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

Development of a Coordinated Water Resources Monitoring Strategy for the South Shore Estuary Reserve, Long Island NY

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is collaborating with the New York Department of State (NYDOS) Office of Planning and Development to prepare a new Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve (SSER) Coordinated Water Resources Monitoring Strategy (CWRMS). Since 2000, when the last CWRMS was published, numerous research projects and studies are demonstrating several new threats to the ecologic...

Contacts: Shawn C Fisher
Date published: August 19, 2015
Status: Active

Detailed Aquifer Mapping in Eastern Chemung County – The Chemung River Valley and Adjacent Tributary Valleys

Background - Detailed mapping of the glacial aquifer within the Chemung River and adjacent tributary valleys in Eastern Chemung 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 s...

Contacts: Paul Heisig
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...

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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 

Two USGS trucks filled with geophysical logging equip. on NYC street
February 20, 2014

Geophysical logging in New York City

Geophysical logging in New York City

gravel bar on reservoir
September 26, 2013

Gravel bar and Ashokan Reservoir, NY

Gravel bar and Ashokan Reservoir, NY

Man standing on shore by GPS base station with sunset over the reservoir and mountains
September 10, 2013

GPS base station with sunset over the Ashokan reservoir, NY

GPS base station with sunset over the Ashokan reservoir, NY

sunset over reservoir
September 10, 2013

Ashokan Reservoir, NY at sunset

Ashokan Reservoir, NY at sunset

photo of damaged pier after Hurricane Sandy on Long Island
September 9, 2013

Hurricane Sandy damaged pier on Long Island

Damaged pier from effects of Hurrican Sandy on Long Island, NY.

photo of raindrops hitting Long Island body of water
September 9, 2013

Long Island rain on water

Raindrops falling on Long Island body of 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