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New York

Located in the Northeastern United States, New York is the seventh-most densely populated state in the U.S. The state covers 54,555 square miles and ranks as the 27th largest state by size. The Great Appalachian Valley dominates eastern New York and contains the Lake Champlain Valley as its northern half and the Hudson Valley as its southern half. Much of New York State borders water.

New York Water Science Center

New York Water Science Center

425 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180-8349

Phone: (518) 285-5695
Fax: (518) 285-5601

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Located in the Northeastern United States, New York is the seventh-most densely populated state in the U.S. The state covers 54,555 square miles and ranks as the 27th largest state by size. The Great Appalachian Valley dominates eastern New York and contains the Lake Champlain Valley as its northern half and the Hudson Valley as its southern half. Much of New York State borders water.

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Date published: October 19, 2021

Field Photo Friday Winner for October 2021

USGS New York Water Science Center (NY WSC) staff teaching the new generation of hydrologic technicians how to assemble a mechanical meter and bridge crane to make highflow measurements when modern technology, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), will not work. (Credit Kevin Reisig, USGS NY WSC, Public Domain.)

Date published: June 18, 2021

Land Use Models from EROS Offer Insight, Management Guidance for Delaware River Basin

In the mid-1960s, the city of Philadelphia faced a potential public health crisis.

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Date published: July 26, 2021
Status: Active

Eyes on Earth Episode 55 – Urban Heat Islands of New York

Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science, brought to you by the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. In this episode, we learn how New York City uses Landsat to pinpoint city hot spots.

Contacts: Janice Nelson
Date published: June 3, 2021
Status: Active

Water-Resource and Road-Condition Monitoring of Alternative Treatments for Road Deicing

Introduction The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is evaluating alternative treatments for road deicing with the goal of reducing the impact of this activity on the State’s water resources. The NYSDOT has requested support from the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) in monitoring the effects of these alternative treatments on the water resources. In the past, the USGS has...

Date published: May 28, 2021
Status: Active

Cyanobacterial Occurrence and Bloom Development in Oligotrophic Adirondack Lakes

Problem Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasingly a global concern because HABs pose a threat to human and ecosystem health and cause economic damages. HABs are a concern in waterbodies used for drinking-water supply and recreation in New York State. Toxins produced by some species of cyanobacteria (called cyanotoxins) can cause acute and chronic illnesses in humans. Aquatic ecosystem...

Date published: March 18, 2021
Status: Active

Search for New York Water Science Center Projects by County

Search for NYWSC projects by county name.

Contacts: Gary Wall
Date published: March 17, 2021
Status: Archived

LINJ 1998 Findings

Occurrence and Movement of Contaminants through the Urban Hydrologic Cycle

Date published: March 17, 2021
Status: Archived

LINJ 1998 Environment and Ecology

The LINJ study area is in one of the more densely populated areas of the country. There is more than a century of a strong and prosperous industrial economy behind an industrial growth that was centered around the ports and metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia, now considered the older urban portions of the study area. There also is a very productive agricultural heritage...

Date published: March 17, 2021
Status: Archived

LINJ 1998 Surface Water

In addition to the text that follows, there has been significant analysis of the water-quality network data and biologic data from LI and NJ. The major literature sources are as follows.

Date published: March 17, 2021
Status: Archived

LINJ 1998 Groundwater

The water quality in aquifer systems of the LINJ has been extensively investigated. The areal extent and number of these investigations, however, varies across the study unit. The fractured bedrock and valley-fill aquifers of the Piedmont and New England provinces in northern NJ have been the subject of fewer and more site-specific investigations, whereas, the unconsolidated sand and gravel...

Date published: March 16, 2021
Status: Archived

LINJ 1997 Findings

Occurrence and Movement of Contaminants through the Urban Hydrologic Cycle

Date published: March 16, 2021
Status: Archived

LINJ 1997 Environment and Ecology

The LINJ study area is in one of the more densely populated areas of the country. There is more than a century of a strong and prosperous industrial economy behind an industrial growth that was centered around the ports and metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia, now considered the older urban portions of the study area. There also is a very productive agricultural heritage...

