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: April 26, 2019
Status: Active

Contaminants in fish tissues from AOCs in New York State: The Niagara River AOC

DEC collaborators collect fish from a Niagara River tributary using an electrofishing boat The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Department of Health (NYSDOH), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are gathering data on chemical contaminants in fish from multiple Areas of Concern (AOCs) in New York State and plan to use this information to evaluate fish cons...

Date published: April 25, 2019
Status: Active

Morphological Behavior - Coastal System Change at Fire Island, New York

Sand is constantly exchanged between beaches, dunes, and the submerged shoreface, which includes the nearshore sand bar system. We use specialized vessels and equipment to understand the feedbacks between nearshore morphology changes and coastal change to improve predictions of future impacts.

Date published: April 24, 2019
Status: Active

Open Ocean/Marine - Coastal System Change at Fire Island, New York

Geophysical mapping and research have demonstrated that the seabed on the inner continental shelf has a variety of shapes which are linked to long-term evolution of the barrier island. Regional-scale modeling forecasts how atmospheric forcing and oceanographic circulation case sand, gravel, and other materials to be transported by tides, winds, waves, fresh water fluxes, and density variations...

Date published: April 24, 2019
Status: Active

Nearshore - Coastal System Change at Fire Island, New York

The nearshore is the submerged portion of the shoreface between the inner shelf and the shoreline and includes the surf zone, where waves break. Along with beaches and dunes, nearshore morphology and geology adjusts to changes in waves, sediment supply, human alterations, and sea level rise. By measuring nearshore morphologic and geologic variations, we can understand how quickly beaches and...

Date published: April 24, 2019
Status: Active

Upper Esopus Creek Tributary Bedload Pilot Study

Problem Sediment transport is a serious concern in the upper Esopus Creek watershed. The creek is a well-documented source of sediment and turbidity to the Ashokan Reservoir, which is part of the New York City water supply system. During the last 2 decades there has been a series of stream stabilization and sediment reduction projects completed in the upper Esopus Creek watershed intended to...

Date published: April 12, 2019
Status: Active

Edge-of-field monitoring

Edge-of-field monitoring focuses on identifying and reducing agricultural sources of excess nutrients which can threaten the health of streams, rivers, and lakes. Edge-of-field monitoring assesses the quantity and quality of agricultural runoff and evaluates the effectiveness of conservation practices that aim to reduce nutrient loss.

Date published: April 6, 2019
Status: Active

Using optical sensors to detect sewage contamination in the Great Lakes

In the Great Lakes, large volumes of sewage never make it to wastewater treatment plants due to illicit discharges and leaking sewer infrastructure, but contamination can be difficult to detect. This study will define the utility and practicality of using optical sensors to identify the sources and timing of sewage contamination in surface water and storm sewers in real-time field settings....

Contacts: Steven R Corsi
Date published: March 25, 2019
Status: Active

Assessing stormwater reduction using green infrastructure: Niagara River Greenway Project (Buffalo, NY)

The U.S. Geological Survey is assessing the effectiveness of green infrastructure at attenuating and reducing stormflow along a 2.26 mile corridor of Niagara Street in Buffalo, NY. This research is being conducted in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Buffalo Sewer Authority and University at Buffalo.

Date published: March 23, 2019
Status: Active

Edge-of-field monitoring: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative edge-of-field monitoring focuses on identifying and reducing agricultural sources of excess nutrients which threaten the health of the Great Lakes. The USGS supports these efforts by utilizing edge-of-field monitoring to assess the quantity and quality of agricultural runoff and evaluate conservation practices that aim to reduce sediment and nutrient loss....

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Bronx and Harlem River Watersheds (New York, N.Y.)

The Harlem and Bronx Rivers provide ecological and social resources in an intensively urban area. Connecting people to rivers requires clean water—the USGS is helping to assess the efficacy of green infrastructure to improve the quality of stormwater that flows into the rivers.

Date published: February 21, 2019
Status: Active

Surface-water quality in the Lake Erie/Niagara River Basin of New York State

Problem The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) intends to develop a Nine-Element Watershed Plan (http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/103264.html) for the Lake Erie/Niagara Basin. To develop the Nine-Element Plan, NYSDEC needs a high quality, quality assured, nutrient-loading dataset to serve as a baseline...

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Date published: January 1, 2019

Records of Selected Wells for Geohydrology and Water Quality Investigation of the Unconsolidated Aquifers in the Enfield Creek Valley, Town of Enfield, Tompkins County, New York, 2013-18

From 2013 to 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Town of Enfield and the Tompkins County Planning Department, collected and compiled well records (306 in total) within and outside the unconsolidated aquifer in the Town of Enfield, New York. Sources of well data included previous USGS groundwater studies, the USGS National Water Information System, and well

Date published: January 1, 2019

Baselines used to calculate rate of shoreline change statistics for New York State coastal wetlands

This data set contains baselines used to calculate shoreline rate of change statistics for New York State coastal wetlands. Analysis was performed in ArcMap 10.5.1 using the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS), created by U.S. Geological Survey, version 5.0, and polyline vector historical shorelines from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) . The baselines

