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: September 2, 2015
Status: Completed

Appalachian Trail MEGA-Transect Atmospheric Deposition Effects Study

The Appalachian Trail (AT), a 14-state footpath from Maine to Georgia, is a unit of the National Park Service that is cooperatively managed and maintained by the National Park Service (NPS), the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, AT Club volunteers, the USDA Forest Service, and other public land-management agencies. Upper elevation and ridge-top ecosystems, which comprise much of the trail corr...

Date published: August 31, 2015
Status: Active

Development of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to Predict Streamflow Statistics using USGS Streamstats and Precipitation from Downscaled Global Climate Change Models

Background Climate change during the past century has resulted in changes to precipitation amounts, form (rain vs. snow), as well as frequency and intensity in the northeastern US (Huntington et al., 2009). Additional changes in precipitation are forecast for the 21st Century as the global and regional climate is expected to warm substantially (Hayhoe et al., 2007). These ongoing and proje...

Contacts: Douglas A Burns
Date published: August 31, 2015
Status: Active

Effects of flow alteration on ecological health of streams across the Atlantic Highlands Ecoregion

Problem: The Clean Water Act (PL 92-500) requires that the health of the Nation’s rivers and streams be assessed on a regular basis, and in the Northeast such assessments often use information from aquatic biological communities that live in the stream. Biomonitoring programs implemented by individual states evaluate biological data to assess stream health on the premise that certain...

Date published: August 31, 2015
Status: Active

St. Lawrence Monitoring Network – Lake Ontario Lake Management Plan Massena, NY Area of Concern (AOC)

The St. Lawrence River at Massena Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Area of Concern (AOC) begins above the power dam facilities and seaway locks at the Massena Village drinking water intake and follows the river downstream for about fifteen miles to the international border. For New York State, the AOC includes portions of the Grasse, Raquette and St. Regis Rivers. There are three governmental agen...

Date published: August 28, 2015
Status: Active

The Effectiveness of Total Mercury as a Surrogate for Methylmercury in Aquatic Invertebrates

A. BACKGROUND Aquatic macroinvertebrates, such as dragonfly larvae or crayfish have great potential for Mercury (Hg) monitoring, both as indicator organisms (or "sentinels'), and to provide critical information on Hg in lower food webs to assist in interpreting fish Hg levels. Despite these advantages, macroinvertebrates are not widely used in Hg monitoring because of the current need to...

Date published: August 28, 2015
Status: Active

Floods of 2011 in New York

Background / Problem Hurricane Irene Figure 1 shows the declared counties for Hurricane Irene (FEMA) Five to ten inches of rain from Hurricane Irene produced widespread moderate to major flooding throughout eastern New York August 28-30. Highest rainfall totals occurred in the Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York where over 18-inches of rain was reported at Maplecrest, NY. Record...

Contacts: Travis L Smith
Date published: August 28, 2015
Status: Active

Geohydrology of the Valley-Fill Aquifer in the West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill Valleys, Town of Newfield, Tompkins County, New York

PROBLEM The valley-fill aquifers in the West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill valleys (designated as aquifer 15, fig.1), within the Town of Newfield, were mapped by Miller (2000) and identified as one of 17 unconsolidated aquifers in Tompkins County that need to be studied in more detail. The valley-fill in the West Branch Cayuga Inlet and Fish Kill valleys contain a heterogeneous mix of...

Date published: August 28, 2015
Status: Active

Geohydrology of the Unconsolidated Aquifer in Enfield Creek Valley, Town of Enfield, Tompkins County, New York

PROBLEM The unconsolidated aquifer in Enfield Creek Valley (fig. 1) was mapped by Miller (2000) and identified as one of 17 unconsolidated aquifers in Tompkins County that needs to be studied in more detail. Well records in Enfield Creek valley indicate that the northern part of Enfield Creek valley contains sand and gravel deposits which may be under unconfined conditions in some areas, con...

