Paul Misut


Paul Misut is a licensed environmental engineer with over twenty two years of experience in the field of hydrology. During the past decade he has developed seawater intrusion models,  reaction-transport models, and analytical aquifer testing models. Currently, he is delineating well capture zones and evaluating the effect of climate change on barrier-island groundwater. Other projects include the participation in studies related to brine migration in western New York State.  He has also taught university courses in groundwater flow modeling and subsurface hydrology.





Cornell Univeristy:   Bachelor of Arts (1988)

SUNY Stony Brook:   Master of Science (1991)

Cooper Union:   Master of Engineering (1995)





DATES: From: 02/2008 To:ongoing

PROJECT TITLE: Estimation of Hydraulic Properties at Well Fields, Suffolk County, N.Y.

BACKGROUND: Suffolk County Water Authority supplies ground water to over 1 million people on Long Island. Improved understanding aquifer hydraulics near wellfields benefits supply management.

RESULTS: A scientifc investigations report documented one of the aquifer tests conducted during this study; other tests were placed in an aquifer test archive. This project is described further at


DATES: From: 01/2010 To:ongoing

PROJECT TITLE: Groundwater flow models related to Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant, Bethpage,  Nassau County, N.Y.

BACKGROUND: The objective is to develop a steady-state groundwater flow model  and calibrate it with available hydraulic gradient data to support the evaluation.    USGS will evaluate the capture zones of  pumping  wells in relation to the VOC plumes in their vicinity.

RESULTS: Reports include:   and


DATES: From: 10/2014 To:ongoing

PROJECT TITLE: Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change on the Groundwater Resources of Mid-Atlantic National Seashores

BACKGROUND: Owing to their nature, resources, and location, Mid Atlantic National Seashores have been identified among national parks most at risk from the effects of global climate change. Accelerated sea level rise, more frequent and intense storms, rising temperatures, and changes in patterns of precipitation are all expected to drive significant ecological change.Project objectives include the following:  (1) describe baseline conditions and change over time in key attributes of the fresh surface and groundwater resources; (2) develop protocols to assess change; and (3) provide the information needed to develop and implement adaptation and mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts on groundwater-dependent habitats and species.


DATES: From: 10/2009 To:10/2010

PROJECT TITLE: Evaluation of Manufactured Gas Plants, Suffolk County, N.Y.

BACKGROUND: A massive manufactured gas plant in Bayshore, New York was being remediated with oxygen injection. The local department of health voiced concerns about the saftey of these operations.

RESULTS: For the first time in North America, OxyPAHs were established in groundwater samples. The USGS toxic substances hydrology program provided funding to present these results at a national conference. This project is described further at


DATES: From: 02/2001 To: 02/2012

PROJECT TITLE: Simulation of Ground-Water Flow and Chemistry to Evaluate Water-Management Alternatives in Kings and Queens Counties, New York

BACKGROUND: New York City experiences exceptional problems of water supply to its 8 million people, most living on islands. Water is mainly sourced from upstate reservoirs; however, novel approaches to integration with groundwater resources are treated in this project with complex research methods. Methods included application of coupled geochemical/ solute transport modeling to evaluate feasibility of storage and recovery in a previously-unexplored deep aquifer. Deep cores were obtained and subject to mineralogical and and microbiological analysis.

RESULTS: Novel results were publicized in The New York Times. This project is described further at


DATES: From: 02/2009 To:3/2014

PROJECT TITLE: Simulation of saltwater intrusion, Manhasset Neck, Nassau County, N.Y.

BACKGROUND: The Manhasset Neck Peninsula has experienced intrusion of salt water. New modeling techniques were applied to predict future salt water intrusion.

RESULTS: Acceptable saltwater intrusion predictions were generated for a highly complex site which was previously unyielding.This project report is available at:

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Misut, Paul, 2014. Simulation of zones of contribution to wells at site GM–38, Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant, Bethpage, New York. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2014-5036, vii, 58 p.

Misut, P.E., and Aphale, O., 2014, Simulation of groundwater pathlines and freshwater/saltwater transition zone movement, Manhasset Neck, Nassau County, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013–5201, 71 p.

Misut, P.E., 2011, Simulation of groundwater flow in a volatile organic compound-contaminated area near Bethpage, Nassau County, New York—A discussion of modeling considerations: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1128, 19 p., at [Link]

Detection and Quantification of Oxygenated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (oxy-PAHs) in Groundwater Near the Former Manufactured Gas Plant in Bay Shore, N.Y. [Link]

Misut, Paul E., Busciolano, Ronald, 2010. Hydraulic properties of the Magothy and Upper Glacial aquifers at Centereach, Suffolk County, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5190, 23 p., appendix. [Link]

Brown, C.J., and Misut, P.E., 2010, Aquifer geochemistry at potential aquifer storage and recovery sites in coastal plain aquifers in the New York City area, USA: Applied Geochemistry, v. 25, p. 1431-1452.

Monti, Jack, Jr., Misut, Paul E., Busciolano, Ronald, 2009. Simulation of variable-density ground-water flow and saltwater intrusion beneath Manhasset Neck, Nassau County, New York, 1905-2005: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5166, 71 p. [Link]

Yager, R.M., Misut, P.E., Langevin, C.D., and Parkhurst, D.L., 2009, Brine migration from a flooded salt mine in the Genesee Valley, Livingston County, New York: Geochemical modeling and simulation of variable-density flow: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1767, 59 p., also available online at [Link]

Misut, P.E. and Voss, C.I., 2007, Freshwater-saltwater transition zone movement during aquifer storage and recovery cycles in Brooklyn and Queens, New York City, USA: Journal of Hydrology, v. 337, Issues 1-2, p. 87-103, doi:10.1016/j.hydrol.2007.01.035 [Link]

Schubert, Christopher E.; Bova, Richard G.; Misut, Paul E., 2004. Hydrogeologic framework of the North Fork and surrounding areas, Long Island, New York. Water-Resources Investigations Report 2002-4284, 24 p., 4 plates [Link]

Misut, Paul E.; Schubert, Christopher E.; Bova, Richard G.; Colabufo, Steven R., 2004. Simulated effects of pumping and drought on ground-water levels and the freshwater-saltwater interface on the north fork of Long Island, New York. Water-Resources Investigations Report 2003-4184, 58 p. [Link]

Misut, Paul E.; Monti, Jack, Jr., 1999. Simulation of ground-water flow and pumpage in Kings and Queens Counties, Long Island, New York. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey ; Branch of Information Services [distributor], Water-Resources Investigations Report 98-4071, v, 50 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm. [Link]

Misut, P. E.; McNew-Cartwright, E. R. , 1996. Calibration of a ground-water-flow model by regression. U.S. Geological Survey ; U.S. Geological Survey Earth Science Information Center Open-File Reports Section [distributor], Open-File Report 95-388, iv, 11 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.

Misut, P. E.; Feldman, S. M. , 1996. Delineation of areas contributing recharge to wells in central Long Island, New York, by particle tracking. U.S. Geological Survey ; Earth Science Information Center [distributor], Open-File Report 95-703, vi, 47 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.