Date published: January 1, 2019

Linear regression rate of shoreline change for New York State coastal wetlands

This data set contains rate of shoreline change statistics for New York State coastal wetlands. Analysis was performed in ArcMap 10.5.1 using historical vector shoreline data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rate of change statistics were calculated using the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS), created by U.S. Geological Survey, version 5.0. En

Date published: January 1, 2019

Data for Assessing the Status of Macroinvertebrate Communities and Sediment Toxicity in the Buffalo River Area of Concern, New York

Data from 10-day sediment toxicity tests of bed sediments from the Buffalo River Area of Concern (AOC) and reference reaches on the Buffalo River upstream of the AOC, Erie County, New York, respectively. Specifically, the data was used to compare the survival and growth of two macroinvertebrate species in sediments from study sites and laboratory controls. Results are from 10-day sedi

Date published: January 1, 2019

Adirondack and Catskill stream-fish survey dataset (ver. 2.0, July 2019)

The dataset is composed of two data tables containing information from electrofishing surveys conducted in the Catskill and Adirondack regions. The first data table contains fish collection information and the second data table contains information on the sampled reaches. First posted September 25, 2018, ver. 1.0 Revised July 2019, ver. 2.0 Version 2.0: This version of the dataset has the

Date published: January 1, 2019

2018 Hydrologic Data Summary for the Central Pine Barrens Region, Suffolk County, New York

This document provides a summary of surface water-quality, streamflow, and groundwater data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) within the Central Pine Barrens (CPB) Region of Suffolk County, New York. The data were collected in cooperation with the Central Pine Barrens Commission and the Town of Brookhaven under a five-year comprehensive water resources monitoring progra

Date published: January 1, 2019

Historical shorelines used to calculate rate of shoreline change statistics for New York State coastal wetlands

This dataset includes New York State historical shoreline positions represented as digital vector polylines from 1880 to 2015. Shorelines were compiled from topographic survey sheets from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Historical shoreline positions can be used to assess the movement of shorelines through time. Rates of shoreline change were calculated in ArcMap 1...

Date published: January 1, 2019

Occurrence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, Long Island and New York City, New York

State and local county health departments have detected per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in groundwater downgradient of airports and military and firefighting training areas in Long Island, New York. However, the occurrence and spatial distribution of PFAS throughout the surficial aquifer is not well established. Shallow groundwater samples were collected in 2018 from two observ

Date published: January 1, 2019

Rate of shoreline change statistics for New York State coastal wetlands

This data set contains baselines used to calculate shoreline rate of change statistics for New York State coastal wetlands. Analysis was performed in ArcMap 10.5.1 using the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS), created by U.S. Geological Survey, version 5.0, and polyline vector historical shorelines from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) . The baselines

Date published: December 6, 2018

Mean tidal range in marsh units of Fire Island National Seashore and Central Great South Bay salt marsh complex, New York

This dataset displays the spatial variation of mean tidal range (i.e. Mean Range of Tides, MN) in the Fire Island National Seashore and Central Great South Bay salt marsh complex, based on conceptual marsh units defined by Defne and Ganju (2018). 

Date published: December 4, 2018

USGS Water Use Data for New York

Retrieve state and county water-use data for New York for 1985 to 2015.

Date published: October 9, 2018

Water Quality Data Viewer for New York

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are leading a diverse range of studies to address CyanoHAB issues in water bodies throughout the United States, using a combination of traditional methods and emerging technologies, and in collaboration with numerous partners. 

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Year Published: 1988

Estimation, analysis, sources, and verification of consumptive water use data in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin provides water for many uses and for wildlife habitat; thus many groups have developed strategies to manage the basin 's water resource. The International Joint Commission (IJC) is reviewing and comparing available consumptive-use data to assess the magnitude and effect of consumptive uses under present...

Snavely, D.S.
Estimation, analysis, sources, and verification of consumptive water use data in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin; 1988; WRI; 88-4146; Snavely, D. S.

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Year Published: 1988

Water use in New York, 1985

Snavely, Deborah S.
Water use in New York, 1985; 1988; OFR; 88-727; Snavely, Deborah S.

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Year Published: 1986

Water-use data-collection programs and regional data base of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin states and provinces; a comparison of withdrawal-data programs by water-use category and by state and province

As a result of the Great Lakes Charter (signed by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Wisconsin), the Geological Survey worked with a committee of the Council of Great Lakes Governors to document the water use data collection programs in the Basin. These programs are described for public water...

Snavely, D.S.
Water-use data-collection programs and regional data base of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin states and provinces; a comparison of withdrawal-data programs by water-use category and by state and province; 1986; OFR; 86-546; Snavely, D. S.

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Year Published: 1981

Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 1979-November 30, 1980

Schaefer, Francis T.; Fish, Robert E.
Report of the River Master of the Delaware River for the period December 1, 1979-November 30, 1980; 1981; OFR; 81-810; Schaefer, Francis T.; Fish, Robert E.