Date published: March 12, 2021
Status: Archived

LINJ 1997 Surface Water

In addition to the text that follows, there has been significant analysis of the water-quality network data and biologic data from LI and NJ. The major literature sources are as follows.

Date published: March 12, 2021

LINJ 1997 Groundwater

The water quality in aquifer systems of the LINJ has been extensively investigated. The areal extent and number of these investigations, however, varies across the study unit. The fractured bedrock and valley-fill aquifers of the Piedmont and New England provinces in northern NJ have been the subject of fewer and more site-specific investigations, whereas, the unconsolidated sand and gravel...

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Date published: October 15, 2021

2020 Hydrologic Data Summary for the Central Pine Barrens Region, Suffolk County, New York

This U.S. Geological Survey data release provides surface-water quality, streamflow, and groundwater-elevation data collected within the Central Pine Barrens (CPB) Region of Suffolk County, New York, from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. 

Date published: October 5, 2021

PFAS, pesticide, and pharmaceutical concentrations in the Bronx River, New York, 2019

This U.S. Geological Survey Data Release provides surface-water and bed sediment quality data at the Bronx River, New York, 2019. The data were collected with support from the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) and others.

Date published: September 28, 2021

Phytoplankton data for samples collected at eleven large river sites throughout the United States, June through October 2018

This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Data Release provides phytoplankton data for samples collected from eleven large river sites throughout the United States, from June through October 2018. All data are reported as raw calculated values and are not rounded to USGS significant figures.

Date published: September 28, 2021

Cyanotoxin, chlorophyll-a, and cyanobacterial toxin genetic data for samples collected at eleven large river sites throughout the United States, June through October 2018

This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data release provides discretely measured cyanotoxin, chlorophyll-a, and cyanobacterial toxin genetic data for samples collected from eleven large river sites throughout the United States, from June through October 2018. 

Date published: September 24, 2021

Mercury and Methylmercury Concentrations in Litterfall Samples Collected at Selected National Atmospheric Deposition Program Sites during 2017 to 2019

The movement of mercury (Hg) from the atmosphere to the biosphere occurs by both wet and dry deposition to solid surfaces, water, and vegetation. Most of the annual dry atmospheric Hg deposition in deciduous forests is believed to originate from litterfall which consists mainly of dead leaves that fall to the earth’s surface, primarily during the autumn and winter seasons.

Date published: September 17, 2021

Geospatial datasets for the geohydrology and water quality of the stratified-drift aquifer in West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys, Newfield, Tompkins County, New York

In 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Town of Newfield and the Tompkins County Planning Department, began a study of the stratified-drift aquifers in the West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill valleys in the Town of Newfield, Tompkins County, New York. 

Date published: September 17, 2021

Horizontal-to-Vertical Spectral Ratio Soundings and Depth-to-Bedrock Data for Geohydrology and Water Quality of the Stratified-Drift Aquifer in West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys, Town of Newfield, Tompkins County, New York, 2011 - 2016

From July 2011 to November 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Town of Newfield and the Tompkins County Planning Department, collected horizontal-to-vertical seismic surveys at 58 locations in the West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill valleys to help determine thickness of unconsolidated deposits and depth to bedrock.

Date published: September 17, 2021

Lake Ontario Water Quality and Velocity Transect Data 2015-18

From May of 2015 through September of 2018, water-quality data were collected at 178 locations and velocity data were collected along 7 transects from select tributaries, embayments, and nearshore lake locations along New York's Lake Ontario waterfront in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Lakewide Action Management Plan. 

Date published: August 13, 2021

Geospatial bathymetry datasets for New York City's East of Hudson Reservoirs and Controlled Lakes

From May 2017 to November 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted bathymetry surveys of New York City's East of Hudson Reservoirs. The East of Hudson Reservoirs form New York City's Croton Water Supply System, and also include parts of the Catskill/Delaware Water Supply System. 

Date published: July 29, 2021

Geospatial Dataset of Water-Table and Potentiometric-Surface Altitudes in the Upper Glacial, Magothy, and Lloyd Aquifers of Long Island, New York, April-May 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is providing online maps of water-table and potentiometric-surface altitude in the upper glacial, Magothy, Jameco, Lloyd, and North Shore aquifers on Long Island, New York, April-May 2013. Also provided here, is a Depth-to-Water map for Long Island, NY, April-May 2013.

