Geoscience and Connecticut

What is Geoscience?

Geoscientists study the Earth’s systems—the complex geologic, marine, atmospheric, and hydrologic processes that sustain life and the economy. Geoscience expertise enables us to develop solutions to critical economic, environmental, health, and safety challenges.

By the numbers: Connecticut

$352 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20167

3,130: geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed)1

20 severe storm, hurricane/tropical storm, and tornado disaster declarations since 19538

$79 million: NSF grants awarded in Connecticut in 201618

$6.4 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in Connecticut in 201618

Your State Source for Geoscience Information

Connecticut Geological Survey
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
http://www.ct.gov/deep/geology
(860) 424-3000

Workforce in Connecticut

  • 3,130: geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed) in 20151
  • $82,900: average median geoscience employee salary1
  • 530: jobs in extractive industries in 20152
  • 12: academic geoscience departments3

Water in Connecticut

  • 216 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal4
  • 3.1 billion gallons/day: total surface water withdrawal4
  • 427 million gallons/day: public supply water withdrawal4
  • 24 million gallons/day: water withdrawal for irrigation4
  • 67 million gallons/day: self-supplied industrial fresh water withdrawal4
  • 76% of the population is served by public water supplies4
  • 8 counties in 2015, and 3 counties in 2016, designated as primary natural disaster areas caused by drought5
  • 43 USGS stream gages in Connecticut5

Energy and Minerals Production in Connecticut

  • $352 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20167
  • 460,000 megawatt hours: hydroelectricity produced in 20152
  • 22,000 megawatt hours: solar power produced in 20152

Natural Hazards in Connecticut

FEMA statistics for Connecticut

  • 8 severe storm disaster declarations since 19538
  • 10 hurricane/tropical storm disaster declarations since 19538
  • 3 flooding disaster declarations since 19538
  • 2 tornado disaster declarations since 19538
  • $33 million: individual assistance grants since 20058
  • $75 million: mitigation grants since 20058
  • $220 million: preparedness grants since 20058
  • $293 million: public assistance grants since 20058
  • 23 weather and/or climate events, each with costs exceeding $1 billion (inflation adjusted) 1980-20169

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geologic Mapping

  • $1.06 billion: total FY 2016 USGS budget; 1.6% up from FY 201510
  • The USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) funds geologic mapping projects by states (STATEMAP) and universities (EDMAP)
  • $335,700: Connecticut STATEMAP funding (1993-2016)11
  • Over 10 geologic maps covering 500 square miles in Connecticut created through STATEMAP (1993-2002)11
  • Eastern Connecticut State University participated in EDMAP11

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • $5.6 billion: total FY 2016 NASA Science budget; 6.6% up from FY 201512
  • $1.9 billion: total FY 2016 NASA Earth Science budget; 7.7% up from FY 201513
  • GRACE satellites measure groundwater changes in all of Connecticut14
  • SMAP satellite measures soil moisture in all of Connecticut14

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • $5.8 billion: total FY 2016 NOAA budget; 5.9% up from FY 201515
  • GOES satellites provide state-of-the-art weather forecasting over Connecticut16
  • DISCOVR satellite monitors radiation and air quality over Connecticut16
  • 8 National Weather Service Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) stations in Connecticut17

National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • $7.46 billion: total FY 2016 NSF budget; 1.6% up from FY 201518
  • $1.28 billion: total FY 2016 NSF Geosciences Directorate (GEO) awards; 1.6% up from FY 201518
  • 278 NSF grants in Connecticut totaling $79 million in 201618
  • 34 NSF GEO grants in Connecticut totaling $6.4 million in 201618
  • $2.9 million: NSF GEO grants to University of Connecticut in 201618
  • $2.8 million: NSF GEO grants to Yale University in 201618

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • $8.14 billion: total FY 2016 EPA budget; 0% up from FY 201519
  • 15 active/proposed superfund sites20
  • $203 million: federal grants for Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) in Connecticut(1997-2016)21
  • $8.4 million: annual value of federal DWSRF grants in Connecticut in 201621

Major Federal Facilities in Connecticut

  • USGS New England Water Science Center, East Hartford
  • NOAA National Water Level Observation Network, New London and Bridgeport
  • NOAA Milford Laboratory

References

1Data Derived from Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics 2015
2DOI U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
3American Geosciences Institute Directory of Geoscience Departments (2016)
4USGS Estimated Use of Water in the United States in 2010
5USDA Farm Service Agency: Disaster Designation Information, 2015 (2015 Crop Year & 2016 Crop Year)
6USGS WaterWatch Total Streamgage Stations (March 10, 2017)
7USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2017
8FEMA Summary of Disaster Declarations and Grants (2016)
9NOAA Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Mapping
10DOI Budget and Performance
11USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
12NASA Budget Documents, Strategic Plans and Performance Reports
13American Institute of Physics FY2016 Appropriations
14Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE); Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP); Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE); Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
15NOAA Total Budget
16Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) & Deep Space Climate Observatory (DISCOVR)
17NOAA in Your State
18NSF Budget Internet Information System
19EPA Budget and Spending
20EPA Search for Superfund Sites Where You Live (August 2017)
21EPA Drinking Water State Revolving Fund National Information Management System Reports

Date updated: 2017-08-04

Written and compiled by Geoscience Policy Program for AGI, June 2017

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