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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: May 4, 2018
Status: Active

Long-term trends in Rainbow Trout growth and naturalized populations in the Ashokan Basin

Background: Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) have thrived in the Esopus Creek since their introduction in the 1880s. The construction of the Ashokan Reservoir in 1915 changed the fishery by providing a stable lentic environment where adult trout could grow large and find refuge during periods when stream conditions become stressful. Although many adult Rainbow Trout spend time in the...

Date published: May 1, 2018
Status: Active

Bird Banding Laboratory

The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

Date published: April 27, 2018
Status: Active

Development of Long Island Water Quality Integrated Data System (LIQWIDS) - User interface and web services in support of collaboration under the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan(LINAP)

PROBLEM There are more than 60 organizations and agencies collecting water-quality data on Long Island. The types of database management that are used to store and archive regulatory and non-regulatory data vary from paper forms to spreadsheets to State and Federal databases, and there is minimal communication between these systems. As a result, those interested in analyzing data may be...

Contacts: Martyn Smith
Date published: April 19, 2018
Status: Active

Current Water Conditions in New York

• National Water Information System (NWIS):   Find water-resources data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites, using menu-based and map-based front ends.
• WaterWatch:  View maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. 

Date published: April 16, 2018
Status: Active

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Geopgraphical Information Systems Information and Data

Contacts: Gary Wall
Date published: March 30, 2018
Status: Archived

Hurricane Sandy

Gale- to storm-force winds associated with the passage of Sandy across central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania that lasted 12 to 18 hours caused major to record coastal flooding in southeastern New York on October 29, 2012.

 

Date published: March 21, 2018
Status: Active

Assessment of pathogen sources to Hook Pond, East Hampton, New York

Background In order to help identify sources of high Enterococci concentrations identified by the Village of East Hampton and the Surfrider Foundation’s water-quality sampling upstream of Hook Pond, surface water and groundwater samples will be collected and analyzed for F+-specific coliphage, bacteroides, Enterococci and fecal coliform, and nitrogen isotopes. Potential sources of pathogens...

Contacts: Shawn C Fisher
Date published: March 21, 2018
Status: Active

Assessment of the Water Quality of Hook Pond, East Hampton, New York

PROBLEM Hook Pond, an 83-acre freshwater pond in East Hampton, N.Y., has historically shown indications of impaired water quality. Impairments in this shallow pond include elevated nutrient concentrations and low dissolved oxygen concentrations in bottom waters as a result of current and historical land-use practices (Lombardo, 2015). Recent (2016) harmful algal blooms in Hook Pond and other...

Contacts: Shawn C Fisher
Date published: March 15, 2018
Status: Active

Conservation of Rare Vegetation Communities of the Atlantic Coastal Barrier Islands

The Challenge: A synthesis of the role of disturbance, in all of its manifestations, on the establishment and development of the American Holly forest is required to guide future conservation measures. Because many forest fragments have already endured >30 years of chronic deer herbivory, a legitimate question of how much more impact by deer can be tolerated and still conserve the essential...

Date published: March 1, 2018
Status: Active

Groundwater Sustainability of the Long Island Aquifer System

Groundwater sustainability can be best defined as the development and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained for an indefinite time without causing unacceptable environmental or socioeconomic consequences. Informed management of the Long Island aquifer system can help ensure a regionally sustainable groundwater resource. The USGS and New York State Department of Environmental...

Date published: February 28, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrogeologic-Framework Mapping - Long Island, New York

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Long Island is underlain by unconsolidated Holocene deposits, glacial deposits of Pleistocene age, and coastal-plain deposits  of Late Cretaceous age. These sediments consist of gravel, sand, silt, and clay underlain by...

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Date published: August 28, 2018

USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results...

Date published: July 6, 2018

Geochemistry of ore, host rock, and mine waste pile samples of iron oxide-apatite (IOA) deposits of the eastern Adirondack Highlands, New York, in relation to potential rare earth elements resources

The ore from historic iron mines of the eastern Adirondack Highlands, New York, contain abundant quantities of rare earth element (REE)-bearing apatite crystals. These apatite crystals are especially enriched in Y, La, Ce, and Nd. In-ground ore, mine waste piles, and tailings piles that are associated with these mines could contain apatite and other REE-bearing phases at eleva

Date published: June 6, 2018

Digital geologic map of the Elizabethtown Quadrangle, Essex County, New York

This website provides digitized shapefiles representing surface geologic features depicted in Matthew S. Walton's unpublished 1960 geologic map of the Elizabethtown quadrangle, Essex County, New York. Features represented by these files include geologic units representing Precambrian basement rock, geologic structures, diabase dikes, mine shaft locations, and water bodies. The shape

Date published: June 1, 2018

Water Level Data in the Lloyd and North Shore Aquifers, April-May 2016

This point shapefile consists of digital points that represent water level altitudes in the Lloyd and North Shore aquifers of Long Island, New York. The U.S. Geological Survey measured 55 observation wells and 5 supply wells screened in the Lloyd aquifer and the contiguous and hydraulically connected North Shore aquifer. This point shapefile is a digital representation of the water levels...

