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 11, 2015
Status: Active

Spatiotemporal trends in fish assemblages of the Mohawk River

Problem The mainstem of the Mohawk River extends from Lake Delta Dam near Rome, NY downstream to its confluence with the Hudson River near Cohoes, NY. It supports a diverse fishery that is used extensively by recreational anglers. Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) and walleye (Sander vitreus) are among the most popular game species with anglers but past biological surveys have...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Scott George, Scott Wells
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

An Integrated Assessment of the Recovery of Surface Waters from Reduced Levels of Acid Precipitation in the Catskill and Adirondack Regions, New York

Problem - Acidic precipitation has affected forested and aquatic ecosystems in New York, particularly in the Adirondack and Catskill regions. Acidification of surface waters and deleterious effects on fish and other biota have been well documented in both these regions. Despite reduced levels of acidity in atmospheric deposition over the past 20 years across New York and the northeastern Uni...

Contacts: Douglas A Burns
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

An Assessment of Forest Health and Soil Nutrient Status to Determine the Effects of Logging Practices on Water Quality in New York City's West-of-Hudson Watersheds

The growth of temperate forests is typically limited by the availability of nitrogen. Elevated concentrations of nitrate in some Catskill Mountain streams, which are tributary to New York City's water-supply reservoirs west of the Hudson River, indicate that the forests of this region are at the early stages of nitrogen saturation. That is, nitrogen is available in excess of the amount utili...

Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Aquifer Appraisal at the Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science, Cortland, New York

Problem - The Ithaca Subdistrict Office of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is providing technical assistance to the USGS, Biological Resources Division (BRD), at the Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science (TLAS) in an investigation of the availability of fresh ground water. An expansion in the water supply at the laboratory is needed for a proposed spawning facility for salmon strains that...

Contacts: David A Eckhardt
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Assessment of Nutrient Loading to Jamaica Bay, Gateway National Recreation Area, New York

Significant changes in nitrogen loads to Jamaica Bay have likely occurred with progressive improvements to Water Pollution Control Plants (WCWPs) that discharge into the Bay. Data available from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and others will be used to determine loads from WPCPs, combined sewer overflows, and the atmosphere. Selected wells within the USGS water qual...

Contacts: Mark J Benotti, Michele Fisher
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Sediment Toxicity and Condition of Benthic Invertebrate Communities in the Rochester Embayment Area-of-Concern

Background Heavy metals, phosphorus, and organic contaminants in water and sediments of the lower Genesee River, resulted in the designation of fourteen beneficial uses as impaired in the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern (AOC). The benthic macroinvertebrate community or “benthos” Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) was designated as degraded in the Genesee River because the New York State...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Brian Duffy
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Hydrologic Assessment of the Shallow Groundwater-Flow System Beneath the Shinnecock Nation Tribal Lands, Suffolk County, New York

Background The Shinnecock Nation is located on the south fork of eastern Long Island adjacent to the town of Southampton to the east, and the hamlet of Shinnecock Hills to the west, in Suffolk County, NY. Shinnecock Nation tribal lands encompass approximately 1.2 square miles and are bounded to the east and west by tidal creeks, and to the south by Shinnecock Bay. The Shinnecock Nation has a...

Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Assessment of Regional Forest Health and Stream and Soil Chemistry Using a Mulit-Scale Approach and New Methods of Remote Sensing Interpretation in the Catskill Mountains of New York

The overall goal of this project has been the development of forest health and sensitivity indicators and “1st-generation” maps of potential sensitivity to disturbance for lands within watersheds of the NYC water supply in the Catskill Mountains of New York. The methodologies and data layers created in this effort can now be used to aid management decisions and help determine the extent and...

Contacts: Jason Siemion
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Balancing Wetland Functions in an Urban Setting -- Water-Quality Improvement and Habitat Preservation, Ellison Park Wetland, Monroe County, New York

The Ellison Park wetland, a 423-acre, predominantly cattail marsh at the mouth of Irondequoit Creek in Monroe County near Rochester, N.Y., was evaluated for its potential role to decrease phosphorus loads that are derived from a 151-square-mile largely urbanized area and that ultimately enter and exacerbate efforts to ameliorate the eutrophic conditions in Irondequoit Bay. Monroe County's wa...

Contacts: William F Coon
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Delineation of Rock Fractures, Faults, and Groundwater Flow in the Vicinity of Proposed Water Tunnels, New York City and Southeastern New York

Problem - The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) is constructing or proposing water tunnels under New York City and areas of southeastern New York (Hudson River Basin). These tunnels can intersect faults and fractures that produce large amounts of ground water. For example, one tunnel excavation intersected fractures that produced over 200 gallons per minute of gr...

Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Detailed Aquifer Mapping in the Greene-Kattelville area of New York

Background Since 1980 the U.S. Geological Survey has conducted a Detailed Aquifer Mapping Program in upstate New York, first in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and later in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Division of Water. The objective of this program is to define the hydrogeology of important stra...

Contacts: Paul Heisig, Todd S. Miller
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Detailed Aquifer Mapping Program in Upstate New York

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DETAILED AQUIFER MAPPING PROGRAM In 1980 the U.S. Geological Survey began a Detailed Aquifer Mapping Program in upstate New York, in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), funded by the USEPA's Underground Injection Control Program. The objective of this program was to define the hydrogeology of 21 extensively used (primary) stratified-drift...

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flooding waters that have broken highway pavement
August 28, 2011

Flooding at Windham, New York

Flooding at Windham, New York

women holding tape measure and lowering tape into small gw well near a road
July 12, 2011

Groundwater measurement Suffolk County - discrete S-8843

Groundwater measurement - discrete -  gw well S-8843, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

Photo of USGS staffer collecting groundwater sample
July 8, 2011

Groundwater sampling - Long Island

USGS staffer collecting groundwater sample on Long Island

rushing streamwater over boulders in wooded area with leaves on ground
April 20, 2011

East-Central Adirondack Stream

East-Central Adirondack Stream in New York

wooden fence and mechanical equipment in stream in forest with snow on ground
April 18, 2011

Stream gaging station on North Buck Creek, NY

Stream gaging station on North Buck Creek, NY

wooden boards with V cutout and monitoring equipment in a stream
April 18, 2011

Monitoring the Flow, Chemistry and Macroinvertebrates -Adirondacks

Equipment for Monitoring the Flow, Chemistry and Macroinvertebrates of Streams throughout the Adirondack Ecoregion

man in lifevest pulling a yellow kayak through flooded brown water
March 2, 2011

Flood Waters in southwest New York

Hydrographer wading through flood waters to service a streamgage

man making flowtracker measurement on flooded street
March 1, 2011

Flowtracker measurement during flooding in Ithaca, NY

USGS NYWSC staffer making flowtracker measurement ona  flooded street in Ithaca, NY

person standing in Bellmore Creek, Long Island
February 25, 2011

USGS scientist - discharge measurement in Bellmore Creek, Long Island

USGS scientist making a discharge measurement in Bellmore Creek, Long Island

man kneeling on grass looking at a laptop display next to a groundwater well
October 22, 2010

Groundwater measurement at Richmond well R-126 Long Island, NY

Groundwater measurement at Richmond well R-126 Long Island, NY

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