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: November 21, 2016
Status: Active

Assessment of stormwater control measures at the Niagara River Greenway Project, Buffalo, New York

Background The proposed study will examine any existing data from the monitoring wells, weather station, and flow through the storm sewer system (supplied by Buffalo Sewer Authority) to determine the dynamics of the system during storm events. Further analysis using all available information is needed to fully understand the relationship of events to the implementation of Green Infrastructure...

Date published: November 18, 2016
Status: Active

World Water Monitoring Day

Adopted by Water Environment Federation (WEF) in July 2006, World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is an international outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world. Held annually between September 18 and October 18, the program engages communities in monitoring the condition of local rivers, streams, estuaries and other water bodies....

Date published: November 8, 2016
Status: Active

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state...

Date published: November 3, 2016
Status: Active

Earth Smart

The New York Water Science Center has developed a collection of Earth Science materials available on loan for use by teachers and adults within the Albany Capital District. A brief list of items available for loan includes the ground water model; rock, fossil, mineral, and sand collections; landform display, water cycle model, contour mapping tools; a variety of books, posters, videos, and...

Date published: September 1, 2016
Status: Active

Sediment toxicity and status of benthic macroinvertebrate communities in the remediated Buffalo River Area-of-Concern

Background : Contaminated bed sediments in much of the Buffalo River AOC (Figure 1A, 1B) were removed (dredged) between 2011 and 2015. Plans to monitor and assess the effectiveness of this management action on 8 of 9 beneficial-use-impairments (BUI), included the benthic macroinvertebrate (benthos) BUI, were revised by the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper, 2014). Funds needed to...

Contacts: Barry P Baldigo, Scott George, Brian Duffy
Date published: August 1, 2016
Status: Active

Hurricane Sandy Impacts on Coastal Wetland Resilience in the Northeast United States

The Challenge: The high winds and storm surge associated with Hurricane Sandy impacted coastal wetlands from Virginia to Maine. Understanding the ecological and geological impacts of hurricanes on coastal wetlands and their interactive effects with local conditions is important for identifying resilience of these communities to predicted global sea-level rise. Given the projected increase in...

Date published: July 27, 2016
Status: Active

Sentinel Monitoring for New and Legacy Pesticides in the Shallow Groundwater of Long Island

Problem The shallow groundwater of Nassau and Suffolk Counties is prone to contamination from current land-use, including agricultural, residential, and recreational. The aquifer system of Long Island is highly susceptible to human-derived contamination, in particular, because the soils and underlying sediments are generally composed of sandy, permeable materials that allow contaminants to...

Date published: July 27, 2016
Status: Active

Delineation of the Hydrogeologic Framework and Saltwater-Freshwater Interface and Determination of Water-Supply Sustainability of Long Island, New York

Problem Long Island’s sole-source aquifer system, which includes the Lloyd, Magothy, Jameco, and upper glacial aquifers, supplies groundwater to over 2.8 million people. As a coastal aquifer system, it is susceptible to saltwater intrusion. Past pumpage and sewering (fig. 1) resulted in increased salinity in most aquifers in all counties (Buxton and Shernoff, 1999; Misut and others, 2004;...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

HDgov: Multi-agency Website for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources

HDgov is an interactive and mobile-responsive online portal to interagency, academic, and non-government resources focused on the human dimensions of natural resource management. The web portal provides easy access to tools, publications, data, and methods that help ensure that the people side of natural resources is considered throughout the entire natural resource management process. The...

Date published: July 26, 2016
Status: Active

National Park Service Visitor Spending Effects

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Nation’s most iconic destinations that attract millions of visitors from across the Nation and around the world. Trip-related spending by NPS visitors generates and supports a considerable amount of economic activity within park gateway communities. USGS economists collaborate with the National Park Service social science program to estimate NPS...

Date published: July 21, 2016
Status: Active

North American Waterfowl Management Plan

The ultimate success of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) depends on maintaining relevance to stakeholders and society. In order to be relevant, a first step is to better understand what people value in regard to waterfowl and their habitats. 

Date published: May 17, 2016

Urban Landscapes- Northeast Region Capability Team

Urban landscapes commonly are impacted in many ways, including degraded water quality, fragmented habitats, invasive species, contaminant spills and transport, reduced groundwater recharge, increasing streamflow flashiness, and others. Urban development disrupts native biological communities, particularly the loss of sensitive biota...

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Date published: September 25, 2017

Groundwater Data for New York

Data from wells, springs, test holes, tunnels, drains, and excavations in New York; well location data includes information such as latitude and longitude, well depth, and aquifer. Groundwater level data are collected and stored as either discrete field-water-level measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Date published: September 25, 2017

Water-quality data for New York

Chemical, physical, and biological properties of water, sediment, and tissue samples from New York. Water-quality data are collected as either discrete field measurements or as continuous time-series data from automated recorders.

Date published: September 25, 2017

Hydrologic Conditions Mapper (New York)

New York Hydrologic Conditions Mapper:  (1) Streamflow conditions (2) Groundwater conditions (3) Precipitation (4) Precipitation departure from normal (5) NYC Water Supply System Status. In addition, historical monthly conditions reports and seasonal condition maps are also available.