Date published: July 29, 2021

Geospatial Dataset of Water-Table and Potentiometric-Surface Altitudes in the Upper Glacial, Magothy, and Lloyd Aquifers of Long Island, New York, April–May 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is providing online maps of water-table and potentiometric-surface altitude in the upper glacial, Magothy, Jameco, Lloyd, and North Shore aquifers on Long Island, New York, April–May 2016. Also provided is a depth-to-water map for Long Island, New York, April–May 2016.

Date published: July 28, 2021

Digital Datasets for the Hydrogeology of the Susquehanna River Valley in South-Central Broome County, Towns of Conklin and Kirkwood, New York

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), collected and compiled well records to characterize the valley-fill aquifers of south-central Broome County beginning in 2014.

 

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Floodplain Ecosystem Service Mapper
September 10, 2020

Healthy floodplains and wetlands provide critical ecosystem services to local and downstream communities by retaining sediments, nutrients, and floodwaters. Land conversion and degradation diminish floodplain functionality and services.

map of NY with different colored dots
August 19, 2020

Hydrologic Conditions Network Map displays Streamflow Monitoring Network, Groundwater Bedrock Aquifer Monitoring Wells, and Groundwater Unconsolidated Aquifer Monitoring Wells in New York State Drought Regions.

Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
April 23, 2020

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Screenshot of 'Longer Term Change' section from NPS story map about Fire Island
February 6, 2020

This geonarrative features research used to predict how Fire Island beaches change in response to storms and how they may subsequently recover in the year following a storm event.

map of New York with multicolored markers
April 29, 2019

Interactive web mapping application used to display Go2 warning messages and field personnel locations. The Go2 system is used by USGS staff to monitor the maintenance of USGS gages.

gray map of New York with text and points
October 9, 2018

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are leading a diverse range of studies to address CyanoHAB issues in water bodies throughout the United States, using a combination of traditional methods and emerging technologies, and in collaboration with numerous partners. 

National Water Information System map
January 2, 2018

This mapper provides access to over 1.5 million sites contained in the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), including sites where surface-water, groundwater, springs, and atmospheric data has been collected.

image of groundwater well map for Long Island
June 6, 2017

USGS collects groundwater data at varying measurement frequencies to monitor the hydrologic conditions on Long Island, New York. Each year during April and May, the USGS conducts a synoptic survey of water levels to define the spatial distribution of the water table and potentiometric surfaces within the three main water-bearing units underlying Long Island.

image of groundwater well map for Long Island
June 5, 2017

USGS collects groundwater data at varying measurement frequencies to monitor the hydrologic conditions on Long Island, New York. Each year during April and May, the USGS conducts a synoptic survey of water levels to define the spatial distribution of the water table and potentiometric surfaces within the three main water-bearing units underlying Long Island.

map of groundwater conditions on Long Island in 2010
June 5, 2017

USGS online mapper for water-table altitude, and potentiometric surface of the Magothy, Jameco, Lloyd, and North Shore aquifers on Long Island, NY, in 2010.

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Methods for estimating regional skewness of annual peak flows in parts of eastern New York and Pennsylvania, based on data through water year 2013

Bulletin 17C (B17C) recommends fitting the log-Pearson Type III (LP−III) distribution to a series of annual peak flows at a streamgage by using the method of moments. The third moment, the skewness coefficient (or skew), is important because the magnitudes of annual exceedance probability (AEP) flows estimated by using the LP–III distribution are...

Veilleux, Andrea G.; Wagner, Daniel M.
Veilleux, A.G., and Wagner, D.M., 2021, Methods for estimating regional skewness of annual peak flows in parts of eastern New York and Pennsylvania, based on data through water year 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5015, 38 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215015.

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Evaluating low flow patterns, drivers and trends in the Delaware River Basin

In the humid, temperate Delaware River Basin (DRB) where water availability is generally reliable, summer low flows can cause competition between various human and ecological water uses. As temperatures continue to rise, population increases and development expands, it is critical to understand historical low flow variability to anticipate and...

Hammond, John; Fleming, Brandon J.