Date published: June 1, 2018

Depth to Water Data in the Upper Glacial and Magothy Aquifers, April-May 2016

The depth to water table was measured at 276 groundwater monitoring wells (observation and supply) screened in the upper glacial and Magothy aquifers during April and May of 2016. This shapefile consists of the locations of those sites where water levels were measured and includes depth-to-water values which are stored in the attribute table. The shapefile was created and intended for use wit...

Date published: June 1, 2018

Water Table Data in the Upper Glacial and Magothy Aquifers, April-May 2016

Water level altitudes were measured at 275 observation wells and 1 supply well screened in the upper glacial and Magothy aquifers during April and May of 2016. This shapefile consists of the locations of those sites and includes water level altitude data stored in the attribute table. The shapefile was created and intended for use with geographic information system (GIS) software. The measure...

Date published: June 1, 2018

Water Level Data in the Magothy and Jameco Aquifers, April-May 2016

The potentiometric surface altitude was measured at 61 observation wells and 27 supply wells screened in the Magothy aquifer and the contiguous and hydraulically connected Jameco aquifer during April and May of 2016. This point shapefile consists of the locations of those sites where water levels were measured and includes potentiometric surface altitude values which are stored in the...

Date published: June 1, 2018

Stream and Lake Average Water-Level Altitudes, April-May 2016

Continuous records of water level altitude at 15 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgaging stations (13 streams, 1 lake and 1 pond) were retrieved from the National Water Information System (NWIS) and averaged for the months of April and May, 2016. This shapefile consists of the locations of those sites and includes water level altitude data stored in the attribute table. The sha

Date published: June 1, 2018

Water Table Contours in the Upper Glacial and Magothy Aquifers, April-May 2016

This polyline shapefile consists of digital contours that represent the water table altitude in the upper glacial and Magothy aquifer beneath Long Island, New York. The U.S. Geological Survey constructed a water table altitude map using ground-water levels measured in the upper glacial and Magothy aquifers during the spring of 2016. Contours were constructed at a scale of 1:125,000 from wat...

Date published: June 1, 2018

Depth to the Water Raster on Long Island, New York, 2016

The depth to water table was measured at 276 groundwater monitoring wells (observation and supply) screened in the upper glacial and Magothy aquifers during April and May of 2016. This raster data set was interpolated from the water level data collected at those sites and represents a continuous surface of the estimated depth to water for hydrologic conditions for Nassau and Suffolk Counties...

Date published: June 1, 2018

Approximate Regional Groundwater Divide on Long Island, New York, April-May 2016

This groundwater divide feature was approximated from and interpolated water table raster for Long Island, April-May 2016. Generally, the highest altitudes of the water table were used to draw the groundwater divide, which implies the groundwater flow direction. The feature is presented in Sheet 1 of Scientific Investigations Map 3398.

Date published: June 1, 2018

Potentiometric Surface Contours of the Lloyd and North Shore Aquifers, April-May 2016

This polyline shapefile consists of digital contours that represent the potentiometric-surface altitude of water in the Lloyd and contiguous North Shore aquifer beneath Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island, New York. The U.S. Geological Survey constructed a potentiometric-surface altitude map using ground-water levels measured in the Lloyd and North Shore aquifers during the spring of 201...

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Year Published: 1988

Estimation, analysis, sources, and verification of consumptive water use data in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin provides water for many uses and for wildlife habitat; thus many groups have developed strategies to manage the basin 's water resource. The International Joint Commission (IJC) is reviewing and comparing available consumptive-use data to assess the magnitude and effect of consumptive uses under present...

Snavely, D.S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Estimation, analysis, sources, and verification of consumptive water use data in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin; 1988; WRI; 88-4146; Snavely, D. S.

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Year Published: 1988

Water use in New York, 1985

Snavely, Deborah S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water use in New York, 1985; 1988; OFR; 88-727; Snavely, Deborah S.

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Year Published: 1986

Water-use data-collection programs and regional data base of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin states and provinces; a comparison of withdrawal-data programs by water-use category and by state and province

As a result of the Great Lakes Charter (signed by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Wisconsin), the Geological Survey worked with a committee of the Council of Great Lakes Governors to document the water use data collection programs in the Basin. These programs are described for public water...

Snavely, D.S.
Attribution: Water Resources
Water-use data-collection programs and regional data base of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin states and provinces; a comparison of withdrawal-data programs by water-use category and by state and province; 1986; OFR; 86-546; Snavely, D. S.

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Year Published: 1981

Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 1979-November 30, 1980

Schaefer, Francis T.; Fish, Robert E.
Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 1979-November 30, 1980; 1981; OFR; 81-810; Schaefer, Francis T.; Fish, Robert E.

