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 24, 2015
Status: Active

Development of a Ground-Water Flow Model for the Manhasset Neck Peninsula, Nassau County, New York

Problem The ground-water flow system underlying the Manhasset Neck Peninsula, which provides potable water to the local population, consists of a complex assemblage of Pleistocene- and Cretaceous-age sediments that form five aquifers and at least two confining units. Recent hydrogeologic mapping in Manhasset Neck indicates significant glacial erosion of the Magothy aquifer, Raritan Clay, and...

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...

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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

Date published: April 19, 2016

Mohawk River Ice Jam Cam

The Mohawk River between New York State Barge Canal Locks 7 and 8 near Schenectady, NY is susceptible to ice jams during periods of river-ice break-up. Ice jams in this reach typically form at channel constrictions, bridge piers, lock and dam structures, and sections with a reduced floodplain.

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Date published: April 19, 2016

Hydrologic Data Mapper (NYWSC)

Hydrologic conditions based on data obtained from the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) http://nwis.usgs.gov

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Date published: April 8, 2016

FishVis Mapper

The FishVis Mapper is the product of an Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC project, “A Regional Decision Support Tool for Identifying Vulnerabilities of Riverine Habitat and Fishes to Climate Change” that developed an approach for predicting fish species occurrence under current climate conditions and project how fish species occurrence may change under future climate conditions.

Date published: April 2, 2016

Sea Level Rise Animation

The animations are not a prediction of sea level rise, but rather illustrate areas of low elevation by a blue color simulating coverage by water. The numbers of people in those areas are tabulated.

Date published: March 11, 2016

Patterns of Diel Variation in Nitrate Concentrations in the Potomac River

This data set includes nitrate concentration, water temperature, and discharge collected every 15 minutes during Dec. 2011 - Nov. 2013 from the USGS gage at the Potomac River near Wash, DC, Little Falls Pump Sta (01646500). Additional data includes day length from the US Naval Observatory, and photosynthetically active radiation from USDA research station in Beltsville, MD. Data o

Date published: January 28, 2016

USGS Rainfall Calculator

Find out how much rain has fallen—how many gallons have come down from the skies onto your roof, yard, block, or town.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Geospatial dataset of bathymetric survey of lower Sixmile Creek reservoir, Ithaca, New York, 2015

Water depths were measured during November 2015 and bathymetric elevations were computed for the lower Sixmile Creek reservoir in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y. These data include ADCP-measured transect data and manually-measured point data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, Ithaca, N.Y., during November 16-20, 2015. These data were used by the GIS Program, City of Ithaca, N.

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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.

Image: Fall Colors in Upstate New York
October 3, 2014

Fall Colors in Upstate New York

Fall colors can be seen in Upstate New York along the banks of the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point.

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Image: Fall Colors in Upstate New York
October 3, 2014

Fall Colors in Upstate New York

Fall colors can be seen in Upstate New York along the banks of the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point.

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red brick gage house beside stream on Long Island
September 9, 2014

USGS gage house on Long Island

USGS gage house on Long Island, 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