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: February 20, 2019
Status: Active

Bathymetry of New York City’s East of Hudson Reservoirs

Background: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) maintains an extensive network of reservoirs and aqueducts for water collection, storage, and transport; it supplies more than one billion gallons of drinking water daily to more than nine million people. The East of Hudson (EOH) network (fig. 1) includes thirteen reservoirs – Amawalk, Bog Brook, Boyd Corners, Cross...

Date published: December 20, 2018
Status: Active

Borehole Geophysics

Borehole geophysics is the science of recording and analyzing measurements of physical properties made in wells or test holes. Probes that measure different properties are lowered into the borehole to collect continuous or point data that is graphically displayed as a geophysical log. Multiple logs typically are collected to take advantage of their synergistic nature--much more can be learned...

Date published: December 19, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted several assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in formations in the Blue Ridge Thrust Belt (5068), Piedmont Province (5069), Atlantic Coastal Plain Province (5070), and the New England Province (5072).  These basins are generally east of the Appalachian Basin Province (5067).

Date published: October 31, 2018
Status: Active

Determination of Sources of Water to the Tully Valley Mudboils

Background and Problem Tully Valley is part of the Onondaga Trough, which extends from the Valley Heads Moraine in the south to Onondaga Lake in the north near Syracuse, New York (fig. 1). The Onondaga Trough is filled with a complex sequence of glacial and post-glacial sediments that overlie Devonian carbonate rock and shale and Silurian shale and salt (fig.2). Mudboils, volcano-like cone...

Contacts: Paul Heisig
Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Harmful Algal Bloom monitoring in the Finger Lakes region, New York

Background: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are increasingly a global concern because they pose a threat to human and aquatic ecosystem health and cause economic damages. Cyanobacterial HABs (CyanoHABs) represent a substantial threat to drinking-water supplies, aquatic ecosystem health, and safe recreational uses of freshwater resources in New York. Toxins produced by some species of...

Date published: October 10, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrogeologic and Geochemical Assessment of the Effects of Leakage from the Catskill and Delaware Aqueducts on the Local Bedrock and Overburden Aquifers in Southeastern New York

PROBLEM As part of an effort to sustain a viable water-supply system for 8 million residents in New York City, and 1 million other residents in upstate New York that rely on City water, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) has requested a multi-disciplinary study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to determine the source(s) of water to surface-water sites (...

Date published: September 27, 2018
Status: Active

Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project

The Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project is a geologic mapping project supported by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. The Piedmont Blue Ridge Project aims to understand the geologic framework and tectonic evolution of terranes and basins in the Appalachian Piedmont and Blue Ridge, and their significance for water, mineral and energy resources, natural hazards, and engineering/...

Date published: September 20, 2018
Status: Active

Northeast Bedrock Mapping Project

The Northeast Bedrock Mapping Project consists of scientists conducting geologic mapping and scientific research of complexly deformed crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks in the Northeastern United States. Current mapping activities are focused in New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York. The Project produces high-quality, multi-purpose digital geologic maps and accompanying...

Contacts: Gregory Walsh
Date published: September 4, 2018
Status: Active

Niagara River AOC-wide Benthos BUI Assessment

A USGS biologist prepares to collect a sediment sample using a petit ponar dredge. Background:The Niagara River forms the boundary between the United States and Canada and was designated as a binational Area of Concern (AOC) in 1987 because past industrial discharges and hazardous waste sites had caused extensive degradation of aquatic habitats. Within the United States (eastern) portion of...

Contacts: Scott George, Barry P Baldigo, Brian Duffy
Date published: August 30, 2018
Status: Active

Quantitative Fish Surveys of Mohawk River Tributaries

Background Fish communities of the mainstem Mohawk River and Barge Canal have been well-documented (Carlson, 2015; George et al., 2016) but comparatively less information is available regarding the current status of fish communities in tributaries to the Mohawk River. This information gap is problematic because long-term shifts in species distributions or abundances due to climate change,...

Date published: August 1, 2018
Status: Completed

Mineville, Eastern Adirondacks – Geophysical and Geologic Studies

The USGS is using a set of advanced imaging and analysis tools to study the rocks within the eastern Adirondacks of upstate New York. The goal of these studies is to gain a better understanding of the geology and mineral resources in the area.

Contacts: Anjana K Shah
Date published: July 19, 2018
Status: Active

Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted numerous assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin, including studies of the Marcellus Shale. The region extends from Alabama to Maine. The following is an overview of the assessments.

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    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...

    Date published: June 1, 2018

    Potentiometric Surface Contours of the Magothy and Jameco Aquifers, April-May 2016

    This polyline shapefile consists of digital contours that represent the potentiometric-surface altitude of water in the Magothy and contiguous Jameco aquifer beneath Long Island, New York. The U.S. Geological Survey constructed a potentiometric-surface altitude map using ground-water levels measured in the Magothy and Jameco aquifers during the spring of 2016. Contours were constructed at a...

    Date published: May 8, 2018

    Seismic reflection and sample data collected offshore of Fire Island, New York in 2014, U.S. Geological Field Activity 2014-009-FA

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a geophysical and sampling survey in October 2014 that focused on a series of shoreface-attached ridges offshore of western Fire Island, NY. Seismic-reflection data, surficial grab samples and bottom photographs and video were collected along the lower shoreface and inner continental shelf to assess the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the coastal region...

