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 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...

Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Assessment of Groundwater Resources to Adapt to Climate Change at Fire Island, New York

Summary Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) occupies 42 km of the barrier island for which it is named that lies off the southern shore of western and central Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y. Fire Island is underlain by a complex aquifer system consisting of unconsolidated glacial, lacustrine, deltaic, and marine deposits of clay, silt, sand, and gravel that range in age from Late Cretaceo...

Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Technical Pump-Test Evaluation of Suffolk County Aquifers

Problem - USGS regional framework characterizations have been used effectively in many studies. However, lack of framework accuracy, particularly at smaller scales, continues to cause problems that may involve: (1) sizing of pumps and other aspects of wellfield design and maintenance, (2) projection of local-scale water-level changes, and (3) projection of interactions with other hydrologic...

Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

State of the Aquifer, Long Island, New York

Background In recent years, more and more people have become concerned about Long Island's supply of freshwater. Currently, there is no comprehensive, island-wide resource that summarizes recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research related to the Island's aquifer system. A webpage will be developed by the USGS that will compile published data from the hydrologic-surveillance program, in p...

Contacts: Jack Monti
Date published: August 14, 2015
Status: Active

Mercury Cycling and Bioaccumulation in the Upper Hudson River Basin--Fishing Brook

BackgroundDetailed investigations of mercury cycling and bioaccumulation have been done in the Upper Hudson River basin (upstream of the Hudson River near Newcomb, in New York's Adirondack Mountains, with a focus on the Fishing Brook sub-basin, part of the western headwaters of the Hudson River. This study is part of a National mercury study that includes a concurrent study of McTier Creek, a...

Date published: August 13, 2015
Status: Active

Assessing Spatiotemporal Patterns in Fish Assemblages from Acid-Sensitive Streams in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains

Background With few exceptions, the contemporary and past effects of acidification on fish populations and communities in streams across acid-sensitive regions of NY have not been documented. The pervasive lack of information only permits anecdotal insight into the spatial effects of acidification on stream-fish assemblages and essentially precludes any broad effort to quantify temporal tre...

Date published: August 13, 2015
Status: Active

Bathymetry of New York City's West of Hudson Reservoirs

Background Every day, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) supplies more than one billion gallons of drinking water to more than nine million people. To do this, the DEP maintains an extensive network of reservoirs and aqueducts. A major part of this system, the West of Hudson (WOH) network, in the Delaware and Hudson River drainages, includes six reservoirs (fig. 1...

Date published: August 13, 2015
Status: Active

305b Ambient Groundwater Quality Monitoring in New York

Introduction Relatively little data describing the quality of groundwater in New York State exists, yet groundwater is used as a source of drinking water by approximately one quarter of the population of the state. The objective of the 305(b) groundwater quality monitoring project is to quantify and report on ambient groundwater quality from bedrock and glacial-drift aquifers in upstate Ne...

Date published: August 13, 2015
Status: Active

Flood-Inundation Maps for the Schoharie Creek at Prattsville, New York

Background and Problem Prattsville has experienced severe flooding along the Schoharie Creek, most notably during August 2011 following Hurricane Irene, which severely damaged or destroyed large areas of the town, and caused several million dollars in damages (Figure 1). Before and during a flood, forewarning and emergency response are critical. The rescue efforts of emergency responders are...

Date published: August 13, 2015
Status: Active

Organic Wastewater Contaminants in New York City Watersheds

Problem - In August 2000, eleven sites were sampled from 9 streams within the Croton watershed for pharmaceuticals and other organic compounds associated with wastewater as part of a national study of these compounds in streams receiving wastewater discharges. Results from the national study indicated that streams in the Croton Reservoir downstream of sewage treatment plants had concentrati...

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Aerial images of the wilderness breach
December 31, 2012

Aerial images of the wilderness breach

Aerial images of the wilderness breach: a) Aerial photograph taken several days after Hurricane Sandy (photo credit: NOAA); b) Aerial mosaic of the breach in June 2015 showing the location of erosion on the ocean side of the breach and deposition that results in the seasonal formation of a spit.

November 7, 2012

Deepwater Cisco Stocking Off the USGS Research Vessel KAHO

The USGS Tunison Lab of Aquatic Science (Cortland, NY) and the USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station (Oswego, NY), which are both part of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center, collaborated each year from 2012-2014 in the release of deepwater cisco ("bloater") off of the USGS research vessel KAHO in the Lake Ontario waters off of Oswego, New York, in late fall. Last observed

man standing in shallow waves on beach operating adcp
November 6, 2012

Utilizing ADCP on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy

USGS hydrologist operating Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) on Long Island shore after Hurricane Sandy.

water channel through sand barrier on Long Island
November 5, 2012

Fire Island Island Breach - Hurricane Sandy

Oblique aerial photograph Fire Island, New York. The
view is looking northwest across Fire Island towards Great South Bay. This
location is within Fire Island National Seashore near Old Inlet—a very narrow
portion of the island that has experienced breaching in previous large storms.
The island breached during Hurricane Sandy, creating a new inlet.

An aerial image of a barrier island showing sediment that has been eroded from dunes and beach and redeposited into the estuary.
November 5, 2012

Hurricane Sandy leveled dunes and moved sediment into the estuary

Hurricane Sandy leveled dunes and moved eroded sediment from the dunes and beach across the island and into the estuary (Great South Bay) at Fire Island, NY.

Hurricane Sandy created a breach in the Otis Pike High Dunes Wilderness Area at Fire Island National Seashore in NY
November 5, 2012

Hurricane Sandy created a breach in a barrier island

Extreme storms can drastically increase water levels and wave energy causing a breach, or complete erosion of the island itself. Hurricane Sandy created a breach in the Otis Pike High Dunes Wilderness Area at Fire Island National Seashore in NY.

Barrier-island breach created by Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island National Seashore, N.Y.
November 5, 2012

Barrier-island breach at Fire Island National Seashore

Barrier-island breach created by Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island National Seashore, N.Y.

Installing storm surge sensors before Hurricane Sandy
October 28, 2012

USGS scientists, Michael Noll and Amy Simonson, installing storm surge sensors before Hurricane Sandy

USGS scientists, Michael Noll and Amy Simonson, installing storm surge sensors before Hurricane Sandy

green and orange speckled fish in man's hand in boat on water
October 18, 2012

Brook Trout from an Adirondack lake

Brook Trout from an Adirondack lake

Clove Lake, Long Island water flowing under viaduct
October 1, 2012

South Side of Clove Lake at Victory Blvd., Long Island, NY

South Side of Clove Lake at Victory Blvd., Long Island, NY

brown pipe with cap sticking up out of ground covered with green brush with a brown house on a hill in the background
August 21, 2012

Groundwater well

New York groundwater well

misty view of creek with flat rocks and green tree lined bank
August 7, 2012

Ketchumville Creek near Maine, New York

Ketchumville Creek near Maine, 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