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Microplastics in the Delaware River, northeastern United States

Microplastics are a contaminant of increasing concern in aquatic environments. Our understanding of microplastics in freshwater environments has increased dramatically over the past decade, but we still lack information on microplastic occurrence and biological uptake in National Park Service (NPS) waters. During 2015–19, the U.S. Geological...

Baldwin, Austin K.; Spanjer, Andrew R.; Hayhurst, Brett; Hamilton, Donald
Baldwin, A.K., Spanjer, A.R., Hayhurst, B., and Hamilton, D., 2021, Microplastics in the Delaware River, northeastern United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3071, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203071.

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Selective sediment transport during Hurricane Sandy on Fire Island (New York, USA): Inferences from heavy-mineral assemblages

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused severe erosion on beaches and dunes of Fire Island (New York, USA). Major shoreline changes occurred with erosional dominance in the upper shoreline and aggradation in the lowermost section of the beach due to the deposition of eroded upper beach and dune sediment. Sand laminations with a high concentration...

Cascalho, João; Costa, Pedro; Gelfenbaum, Guy R.; La Selle, Seanpaul; Jaffe, Bruce E.

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Hurricane Sandy effects on coastal marsh elevation change

High-magnitude storm events such as Hurricane Sandy are powerful agents of geomorphic change in coastal marshes, potentially altering their surface elevation trajectories. But how do a storm’s impacts vary across a large region spanning a variety of wetland settings and storm exposures and intensities. We determined the short-term impacts of...

Yeates, Alice G.; Grace, James; Olker, Jennifer H.; Guntenspergen, Glenn R.; Cahoon, Donald; Adamowicz, Susan C.; Anisfeld, Shimon C.; Barrett, Nels; Benzecry, Alice; Blum, Linda K.; Christian, Rober T; Grzyb, Joseph; Kracauer Hartig, Ellen; Hines Leo, Kelly; Lerberg, Scott; Lynch, James C.; Maher, Nicole; Megonigal, J Patrick; Reay, William G.; Siok, Drexel; Starke, Adam; Turner, Vincent; Warren, Scott

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Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 2010–November 30, 2011

A Decree of the Supreme Court of the United States, entered June 7, 1954, established the position of Delaware River Master within the U.S. Geological Survey. In addition, the Decree authorizes diversion of water from the Delaware River Basin and requires compensating releases from certain reservoirs, owned by New York City, to be made under the...

DiFrenna, Vincent J.; Andrews, William J.; Russell, Kendra L.; Norris, J. Michael; Mason,, Robert R.
DiFrenna, V.J., Andrews, W.J., Russell, K.L., Norris, J.M., and Mason, R.R., Jr., 2020, Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 2010–November 30, 2011: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1020, 127 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201020.

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The relation of geogenic contaminants to groundwater age, aquifer hydrologic position, water type, and redox conditions in Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain aquifers, eastern and south-central USA

Groundwater age distributions developed from carbon-14 (14C), tritium (3H), and helium-4 (4He) concentrations, along with aquifer hydrologic position, water type, and redox conditions, were compared to geogenic contaminants of concern (GCOC) from 252 public-supply wells in six Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain unconsolidated-sediment aquifers....

Degnan, James R.; Lindsey, Bruce D.; Levitt, Joseph Patrick; Szabo, Zoltan

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A historical look at changing water quality in the Delaware River Basin

In 2019 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) launched a pilot regional Integrated Water Availability Assessment (IWAA) in the Delaware River Basin (fig. 1). IWAA is intended to explore, test, and refine systems and processes for assessing water availability for human and ecological uses and understanding their underlying controls. Water quality plays...

Murphy, Jennifer C.; Shoda, Megan E.
Murphy, J.C., and Shoda, M.E., 2020, A historical look at changing water quality in the Delaware River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3007, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203007.

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Pooling resources across organizations—Multisource water-quality data for the Delaware River Basin

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently launched a pilot Integrated Water Availability Assessment (IWAA) in the Delaware River Basin to explore, test, and refine systems and processes for assessing water availability for human and ecological uses based on water monitoring data. Water-quality monitoring provides citizens, managers, and...

