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: 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...

Date published: February 28, 2018
Status: Active

Saltwater-Interface Mapping - Long Island, New York

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Saltwater intrusion is the most common type of water-quality degradation in coastal-plain aquifers. In coastal areas, the hydraulic head under predevelopment (nonpumping) conditions is higher on land than in the surrounding...

Date published: February 25, 2018
Status: Active

Groundwater Sustainability - Long Island, New York

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Groundwater sustainability can best be 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...

Date published: February 8, 2018
Status: Active

Lake Ontario Flood Monitoring and Mapping

Problem– Lake Ontario experienced period-of-record (1918-2017) maximum monthly average water levels during May through July 2017. NOAA lake gages recorded instantaneous peaks-of record, 249.2 at Olcott, 249.1 at Rochester, and 249.0 at Oswego and St. Vincent. These high water levels along with wind-generated waves caused flooding of thousands of residences and businesses and the erosion of...

Date published: January 26, 2018
Status: Active

305b Groundwater Quality Monitoring in New York

Relatively little data describing the quality of groundwater in New York State exist, 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 New York.

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Date published: January 25, 2018
Status: Active

Quantifying Floodplain Ecological Processes and Ecosystem Services in the Delaware River Watershed

Floodplain and wetland areas provide critical ecosystem services to local and downstream communities by retaining sediments, nutrients, and floodwaters. The loss of floodplain functionality due to land use conversion and degradation reduces the provisioning of these services. Assessing, quantifying, and valuing floodplain ecosystem services provide a framework to estimate how floodplain...

Date published: January 23, 2018
Status: Active

Scenario-Based Assessments for Coastal Change Hazard Forecasts

A decade of USGS research on storm-driven coastal change hazards has provided the data and modeling capabilities needed to identify areas of our coastline that are likely to experience extreme and potentially hazardous erosion during an extreme storm.

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Forecasting Coastal Change

This project focuses on understanding the magnitude and variability of extreme storm impacts on sandy beaches. The overall objective is to improve real-time and scenario-based predictions of coastal change to support management of coastal infrastructure, resources, and safety. 

Contacts: Kara Doran
Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise

The original national coastal vulnerability index (CVI) assessment was motivated by expected accelerated sea-level rise (SLR) and the uncertainty in the response of the coastline to SLR. This research was conducted between 1999 and 2001, and is currently being updated using new data sources and methodology. This original study was part of the ...

Date published: January 18, 2018
Status: Active

Long-Term Coastal Change

Goals of this task include developing and improving coastal-change assessments and supporting long-term planning and decision making to ensure sustainable coastal economies, infrastructure, and ecosystems.

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Date published: January 1, 2018

Echosounder Quality Assurance Points, Pepacton Reservoir, 2015

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Echosounder Points, Cannonsville Reservoir, 2015

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Bathymetric and tidal discharge data for Wilderness Breach, Fire Island National Seashore, Long Island, NY, May 14, 2015 - Flood Sample Points: U.S. Geological Survey data release

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy created an open breach in the barrier island system along the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. This breach formed at a location known as Old Inlet and migrated rapidly westward over the winter storm season following Hurricane Sandy. On May 14, 2015, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) New York Water Science Center (NYWSC) personnel collected data to evaluate ch

Date published: January 1, 2018

Bacteria, nutrients, and contaminants of emerging concern in shallow groundwater of nearshore environments, Suffolk County, New York, 2013

Onsite wastewater disposal systems (OWDS) in coastal regions of Long Island, New York, contribute bacteria, nutrients, and organic wastewater-associated compounds (including pharmaceuticals, personal care and domestic use products referred to here as contaminants of emerging concern (CECs)) to downgradient shallow groundwater in nearshore settings. Many of the densely popula

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation Raster, Cannonsville Reservoir, 2015

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Geospatial Bathymetry Dataset and Elevation-Area-Capacity Table for Ashokan Reservoir, 2013 to 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Depth Contours, Schoharie Reservoir, 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation Raster, Pepacton Reservoir, 2015

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Echosounder Quality Assurance Points, Cannonsville Reservoir, 2015

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Geospatial datasets of AUV observations including bottom dissolved oxygen in Great South Bay, Long Island, New York, August 2016

This data provides an interpolated raster surface of dissolved oxygen values across a region covered by an August 26, 2016 AUV survey. The raster was generated by using a natural neighbors interpolator within a GIS on the empirical data set. This interpolator was chosen due to the non-normal distribution observed among the data, and its ability to produce smoother approximations than altern...