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Year Published: 1978

Hydrologic environment of the Silurian salt deposits in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and New York

The aggregate thickness of evaporites (salt, gypsum, and anhydrite) in the Silurian Salina sequence in Michigan exceeds 1200 feet in areas near the periphery of the Michigan basin, where the salt beds are less than 3000 feet below land surface. In northeast Ohio the aggregate thickness of salt beds is as much as 200 feet in places, and in western...

Norris, Stanley E.
Hydrologic environment of the Silurian salt deposits in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and New York; 1978; OFR; 78-684; Norris, Stanley E.

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Lake Ontario Biological Station
September 12, 2018

The Lake Ontario Biological Station

The Lake Erie Biological Station in Oswego, NY. Go to our Stations page to learn more.

Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science
September 12, 2018

Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science

The Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science. See our Locations page for more information.

woman with USGS clothing in green woodsy area with orange butterfly on arm
September 5, 2018

Field Photo Friday winner for NY September 2018

Karen Murray and a visitor at Canajoharie Creek near Canajoharie, NY during ecological sampling for the National Water Quality Assessment project.

water rapids flowing under a bridge
August 30, 2018

Mohawk River Tributary

A large Mohawk River tributary

August 24, 2018

Aerial View of Divers Conducting a Transect

Diver completing a transect with the dive camera while another diver stands on the center pivot to keep it upright. The transect is a circle and is being controlled with the line attached to the pivot.
 

August 24, 2018

Sampling Cladophora with the Gobies

Quadrat for sampling cladophora with gobies swimming around. There is another quadrat in the distance for a different sampling site.
 

August 24, 2018

Dive Camera POV

Diver point of view from above the dive camera system. This is a transect over rocky substrate with some cladophora on the bottom of Lake Ontario.
 

August 24, 2018

Sampling Cladophora in Lake Ontario

Cladophora sampling site with brick marker and quadrat. Divers put cladophora samples from inside quadrat into bags to take back to the lab.
 

August 22, 2018

Returning to the Vessel After Sampling

Diver travelling along the surface of the lake along with the dive camera system. The crew on the boat are there to meet the divers along with pulling the center pivot back onto the boat with the help of the davit.
 

August 22, 2018

Smallmouth Bass Checks Out Divers During a Transect

Smallmouth bass swimming near lake bottom. The camera pans up a couple times to show the center pivot where the diver is holding on.
 

August 20, 2018

Checking out the Gobies While Sampling

The camera glances at the bottom of the boat above and then pans down to the lake bottom. The lake bottom is covered in tons of round gobies swimming around in and out of the cladophora. Again the camera pans up to show a diver and the dive camera completing a transect in the distance.
 

August 20, 2018

Curious Smallmouth Swims into Diver's POV

Smallmouth bass swimming in front of the dive camera system during a transect. Camera system is attached to the center pivot by a line in order to follow around in a circle.
 

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As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.

 

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March 22, 2016

Water quality in Connecticut streams flowing into Long Island Sound has steadily improved over the last 40 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
March 14, 2016

Much of the coast from Maine to Virginia is more likely to change than to simply drown in response to rising seas during the next 70 years or so, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Visualize Your Water EPA logo
January 13, 2016

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce Visualize Your Water, a citizen science challenge for high school students who live in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

Source Contribution of Mercury in Great Lakes Sediment
December 10, 2015

For the first time, land and resource managers in the Great Lakes will be able to distinguish between the various sources of mercury in the environment, a toxic chemical of significant concern in the region. This is thanks to a new tool that “fingerprints” the mercury, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Small prop plane sitting on runway. Snow covered mountains in the background. Photo credit: Goldak Airborne Survey
December 4, 2015

Residents of Essex and Clinton counties in New York may notice an airplane flying a grid pattern at low altitude for a few weeks in December as scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey map buried geological features that provide clues into mineral resources in the area.

USGS
November 4, 2015

Areas of sand and gravel in contact with the Chemung River are the most favorable for potential large-scale groundwater supply within the largest valleys of eastern Chemung County, New York, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. More modest water-supply potential was estimated in the valleys of Newtown, Baldwin, and Wynkoop Creeks.

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November 4, 2015

Soil acidification from acid rain that is harmful to plant and aquatic life has now begun to reverse in forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, according to an American-Canadian collaboration of five institutions led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
October 15, 2015

Grass carp egg survival is compromised when they settle on streambeds and are potentially covered by sediments, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. It has been long assumed that the eggs of Asian carps, including grass carp, must be carried in the water current in order to hatch successfully, but no previous scientific studies have proven that theory.

Screenshot of portal entry page
October 2, 2015

As the path of Hurricane Joaquin continues to move farther offshore, making landfall in the U.S. less likely, U.S. Geological Survey coastal change experts say there’s still a high probability of dune erosion along parts of the Atlantic coast, from the North Carolina Outer Banks to Cape Cod.

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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