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United States Geological Survey (USGS): Water Resources of New York

Here you'll find information on New York's rivers, lakes, and estuaries. You'll also find information about groundwater, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS New York Water Science Center operates the most extensive satellite network of stream- and tide-gaging stations in the state, many of which form the backbone of flood-warning systems. The USGS provides current ("real-time") stream stage and surface-water, water-quality, and groundwater levels for over 300 sites in New York.

For emergency situations, please contact Gary Firda, Surface Water Specialist at the USGS New York Water Science Center or call our general number (518) 285-5600 and follow the directions to leave voicemail which will be immediately forwarded to a responsible party and responded to as quickly as possible.

NOTICE (08-13-2014) -- Major flooding on Long Island due to large amounts of rain that fell overnight - over 13 inches in 6 hours was measured at Islip Airport - has resulted in several USGS streamgages to crest above or near record levels. The USGS Coram Field Office is assembling crews to make manual measurements and to ensure that each station is operating properly. For more information about streamflows go to USGS WaterWatch.

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Streamgage Funding

NOTICE April 11, 2014 -- Increase in the USGS National Streamflow Information Program (NSIP) funding provides long-term support for threatened streamgages in New York State.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), working with funding partners, has identified long-term support for 9 streamgages in New York that had been shut down or were slated to be shut down as of October 1, 2014.
The USGS in consultation with partners, including the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), NYSDEC, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program evaluated the New York streamgaging network to prioritize streamgage use with an emphasis on those streamgages that provide information needed for flood forecast and warning, an index for hydrologic conditions and water availability, or provide model reference information for infrastructure design specifications. Through this effort, streamgages were prioritized and the network evaluated to determine where available funds should be focused. The result of this effort is that a number of streamgages will now be supported in 2014 and beyond. There will be three streamgages that are viewed as lower priority and, in order to support higher-priority sites, will be discontinued October 1, 2014.

For more information and and the complete list of threatened sites see: real-time water data page or map. Fact Sheets describe maintenance costs and USGS streamgage operation ( 1, 2, 3, 4).

For more information please contact Rob Breault or Ward Freeman of the USGS New York Water Science Center at 518-285-5658 or dc_ny@usgs.gov.

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