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: September 23, 2015
Status: Active

Effect of Flooding from Tropical Storm Irene on Fish Assemblages in the Upper Esopus Creek Basin

Background The Upper Esopus Creek, a popular trout-fishing and recreational stream in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, received historic flooding from Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011. Streamflows approached or surpassed the 1% annual exceedance probability (>100 year) flood levels at several USGS streamgages in this basin. Short-term flood impacts on biological assemblages have...

Date published: September 23, 2015
Status: Active

Detailed Aquifer Mapping in the Susquehanna River Valley in South-Central Broome County –Towns of Conklin and Kirkwood

Introduction Detailed mapping of the valley-fill aquifer within the Susquehanna River valley and adjacent tributary valleys in south-central Broome County (Towns of Conklin and Kirkwood) is the latest study in the cooperative Detailed Aquifer Mapping Program between the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The aim of the...

Contacts: Paul Heisig
Date published: September 23, 2015
Status: Active

Simulation of Zones of Groundwater Contribution to Three Well Fields Southwest Portion of the Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant, Bethpage, New York

Summary The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) will conduct simulations using existing aquifer data, including geologic logs from vertical profile borings (VPBs) and well installations, water levels, and pump test data available from the water districts for these production wells. Subsequently USGS will incorporate data from a groundwater pump test and additional data from new VPBs and...

Date published: September 22, 2015
Status: Active

A New Tool for Estimating Daily Mean Streamflow Statistics at Rural Streams in New York State, excluding Long Island

The lakes, rivers, and streams of New York State provide an essential water resource for the State. The information provided by time series hydrologic data is essential to understanding ways to promote healthy instream ecology and to strengthen the scientific basis for sound water management decision making in New York. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and...

Date published: September 22, 2015
Status: Active

South Shore Estuary Reserve Total Maximum Daily Load Monitoring

Introduction Ongoing efforts to improve the health of New York's South Shore Estuary Reserve (SSER) require continuously recorded water-quality data to understand the short-term effects of stormwater runoff and other pollution sources. To document the diel and tidal variability of water quality in the western bays of the SSER, the USGS monitors select physical and chemical parameters...

Date published: September 21, 2015
Status: Active

Water Resources of Monroe County, New York

In 1979, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) entered into a cooperative agreement with Monroe County (MC), which, over the span of more than three decades, has resulted in more than 30 reports that have summarized flow and water-quality data at sites in Monroe County and have presented the results of investigations of particular water-related issues that existed in the County. The collaborative...

Date published: September 21, 2015
Status: Active

Human- and Ecological-Health Concerns Related to Transport and Persistence of Contaminants on Shinnecock Nation Tribal Lands

Problem Tribal Lands of the Shinnecock Nation Tribal community were inundated during Hurricane Sandy’s storm tide, resulting in detrimental effects on the Tribal Land’s natural resources. The existing science being used to inform decisions on remediation is biased toward activities are necessarily focused on the immediate aftermath of storms An assessment of the sources of...

Contacts: Irene J Fisher
Date published: September 10, 2015
Status: Active

Mercury Bioaccumulation in Fish in New York's Streams and Rivers

Background Although New York State has more than 70,000 miles of streams and rivers, little is known about the status, distribution, and trends of mercury (Hg) levels in stream fish, or the environmental drivers of these patterns. Streams and their riparian zones provide critical habitat for fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and serve as the interface between aquatic and...

Date published: September 3, 2015
Status: Active

Assessment of Acidic Deposition Effects on the Chemistry and Benthos of Streams of the East-Central Adirondack Region

Project Summary. The Western Adirondack Stream Survey (WASS), conducted in 2003-2005, showed that acidic deposition was causing toxic forms of Al to move from soils to streams in 66% of the 565 watersheds assessed in the study region. The WASS encompassed only 20% of the Adirondack region, and for the remaining 80% (referred to hereafter as the East-Central Adirondack region), there is l...

Contacts: Gregory B Lawrence, Barry P Baldigo, A J Smith, Karen Roy
Date published: September 3, 2015
Status: Active

Adirondack Long-Term Stream and Soil Monitoring

The current Adirondack Long-Term Monitoring Program combines monitoring of streams and soils based on a watershed design. Not only are headwater streams an important component of Adirondack ecosystems, they are closely tied to the terrestrial environment through runoff that is strongly influenced by soil and vegetation processes. This linkage makes headwater streams a useful tool for monitor...

