Unified Interior Regions

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: December 1, 2016
Status: Active

USGS Hudson River Watershed Suspended-Sediment Monitoring Network

The USGS NY Water Science Center maintains a network of near-real-time sensors to monitor the movement of suspended sediment into and through the freshwater reach of the tidal Hudson River. Information from this network helps quantify the movement of sediment in the watershed to assist resource managers and stakeholders reduce dredging costs, target resources to mitigate soil loss, and modify...

Date published: November 21, 2016
Status: Active

Assessment of stormwater control measures at the Niagara River Greenway Project, Buffalo, New York

Background The proposed study will examine any existing data from the monitoring wells, weather station, and flow through the storm sewer system (supplied by Buffalo Sewer Authority) to determine the dynamics of the system during storm events. Further analysis using all available information is needed to fully understand the relationship of events to the implementation of Green Infrastructure...

Date published: November 18, 2016
Status: Active

World Water Monitoring Day

Adopted by Water Environment Federation (WEF) in July 2006, World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is an international outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. Held annually between September 18 and October 18, the program engages communities in monitoring the condition of local rivers, streams, estuaries and other water bodies....

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. 

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Date published: July 3, 2017

Current New York Water Conditions

Current New York Water Conditions

Date published: July 3, 2017

Flood and High Flow Condition (New York)

Map of locations where the water level is currently at or above flood stage or at high flow in New York

Date published: July 3, 2017

Southeastern New York Coastal Monitoring Sites

USGS real-time monitoring data for estuary and coastal-ocean sites in the southeastern New York region

Date published: July 3, 2017

Peak Streamflow for the Nation

Peak Streamflow for the Nation

Date published: July 3, 2017

Climate Change Tool

Application of Flood Regressions and Climate Change Scenarios to Explore Estimates of Future Peak Flows

Date published: July 2, 2017

Long Island Depth to Water Viewer 2013

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.

Date published: July 2, 2017

USGS Flood Event Viewer - Sandy

The USGS Flood Event Viewer helps USGS and its partners to track of the storm and its impact on surface water levels. A storm track field is included from NOAA's National Hurricane Center, and real-time USGS streamgage data and Rapid Deployment Gage data are linked through this map-based product.

Date published: July 1, 2017

Long Island Depth to Water Viewer 2010

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.

Date published: June 6, 2017

New York Peak Flows

Locations (depicted as orange dots) in New York State where the New York Water Science Center has records of maximum recorded stages and discharges.

Date published: June 4, 2017

Water Quality Watch New York

Water Quality Watch provides access to real time water-quality data collected in surface waters throughout the United States as part of the USGS mission to describe water resources. Measurements include streamflow (through WaterWatch) water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrate. 

Date published: March 17, 2017

Hurricane Sandy Beach Response and Recovery at Fire Island, New York: Shoreline, Beach Profile Data, and Breach Shoreline Data: October 2012 to September 2016

As part of the USGS Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Fire Island Study, the beach is monitored periodically to enable better understanding of post-Sandy recovery.

Date published: February 15, 2017

Current Conditions for New York: Streamflow

Current Conditions for New York: Streamflow 

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Habitat assessment in the Bronx River NY
August 6, 2016

Habitat assessment in the Bronx River NY

Peter VanMetre and Jennifer Krstolic making a habitat assessment in the Bronx River, NY as a part of the 2016 USGS National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) stream quality assessment in the northeastern United States.

hand holding small fish above a red bucket of water
July 26, 2016

Small fish from Adirondack Stream

Small fish from Adirondack Stream

hand holding fish above red bucket off water
July 26, 2016

Brook trout collected from an Adirondack stream

Brook trout collected from an Adirondack stream

a tall drill rig in front of trees with a man standing at base
July 20, 2016

Mud rotary drilling - Locust Valley, Long Island, New York

 Mud rotary drilling of an observation well in Locust Valley, New York

Invertebrate sampling in Lake Ontario
July 11, 2016

Invertebrate sampling in Lake Ontario

Invertebrate sampling in Lake Ontario by Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring field crew.

June 15, 2016

The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF)

This is an introductory video to an adaptive management approach for the invasive plant Phragmites australis in the Great Lakes basin. An adaptive management framework is an iterative process of robust decision making aimed at reducing uncertainty over time, for a variety of stakeholders with differing backgrounds and interests, via system monitoring.

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2 people working with water quality equipment
June 13, 2016

Water-quality sampling on Long Island

USGS hydrologists Irene Fisher and Michael Como sample water quality on Long Island.

2 men sitting on stone wall by Mohawk River with ADCP
May 11, 2016

Measuring discharge with ADCP on Mohawk River

Measuring discharge with ADCP on Mohawk River

2 people sitting on a concrete ledge operating an adcp in the Mohawk River
May 11, 2016

Measuring discharge with ADCP on the Mohawk River, NY

Measuring discharge with ADCP on the Mohawk River, NY

photo of a boat marina on Long Island coast
April 25, 2016

Long Island Boat Marina

Boat marina on Long Island coast

Discharge measurement at Moyer Creek stream gauging station
April 13, 2016

Discharge Measurement at Moyer Creek

USGS Hydrologist Travis Smith makes a wading (section-by-section) discharge measurement at Moyer Creek stream gauging station near Frankfort,  NY  to allow for better estimates of streamflow during ice-affected periods in winter.

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