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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 Bill Coon, 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.

Hurricane Sandy Information

Noreaster - January 2016

USGS activated its Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network in preparation for the major coastal storm that affected the eastern seaboard

In response to the major coastal storm that affected the eastern seaboard this past weekend, the USGS activated its Surge, Wave, and Tide Hydrodynamics (SWaTH) Network. USGS teams in 5 states worked to install storm-tide and wave sensors in coastal areas that were expected to receive moderate to major tidal flooding from this storm. About 125 sensors from the Delaware coast north to southern Connecticut were deployed. Some of these sensors (rapid-deployment gages) provided real-time tide and meteorological data where needed to assist local emergency management and flood-forecast efforts. We plan to recover and process the sensors over the next week or two, with data being available from the USGS storm-tide mapper at http://stn.wim.usgs.gov/noreasterjan2016.

Photos of storm-tide and wave sensor installation:
 USGS employee Andy Lange installing SWaTH Network sensor housing at Oyster Bay Harbor, NY.   USGS employee William Capurso installing a SWaTH Network rapid-deployment gage at Staten Island, NY.   USGS employee Mike Noll measuring from base of installed SWaTH Network sensor housing to land surface at Mamaroneck, NY   USGS employee Riley Behrens installing a SWaTH Network sensor housing in the icy water of Great South Bay, NY

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