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Our New York Water Science Center priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices. 

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Date published: October 14, 2021

Project Underway to Identify Algal Toxins in US National Park Waterways

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service partnered on a first-of-its-kind, nationwide harmful algal bloom, or HAB, field study that began this summer and will continue over the next two years.

Date published: October 4, 2021

Field Photo Friday Winner for September 2021

This is a video recording taken during a spatial mapping boat trip of about 50 miles on the Hudson River from New Hamburg to Yonkers, NY, passing through the Hudson Highlands, West Point, and the Tappan Zee.  (Credit Elizabeth Nystorm, USGS NY WSC, Public Domain.)

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Year Published: 2021

Delineation of areas contributing groundwater and travel times to receiving waters in Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties, New York

To assist resource managers and planners in developing informed strategies to address nitrogen loading to coastal water bodies of Long Island, New York, the U.S. Geological Survey and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation initiated a program to delineate areas contributing groundwater to coastal water bodies by assembling a...

Misut, Paul E.; Casamassina, Nicole A.; Walter, Donald A.
Misut, P.E., Casamassina, N.A., and Walter, D.A., 2021, Delineation of areas contributing groundwater and travel times to receiving waters in Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5047, 61 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215047.

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Technical note—Relative variability of selected turbidity standards and sensors in use by the U.S. Geological Survey

The challenges associated with field measurements of turbidity are well known and result primarily from differences in reported values that depend on instrument design and the resulting need for reporting units that are specific to those designs. A critical challenge for making comparable turbidity measurements is the selection and use of...

Foster, Guy M.; King, Lindsey R.; Jastram, John D.; Joiner, John K.; Pellerin, Brian A.; Graham, Jennifer L.; Williams, Thomas J.
Foster, G.M., King, L.R., Jastram, J.D., Joiner, J.K., Pellerin, B.A., Graham, J.L., and Williams, T.J., 2021, Technical note—Relative variability of selected turbidity standards and sensors in use by the U.S. Geological Survey: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1009, 41 p., 23 app., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211009.

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Managing water resources on Long Island, New York, with integrated, multidisciplinary science

Nutrients, harmful algal blooms, and synthetic chemicals like per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane threaten Long Island’s water resources by affecting the quality of drinking water and ecologically sensitive habitats that support the diverse wildlife throughout the island. Understanding the occurrence, fate, and transport of...

Breault, Robert F.; Masterson, John P.; Schubert, Christopher E.; Herdman, Liv M.
Breault, R.F., Masterson, J.P., Schubert, C.E., and Herdman, L.M., 2021, Managing water resources on Long Island, New York, with integrated, multidisciplinary science: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3044, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213044.