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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: June 25, 2021

Field Photo Friday Winner for June 2021

A team of biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the USGS collect fish from Cattaraugus Creek in Western New York for contaminant analysis in June, 2021. (Credit: Scott George, USGS NY WSC, Public domain.) (Courtesy Scott Schlueter and Justin Ecret - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

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Year Published: 2021

Simulation of water-table and freshwater/saltwater interface response to climate-change-driven sea-level rise and changes in recharge at Fire Island National Seashore, New York

The fresh groundwater system at Fire Island National Seashore in New York is one of the natural resources that is most vulnerable to climate change; the various federally listed threatened or endangered species that live on Fire Island, including the piping plover, roseate tern shorebird, and seabeach amaranth may be affected by changes in the...

Misut, Paul E.; Dressler, Sarken
Misut, P.E., and Dressler, S., 2021, Simulation of water-table and freshwater/saltwater interface response to climate-change-driven sea-level rise and changes in recharge at Fire Island National Seashore, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5117, 47 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205117.

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Survey of fish assemblages in the upper Neversink River and upper Rondout Creek, New York, 2017–19

Streams in the Catskill Mountains region of New York provide many important ecological and economic services, including recreational angling and serving as a drinking water supply to New York City. Many streams in this region were adversely affected by acid deposition during the late 20th century, impairing water quality and aquatic ecosystems....

Winterhalter, Dylan R.; George, Scott D.; Baldigo, Barry P.
Winterhalter, D.R., George, S.D., and Baldigo, B.P., 2021, Survey of fish assemblages in the upper Neversink River and upper Rondout Creek, 2017–19: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1137, 55 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1137.

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Bathymetry of New York City’s East of Hudson reservoirs and controlled lakes, 2017 to 2019

New York City maintains an extensive system of reservoirs and aqueducts to provide drinking water to its residents, including 16 reservoirs and controlled lakes in Westchester and Putnam Counties in southern New York, east of the Hudson River (also called “East of Hudson reservoirs and controlled lakes”). These reservoirs were put into service...

Nystrom, Elizabeth A.; Huston, Courtney J.; Welk, Robert J.
Nystrom, E.A., Huston, C.J., and Welk, R.J., 2021, Bathymetry of New York City’s East of Hudson reservoirs and controlled lakes, 2017 to 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5057, 46 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215057.