Date published: August 28, 2015
Status: Active

Status of benthic macroinvertebrate communities and toxicity of sediments in the Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern, New York

Background: The USGS propose a collaborative investigation with the NYSDEC to evaluate the current condition of benthic macroinvertebrate communities and toxicity of bed sediments in the Eighteenmile Creek Area of Concern (AOC). Sediment-toxicity data provided by the USGS and benthic-community data provided by the NYSDEC from inside the AOC will be compared to similar data from non-AOC sites...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Scott George, Brian Duffy
Date published: August 28, 2015
Status: Active

Status of benthic macroinvertebrate communities and toxicity of sediments in the Niagara River Area of Concern, New York

Background: The USGS propose a collaborative investigation with the NYSDEC and NOAA to evaluate the current condition of benthic macroinvertebrate communities and toxicity of bed sediments in the Niagara River Area of Concern (AOC). Using a probabilistic study design, sediment-toxicity data compiled by the USGS, invertebrate community data collected by NYSDEC, and sediment-chemistry data...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Scott George, Brian Duffy
Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Effects of Watershed and In-stream Liming on Accelerated Recovery of Macroinvertebrate Assemblages in Tributaries to Honnedaga Lake

Background Acidification of lotic and lentic environments has been found to adversely affect the integrity of resident biological assemblages. These effects have been particularly severe in poorly buffered regions like the Western Adirondacks. Although the Clean Air Act and its amendments have greatly reduced levels of atmospheric deposition, many streams in this region are still chronical...

Date published: August 27, 2015
Status: Active

Long-term Effects of the Clean Air Act on Water Toxicity and Brook Trout Survival in Acidified Streams of the Southwestern Adirondacks, 1984-2017

Background Forested watersheds in the southwestern Adirondack Mountains of New York received some of the most acidic deposition in North America from the 1970s through much of the 1990s (NADP 2005). Thus it is not surprising that associated effects on surface-water quality and ecosystems in lakes and streams of the southwestern Adirondack Mountains of New York were investigated to various...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo
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Date published: April 19, 2016

Mohawk River Ice Jam Cam

The Mohawk River between New York State Barge Canal Locks 7 and 8 near Schenectady, NY is susceptible to ice jams during periods of river-ice break-up. Ice jams in this reach typically form at channel constrictions, bridge piers, lock and dam structures, and sections with a reduced floodplain.

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Date published: April 19, 2016

Hydrologic Data Mapper (NYWSC)

Hydrologic conditions based on data obtained from the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) http://nwis.usgs.gov

Date published: April 12, 2016

Orthoimagery Data

Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

Date published: April 12, 2016

The National Map Small-Scale Collection

The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets, most of which are at 1:1,000,000. The National Map publishes two data collections at one million-scale: one for Global Map users and one for National Map users. In terms of vector geometry, the lines, points, and areas in these data collections are identical. The difference is in the attributes assigned to these features.

Date published: April 8, 2016

FishVis Mapper

The FishVis Mapper is the product of an Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC project, “A Regional Decision Support Tool for Identifying Vulnerabilities of Riverine Habitat and Fishes to Climate Change” that developed an approach for predicting fish species occurrence under current climate conditions and project how fish species occurrence may change under future climate conditions.

Date published: April 2, 2016

Sea Level Rise Animation

The animations are not a prediction of sea level rise, but rather illustrate areas of low elevation by a blue color simulating coverage by water. The numbers of people in those areas are tabulated.

