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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: March 17, 2020

Field Photo Friday Winner for March, 2020

Supervisory Research Hydrologist, Mike McHale taking a volumetric flow measurement in a storm sewer at USGS 425520078535601 West Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, New York, as part of the Green Infrastructure project. (Credit: Michael Antiformi, USGS. Public domain.)

Date published: February 20, 2020

New Wells in Long Island Sustainability Well Network

Drilling Updates

Date published: November 1, 2019

Record and Major flooding in parts of the Southern Adirondacks and northern Mohawk Valley October 31-November 1, 2019

Summary of Event Impact:
Record and Major flooding in parts of the Southern Adirondacks and northern Mohawk Valley October 31-November 1.

Event Information:
Record and Major flooding occurred in parts of the Southern Adirondacks
and northern Mohawk Valley October 31-November 1 as a result of
3-5+ inches of rainfall last night.

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Year Published: 2020

Methylmercury—total mercury ratios in predator and primary consumer insects from Adirondack streams (New York, USA)

Mercury (Hg) is a global pollutant that affects biota in otherwise pristine settings due to atmospheric transport and deposition, and conversion, via natural processes, of inorganic mercury to methylmercury (MeHg), the bioavailable and toxic form. Characterizing biotic MeHg levels in broad-scale, regional assessments is, thus, important to...

Riva-Murray, Karen; Bradley, Paul; Brigham, Mark E.

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Year Published: 2020

Bathymetry of Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018

Morris Lake, also known as Newton Reservoir, has been the source of drinking water for the Town of Newton, New Jersey, since the early 1900s. Although Morris Lake has been used as a source of drinking water for many years, its capacity was previously uncertain. In April 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Department of...

Nystrom, Elizabeth A.; Collenburg, Jerilyn V.
Nystrom, E.A., and Collenburg, J.V., 2020, Bathymetry of Morris Lake (Newton Reservoir), New Jersey, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5010, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205010.

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The response of stream ecosystems in the Adirondack region of New York to historical and future changes in atmospheric deposition of sulfur and nitrogen

The present-day acid-base chemistry of surface waters can be directly linked to contemporary observations of acid deposition; however, pre-industrial conditions are key to predicting the potential future recovery of stream ecosystems under decreasing loads of atmospheric sulfur (S) and nitrogen (N) deposition. The integrated biogeochemical model...

Shao, Shuai; Driscoll, Charles T.; Sullivan, Timothy J.; Burns, Douglas A.; Baldigo, Barry P.; Lawrence, Gregory B.; McDonnell, Todd C.