax: 814-865-3663)
(e-mail: pgk2@psu.edu)
http://climate.met.psu.edu/

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4.

Where can I get river-stage forecasts?

River stage forecasts for Pennsylvania are available from NOAA on-line at:

National Weather Service Forecast Office, Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

Note – Forecast for some site are issued routinely year-round, while others are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

The Ohio River Basin forecasts are made by the:

Ohio River Forecast Center
National Weather Service
1901 South State Route 134
Wilmington, OH 45177

For the Susquehanna, Potomac, and Delaware River Basins forecasts are made by the:

Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center
National Weather Service
227 West Beaver Avenue
Suite 402 State College, PA 16801

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5.

How do I get information on wetlands?

For information on wetlands, the laws that impact them, and ideas for protecting wetlands, see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website at http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/

For information on wetlands available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visit http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/

State Distribution Centers

National Wetlands Inventory Maps can be purchased through various State Distribution Centers. Currently, there are 34 Centers covering 47 States. Each Center establishes their own pricing structure, product types and order procedures. For phone numbers and addresses, go to http://www.fws.gov/wetlands/Data/hardcopymaps.html

State Distribution Center For Pennsylvania Wetlands Inventory Maps:

Dennis Swartwout
Earth Science Information Office
Blaisdell House
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
(Tel: 413-545-0359)
Website: http://www.umass.edu/tei/esio
Email: esic@tei.umass.edu

Other wetlands information may be available from:

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Water Management
Bureau of Watershed Management
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-783-2300

email: ra-epwater@state.pa.us

or contact U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at its appropriate District Office:

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6.

Where can I get information on tides and charts?

For nautical charts and navigation information and products visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) web site: http://www.noaa.gov/charts.html

Tide and ocean current information is provided at: National Ocean Service

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7.

How can I get information on flood plains?

Contact: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Order flood plain maps and studies

To create your own online hazard map available from FEMA and ESRI, visit http://www.esri.com/hazards/.

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For Pennsylvania contact:

Chief of Floodplain Management
Dept of Community & Economic Development
Room 318, Forum Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(Tel: 717-720-7445)
email: kwilson@doc.state.pa.us

8.

Where can I get information on drought-related issues?

For drought monitoring conditions across the state, visit Pennsylvania Drought Watch


II.  Water Quality and Health Issues

9.

Where can I get the water from my local well tested?

Look under laboratories in the yellow pages of your local telephone book for water testing services. Prices vary among companies and will depend on the test you request. Laboratories certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are listed in Excel or PDF format.

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10.

Where can I get information on the health effects of radon and other substances in water?

Call the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or visit the EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water web site at http://www.epa.gov/safewater.

For information on radon you may also call the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Radon Division at 800-23RADON, or visit their web page at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/rp/Radon_Division/Radon_Homepage.htm .

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11.

Where can I find water-quality standards that apply to streams in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania water-quality standards are published in the Pennsylvania Code, Title 25, Chapter 93. These standards are compiled in a book available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at 717-783-2959. Information on water quality assessment and standards are available on the web at http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/025/chapter93/chap93toc.html.

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12.

Where can I find standards for drinking water in Pennsylvania?

Drinking-water standards, both primary maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) and secondary MCLs can be found on the WWW at http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/watersupply/cwp/view.asp?a=1251&Q=448745&watersupplyNav=|30131|.
Look under "Resources".

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13.

Where can I find consumption advisories that are in effect for fish in Pennsylvania?

Look on the WWW at http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/watersupply/cwp/view.asp?a=1261&q=450642.

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III.  Mapping and Related Topics

14.

How do I obtain a USGS topographic map?

First identify the quadrangles you need from the state index, which can be obtained from the USGS by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS or from the Pennsylvania Geological Survey by calling 717-787-2169. Index maps for Pennsylvania and surrounding states are also available in local USGS offices for viewing only (see question26).

Online USGS facilities to assist in finding and ordering maps are available at http://eros.usgs.gov/#/Find_Data/Products_and_Data_Available/Map_Products.

Pennsylvania quads are available online through Penn State University at http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/maps.html.

Maps may be purchased locally from commercial dealers (see your yellow pages or http://store.usgs.gov/b2c_usgs/usgs/z_usgspartnerlist/).

For more information or ordering assistance, contact

USGS Information Services
Box 25286
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225
(Tel: 888-ASK-USGS or 303-202-4700)
(FAX 303-202-4693)

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15.

How do I obtain satellite images?

Contact:

Customer Services
USGS
EROS Data Center
Sioux Falls, SD 57198
(Tel: 605-594-6151)

Or see the EROS Data Center's web page at http://edcwww.cr.usgs.gov/eros-home.html.


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16.

How do I obtain an aerial photograph?

Call 1-888-ASK-USGS or contact EROS Data Center (see question 15)

Or see the EROS Data Center's web page at http://edcwww.cr.usgs.gov/eros-home.html.

The Pennsylvania Geological Survey Library (www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/library/aerials.aspx) has historic aerial photographs that can be viewed in their office by appointment. These are also available online through Penn Pilot (www.pennpilot.psu.edu).