Date published: March 11, 2016

Patterns of Diel Variation in Nitrate Concentrations in the Potomac River

This data set includes nitrate concentration, water temperature, and discharge collected every 15 minutes during Dec. 2011 - Nov. 2013 from the USGS gage at the Potomac River near Wash, DC, Little Falls Pump Sta (01646500). Additional data includes day length from the US Naval Observatory, and photosynthetically active radiation from USDA research station in Beltsville, MD. Data o

Date published: January 28, 2016

USGS Rainfall Calculator

Find out how much rain has fallen—how many gallons have come down from the skies onto your roof, yard, block, or town.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Geospatial dataset of bathymetric survey of lower Sixmile Creek reservoir, Ithaca, New York, 2015

Water depths were measured during November 2015 and bathymetric elevations were computed for the lower Sixmile Creek reservoir in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y. These data include ADCP-measured transect data and manually-measured point data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, Ithaca, N.Y., during November 16-20, 2015. These data were used by the GIS Program, City of Ithaca, N.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Bathymetric surface of Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel and selected tributaries, Ithaca, N.Y., 2016

From July 14-20, 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Ithaca, New York, conducted a bathymetric survey of the Cayuga Inlet flood-control channel and selected mouths of tributaries to Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York. U.S. Geological Survey personnel collected bathymetric data using an acoustic Doppler current profiler. The survey plan gener

Date published: January 1, 2016

Bathymetric surface of lower Sixmile Creek reservoir, Ithaca, New York, 2015

Water depths were measured during November 2015 and bathymetric elevations were computed for the lower Sixmile Creek reservoir in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y. These data include ADCP-measured transect data and manually-measured point data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, Ithaca, N.Y., during November 16-20, 2015. These data were used by the GIS Program, City of Ithaca, N.

Date published: January 1, 2016

Bathymetric surface of lower Sixmile Creek reservoir, Ithaca, New York, 1938

Water depths for the lower Sixmile Creek reservoir in Ithaca, Tompkins County, N.Y. that were measured during 1938 were found in the files of the GIS Program, City of Ithaca. This agency computed bathymetric elevations and created a bathymetric surface (TIN) of the reservoir.

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Image: Fall Colors in Upstate New York
October 3, 2014

Fall Colors in Upstate New York

Fall colors can be seen in Upstate New York along the banks of the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point.

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Image: Fall Colors in Upstate New York
October 3, 2014

Fall Colors in Upstate New York

Fall colors can be seen in Upstate New York along the banks of the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point.

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red brick gage house beside stream on Long Island
September 9, 2014

USGS gage house on Long Island

USGS gage house on Long Island, New York

man in orange pfd standing next to green flooded gagehouse
August 14, 2014

Flooded Gage House Carlls River, Long Island, NY

Flooded Gage House Carlls River, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

flooded streets and sidewalks in Babylon, NY
August 13, 2014

Carlls River at Babylon, NY 8/13/2014

 Carlls River at Babylon, NY approximately 3000 ft downstream of the gaging station (01308500). Part of a video  by William Capurso of USGS on 8/13/2014. (Public domain)

R/V Kaho in Lake Ontario
August 8, 2014

R/V Kaho in Lake Ontario

The R/V Kaho in Lake Ontario. The Kaho is stationed at the Lake Ontario Biological Station in Oswego, NY.

USGS and Cornell trucks and trailers on NYC street
August 7, 2014

Cornell University's Geothermal Test Site on Roosevelt Island, NY

Cornell University's Geothermal Test Site on Roosevelt Island, NY

Lake Ontario Biological Station
August 6, 2014

Lake Ontario Biological Station

GLSC Biologist Brian Weidel explains the importance of the small vessel program outside the Lake Ontario Biological Station in Oswego, New York.

man kneeling on grass with groundwater equipment
August 6, 2014

Groundwater Elevation Survey

USGS hydrologist conducting a groundwater elevation survey on Long Island, New York

2 people on dirt path using surveying equipment to sample water quality
August 6, 2014

Water-quality Sampling

Water-quality sampling on Long Island, New York

Photo of beach and high dunes at Fire Island, NY
July 10, 2014

USGS studies long-term change of beaches and dunes at Fire Island

Researchers at the USGS study the long-term change of the beaches and dunes at Fire Island, NY.

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