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation Raster, Schoharie Reservoir, 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

Date published: January 1, 2018

Elevation TIN, East Basin Ashokan Reservoir, 2013 to 2014

From 2013 to 2015, bathymetric surveys of New York City’s six West of Hudson reservoirs (Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink, Pepacton, Rondout, and Schoharie) were performed to provide updated capacity tables and bathymetric maps. Depths were surveyed with a single-beam echo sounder and real-time kinematic global positioning system (RTK-GPS) along planned transects at p

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orange acoustic doppler current profiler floating in river surrounded by snow-covered trees
April 17, 2018

Cattaraugus Creek near Springville, NY

ADCP measurement on a snowy day at the Cattaraugus Creek near Springville, NY

3DR Solo quadcopter is collecting imagery at Chimney Bluffs State Park in NY
April 13, 2018

3DR Solo quadcopter collecting imagery

A 3DR Solo quadcopter is collecting imagery at Chimney Bluffs State Park in NY. Using photogrammetric techniques, a 3D surface model was created providing elevation data. 

man standing next to tripod in front of a large watertower reading an instrument
April 11, 2018

Groundwater - Surveying - GNSS Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

Groundwater - Surveying - Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

Dunes and beach at Fire Island, New York
January 30, 2018

Dunes and beach at Fire Island, New York

Fire Island is a 50-km long barrier island along the south shore of Long Island, NY. The island is comprised of seventeen year-round communities; federal, state, and county parks; and supports distinct ecosystems alongside areas of economic and cultural value. In addition to providing resources to its residents, the barrier island also protects the heavily-populated

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rushing stream bordered by rocks and trees
January 30, 2018

Esopus River rapids

Esopus River rapids sediment sampling January 2018

white ice and snow on river by train bridge
January 16, 2018

Mohawk River Ice Jam at Lock 8 in Schenectady, NY

Mohawk River Ice Jam at Lock 8 in Schenectady, NY near USGS gaging station 01354330 

ducks floating on a pond in winter with snow on ground
January 10, 2018

Hook Pond Dreen at Davids Lane, East Hampton, New York

Ducks in Hook Pond Dreen at Davids Lane, East Hampton, New York

orange sled loaded with bags of equipment on snow covered path in forest
January 4, 2018

Field Photo Friday Winner for April 2018

Transporting equipment used for maintenance of groundwater well CT2498 in Perrysburg, New York 

Photo collage of marshy and sandy scenes from Fire Island
December 31, 2017

Banner with photo collage of marshy and sandy scenes from Fire Island

Banner with photo collage showing researchers in marshy and sandy scenes from the back barrier area of Fire Island, New York.

Map of marsh shoreline change rates for Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
December 31, 2017

Map of Marsh shoreline change rates

Map of Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, N.J., marsh shoreline change rates.

Photo of waves on the beach at Fire Island
December 31, 2017

Photo of waves on the beach at Fire Island

Photo of waves on the beach at Fire Island

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USGS
August 6, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey will welcome Congressman Brian Higgins onboard one of its newest large research vessels in Buffalo on Thursday.

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April 29, 2013

With help from local anglers and fishermen, the U.S. Geological Survey and Ohio Department of Natural Resources will kick-start a five-year collaborative fish-tagging effort this week to better understand movement of yellow perch across Lake Erie.

USGS
April 9, 2013

The release of new maps covering Texas and New York continues the US Topo revisions, updates and product improvement
 

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March 13, 2013

Three several-mile-long sections of the Susquehanna River Valley aquifer are the most favorable for potential large-scale groundwater supply along the Susquehanna Valley's 32-mile reach in Broome and Chenango counties, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS
December 19, 2012

The U.S. Geological Survey and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will stock lake herring, a species of whitefish, into Irondequoit Bay on Lake Ontario on Thurs., Dec. 20.

USGS
September 4, 2012

ITHACA, NY. – A recent study that looked at groundwater samples from more than 200 wells across New York State found levels of naturally-occurring methane high enough to warrant monitoring or other actions in nine percent of the water samples tested, according to U.S. Geological Survey research.

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June 20, 2012

Using a geology-based assessment method, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean undiscovered natural gas resource of 3.9 trillion cubic feet and a mean undiscovered natural gas liquids resource of 135 million barrels in continuous accumulations within five East Coast Mesozoic basins, according to a new USGS report.  

USGS
January 12, 2012

Lake Erie and its largest tributaries are suitable habitats for invasive Asian carps to reproduce and mature, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS
January 9, 2012

A new, sophisticated fish rearing facility in Cortland, N.Y. will help restore Atlantic salmon and bloater herring to Lake Ontario, strengthening the local ecosystem and economy. 

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September 27, 2011

Thousands of young Atlantic salmon will be released into Salmon River through early October in an effort to restore this diminished Lake Ontario fish population, extending the sport fishing season by at least two months in Oswego County, N.Y. 

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September 2, 2011

Remnants of Hurricane Irene caused heavy flooding, as shown in this August 31 Landsat 5 image, in the hamlet of Pine Island in the town of Warwick (Orange County), New York. Sometimes called "the drowned lands" (long before Irene), the fertile black dirt region is the remains of a great shallow lake formed by receding glaciers. 

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August 23, 2011

The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

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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