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17.

How do I get data on map projections and other data on how USGS maps are made?

See the book "Maps for America" published by the USGS. (See question 14 to order this book).

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18.

Where can I get information on benchmarks?

USGS survey benchmark data is not yet available on the Internet.

For vertical and horizontal control information on all USGS survey benchmarks in the eastern U. S., contact USGS - Rolla, MO by telephone at (573) 308-3500 or (573) 308-3511

For control information on all USGS benchmarks in the western U.S., contact USGS

- Denver, CO by telephone at: (303) 202-4400

If you need information on a National Geodetic Survey (formerly Coast and Geodetic Survey [C & GS] ) benchmark contact:

National Geodetic Survey, N/NGS12
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
(Tel: 301-713-3242)
(Fax: 301-713-4172)
(http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/ - Click on products and services)

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19.

Where can I get information on datums and coordinate conversions?

The national Geodetic Service (NGS) programs NADCOM and UTMS are available for free downloading at:

http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/PC_PROD/pc_prod.shtml

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has information on coordinate conversions and geospatial application software available at:

http://tec.army.mil/product.html

More sites with information on datums and coordinate conversions:

http://thor-f5.er.usgs.gov/drg/datum_shifts_v2.pdf
http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/datum/datum_f.html
http://earth-info.nga.mil/GandG/geotrans/index.html

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20.

Where can I get correction data for Global Positioning System (GPS) field files?

The National Geodetic Service (NGS) has GPS correction data available at:

http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/CORS

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21.

Where can I get information on the official names of physical and cultural geographic features or how to have unnamed features named?

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is a Federal body authorized to establish and maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government. Geographic name information for the United States, including how to have an unnamed feature named, is available at the BGN web site. A searchable database contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. The Federally recognized name of each feature described in the database is identified, and references are made to a feature's location by State, county, and geographic coordinates.

http://geonames.usgs.gov/



IV.  Geology and Related Topics

22.

How can I get information on earthquakes?

Historical data on major earthquakes in the U.S. (including Pennsylvania) is published in Professional Paper 1527. For other earthquake information contact:

USGS
National Earthquake Information Center
Box 25046, DFC, MS967
Denver, CO 80225
(Tel: 303-273-8500)
(Fax: 303-273-8450)

More information is available on the WWW at http://wwwneic.cr.usgs.gov/.

Information about the September 1998 Pymatuning Earthquake is available at http://pa.water.usgs.gov/projects/groundwater/pymatuning/ .

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23.

Where can I get data on soils?

For data on trace metals in soils see USGS Professional Paper 1270; for other soils data contact the Natural Resources Conservation Service at:

State Conservationist
1 Credit Union Place, Suite 340
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(Tel: 717-237-2200)

A list of published soil surveys is available on the WWW at http://soils.usda.gov/survey/printed_surveys/.

A list of on-line soil surveys is available on the WWW at http://soils.usda.gov/survey/online_surveys/

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24.

Where can I get geologic maps?

Generally, Pennsylvania Geological Survey Map 61 is the best source for geological maps of Pennsylvania. This is out of print but available in many libraries and on the WWW at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/gismaps/index.aspx. The Pennsylvania Geological Survey, 3240 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown, PA 17057, Tel. 717-702-2017, Fax 717-702-2065 can provide a price list of geological maps that can be purchased from:

The State Book Store
1825 Stanley Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17103
(Tel: 717-787-5109)

To order maps published by the USGS contact USGS Information Services (see question 14).

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25.

Where can I get information on mineral resources?

For information on minerals visit the USGS Mineral Resources Program at

    http://minerals.usgs.gov



V.  USGS Activities in Pennsylvania and USGS Publications

26.

How do I obtain a USGS publication?

A list of publications for Pennsylvania is available on the Publications Page. To obtain copies of Pennsylvania Water Science Center publications contact the Information Specialist, or the USGS Publications Warehouse. Copies of other USGS publications may also be available from the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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27.

How do I obtain information on projects and activities of the USGS in Pennsylvania?

Online information about Pennsylvania Water Science Center interpretive studies is provided here.

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28.

How can I get information on job openings in the USGS?

Information about USGS careers and employment opportunities is provided at the USGS Employment Home Page. Current openings in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are posted at http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/a9IN08i.aspx.

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29.

Where are USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center offices located?

The Pennsylvania Water Science Center Main Office is located at:

215 Limekiln Road
New Cumberland, PA 17070
PHONE: (717) 730-6900
FAX: (717) 730-6997

Other Pennsylvania WSC offices are located at:

Eagleview Corporate Center
770 Pennsylvania Drive, Suite 116
Exton, PA 19341-1129
PHONE: (610) 321-2434
FAX (610) 321-2509

1000 Church Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
PHONE: (412) 490-3800
FAX: (412) 490-3828

Hepburn Plaza
439 Hepburn Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
PHONE: (570) 323-7127
FAX: (570) 323-2137

The Office of the Delaware River Master is located at:

Milford Professional Park
10 Buist Road
Bldg. 3, Suite 304
Milford, PA 18337
PHONE: (570) 296-7213
FAX: (570) 296-9414

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