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Year Published: 1978

Hydrologic environment of the Silurian salt deposits in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and New York

The aggregate thickness of evaporites (salt, gypsum, and anhydrite) in the Silurian Salina sequence in Michigan exceeds 1200 feet in areas near the periphery of the Michigan basin, where the salt beds are less than 3000 feet below land surface. In northeast Ohio the aggregate thickness of salt beds is as much as 200 feet in places, and in western...

Norris, Stanley E.
Hydrologic environment of the Silurian salt deposits in parts of Michigan, Ohio, and New York; 1978; OFR; 78-684; Norris, Stanley E.

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Diver point of view on the camera
October 16, 2018

The Diver's Point of View

This is the view a SCUBA diver has using our integrated camera and scooter instrument in Lake Huron.

Divers work on a circular transect
October 16, 2018

A Circular Transect in Lake Ontario

Two SCUBA divers, one at the center pivot (on the left), the other running an integrated camera and scooter (right) run a circular transect in Lake Ontario

Staff from NYSDEC and volunteers release 2,500 lake sturgeon into Cayuga Lake.
October 10, 2018

Staff from NYSDEC and volunteers release 2,500 lake sturgeon into Cayu

Staff from NYSDEC and volunteers release 2,500 lake sturgeon into Cayuga Lake.

Volunteers mark lake sturgeon at the NYSDEC Oneida Hatchery
October 9, 2018

Volunteers mark lake sturgeon at the NYSDEC Oneida Hatchery

Volunteers mark lake sturgeon at the NYSDEC Oneida Hatchery

woman in field writing notes while looking at sampling equipment
September 26, 2018

Sentinel Monitoring for New and Legacy Pesticides on Long Island, NY

USGS Hydrologist Irene Fisher monitors groundwater conditions at an agricultural well.

3 men in waders in grassy stream with fish nets
September 21, 2018

Biologists from the USGS and Nature Conservancy identify a small fish

Biologists from the USGS and Nature Conservancy identify a small fish captured during a September electrofishing survey on a tributary to Follensby Pond, Adirondack Mountains, New York

Lake Ontario Biological Station
September 12, 2018

The Lake Ontario Biological Station

The Lake Erie Biological Station in Oswego, NY. Go to our Stations page to learn more.

Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science
September 12, 2018

Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science

The Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science. See our Locations page for more information.

woman with USGS clothing in green woodsy area with orange butterfly on arm
September 5, 2018

Field Photo Friday winner for NY September 2018

Karen Murray and a visitor at Canajoharie Creek near Canajoharie, NY during ecological sampling for the National Water Quality Assessment project.

water rapids flowing under a bridge
August 30, 2018

Mohawk River Tributary

A large Mohawk River tributary

August 24, 2018

Aerial View of Divers Conducting a Transect

Diver completing a transect with the dive camera while another diver stands on the center pivot to keep it upright. The transect is a circle and is being controlled with the line attached to the pivot.
 

August 24, 2018

Sampling Cladophora with the Gobies

Quadrat for sampling cladophora with gobies swimming around. There is another quadrat in the distance for a different sampling site.
 

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The Harlem River and Washington Bridge circa 1905, looking northward.
June 14, 2016

Water quality in the Harlem River in New York has improved greatly since passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, though there are still instances where it doesn’t meet state and federal standards according to first time analysis of the river data by the U.S. Geological Survey.

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.

 

USGS
March 22, 2016

Water quality in Connecticut streams flowing into Long Island Sound has steadily improved over the last 40 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. 

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
March 14, 2016

Much of the coast from Maine to Virginia is more likely to change than to simply drown in response to rising seas during the next 70 years or so, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Visualize Your Water EPA logo
January 13, 2016

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce Visualize Your Water, a citizen science challenge for high school students who live in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

Source Contribution of Mercury in Great Lakes Sediment
December 10, 2015

For the first time, land and resource managers in the Great Lakes will be able to distinguish between the various sources of mercury in the environment, a toxic chemical of significant concern in the region. This is thanks to a new tool that “fingerprints” the mercury, developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Small prop plane sitting on runway. Snow covered mountains in the background. Photo credit: Goldak Airborne Survey
December 4, 2015

Residents of Essex and Clinton counties in New York may notice an airplane flying a grid pattern at low altitude for a few weeks in December as scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey map buried geological features that provide clues into mineral resources in the area.

USGS
November 4, 2015

Areas of sand and gravel in contact with the Chemung River are the most favorable for potential large-scale groundwater supply within the largest valleys of eastern Chemung County, New York, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study. More modest water-supply potential was estimated in the valleys of Newtown, Baldwin, and Wynkoop Creeks.

USGS science for a changing world logo
November 4, 2015

Soil acidification from acid rain that is harmful to plant and aquatic life has now begun to reverse in forests of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, according to an American-Canadian collaboration of five institutions led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

collage of scientists conducting science related to each mission are
October 15, 2015

Grass carp egg survival is compromised when they settle on streambeds and are potentially covered by sediments, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. It has been long assumed that the eggs of Asian carps, including grass carp, must be carried in the water current in order to hatch successfully, but no previous scientific studies have proven that theory.

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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