New York Water Science Center


The New York Water Science Center (NYWSC) provides research and data about water-related issues. The NYWSC provides high-quality, timely, and unbiased scientific data, reports, and other information that are widely accessible and understandable and that benefit science interests of all levels of government, Tribal Nations, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.

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Date published: October 26, 2018

Effects of Nitrogen and Sulfur Deposition on Tree Growth, Survival, and Carbon Sequestration Across the U.S.

There is scientific controversy about whether nitrogen deposition increases forest carbon sequestration. All tree species do not exhibit the same response to nitrogen and responses may be complicated by interactions with biotic and other abiotic factors such as sulfur deposition. 

Date published: October 22, 2018

Field Photo Friday Winner for November, 2018

Waning fall foliage as seen on a rural Adirondack road during the Western Adirondack Stream Survey (WASS) conducted in November, 2018


Year Published: 2018

Changes in growth of Rainbow Trout in a Catskill Mountain Reservoir following Alewife and White Perch Introductions

Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss were introduced to the Esopus Creek watershed in the Catskill Mountains of New York in the early 1880s. This introduction created a renowned naturalized fishery that remains important to the local economy today. The objective of this study was to determine whether the growth and condition of Rainbow...

George, Scott D.; Baldigo, Barry P.; Flaherty, Michael J.; Randall, Eileen A.
Changes in Growth of Rainbow Trout in a Catskill Mountain Reservoir Following Alewife and White Perch Introductions. (2018). North American Journal of Fisheries Management., 38(5), 1027–1038.

Year Published: 2018

Systematic variation in evapotranspiration trends and drivers across the Northeastern United States

The direction and magnitude of responses of evapotranspiration (ET) to climate change are important to understand, as ET represents a major water and energy flux from terrestrial ecosystems, with consequences that feed back to the climate system. We inferred multidecadal trends in water balance in 11 river basins (1940–2012) and eight smaller...

Vadeboncoeur, Matthew A; Green, Mark B.; Asbjornsen, Heidi; Campbell, John L.; Adams, Mary Beth; Boyer, Elizabeth W.; Burns, Douglas A.; Fernandez, Ivan J; Mitchell, Myron J; Shanley, James B.

Year Published: 2018

Simulation of zones of groundwater contribution to wells south of the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant in Bethpage, New York

A steady-state three-dimensional groundwater-flow model that simulates present conditions was coupled with the particle-tracking program MODPATH to delineate zones of contribution to wells pumping from the Magothy aquifer near a chlorinated volatile organic compound (VOC) plume. This modeling was part of a study by the U.S. Geological Survey in...

Misut, Paul E.
Misut, P.E., 2018, Simulation of zones of groundwater contribution to wells south of the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant in Bethpage, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5161, 45 p.,