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Hudson River streamflows much above normal
Report spills to NY DEC

Water news for Monday, March 4, 2024 839 am EST

Streamflow Situation from USGS current streamflow monitors
Rain over the weekend has increased streamflows in the central drainage basin sending higher water volume toward New York City and Long Island Sound Monday morning. Upper Hudson River stations at North Creek, Hadley and Fort Edward are running above 90th percentile, water volume this morning is in the top ten percent of levels recorded historically. Creeks in Long Island Sound are running above normal this morning, between the 75th and 90th percentile.

Black River flows are still up over 90th percentile Monday, as are Lake Champlain, Delaware and Ramapo River tributaries. No extreme high flows are registering across the NY network this morning. Lower Genesee River continues to run much below seasonal normal, Niagara River - Lake Erie tributaries are below normal, no extreme lows as of this report.

Drought Map USGS 7-day average streamflow against seasonal average
New York Niagara River - Lake Erie watershed area in Erie County remains below normal along the Niagara-Erie County line, along with the adjacent watersheds of the Lake Ontario minor tributaries west section and Lower Genesee River watershed. Lake Ontario minor tributaries central watershed was rated below normal briefly over the weekend, 7-day average streamflows have picked up enough to take this watershed off the drought map Monday.

Drinking Water Matters
High streamflows and thawing ice in spring carry sediment into the drinking water reservoirs of New York State. Check out the drinking water facility profiles to see which cities source drinking water from reservoirs compared to underground wells. reports conditions around surface water bodies that can impact drinking water sources. More to follow.

Hazardous Spills Report a spill 1-800-457-7362
NY DEC Emergency spill hotline takes reports of hazardous materials spills from anyone with knowledge of a spill. Professional responders are dispatched to contain spills and remove hazardous materials. Note that a spill of one gallon of home heating oil inside a residence is considered a large spill requiring professional response and cleanup. Ventilate the building and clear the area if a spill of fuel oil #2 occurs inside your home, call the emergency spill line.

USGS Provisional Data Statement
Data are provisional and subject to revision until they have been thoroughly reviewed and received final approval. Current condition data relayed by satellite or other telemetry are automatically screened to not display improbable values until they can be verified.
Provisional data may be inaccurate due to instrument malfunctions or physical changes at the measurement site. Subsequent review based on field inspections and measurements may result in significant revisions to the data.
Data users are cautioned to consider carefully the provisional nature of the information before using it for decisions that concern personal or public safety or the conduct of business that involves substantial monetary or operational consequences. Information concerning the accuracy and appropriate uses of these data or concerning other hydrologic data may be obtained from the USGS.

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