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

Potential Recovery of Water Chemistry and Stream Biota from Reduced Levels of Acid Deposition at a Sensitive Watershed in the Catskill Mountains, New York

The Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York receive among the highest loads of acid deposition in New York and the northeastern U.S. Additionally, the Catskills are underlain by sandstone and conglomerate, which is base poor and weathers slowly. Thus, the Catskills contain numerous streams with low (< 50 µeq/L) acid-neutralizing capacity (ANC) and are sensitive to impacts from atmospher...

Date published: August 6, 2015
Status: Active

Regionalization of Channel Geomorphology Characteristics for Streams of New York State, Excluding Long Island

Problem - Geomorphologic techniques for stream channel and bank restoration are fast becoming the techniques of choice among federal, state, county, and local agencies to reduce suspended sediment loads, reduce flood damage, improve aquatic habitat, and generally stabilize stream channels. One reason for this upswing in use is that appropriate application of these techniques has been shown t...

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
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large leafless tree in middle of floodwaters of Onondaga Creek
March 15, 2007

Flooding along West Branch Onondaga Creek near South Onondaga

Flooding along West Branch Onondaga Creek near South Onondaga.

brown water stream with green leafed trees on either site
September 19, 2006

Rural stream in New York State

Gaged stream reach East Brook east of Walton, NY

trees and stream
September 19, 2006

Gaged stream reach East Brook east of Walton, NY

Gaged stream reach East Brook east of Walton, NY

person on boat using plastic jug to collect water from river
July 31, 2006

Collecting toxicity-test water on the St. Lawrence River

Collecting toxicity-test water on the St. Lawrence River

fog on a fall colored tree lined river
October 21, 2005

Early morning fog on Seneca River near Rte 89

Early morning fog on Seneca River near Rte 89 - index velocity gaging station in NY

2 white pipes marking groundwater wells on Long Island
October 6, 2005

Groundwater wells on Long Island's Fire Island

Groundwater wells on Long Island's Fire Island - Kismet

4 USGS staffers putting in a groundwater well on Long Island
June 24, 2005

Creating a groundwater well station on Long Island

Putting in a groundwater well station on Long Island

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