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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

New York Water

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Date published: November 8, 2016
Status: Active

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state...

Date published: November 3, 2016
Status: Active

Earth Smart

The New York Water Science Center has developed a collection of Earth Science materials available on loan for use by teachers and adults within the Albany Capital District. A brief list of items available for loan includes the ground water model; rock, fossil, mineral, and sand collections; landform display, water cycle model, contour mapping tools; a variety of books, posters, videos, and...

Date published: September 1, 2016
Status: Active

Sediment toxicity and status of benthic macroinvertebrate communities in the remediated Buffalo River Area-of-Concern

Background : Contaminated bed sediments in much of the Buffalo River AOC (Figure 1A, 1B) were removed (dredged) between 2011 and 2015. Plans to monitor and assess the effectiveness of this management action on 8 of 9 beneficial-use-impairments (BUI), included the benthic macroinvertebrate (benthos) BUI, were revised by the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper, 2014). Funds needed to...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Scott George, Brian Duffy
Date published: August 1, 2016
Status: Active

Hurricane Sandy Impacts on Coastal Wetland Resilience in the Northeast United States

The Challenge: The high winds and storm surge associated with Hurricane Sandy impacted coastal wetlands from Virginia to Maine. Understanding the ecological and geological impacts of hurricanes on coastal wetlands and their interactive effects with local conditions is important for identifying resilience of these communities to predicted global sea-level rise. Given the projected increase in...

Date published: July 27, 2016
Status: Active

Sentinel Monitoring for New and Legacy Pesticides in the Shallow Groundwater of Long Island

Problem The shallow groundwater of Nassau and Suffolk Counties is prone to contamination from current land-use, including agricultural, residential, and recreational. The aquifer system of Long Island is highly susceptible to human-derived contamination, in particular, because the soils and underlying sediments are generally composed of sandy, permeable materials that allow contaminants to...

Date published: July 27, 2016
Status: Active

Delineation of the Hydrogeologic Framework and Saltwater-Freshwater Interface and Determination of Water-Supply Sustainability of Long Island, New York

Problem Long Island’s sole-source aquifer system, which includes the Lloyd, Magothy, Jameco, and upper glacial aquifers, supplies groundwater to over 2.8 million people. As a coastal aquifer system, it is susceptible to saltwater intrusion. Past pumpage and sewering (fig. 1) resulted in increased salinity in most aquifers in all counties (Buxton and Shernoff, 1999; Misut and others, 2004;...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. 

Date published: May 17, 2016

Urban Landscapes- Northeast Region Capability Team

Urban landscapes commonly are impacted in many ways, including degraded water quality, fragmented habitats, invasive species, contaminant spills and transport, reduced groundwater recharge, increasing streamflow flashiness, and others. Urban development disrupts native biological communities, particularly the loss of sensitive biota...

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Date published: April 14, 2016

Flood Science- Northeast Region Capability Team

One of the critical roles that USGS personnel play in their day-to-day activities is to respond in a timely and professional manner to floods that can occur at any time of the year and for a variety of reasons. The Flood Science Capability Team examines the cause and effect...

Date published: April 13, 2016

Understanding Coastal Change

Scientists perform a range of studies that document, assess, and model coastal change, risk, and vulnerability. Studies include historical shoreline change, the geologic structure and history of coastal regions, sediment supply and transport, sea-level rise, and how extreme storm events affect rates and impacts of coastal change.

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Date published: January 1, 2018

Geospatial datasets of AUV observations including bottom dissolved oxygen in Great South Bay, Long Island, New York, August 2016

This data set provides locations and values of water quality parameters from a survey conducted on August 25, 2016 using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) in Nicoll Bay, NY. During the August 25 survey, 12,275 observations of water quality parameters were made. Parameters collected include dissolved oxygen, pH, water temperature, specific conductance, and salinity. Data was collected...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Geospatial Bathymetry Dataset and Elevation-Area-Capacity Table for Rondout Reservoir, 2013 to 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation Contours, Neversink Reservoir, 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation Raster, Neversink Reservoir, 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation TIN, Schoharie Reservoir, 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Geospatial datasets of AUV observations including bottom dissolved oxygen in Great South Bay, Long Island, New York, August 2016

This data provides an interpolated raster surface of dissolved oxygen values across a region covered by an August 23, 2016 AUV survey. The raster was generated by using a natural neighbors interpolator within a GIS on the empirical data set. This interpolator was chosen due to the non normal distribution observed among the data, and its ability to produce smoother approximations than...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Depth Contours, West Basin of Ashokan Reservoir, 2013 to 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Geospatial Bathymetry Dataset and Elevation-Area-Capacity Table for Cannonsville Reservoir, 2015

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Depth Contours, Cannonsville Reservoir, 2015

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation Contours, East Basin of Ashokan Reservoir, 2013 to 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: September 25, 2017

Surface-water data for New York

Real-time, daily, peak-flow, field measurements, and statistics of current and historical data that describe stream levels, streamflow (discharge), reservoir and lake levels, surface-water quality, and rainfall in New York. Surface-water data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Date published: September 25, 2017

Groundwater Data for New York

Data from wells, springs, test holes, tunnels, drains, and excavations in New York; well location data includes information such as latitude and longitude, well depth, and aquifer. Groundwater level data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

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man in orange USGS sweatshirt holding pipe by drill rig
January 27, 2017

Drilling exploratory wells on Long Island

Drilling exploratory wells on Long Island

location map of sample locations from the north and south shores of long island, new york
December 31, 2016

Location map of the North and South Shores of Long Island, NY

Groundwater data were collected in the spring and fall of 2008 from three sites representing different geological settings and biogeochemical conditions within the surficial glacial aquifer of Long Island, NY.

