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: 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.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Geologic Hazards and Catastrophic Events

We study the distribution and hazard potential of coastal and submarine events such as earthquakes and submarine landslides and associated tsunami potential, hurricane induced coastal inundation, extreme storms, sea-level rise and oil and gas spills. We also model development to help evaluate and forecast coastal hazard probability and occurrence.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Ocean Resources for America's Needs

Our scientists conduct research studies focused on geologic mapping, sampling and understanding of mineral and energy resources and studies of the geologic setting and processes to inform renewable energy development offshore.

Date published: April 13, 2016

Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Science

We bring together multidisciplinary expertise focused on developing tools and models to improve understanding of how healthy ecosystems function as well as how they respond to environmental changes and human impacts including ecosystem restoration. Research studies address coral reef, coastal wetland, benthic habitat and groundwater resources.

Date published: April 8, 2016
Status: Active

Predicting the Long-Term Impact of Hurricane Sandy on Spatial Patterns of Wetland Morphology in Salt Marshes of Jamaica Bay, New York

USGS scientists are working with collaborators to understand how Hurricane Sandy impacted wetlands in Jamaica Bay, New York. 

Date published: March 18, 2016
Status: Active

Assessing Occurrence and Persistence of Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater

Problem : Occurrence and persistence of emerging contaminants in groundwater flow in Suffolk County, New York Objectives: This project will monitor groundwater from selected SCWA supply wells for compounds indicative of anthropogenic sources, which are of increasing public concern. Approach: Groundwater-flow information, well-construction details, and distance from treated wastewater (...

Date published: March 18, 2016
Status: Active

Surface-Geophysical Surveys and Well Network for Monitoring Aquifer Salinity in the Genesee River Valley, Livingston County, New York

Background and Problem The Retsof salt mine in the Genesee River valley, Livingston County, New York flooded after roof collapses in 1994 created two rubble chimneys in overlying bedrock that intersected a confined aquifer in the basal glacial-drift deposits (figs. 1 and 2). Groundwater flowed downward through the rubble chimneys causing widespread drawdown in the lower confined aquifer until...

Contacts: John Williams
Date published: March 14, 2016
Status: Active

GLRI Edge of Field Watershed Monitoring Project

Problem: The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was established to accelerate ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes by confronting the most serious treats to the region, such as nonpoint source pollution, toxic sediments, and invasive species. Much of the effort associated with GLRI is being placed near the most impacted areas in the Great Lakes Basin. Priority Watersheds have bee...

Contacts: Brett Hayhurst
Date published: March 8, 2016

Hurricane Sandy

Over 160 of our scientists, technicians, and specialists responded to Hurricane Sandy by deploying field equipment and capturing information both before and after the storm. Our Sandy Science Plan identifies major research themes that will guide research to continue the support of the recovery activities.

Date published: March 1, 2016
Status: Active

Hydrogeology and Simulation of Groundwater Flow in Fractured Rock in the Newark Basin, Rockland County, New York

Groundwater in the Newark basin aquifer flows primarily through discrete water-bearing zones parallel to the strike and dip of bedding, whereas flow perpendicular to the strike is restricted, thereby imparting anisotropy to the groundwater flow field. The finite-element model SUTRA was used to represent bedrock structure in the aquifer by spatially varying the orientation of the hydraulic...

Contacts: Richard Yager
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Date published: February 13, 2017

Current Conditions for New York: Estuaries

Current Condtions for New York's estuaries

Date published: February 12, 2017

Current Conditions for New York: Groundwater

 Real-time groundwater data in New York

Date published: February 11, 2017

Current Conditions for New York: Water Quality

Real-time data for water quality in New York

Date published: February 10, 2017

Current Conditions for New York: Precipitation

Data from rain gages that provide real-time data are relayed to the USGS and are transmitted from each station at  hourly intervals. Real-time data available on these web pages are provisional data that have not been reviewed or edited.

Date published: January 1, 2017

Texture Model: Grain Size Distribution on Long Island

Texture model developed from grain size distribution from analysis of deep boring data

Date published: January 1, 2017

Data used for assessing relationships between fish assemblages and acid-base chemistry in streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1993-2014

Fish community richness, density, and biomass for entire communities, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, and minnows, including site characteristics, and water chemistry (acid neutralizing capacity, pH, nitrate, sulfate, ammonia, calcium, and total aluminum) collected at least once and as many as 13 times at each of 52 stream sites during the same years that fish were inve

Date published: January 1, 2017

Adirondack New York soil chemistry data, 1997-2014

This dataset contains measurements of chemical concentrations of forest soil samples and associated site measurements collected in the Adirondack Ecoregion of New York State. Data are presented in four groups (tabs) in an Microsoft EXCEL 2013 spreadsheet (and comma-delimited CSV files): (1) Adirondack Sugar Maple Project (ASM), (2) Buck Creek North Watershed, (3) B