Date published: September 25, 2017

Water use data for New York

Water-use data are collected by area type (state, county, watershed, or aquifer) and source (rivers or groundwater), and category (such as public supply or irrigation). Water-use data has been reported every five years since 1950. The USGS works with local, State, and Federal agencies as well as other organizations to collect and report withdrawals.

Date published: September 1, 2017

National Water Information System web interface (NWISweb)

The National Water Information System (NWIS) web application provides access to real-time and historical surface-water, groundwater, water-quality, and water-use data collected at approximately 1.5 million sites across all 50 states.

Date published: August 24, 2017

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Interactive access to coastal change science and data for our Nation’s coasts. Information and products are organized within three coastal change hazard themes: 1) extreme storms, 2) shoreline change, and 3) sea-level rise. Displays probabilities of coastal erosion.

Date published: August 11, 2017

Ground-Based Lidar Beach Topography of Fire Island, New York, January 2012

This high-resolution elevation dataset was collected on January 30, 2012 and extends along 31 kilometers (km) of Fire Island, NY beach, stretching from the eastern boundary of Robert Moses State Park to the Otis Pike Wilderness Area near Hospital Island, approximately 1.25km east of the Wilderness Breach and approximately 1.5km west of the Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center. 

Date published: July 6, 2017

Nowcast Beach Status

Nowcast predicts water quality conditions at select beach swimming areas in the Great Lakes. Nowcast estimates conditions by merging environment and climate data with variables measured at a beach by 8 AM each morning and entering them into a computer program which provides a probability from 1 to 100 as to whether or not the beach has exceeded the bathing-water standard of 235 units of E....

Date published: July 4, 2017

NYWSC 305b mapper - Ambient Groundwater Quality Monitoring

Ambient groundwater quality monitoring well mapper information for New York

Date published: July 3, 2017

Current New York Water Conditions

Current New York Water Conditions

Date published: July 3, 2017

Flood and High Flow Condition (New York)

Map of locations where the water level is currently at or above flood stage or at high flow in New York

Date published: July 3, 2017

Southeastern New York Coastal Monitoring Sites

USGS real-time monitoring data for estuary and coastal-ocean sites in the southeastern New York region

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Straightened urban stream flows by street through commercial area
August 12, 2016

Bronx River by street

The Bronx River has been straightened as it flows by a street in New York City. The Bronx River was one of many streams sampled in the Northeastern U.S. as part of the Regional Stream Quality Assessments (RSQA).

Woman on river bank holding line to adcp
August 9, 2016

ADCP measurement USGS 01304500 PECONIC RIVER AT RIVERHEAD NY

Nicole Casamassina making a streamflow measurement with an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) at USGS 01304500 PECONIC RIVER AT RIVERHEAD NY (Credit: Amy Simonson, USGS NY WSC, Public domain.)

A stream and shallow broad falls in wooded area
August 8, 2016

Postcard Falls, Allen Creek

Allen Creek, near the Town of Brighton, New York, flows over rock, creating the stunning Postcard Falls at Corbett's Glen Nature Park. Learn about the water quality of Allen Creek and other Northeast streams studied by the USGS Northeast Stream Quality Assessment here.

Flowing stream in the northeastern US
August 8, 2016

Northeast stream

Corbett's Glen Nature Park, Town of Brighton, Monroe County, New York.  This was one of the sampling sites for the USGS Norheastern Stream Quality Assessment (NESQA). During spring and summer, 2016, the USGS Regional Stream Quality Assessment sampled contaminants, fish, invertebrates, and algae in streams in the northeast.  Learn about the results

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Habitat assessment in the Bronx River NY
August 6, 2016

Habitat assessment in the Bronx River NY

Peter VanMetre and Jennifer Krstolic making a habitat assessment in the Bronx River, NY as a part of the 2016 USGS National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) stream quality assessment in the northeastern United States.

hand holding small fish above a red bucket of water
July 26, 2016

Small fish from Adirondack Stream

Small fish from Adirondack Stream

hand holding fish above red bucket off water
July 26, 2016

Brook trout collected from an Adirondack stream

Brook trout collected from an Adirondack stream

a tall drill rig in front of trees with a man standing at base
July 20, 2016

Mud rotary drilling - Locust Valley, Long Island, New York

 Mud rotary drilling of an observation well in Locust Valley, New York

Invertebrate sampling in Lake Ontario
July 11, 2016

Invertebrate sampling in Lake Ontario

Invertebrate sampling in Lake Ontario by Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring field crew.

June 15, 2016

The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF)

This is an introductory video to an adaptive management approach for the invasive plant Phragmites australis in the Great Lakes basin. An adaptive management framework is an iterative process of robust decision making aimed at reducing uncertainty over time, for a variety of stakeholders with differing backgrounds and interests, via system monitoring.

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2 people working with water quality equipment
June 13, 2016

Water-quality sampling on Long Island

USGS hydrologists Irene Fisher and Michael Como sample water quality on Long Island.

2 men sitting on stone wall by Mohawk River with ADCP
May 11, 2016

Measuring discharge with ADCP on Mohawk River

Measuring discharge with ADCP on Mohawk River

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