Water Resources of the United States
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2022 16:02:50 EDT
Summary: Below normal streamflow in New York
The 7-day average streamflow of more than 300 USGS streamgages in New York is approaching the 10th percentile. Statewide, streamflows have been below normal since August. Provisional 7-day average discharges are the lowest of record (1995-current) at the USGS streamgages East Branch Croton R nr Putnam Lake, NY (013449480); Cross River nr Cross River, NY (0134890); and Muscoot R at Baldwin Place, NY (01374930), located in southeastern New York. The New York Drought Management Task Force has issued a Drought Watch for seven of nine New York State Drought Regions (all except Adirondack, NYC/Westchester, and part of Great Lakes). There are no statewide mandatory water restrictions at this time. However, local public water suppliers may require conservation methods, depending upon local needs and conditions.
USGS personnel from the Troy, Milford, and Cortland offices have made about 50 low-flow discharge measurements during the past two weeks for rating calibrations and rating extensions. All USGS gages are currently operating. Additional low-flow measurements are planned next week if streamflows continue to decrease.