Weighing soils into crucibles for the determination of percent dry and loss-on-ignition
November 30, 2016

Weighing soils into crucibles

Don Bonville, Physical Scientist Technician, weighs soils into crucibles for the determination of percent dry and loss-on-ignition.  These soil samples are part of the Hydrologic Benchmark Network Program. 

Manhole Cover and Equipment Set-Up near Highway overpass
November 21, 2016

Stormwater control measure equipment in Buffalo, NY

Manhole Cover and Accompanying NEMA Box Set-Up at E. Niagara Street Location, Buffalo, NY

man with hands in plastic covered tubing sampling groundwater
November 1, 2016

Groundwater sampling NYWSC

USGS staffer Michael Izdebski sampling groundwater.

USGS scientist holding tubing near groundwater well in grassy area near pond
October 24, 2016

USGS scientist setting up equipment for groundwater sampling

USGS scientist setting up equipment for groundwater sampling 

tall metal pole with solar panel on top connected wooden posst with metal box to red pipe in ground
October 13, 2016

Gaging station with DCP for groundwater well

Gaging station S-5517 in Suffolk County with DCP for groundwater well collecting real-time data

A tagged fingerling lake sturgeon prepared for release in New York waters in 2016.
October 6, 2016

A tagged fingerling lake sturgeon prepared for release in New York wat

NYS DEC Oneida Fish Hatchery; native species; Restoration Ecology; Tunison Lab Aquatic Sciences; New York; Lake sturgeon; Dawn Dittman USGS; fingerling; 43.21988, -77.61486; Lake sturgeon implanted with radio chip and tagged with yellow floy tag; 

A buoy warning of the under-bay sewage treatment plant pipeline in Great South Bay, Long Island
August 24, 2016

Warning buoy

A buoy warning of the under-bay sewage treatment plant pipeline appears to guide the AUV on its course; confirming that the AUV’s position is accurate. The AUV uses a differential global positioning system (GPS) receiver and bottom-tracking Doppler velocimetry log (DVL) to maintain position.

3 USGS scientists retrieve AUV from Great South Bay, Long Island
August 24, 2016

Retrieval and Results

Retrieval and Results

Processed data are exported to two- and three- dimensional mapping applications to visualize water-quality distributions.  Combined with observed water currents and bathymetric contours, this allows for an integrated analysis of the system under investigation.

 

The AUV travels along the under-bay section of the Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe in Babylon, NY.
August 24, 2016

Wastewater impacts

The AUV travels along the under-bay section of the Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe in Babylon, NY. The goal is to see if changes in surrounding water-quality suggest potential leaks in the aging infrastructure.

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USGS
April 30, 2001

BOSTON - California and Seattle aren’t the only places in the United States prone to earthquake danger. Over 1,000 earthquakes have hit the Northeast over the last 360 years according to a new map and fact sheet released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC).

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January 17, 2001

A small earthquake, preliminary magnitude 2.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred between the southern tip of Manhattan and Queens, near Newark, New Jersey, at 7:34 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 17. Shaking was felt in New York City. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

USGS
January 17, 2001

A small earthquake, preliminary magnitude 2.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred between the southern tip of Manhattan and Queens, near Newark, New Jersey, at 7:34 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 17. Shaking was felt in New York City. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

USGS
April 20, 2000

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.7 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred near Newcomb, New York at 4:47 am Eastern Daylight Time. The epicenter was about 95 miles north northwest of Albany. The earthquake was felt in Montpelier, VT and Springfield, MA. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

USGS
October 4, 1999

While sulfur levels (an indicator of acidity) in rain and streams have declined at locations in Maine, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the alkalinity of stream water has not recovered at sites in four of the five states according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior.

USGS
September 23, 1999

While much of eastern North Carolina remains under water, U.S. Geological Survey scientists and hydrologic technicians are boating over rooftops, submerged cars, and bridges and roads topped by deep water to collect data and determine the amount of environmental damage done by Hurricane Floyd’s heavy rains.

USGS
August 2, 1999

As crops wither, power plants try to manage overloads, and rivers and streams dwindle to mere trickles, scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey are monitoring what could become this century’s worst drought. Such data is used by cities, counties, states and the federal government to plan for water shortages and to determine if similar problems can be avoided in the future.

USGS
July 2, 1998

A little five and a half inch fish is causing a whale of a delighted stir since U.S. Geological Survey scientists hauled the fish up from depths of nearly 500 feet in April. It marked the first time the deepwater sculpin, a species once abundant in Lake Ontario, had been seen in the U.S. waters of the lake in more than 50 years.

USGS
January 9, 1998

Widespread flooding is occurring throughout New York State as a result of heavy rainfall and melting snow on January 7-9. USGS crews are measuring floodflows to provide information to Federal, State, and local agencies. 

USGS
May 14, 1997

Observe sidescan sonar images of the sea floor being collected and processed by U.S. Geological Survey oceanographer Dr. William Schwab and colleagues on board the "Diane G," tomorrow (Thurs., May 15, 1997).

USGS
September 5, 1996

From coastal erosion to measuring the storm surge and flooding as well as providing maps of affected areas, the U.S. Geological Survey is gearing up to provide information on Hurricane Fran as the storm develops, including real-time data, from its offices in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

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