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 27, 2015
Status: Active

Long-term Effects of the Clean Air Act on Water Toxicity and Brook Trout Survival in Acidified Streams of the Southwestern Adirondacks, 1984-2017

Background Forested watersheds in the southwestern Adirondack Mountains of New York received some of the most acidic deposition in North America from the 1970s through much of the 1990s (NADP 2005). Thus it is not surprising that associated effects on surface-water quality and ecosystems in lakes and streams of the southwestern Adirondack Mountains of New York were investigated to various...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo
Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Estimated Non-reservoir Streamflows of Esopus Creek at Coldbrook and Mount Marion, New York

Problem Statement More than nine million people rely on the New York City Water-Supply System for their daily-drinking water needs. Approximately 40 percent of this water comes from the Schoharie and Ashokan Reservoirs (fig. 1). This water is transported from the Catskill Area to New York City through Esopus Creek and a series of man-made tunnels and aqueducts built starting in the early 19...

Contacts: Douglas A Burns
Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response (SCoRR) Strategy

The U.S. Geological Survey's Strategy to Evaluate Persistent Contaminant Hazards Resulting from Sea Level Rise and Storm-derived Disturbances SCORR Mapper SCoRR: Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response Strategy Project Page Natural and anthropogenic contaminants, pathogens, and viruses are found in soils and sediments throughout the United States. Enhanced dispersion and...

Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

The National Network of Reference Watersheds

The National Network of Reference Watersheds is a collaborative and multipurpose network of minimally disturbed watersheds and monitoring sites. The purpose of this website is to allow users to search the NNRW database of reference watersheds, to identify watersheds of interest, and download watershed information and water quality data. The current scope of the network is limited to freshwat...

Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Effects of acid-base chemistry on biology of streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Background Watersheds of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) receive high levels of acid deposition resulting from atmospheric emissions of nitrogen and sulfur oxides. Acidic deposition has been shown to reduce acid neutralizing capacity (ANC) and calcium concentrations and increase acidity and aluminum concentrations in soils and surface waters and affect forest health as well as...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo
Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Emerging Methods for Detection and their Potential for Inventorying Brook Trout Populations in Streams of the Western Adirondacks

Background Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the hereditary material in organisms that contains the biological instructions for building and maintaining them. The chemical structure of DNA is the same for all organisms, but differences exist in the order of the DNA building blocks, known as base pairs. Unique sequences provide a means to identify individual species and detect their presence...

Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Water-Quality Assessments of Principal Aquifers

Background A major focus of the NAWQA Program in its second decade (2002-2013) is on regional- and national-scale assessments of groundwater-quality status and trends in principal aquifers. The U.S. Geological Survey Office of Groundwater has identified 62 principal aquifers in the U.S. ( U.S. Geological Survey, 2003 ). About 1/3 of the Nation's principal aquifers are the focus of water-...

Contacts: Irene J Fisher
Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Long Island-New Jersey (LINJ) Coastal Drainages Study -- Land Use Study (NY)

Background The Long Island-New Jersey (LINJ) coastal drainages NAWQA study is one of the 1994 set and is coordinated from our West Trenton, NJ office. Tasks for the first two years, 1994-95, included staffing, developing a liaison process, analyzing existing data, and designing a data collection program that started in 1996. These planning activities lead to the study design for 3 years of...

Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Hurricane Sandy -- Science to support coastal resilience

Coastal Hydrology and Storm Surge Storm-surge is one of the most powerful and destructive elements of major storm events. Excessively high tides associated with storms can flood and inundate coastal areas, often moving sediment and altering coastal landscapes and drainages. USGS provides critical expertise in measuring storm surge and assessing conditions both before and after the storm....

Date published: August 20, 2015
Status: Active

Quantitative Assessment of Water Quality in Upper Esopus Creek: Fish, Macroinvertebrates, Periphyton, Turbidity, and Nutrients

Background The Esopus Creek is located in the Catskill Mountains of New York State and is part of the New York City (NYC) drinking water supply system. The basin was dammed in 1915 to form the Ashokan Reservoir splitting the creek into Upper (upstream of the reservoir) and Lower segments. The drainage area of Upper Esopus Creek, between the source (Winisook Lake) and the Ashokan Reservoir is a...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Michael R McHale, Alexander J Smith
Date published: August 20, 2015
Status: Active

Hydrogeology of a Ground-Water Contamination Site, Cayuga County, New York

Problem - The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provided technical assistance between 2001 and 2013 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an investigation of the presence of chlorinated solvents (trichloroethylene and degradates) in ground water in the Middle-to-Lower Devonian and Upper Silurian carbonate bedrock southwest of Auburn in Cayuga County, N.Y. Pieziometric and water-qu...

Contacts: John Williams, Alton Anderson, David A Eckhardt
Date published: August 20, 2015
Status: Completed

National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program Report to Congress 2011: An Integrated Assessment

Title IV has been successful in reducing emissions of SO2 and NOx from power generation to the levels set by Congress. In fact, by 2009, SO2 emissions from power plants were already 3.25 million tons lower than the final 2010 cap level of 8.95 million tons, and NOx emissions were 6.1 million tons less than the projected level in 2000 without the ARP, or more than triple the Title IV NOx em...

Contacts: Douglas A Burns
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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.

Sandy beach on Fire Island with a researcher on a PWC in the surf zone
June 15, 2014

Sandy beach on Fire Island with a researcher on a PWC in the surf zone

Clean, sandy beach on Fire Island with a researcher on a PWC in the surf zone in the background 

Fisheye photograph of dunes, surf, and beach on Fire Island
June 11, 2014

'Fisheye' photograph of dunes, surf, and beach on Fire Island

'Fisheye' photograph of the oceanside area of Fire Island showing dunes, surf, and beach, with 2 researchers beside an all-terrain vehicle

two men pulling orange ADCP craft onto beach
June 9, 2014

Deploying ADCP - NPS Wilderness Area on Fire Island National Seashore

USGS Team measuring the flow, velocity, width, and depth of the breach in the NPS Wilderness Area on Fire Island National Seashore

2 USGS scientists on a beach launching an orange adcp into the Atlantic Ocean
June 9, 2014

Launching ADCP into the ocean from a Long Island, NY beach

Two USGS scientists launching an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) into the ocean from a Long Island, NY beach

photo of USGS staffers on beach making bathymetric survey of Long Island barrier-island breach from Hurricane Sandy
June 9, 2014

Long Island Bathymetric surveying of barrier-island breach

USGS staffers on beach making bathymetric survey of Long Island barrier-island breach from Hurricane Sandy

2 covered wells one on a concrete slab with trees and 2 large green tanks in background
May 29, 2014

Fairmount 2 well house Long Island, NY

Fairmount 2 well house Long Island, NY

2 people lifting ADCP at edge of ocean on Long Island
April 1, 2014

Long Island - Breach

Using ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) to measure current offshore on Long Island, NY.

photo of man sitting on cooler working with plastic encased plastic tubing
April 1, 2014

305(b) Groundwater quality sampling

305(b) Groundwater quality sampling 

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