Date published: September 2, 2015
Status: Active

Effects of acid rain on the ecological health of Long Island’s forests and ponds

BACKGROUND Air emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels in electrical power plants, building heating systems and vehicles are the major source of gaseous sulfur (SOx) and nitrogen (NOx) oxides in the atmosphere. These oxides dissolve in atmospheric moisture forming ions which are deposited by rain, snowfall and dust particles as acidic deposition. Acidic deposition releases soluble...

Date published: September 2, 2015
Status: Active

Assessment of sugar maple health and associated soil conditions in the Adirondack Region of New York

This project provides a regional assessment of sugar maple health and associated soil conditions in the Adirondack Region of New York, where sugar maple are a major component of the forest. The focus of the study is to develop an improved understanding of relationships among watershed characteristics, soil chemistry, and acidic deposition effects on sugar maple trees and other tree species...

Contacts: Gregory B Lawrence, Timothy Sullivan, Scott W. Bailey
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Date published: May 1, 2016

Mohawk River Basin Water Quality Sampling Sites

Mohawk River Basin Water Quality Sampling Sites

Date published: April 20, 2016

Structures Data

USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations....

Date published: April 19, 2016

The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

Date published: April 19, 2016

Elevation Data

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

Date published: April 19, 2016

Richelieu River at Rouses Point NY

USGS 04295000 Richelieu River (Lake Champlain) at Rouses Point NY View of the River. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

Date published: April 19, 2016

Lake Champlain at Port Henry NY Webcam

USGS 04294413 Lake Champlain at Port Henry NY  View of the Lake. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

Date published: April 19, 2016

Mohawk River at Cohoes NY Webcam

USGS 01357500 Mohawk River at Cohoes NY View of the Falls. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

Date published: April 19, 2016

Mohawk River at Cohoes NY Webcam

USGS 01357500 Mohawk River at Cohoes NY View of the Falls. Webcam updated 4 times daily.

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Date published: April 19, 2016

Orient Harbor at Orient NY

USGS 01304200 Orient Harbor at Orient NY --Water elevation, astronomical-tide elevation, and residual water level. Graph updated every 15 minutes.

Date published: April 19, 2016

Great Sacandaga Lake at Conklingville NY

USGS 01323500 Great Sacandaga Lake at Conklingville NY Great Sacandaga Lake Surface Elevations year-to-date

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small green, scaly fish in a person's hand
June 3, 2015

Mature Pumpkinseed

Mature pumpkinseed captured during 2014 surveys in New York.

NYSDEC and USGS personnel examine a walleye captured during boat electrofishing on the Barge Canal, near Utica, NY
June 3, 2015

Boat Electrofishing

New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and USGS personnel examine a walleye captured during boat electrofishing on the Barge Canal, near Utica, NY

Beach elevation profile data collection on Fire Island, New York.
April 20, 2015

Beach elevation profile data collection on Fire Island, New York.

A USGS researcher collects beach elevation profile data on Fire Island, New York.

(grey-colored rock) Cherry Valley shale
March 5, 2015

Marcellus shale in central New York showing Cherry Valley limestone

Exposure of the Marcellus shale in central New York showing the Cherry Valley limestone (grey-colored rock) between the Union Springs and Oatka Creek shales of the Marcellus.

man holding tall metal rod talking to a  woman - both by trees
November 10, 2014

Borehole geophysical method for detection of chloride plumes

USGS demonstrating borehole geophysical method for detection of chloride plumes

2 women kneeling in seawater on the Shinnecock Lands on Long Island
October 17, 2014

USGS scientist and Shinnecock Nation member sediment sampling

USGS hydrologist Kaitlyn Colella and a Shinnecock Nation member work together gathering oyster and bed sediment samples.  Contaminants released and or mobilized as a result of Hurricane Sandy may be retained in bed sediments in aquatic environments and may be accumulating in exposed organisms, especially at low trophic levels (for example, oysters).

USGS staffer standing underneath bridge by murky water
October 16, 2014

Harlem River water in New York City

Highway runoff water along the Harem River in Bronx, NY

woman standing in Long Island estuary
October 14, 2014

Long Island Estuary - North Atlantic Coastal Plain (NACP)

Long Island Estuary - part of the North Atlantic Coastal Plain

Photo of USGS researchers collecting continuous Global Positioning Systems data to monitor the elevation from dune to water
October 7, 2014

USGS studies beach recovery with elevation profiles at Fire Island

USGS researchers can study beach recovery by collecting repeat elevation profiles at Fire Island, NY.

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