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 12, 2015
Status: Active

Identifying Thermal Refuges in the Schoharie Watershed

Problem Water temperature is a critical component of trout habitat. Stream temperatures not only affect the distribution, behavior, and survival of trout (and other species), but also compel these species to move toward small areas of preferred temperatures, known as refuges, to maximize growth, survival, and fitness. The Schoharie watershed in the Catskill Mountains, including East Kill, West...

Date published: August 12, 2015
Status: Active

Trends in Nitrate Concentrations in Public Water-Supply Wells, Suffolk County, New York, 1982-2008

Introduction High nitrate concentrations are a common concern among many purveyors, including the Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA), the largest supplier of water to residents in Suffolk County. Typically, the amount of nitrate in groundwater is related to land use, where the greatest concentrations are observed in agricultural regions. In many areas, the nitrate concentration has...

Contacts: Irene J Fisher
Date published: August 12, 2015
Status: Active

Monitoring of Waterways for Mosquito Insecticides, Suffolk County, New York

Introduction Mosquitoes are the principle vector of the West Nile Virus (WNV) which causes infections in humans and animals and has emerged as a public health threat throughout Long Island, NY. The WNV was first detected among birds and mosquitoes by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) in 2000. In response to the public health concern, the USGS in cooperation with the SC...

Date published: August 12, 2015
Status: Active

Long-Term Monitoring of Buck Creek Watershed in the Western Adirondack Region of New York

Monitoring of lake chemistry in the western Adirondack region has indicated reductions in the acidity of these lakes during the past two decades. However, lakes are not always reliable indicators of streams and soils. Uncertainty remains regarding the recovery potential of surface waters and the effects of acidic deposition on soils. Furthermore, nitrogen, long considered a growth-limiting...

Date published: August 12, 2015
Status: Active

Hydrologic-Data Collection in the Five Boroughs of New York City

Problem Previous hydrologic studies have indicated that there may be sufficient water resources underlying Queens, Kings, Richmond, New York, and Bronx Counties for use as a supplemental water supply in times of drought or other emergency. An extensive ground-water and surface-water monitoring program is necessary to provide a comprehensive hydrologic data set for use in ongoing and future...

Contacts: Irene J Fisher
Date published: August 12, 2015
Status: Active

Surface-Water Data Collection in New York

Problem Surface-water information is needed for planning, design, hazard warning, and operation and management in water-related fields such as water supply, hydroelectric power, flood control, irrigation, bridge and culvert design, wildlife management, pollution abatement, flood-plain management, and water-resources development. Appropriate historical and real-time surface-water data, such...

Date published: August 12, 2015
Status: Active

Monitoring Tidal Water Elevation and Water Quality to Assess Tidal Wetland Loss in Four Embayments of Long Island Sound, New York

Introduction Recent trends analysis examining the effectiveness of tidal wetland regulations and the regulatory program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) revealed that the regulations and regulatory program were highly effective in stemming the historic "fill and build" activities. However, the trends also revealed that tidal wetlands—specifically, low m...

Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

The Federal-State Groundwater Monitoring Network in New York

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), monitors a network of observation wells throughout New York to provide current information on the effect of climatic conditions on groundwater levels. At present (2015), there are 95 observation wells in unconsolidated and bedrock aquifers, all of which are eq...

Contacts: John Williams
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Simulation of migration of brine and saline water from the flooded Retsof salt mine in the Genesee Valley, New York

Problem - Roof collapses in the Retsof salt mine near Geneseo N.Y. in March and April of 1994 propagated upward through overlying bedrock, forming a 600-ft-long rubble zone or chimney that connected the mine to a glacial aquifer system and created sinkholes at land surface. Fresh water from the glacial aquifers flowed downward into the mine until the mine was completely flooded in January 1...

Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Estuarine Physical Response to Storms—Jamaica Bay

Problem Coastal communities are susceptible to damage from coastal storms and associated storm surge, and although tidal wetlands provide a buffer against shoreline erosion and aid in shoreline stabilization, they too are vulnerable to the action of storms. Tidal wetland dynamics need to be better understood, as they are also intrinsically valuable as nursery, feeding, and refuge areas for m...

Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Flood-Inundation Maps for the West Branch Delaware River, Delhi, New York

Delhi has experienced severe flooding along the West Branch Delaware River (fig. 1); most notably during January, 1996, June, 2006, and October, 2010, and August, 2011. Emergency responders would benefit from a library of flood-inundation maps that are referenced to the stages recorded at the USGS streamgage upstream from Delhi. By referring to the appropriate map, emergency responders could...

Contacts: William F Coon
Date published: August 11, 2015
Status: Active

Southeastern New York Tide-Telemetry and Coastal-Flood-Warning System

The coastal areas of southeastern New York (fig. 1) are highly vulnerable to tidal flooding (fig. 2). Timely evacuation of people from flood-threatened areas in advance of approaching hurricanes and nor'easters (northeast coastal storms) requires adequate flood-warning time. To begin addressing this need for immediate information on coastal flooding, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in...

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Harlem River with tall apartment buildings,subway tracks, and a bridge close by
September 24, 2011

Access to the Harlem River from parks is blocked by infrastructure

Access to Harlem River from parks such as Mill Pond, Bronx, NY is blocked by infrastructure like railways or bulkheads along most of its banks

man in orange lifevest in brown floodwaters pulling yellow kayak
September 9, 2011

Susquehanna Floodwaters in Owego, NY 2011

USGS staffer in Susquehanna River floodwaters in Owego, NY 2011

Image: New York State Salmon River Fish Hatchery
September 1, 2011

New York State Salmon River Fish Hatchery

USGS scientists release young Atlantic salmon into Lake Ontario tributaries near the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, N.Y.

Thousands of young Atlantic salmon are being released into Salmon River in an effort to restore this diminished Lake Ontario fish population, extending the sport fishing season by at

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Photo of the beach state after Hurricane Irene
September 1, 2011

Photo of the beach state after Hurricane Irene

Post Hurricane Irene: Beach state after Hurricane Irene showing the exposure of a groin from loss of beach elevation (foreground) and beach and dune scarping due to elevated water levels (background).

During Hurricane Irene, sand eroded from the beach and dunes was transported landward, burying a walkway near the lighthouse
September 1, 2011

Sand eroded from the beach and dunes was transported landward

During Hurricane Irene, sand eroded from the beach and dunes was transported landward, burying a walkway near the Fire Island lighthouse.

photo of trees and debris on damaged bridge at E. Kill nr Jewett Center, NY
August 31, 2011

Damage to bridge at E. Kill nr Jewett from Tropical Storm Irene

Damage to bridge at E. Kill nr Jewett from Tropical Storm Irene

waterfalls
August 29, 2011

Cohoes Waterfalls during Tropical Storm Irene

Cohoes Falls in Cohoes, NY following Tropical Storm Irene

whitewater going under a bridge
August 28, 2011

West Branch Croton River Near Croton Falls NY

Flooding from Tropical Storm Irene at USGS 01374701 West Branch Croton River Near Croton Falls NY

USGS technicians in boat on flooded muddy Schoharie Creek in NY
August 28, 2011

Technicians measure discharge on Schoharie Cr. after Hurricane Irene

USGS technicians measure discharge on Schoharie Creek after Hurricane Irene.

women holding tape measure and lowering tape into small gw well near a road
July 12, 2011

Groundwater measurement Suffolk County - discrete S-8843

Groundwater measurement - discrete -  gw well S-8843, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

Photo of USGS staffer collecting groundwater sample
July 8, 2011

Groundwater sampling - Long Island

USGS staffer collecting groundwater sample 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