Murphy, Jennifer C.; Shoda, Megan E.
Murphy, J.C., and Shoda, M.E., 2020, Pooling resources across organizations—Multisource water-quality data for the Delaware River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3006, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203006.

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A comparison of hydrocarbon-related landscape disturbance patterns along the New York-Pennsylvania border, 2004–2013

Executive SummaryThe New York-Pennsylvania area has a long history of hydrocarbon extraction, and the addition of shale gas extraction methods contributes to landscape disturbance borne by previously developed oil and non-shale gas resources. The main unconventional extraction method used to extract shale gas from the Marcellus Shale located in...

Roig-Silva, Coral M.; Milheim, Lesley E.; Slonecker, E. Terrence; Kalaly, Siddiq; Chestnut, Joseph
Roig-Silva, C.M., Milheim, L.E., Slonecker, E.T., Kalaly, S., and Chestnut, J., 2019, A comparison of hydrocarbon-related landscape disturbance patterns along the New York-Pennsylvania border, 2004–2013: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5096, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195096.

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Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 2009–November 30, 2010

A Decree of the Supreme Court of the United States, entered June 7, 1954, established the position of Delaware River Master within the U.S. Geological Survey. In addition, the Decree authorizes diversion of water from the Delaware River Basin and requires compensating releases from certain reservoirs, owned by New York City, to be made under the...

Russell, Kendra L.; Ockerman, Darwin; Krejmas, Bruce E.; Paulachok, Gary N.; Mason,, Robert R.
Russell, K.L., Ockerman, D., Krejmas, B.E., Paulachok, G.N., and Mason, R.R., Jr., 2019, Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 2009–November 30, 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1093, 128 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191093.

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Response of nitrogen loading to the Chesapeake Bay to source reduction and land use change scenarios: A SPARROW‐informed analysis

In response to concerns regarding the health of streams and receiving waters, the United States Environmental Protection Agency established a total maximum daily load for nitrogen in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for which practices must be in place by 2025 resulting in an expected 25% reduction in load from 2009 levels. The response of total...

Miller, Matthew P.; Capel, Paul D.; Garcia, Ana M.; Ator, Scott W.

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trees and stream
December 15, 2016

The New York Streamflow Estimation Tool produces a complete estimated daily mean time series from which daily flow statistics can be estimated and a means for quantitative flow assessments at ungaged locations to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.

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6 people beside a truck next to and working on several large pieces of USGS equipment
October 4, 2021

USGS NYWSC training class

USGS New York Water Science Center (NY WSC) staff teaching the new generation of hydrologic technicians how to assemble a mechanical meter and bridge crane to make highflow measurements when modern technology, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), will not work. (Credit Kevin Reisig, USGS NY WSC, Public Domain.)

boat on large body of water heading underneath a large bridge
September 16, 2021

Hudson River Spatial Mapping Boat Trip

an Image from 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. Water quality parameters, including temperature, pH, specific conductivity, turbidity, and algal fluorescence were mapped using an intake and flow cell at the

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man knee deep in a body of water next to a USGS boat holding a wire with green grass and trees in the background
August 17, 2021

Resistivity surveys in Northern Minnesota

USGS New York Water Science Center Research Hyrologist Neil Terry preparing for resistivity surveys in Northern Minnesota. (Credit: Josh Woda, USGS NY WSC, Public domain.)

The week of August 16th-20th Terry, Neil C and Josh Woda contributed to a 30+ year long research effort near Bemidji, Minnesota. The two worked with 20+ USGS scientists and

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Color photo of Christian Braneon and James Cottone with the logo for the USGS EROS podcast Eyes On Earth
July 13, 2021

Eyes on Earth Episode 55 - Urban Heat Islands of New York

Urban heat islands occur in areas containing more impervious surfaces and fewer natural environments. The day and night surface temperature is higher in urban heat islands than in surrounding areas. During heat waves, this can lead to greater numbers of heat-related illnesses and deaths. Landsat satellites collect data on surface temperature and vegetative change that can

view of mountains with green leafed trees in valley under blue sky with clouds
June 30, 2021

Adirondack Mountain view

View from the Adirondack Mountains summer 2021

metal box and slanted metal board on platform next to a large river
June 23, 2021

