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: August 19, 2015
Status: Active

Natural Methane Occurrence in Water Wells of South-Central New York State- Evaluation of Topographic Position and Hydrogeologic Setting

INTRODUCTION Naturally occurring methane has been noted at some locations in the upper Devonian shale bedrock and in overlying glacial deposits in parts of Broome, Tioga, and Chemung Counties in south-central New York State (Williams, 2010). Systematic sampling of water wells for dissolved methane is needed to determine if the topographic and hydrogeologic setting of a well is related to...

Date published: August 19, 2015
Status: Active

Whole Ecosystem Restoration Through Liming of Honnedaga Lake Tributary Watersheds

Summary Acid rain levels in the Adirondack region have substantially declined and recovery from acid rain is underway. Recovery is being limited by the depletion of soil calcium that occurred over past decades. Not only is calcium needed for neutralizing acidity, it is an essential nutrient for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. However, recovery of soil calcium has not yet been observed....

Date published: August 18, 2015
Status: Active

Water Use in New York

Problem - The demand for water in New York State is unevenly distributed. Because increasing competition for local supplies could lead to shortages, it is expedient to know how and where water is withdrawn, delivered, and used. There are many dimensions to water-use issues, and all should be considered to develop a full understanding of the use and delivery of water in the State. In order t...

Date published: August 18, 2015
Status: Active

Mercury Deposition in the Biscuit Brook Watershed

This project provides weekly wet-only mercury deposition samples at the Mercury Deposition Network (MDN) station in the Biscuit Brook watershed at the Frost Valley YMCA. The station has been in operation since 2004 and is currently funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). This is the only MDN station located in the Catskill Mountains and one of only 3 st...

Date published: August 18, 2015
Status: Active

Continuous and Spatially Distributed Dissolved Oxygen Monitoring in Long Island Estuaries in Support of Coastal Resource Management.

Problem Dissolved oxygen (DO) is an important indicator of water quality that until recently has been cost-prohibitive to monitor extensively in both space and time. Continuous water-quality data, particularly in coastal environments with bidirectional tidal flow, is necessary for resource managers to understand the dynamic changes in water quality that occur tidally, daily, seasonally, and...

Date published: August 17, 2015
Status: Active

Detailed Aquifer Mapping in Eastern Broome and Southeastern Chenango Counties, New York

Introduction Detailed mapping of stratified glacial deposits in eastern Broome and southeastern Chenango Counties, New York is a 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 program is to map glacial aquifers in New York State at a scale of 1:24,000...

Contacts: Paul Heisig
Date published: August 17, 2015
Status: Active

Detailed Aquifer Mapping in Eastern Orange County –The Ramapo River –Woodbury Creek Valley

Introduction Detailed mapping of the glacial aquifer within the Ramapo River and Woodbury Creek Valley in Eastern Orange County 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 program is to map glacial aquifers in New York State at a scal...

Contacts: Paul Heisig
Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Detection and Quantification of Oxygenated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (oxy-PAHs) in Groundwater Near the Former Manufactured Gas Plant in Bay Shore, N.Y.

Introduction As a result of storage and disposal practices at a former Manufactured Gas Plant, or MGP, in Bay Shore, NY, a variety of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been detected at high concentrations in the surficial, upper glacial aquifer of Long Island. Levels of PAHs initially detected over 10 years ago were in the parts-per-thousand range within a groundwater contaminant...

Contacts: Shawn C Fisher, Paul Misut, PE (NY), Steven D Zaugg
Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Simulation of Streamflow and Water Quality by a Precipitation-Runoff Model of the Tonawanda Creek Basin in Western New York

Problem Nutrients and sediment are generated by and removed from agricultural and urban areas, transported in streams, and ultimately delivered to the Great Lakes. The nutrients stimulate excessive algal growth and potentially cause noxious blooms and hypoxia. Sediment increases turbidity near stream mouths and, when deposited, can smother bottom-dwelling animals, drive fish from affected a...

Contacts: William F Coon
Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Changes in Soil and Stream Water Chemistry in Response to Reduction in Acid Deposition in the Catskills

Summary The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Long Term Monitoring (LTM) network has supported the collection of stream chemistry data in the Catskills since the 1990s. Trends in stream chemistry have periodically been evaluated in these streams but the most recent assessments only extend through the early 2000s. An updated assessment of stream chemistry trends will help evaluate the...

Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Developing and Implementing Predictive Models for Estimating Recreational Water Quality at Great Lakes Beaches

The Great Lakes Restoration initiative (GLRI) template #77 (Beach Recreation Water Quality) in cooperation with 23 local and state agencies expanded the use of predictive modeling at 45 beaches throughout the Great Lakes (fig 1). Local agencies measure fecal-indicator bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli.) along with easily obtained environmental variables used as surrogates to estimate...

Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Water Quality Data for Tributaries to Lake Ontario in New York-- Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Lakewide Impairment Study

Lake Ontario is the easternmost Great Lake and has a direct drainage area of 24,720 square miles (mi2)(excluding the Niagara River and upper Great Lakes watershed), and is bounded by the Canadian Province of Ontario to the north and west and New York State to the south and east. Lake Ontario receives its primary inflow from the watersheds of the upper Great Lakes through the Niagara River...

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Date published: January 1, 2016

Bathymetric contours of lower Sixmile Creek reservoir, Ithaca, New York, 1938

Water depths for the lower Sixmile Creek reservoir in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y. that were measured during 1938 were found in the files of the GIS Program, City of Ithaca. This agency computed bathymetric elevations and created a bathymetric surface (TIN) of the reservoir. A contour-line shapefile was created from this TIN.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Transect points collected during 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.

Date published: September 9, 2015

Ground-Based Lidar Beach Topography of Fire Island, New York, April 2014

his high-resolution elevation dataset was collected on April 1, 2014, and is part of the USGS's ongoing beach monitoring effort under Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Project GS2-2B.  This USGS Data Release includes the resulting processed elevation point data (xyz) and an interpolated digital elevation model (DEM). 

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R/V Kaho in Lake Ontario
August 8, 2014

R/V Kaho in Lake Ontario

The R/V Kaho in Lake Ontario. The Kaho is stationed at the Lake Ontario Biological Station in Oswego, NY.

USGS and Cornell trucks and trailers on NYC street
August 7, 2014

Cornell University's Geothermal Test Site on Roosevelt Island, NY

Cornell University's Geothermal Test Site on Roosevelt Island, NY

Lake Ontario Biological Station
August 6, 2014

Lake Ontario Biological Station

GLSC Biologist Brian Weidel explains the importance of the small vessel program outside the Lake Ontario Biological Station in Oswego, New York.

man kneeling on grass with groundwater equipment
August 6, 2014

Groundwater Elevation Survey

USGS hydrologist conducting a groundwater elevation survey on Long Island, New York

2 people on dirt path using surveying equipment to sample water quality
August 6, 2014

Water-quality Sampling

Water-quality sampling on Long Island, New York

Photo of beach and high dunes at Fire Island, NY
July 10, 2014

USGS studies long-term change of beaches and dunes at Fire Island

Researchers at the USGS study the long-term change of the beaches and dunes at Fire Island, NY.

Image: New York Fern in Acadia National Park
July 7, 2014

New York Fern in Acadia National Park

Several New York ferns (parathelypteris noveboracensis) at Acadia National Park. These ferns are found throughout the eastern United States and Canada, and thrive in mixed woodlands.

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Image: New York Fern in Acadia National Park
July 7, 2014

New York Fern in Acadia National Park

Several New York ferns (parathelypteris noveboracensis) at Acadia National Park. These ferns are found throughout the eastern United States and Canada, and thrive in mixed woodlands.

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Image: New York Fern in Acadia National Park
July 7, 2014

New York Fern in Acadia National Park

Several New York ferns (parathelypteris noveboracensis) at Acadia National Park. These ferns are found throughout the eastern United States and Canada, and thrive in mixed woodlands.

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Image: New York Fern in Acadia National Park
July 7, 2014

New York Fern in Acadia National Park

Several New York ferns (parathelypteris noveboracensis) at Acadia National Park. These ferns are found throughout the eastern United States and Canada, and thrive in mixed woodlands.

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Photo of USGS researcher on a personal watercraft collecting single-beam bathymetry in the nearshore near beach at Fire Island
June 15, 2014

USGS collects repeat geophysical data in the nearshore at Fire Island

USGS researchers collect repeat geophysical data from the nearshore at Fire Island, NY to study bathymetric change over time.

Photo of a larger research vessel towing a smaller one at the beach
June 15, 2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC) survey vessel towed an Edgetech chirp 512i subbottom profiler mounted on a catamaran sled.

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