    Date published: March 29, 2018

    Swath bathymetry collected offshore of Fire Island and western Long Island, New York in 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2014-072-FA

    Hurricane Sandy, the largest storm of historical record in the Atlantic basin, severely impacted southern Long Island, New York in October 2012. In 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), conducted a high-resolution multibeam echosounder survey with Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey, Inc., offshore of Fire Island and western Long Island...

    Date published: March 26, 2018

    Wetland data layers derived from Barnegat Bay Little Egg Harbor hydrodynamic model

    As part of this data synthesis effort, hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling of Barnegat Bay Little Egg Harbor (BBLEH) has been used to create the following wetland data layers in Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (EBFNWR), New Jersey: 1) Hydrodynamic residence time , 2) salinity change and 3) salinity exposure change in wetlands, and 4) sediment supply to wetlands

    Date published: March 26, 2018

    Bathymetry and backscatter intensity of the sea floor of the Hudson Shelf Valley

     The purpose of the multibeam echosounder surveys was to map the bathymetry and backscatter intensity of the sea floor of the valley, providing a framework for geologic, oceanographic, and geochemical studies. The data from the three surveys are combined to produce grids of bathymetry and backscatter intensity at 12-m resolution that cover the entire valley and the head of the Hudson Canyon...

    Date published: February 20, 2018

    Bathymetry and Backscatter Intensity of the Sea Floor South of Long Island, New York

    Surveys of the bathymetry and backscatter intensity of the sea floor south of Long Island, New York, were carried out in November 1998 using a Simrad EM1000 multibeam echosounder mounted on the Canadian Coast Guard ship Frederick G. Creed. 

    The area was mapped by the U.S. Geological Survey with support from the Canadian Hydrographic Service and the University of New Brunswick.

    Date published: February 15, 2018

    Coastal Groundwater Chemical Data from the North and South Shores of Long Island, New York

    Groundwater data were collected in the spring and fall of 2008 from three sites representing different geological settings and biogeochemical conditions within the surficial glacial aquifer of Long Island, NY. 

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    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.
     

    August 20, 2018

    Divers Preparing to Sample Cladophora After Imaging

    Descending to the lake bottom to get ready for transects with the camera system and cladophora sampling. Organizing quadrats and sampling bags near the center pivot before sampling.
     

    woman kneeling on boat putting yellow USGS buoy in lake
    August 10, 2018

    Water quality monitoring buoy deployed on Skaneateles Lake

    USGS Hydrologist deploys water quality monitoring buoy on Skaneateles Lake

    solar panel on pole on pier in lake
    August 9, 2018

    Pier water quality monitoring station at Skaneateles Lake

    Pier water quality monitoring station at Skaneateles Lake

    woman measuring circumference of tree with a tape measure in a forest
    August 6, 2018

    Tree Growth - soil acidified by acid rain

    Peggy Phillips measures a young red maple in an Adirondack watershed to see if liming has improved tree growth in a watershed where acid rain severely acidified the soil.

    man and woman near red USGS truck under blue canopy using groundwater sampling equipment
    July 17, 2018

    Groundwater Sampling in Nassau County, Long Island, New York

    Groundwater Sampling in Nassau County, Long Island, New York

    Photo of Wilderness Breach at Fire Island, NY
    June 14, 2018

    Wilderness breach at Fire Island in 2018

    Breaching of Fire Island, NY occurred during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 (Wilderness Breach). Wilderness Breach in 2018 as seen from a low angle, note the other side of breached island is in the distance.

    Driftwood on the edge of a sandy beach, against the background of the Fire Island breach
    June 14, 2018

    Driftwood on the edge of a sandy beach on Fire Island

    Driftwood on the edge of a sandy beach, against the background of the Fire Island breach, with the other edge of the breach in the background.

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    USGS science for a changing world logo
    July 21, 2015

    CORAM, N.Y. -- A new study that looked in part at how damage estimates evolve following a storm puts the total amount of building damage caused by Hurricane Sandy for all evaluated counties in New York at $23 billion. Estimates of damage by county ranged from $380 million to $5.9 billion.

    USGS
    June 29, 2015

    Interior Department’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.

    USGS science for a changing world logo
    May 6, 2015

    If invasive bighead carp and silver carp spread into Lake Erie, there would be enough food available for these species of Asian carp to survive, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

    USGS
    April 9, 2015

    New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.

    collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
    March 25, 2015

    Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy needs, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

    USGS
    February 10, 2015

    Pharmaceuticals, hormones and personal care products associated with everyday household activities are finding their way into groundwater through septic systems in New York and New England, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Map of the south, central, and north sections of the study area
    January 21, 2015

    Several areas with modest water-resource potential within the valleys of the Ramapo River and Woodbury Creek have been identified in eastern Orange County, New York. 

    USGS
    December 18, 2014

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) is awarding nearly $700,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

    USGS
    August 4, 2014

    The U.S. Geological Survey will celebrate the newest addition to its fleet of large research vessels in a traditional Christening and commissioning ceremony at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego, New York, on Wednesday, August 6. 

    USGS
    July 30, 2014

    Vital coastal storm-tide information needed to help guide storm response efforts following major storms affecting New York will be more accessible than ever due to a new monitoring network the U.S. Geological Survey is currently building.  

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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