LSPIV Install on the Hudson River, New York

LSPIV Install on the Hudson River, New York

tripod on rock next to waterfall in forest on sunny day
May 18, 2021

Field Photo Friday May 2021 - GNSS Surveying at 04273996

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Surveying at USGS 04273996 W BR AUSABLE R TRIB 1 ABV ST HW 86 NR LK PLACID NY (Credit: Isabella Lucia, USGS NY WSC, Public domain.)

man climbing on bridge support wall underneath a bridge next to a boat on a river
March 31, 2021

USGS staffer Kent Smith installing a CSG on the Genesee River

Kent Smith Installing a crest stage gage (CSG) on the Genesee River. (Credit: John Wernly, USGS NY WSC Public domain.)

central eastern U.S. states with boundary outline
February 19, 2021

Chesapeake Bay Watershed boundary, USA

The Chesapeake Bay watershed, or draingage basin, encompasses six states - New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. A drainage basin is a giant system of creeks, streams, and rivers that all flow into a common outlet, which in this case is the Chesapeake Bay.

2 people in neon yellow USGS clothing standing in snow next to a large body of water
February 10, 2021

USGS NYWSC staff at 04249071 Lake Ontario

Ken Planty and Brian McDonald (USGS NYWSC Potsdam office) observing the ice pile up on the pier at USGS 04249071 LK ONTARIO (SELKIRK SHORES) NR DAYSVILLE CORNER NY. (Credit: Isabella Lucia, USGS NY WSC. Public domain.)

person in coat and hat digging with shovel on snow and ice covered stream by frozen waterfall
December 21, 2020

Checking on passive loggers in Ausable Tributary, Lake Placid, NY

Physical scientist technician Ariel Reed digging a hole thru the ice to check on passive loggers at USGS 04273996 W BR AUSABLE R TRIB 1 ABV ST HW 86 NR LK PLACID NY in Ausable Tributary, Lake Placid, NY. (Credit: Kaitlyn Jozokos, USGS NY WSC. Public domain.)

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6 people beside a truck next to and working on several large pieces of USGS equipment
October 19, 2021

USGS New York Water Science Center (NY WSC) staff teaching the new generation of hydrologic technicians how to assemble a mechanical meter and bridge crane to make highflow measurements when modern technology, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), will not work. (Credit Kevin Reisig, USGS NY WSC, Public Domain.)

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge UVVR
May 26, 2021

Scientists developed high-resolution imagery of coastal wetlands to identify the most vulnerable marshes across the US  

National Geographic photographer at HBBS
April 26, 2021

During the 2020 field season, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) scientists from across the basin took photos of their research and the unique sites they encountered while in the field. Though the fieldwork season was limited in 2020, below is a sampling of standout photos from our scientists. 

If you would like to use any of the photos, visit the GLSC multimedia gallery.

color photo of Adelgid damage in North Carolina
April 14, 2021

Hunting for an insect the size of a poppy seed in a forest of trees that can soar 100 feet high is, admittedly, a tall task.

But after seeing the “gray ghosts” of dead eastern hemlock trees haunt forests farther south, officials in New York have been intent on preventing the same fate for the state’s eastern hemlocks as the aphid-like hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) creeps north.

Image: Piping Plover
April 8, 2021

Piping plovers, charismatic shorebirds that nest and feed on many Atlantic Coast beaches, rely on different kinds of coastal habitats in different regions along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

James McKenna Jr
March 4, 2021

Presentation to the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Landsat-based urban heat island color map of New York City
March 1, 2021

New York City (NYC) loses an average of 13 residents each year to heatstroke. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates more than 100 die each year from other causes associated with extreme heat. Hundreds visit emergency departments, with an average of 150 hospitalized annually.

Mill Tailings Pile, Town of Moriah, New York
December 22, 2020

Waste rock from long-closed mines in the eastern Adirondack Mountains, New York, may prove valuable due to its rare earth element content, according to newly published research. The results are from airborne and ground surveys conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and collaborators.

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New York Water Science Center

New York Water Science Center

425 Jordan Road
Troy, NY 12180-8349

Phone: (518) 285-5695
Fax: (518) 285-5601

New York Water