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, 2017
Status: Active

New York State Flood Investigations

Flooding can be a serious problem in many parts of New York State. Information on floods and analyses of flood data are needed to aid in the design of bridges, culverts, dams, highways, and buildings, and for the prudent management of flood-prone areas. Documentation of floods and a more thorough understanding of flood hydrology and hydraulics will result in more effective management of flood...

Contacts: Gary Wall
Date published: July 27, 2017
Status: Active

New York Drought Information

New York Drought Information: definitions, information resources, maps, and tools

Date published: July 7, 2017
Status: Active

Well Selection Information for Homeowners and PWS Personnel

Well Selection Information for Homeowners and PWS Personnel

Date published: July 5, 2017
Status: Active

Analytes 2018

Samples are analyzed for a wide range of constituents, including physical parameters (such as pH and temperature), nutrients, major ions, trace elements including mercury and arsenic, Coliform bacteria, radon, total organic carbon, volatile organic compounds, and pesticides

Date published: July 4, 2017
Status: Active

Groundwater Sample Collection Methods

Collecting groundwater samples from a typical homeowner well...

Date published: June 9, 2017
Status: Active

Responses of fish assemblages to changing environmental conditions in the Neversink River and Rondout Creek

Problem The Neversink River and Rondout Creek are historic trout fishing and recreational streams in the heart of the Catskill Mountains of southeastern NY. Waters throughout upper reaches of both rivers currently range from neutral to severely acidic due to deposition of acid rain throughout their watersheds. Fish surveys conducted by the USGS during the late 1980s and early 1990s found that...

Date published: June 9, 2017
Status: Active

Using Microbial Source Tracking to Identify Pollution Sources in Pathogen Impaired Embayments in Long Island, New York

Problem The presence of pathogens in Long Island marine embayments and the hazards they pose to marine resources and human health is of increasing concern. Many waterbodies on the New York State Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters have pathogens listed as the primary pollutant that are suspected to originate from urban/storm runoff. There is neither a clear understanding of the relative...

Date published: June 8, 2017

Long Island - Location and Physical Setting

Long Island, the eastern-most part of New York State, extends east-northeastward roughly parallel to the Connecticut coastline. It is bounded on the north by Long Island Sound, on the east and south by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by New York Bay and the East River. Long Island is joined to the mainland specifically, to the Borough of the Bronx, which is one of the five boroughs of New...

Contacts: Jack Monti
Date published: June 7, 2017

Long Island Topography

The present landforms of Long Island are the result of many geologic processes, some of which began many millions of years ago and some of which began only recently. Most of the major features of the present-day topography, however, are related to the last glaciation, which ended approximately 22,000 years ago.

Contacts: Jack Monti
Date published: June 6, 2017
Status: Completed

Long Island Population

About 7.56 million people lived on Long Island in 2010. Of these, about 2.50 million are in Kings County, 2.23 million in Queens County, 1.34 million in Nassau County, and 1.49 million in Suffolk County.

Contacts: Jack Monti
Date published: June 5, 2017

Long Island Land Use and Land Cover

On Long Island, land use includes the human activities and management practices for which land is used. Land cover is a mosaic of developed, forest, agriculture, and wetlands areas. Both land use and land cover are usually discussed in similar environments. The National Land Cover Database (NLCD) serves as the definitive LANDSAT-based, 30-meter resolution, land cover database for the Nation....

Contacts: Jack Monti
Date published: June 4, 2017

Long Island Freshwater

Long Island is surrounded by an almost limitless amount of saltwater in the Atlantic Ocean, in the Long Island Sound, and in the many bays bordering Long Island. Although the salty water is important to the economy of the area and is of significant recreational value, this website is mainly concerned with the fresh water of Long Island, which from many standpoints, is even more important than...

Contacts: Jack Monti
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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

Elevation TIN, Rondout 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

Elevation TIN, West Basin Ashokan Reservoir, 2013 to 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

Date published: January 1, 2018

Echosounder Points, Neversink 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

Bathymetric and tidal discharge data for Wilderness Breach, Fire Island National Seashore, Long Island, NY, May 14, 2015 - Ebb 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

Elevation-area-capacity table, 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, 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

Elevation Contours, 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

Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities as sources of pharmaceuticals to municipal wastewater treatment plant discharge in the United States, 2004-2017

Discharges from pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities (PMFs) previously have been identified as important sources of pharmaceuticals to the environment. Yet few studies are available to establish the influence of PMFs to the pharmaceutical source contribution to wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and waterways at the national scale. Consequently, a national network of 13 WWTPs receiv

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rushing stream bordered by rocks and trees
January 30, 2018

Esopus River rapids

Esopus River rapids sediment sampling January 2018

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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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

lake with trees in background
December 11, 2017

Moreau Lake, Moreau, New York

Moreau Lake, Moreau, New York

image of the SeaBOSS and USGS personnel on the fantail of the R/V Connecticut on Long Island Sound
November 30, 2017

SeaBOSS Survey on Long Island Sound

Image of the SeaBOSS and USGS personnel on the fantail of the R/V Connecticut in Long Island Sound

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USGS
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
 

USGS
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.

USGS
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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May 4, 2011

Three to five inches of warm rain and significant snowmelt produced widespread flooding throughout northern New York from April 27-May 2.  Most USGS streamgages in northern New York exceeded flood stage during this event, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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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