Date published: January 1, 2017

Adirondack New York vegetation data, 2000-2015

This dataset contains field measurements of vegetation from the (1) Adirondack Sugar Maple Project (ASM), and (2) Buck Creek North and Buck Creek South Watersheds. The ASM data, collected in 2009 in 20 Adirondack watersheds (2 or 3 0.10 ha plots per watershed), are comprised of general plot characteristics, tree species identification and diameter at breast height (DBH%

Date published: January 1, 2017

Northeastern Hydrologic Benchmark Network (HBN) Soil Chemistry and Catskill Mountain Water-Quality Data

This data product contains soil chemistry data from 4 locations. Two of the locations were located in the Neversink River watershed near Claryville, NY (01435000) in the Catskill Mountains of New York (Fall Brook and Winnisook Creek), 1 of the locations was the Young Woman’s Creek watershed near Renovo, PA (01545600) and the last site was the Wild River watershed at Gile

Date published: January 1, 2017

Hormone, pesticide, pharmaceutical and other organic compound data for select water and bed sediment samples collected in Chesapeake Bay watershed in parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006-2014

These data represent water and bed sediment samples analyzed for a variety of organic compounds. The samples were collected in streams and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed from 2006-2014. Water samples were collected from 61 sites and analyzed for hormones (SH2434 method; Tables 1A and 1B), pharmaceuticals (SH2080 method; Tables 2A and 2B), wastewater indicators (SH1433

Date published: January 1, 2017

Data for effects of watershed and in-stream liming on macroinvertebrate communities in acidified tributaries to an Adirondack lake

In 2012, a program was initiated using in-stream and aerial (whole-watershed) liming to improve water quality and Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) recruitment in three acidified tributaries of a high-elevation Adirondack lake in New York State. Concurrently, macroinvertebrates were sampled annually between 2013 and 2016 at 3 treated and 3 untreated reference sites to assess the eff

Date published: December 20, 2016

Data for assessing the status of sediment toxicity and macroinvertebrate communities in the Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern, New York, 2014

Data from 10-day sediment toxicity tests of bed sediments from the Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern and Oak Orchard Creek (nearby reference stream), Niagara and Orleans County, New York, respectively. Specifically, the data was used to compare the survival and growth of two macroinvertebrate species in sediments from study sites and laboratory controls. Results are from 10-day sedim

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boat filled with equipment for monitoring water quality
April 12, 2016

Mohawk Water Quality boat

Mohawk River Water Quality boat

2 people dressed in cold weather gear in boat on a river
April 12, 2016

Collecting a sample on the Mohawk River/Barge Canal in Rome, NY

Dan Edwards (USGS) and Elizabeth Mosher (NYSDEC) collect a sample on the Mohawk River/Barge Canal in Rome as part of the TMDL/RIBS pilot USGS/NYSDEC collaboration in the Mohawk River Basin.

A red fox trots across the beach on Fire Island
April 11, 2016

A red fox trots across the beach on Fire Island

A red fox trots across the beach on Fire Island with dunes and waves in the background

man and woman in orange pfd suits using water sampler on river
April 11, 2016

Water sampling on Mohawk River

Taking water samples on Mohawk River 

Scientists on a beach use sediment coring equipment (a tall aluminum barrel and motor to vibrate the barrel into the ground)
April 10, 2016

Collecting a sediment vibracore on the beach in Fire Island, NY

We collect terrestrial (barrier island) and marine (nearshore and estuarine) sediment cores to ground-truth geophysical observations. These cores are used to understand the history of barrier island formation and erosion.

Winter nor’easters eroded sediments from an artificial dune and moved them seaward to the beach and shoreface
April 9, 2016

Winter nor’easters eroded sediments from an artificial dune

Though often less intense than hurricanes, extratropical storms (e.g., nor’easters) occur more frequently and their impacts can be striking. Here, several years after Hurricane Sandy, winter nor’easters eroded sediments from an artificial dune at Fire Island, NY and moved them onto the beach and shoreface. Such erosion created a steep vertical face, or scarp.

R/V Kaho
March 28, 2016

R/V Kaho

The Research Vessel Kaho

Maps showing (A) acoustic backscatter and (B) bathymetry collected with the inteferomentric sonar
December 31, 2015

Maps showing (A) acoustic backscatter and (B) bathymetry

Maps showing (A) acoustic backscatter and (B) bathymetry collected with the inteferomentric sonar

Photo collage of researchers on personal watercraft at Fire Island
December 31, 2015

Photo collage of researchers on personal watercraft at Fire Island

Personal watercraft were utilized to collect bathymetry in the surf zone and shore face (top left), setup on the beach (top right), instrument configuration (bottom left) and Pelican case hardware configuration (bottom right).

USGS' Owen Brenner wading with GPS backpack
December 31, 2015

Wading in the breach to precisely measure it

USGS employee Owen Brenner walks across the Fire Island wilderness breach carrying a GPS backpack that allows him to collect precise elevation data in the shallows.

orange geophysical surveying equipment on city street and in truck
December 31, 2015

Geophysical Surveying

Geophysical Surveying on city street in 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