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 6, 2015
Status: Active

The Hydrologic Benchmark Network

Summary The Hydrologic Benchmark Network (HBN) consists of 37 watersheds that provide long-term measurements of streamflow and water quality in areas that are minimally affected by human activities. In 2011 measurements of aquatic biology and soil chemistry were added to the network. All of these data are used to study long-term trends in surface water flow, water chemistry, aquatic biology,...

Date published: August 6, 2015
Status: Active

Shallow groundwater quality in the Patchogue River basin, Suffolk County, New York

Background The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Village of Patchogue and the New York Department of State, collected water-quality samples from 10 shallow wells within the village to document the effects of onsite wastewater disposal on groundwater discharging into the Patchogue River. The onsite disposal of wastewater within the Patchogue River basin - a riverine estuary...

Contacts: Irene J Fisher
Date published: August 6, 2015
Status: Active

Simulation and Analysis of the Effects of Land-Use Changes and Stormflow Detention Basins on Flooding and Nonpoint-Source Pollution, in Irondequoit Creek Basin, Monroe and Ontario Counties, New York

Problem - Urbanization of the 150-square-mile Irondequoit Creek basin in Monroe and Ontario Counties, N.Y., continues to spread southward and eastward from the City of Rochester. Conversion of forested land to other uses over the past 40 years has increased to the extent that more than 50 percent of the basin is now developed. This expansion has increased flooding and impaired stream-water q...

Contacts: William F Coon
Date published: August 6, 2015
Status: Active

Simulation of Flow and Water Quality by a Precipitation-Runoff Model of the Onondaga Lake Watershed, Onondaga County, New York

Problem - During 2003-07, a precipitation-runoff watershed model with water-quality components was developed to assess pollutant sources and loadings to Onondaga Lake, and to assist water-resources managers in making decisions regarding the selection and location of mitigative measures to maximize load reduction for a given effort. In the absence of chemical loading rates that were specific...

Contacts: William F Coon
Date published: August 6, 2015
Status: Active

Simulation of Ground-Water Flow and Chemistry to Evaluate Water-Management Alternatives in Kings and Queens Counties, New York

Water-management alternatives being considered for New York City involve aquifer storage and recovery, or ASR. An ASR system may store surplus water in an aquifer, then later recover this water in times of short supply. The success of an ASR system depends on the quantity and quality of water that can be withdrawn during recovery phases, which are influenced by hydrogeologic, microbiologica...

Date published: August 6, 2015
Status: Active

Simulation of the Shallow Ground-Water Flow System at Fire Island National Seashore, Long Island, New York

Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) is located on the barrier island along the extreme southern shore of western and central Suffolk County, New York. Interspersed throughout FIIS are seventeen residential beach communities that in the summer months greatly increase in population due to the arrival of summer residents and vacationers. Wastewater from the numerous homes and businesses in the...

Date published: August 6, 2015
Status: Active

Survey of Low-Flow Stream Water Specific Conductance in the Southern Tier of New York State

Description of Study The objective of this study was to define specific conductance in stream water under low streamflow conditions in Central New York. The study area covers parts of six counties in the Southern Tier region of New York State (fig. 1). This survey covered a range of watershed areas and land use types, and specifically targeted low-flow periods during the summer as the flow...

Contacts: Tia-Marie Scott
Date published: August 5, 2015
Status: Active

The Onondaga Valley Ground-Water Study, central New York

Problem Onondaga Lake has been identified as one of the nation's most contaminated lakes as a result of discharges from industrial, sewage, and stormwater sources, and the lake received priority cleanup status under the National Water Resources Development Act of 1990. Although remediation of polluted surface-water discharges is planned, the migration of poor quality (saline) ground water...

Date published: August 5, 2015
Status: Active

Water Quality of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and Tributary Streams, New York and Pennsylvania

Water-quality samples were collected from the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) and its tributaries during the period October 1, 2005, to September 30, 2007, to document existing water quality, determine relations between land use and water quality, and identify areas of water-quality concern. A tiered water-quality monitoring framework was used, with the tiers consisting of...

Contacts: Jason Siemion
Date published: August 5, 2015
Status: Active

Water-Quality Characterization of Subbasins in the Onondaga Lake Basin, Onondaga County, New York, by Land Type

Problem - The Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) is committed to improving the water quality of Onondaga Lake. Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has promoted best-management practices to decrease loads of nutrients and sediment from agricultural lands. Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection has abated many of the outflows from combined sanitary-and-s...

Contacts: William F Coon
Date published: August 4, 2015
Status: Active

Long-term Monitoring Water Quality in the Catskill Mountains of New York

Summary The Long-Term Monitoring Network (LTM) is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor trends in surface water quality by nesting a few intensively-monitored stations within a network of more numerous but less frequently sampled stations. The intensively-monitored stations have provided monthly discharge and water-quality data at 6 locations across the country...

Date published: May 1, 2015
Status: Completed

Seismology in the City

Release Date: May 1, 2015

How seismologists can use noise to see under the ground.

Contacts: William J Stephenson, Lisa A Wald, Steve Hartzell, Morgan Moschetti, Jack Odum, Robert Williams, David Worley
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black speckles on green and pink fish in clear stream by rocks and sand
September 4, 2009

Raindbow trout in New York stream

Raindbow trout in New York stream

hand using tweezers next to several containers at edge of stream
August 25, 2009

Collecting periphyton samples from the Upper Esopus Creek

Collecting periphyton samples from the Upper Esopus Creek

hand in streamwater holding slimy matter
June 16, 2009

Didymosphenia in hand along the Upper Esopus Creek 2009

Didymosphenia in hand along the Upper Esopus Creek 2009

usgs staffer with gw measuring equipment at a bubbling groundwater well on a green lawn on Long Island
April 23, 2009

Groundwater well

USGS Coram staffer measuring groundwater level at groundwater well near Long Island

drillrig on snowy ground by houses
February 4, 2009

Drill rig at Sawyer Avenue replacement well

Drill rig at Sawyer Avenue replacement well

man standing in flood waters by USGS gagehouse
January 1, 2009

Hudson River at Hadley Flood April 2012

USGS hydrologist Travis Smith standing in floodwaters in Hudson River at Hadley, NY

photo of woman bending over putting tape measure down a hole in sidewalk
December 4, 2007

Groundwater Elevation Survey

Using a groundwater observation well, a USGS hydrologist conducts a groundwater elevation survey on a city street on Staten Island, New York.

fog and pilings in a river
October 16, 2007

Early morning fog and pilings at Oswego River near Phoenix, NY

Early morning fog  and pilings at Oswego River near Phoenix, NY -  index velocity gaging station

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