2010 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October 3 November 2010)
Paper No. 108-19
Presentation Time: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM


SMITH, Colby A., New York State Geologic Survey, New York State Museum, 3140 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230, csmith4@mail.nysed.gov, KOZLOWSKI, Andrew L., Geologic Survey, New York State Museum, 3140 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230, STEFANIK, Paul, New York State Museum, Geological Suvey, 3140 Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230, and DAVIS, Dan, Stream Management Program, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 71 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Drainage basins in the Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York State provide the majority of drinking water to the residents of New York City. One such catchment is that of Esopus Creek which is the main tributary to Ashokan Reservoir. Recently, unacceptably high turbidity levels have been intermittently recorded in the reservoir spurring geologic investigation into the source(s) of fine-grained suspended sediments responsible for the turbidity.

Surficial geologic mapping of the Shandaken Quadrangle in the upper reaches of Esopus Valley largely reveals till, deposited during the late Pleistocene glaciation, and alluvium and colluvium deposited during the Holocene. Evidence of lacustrine silt and clay, deposited in pro-glacial lakes dammed in the valley during deglaciation, are exposed only in limited exposures along Esopus Creek and its tributaries. Thus, in order to determine the lateral extent and thickness of fine-grained sediments three-dimensional mapping was required. A drilling campaign was undertaken in Esopus Valley including five holes distributed over 3 quadrangles. Preliminary results indicate extensive lacustrine deposits to thicknesses of 25 m and a variety of glacial stratigraphies that can be used to determine the deglacial history of the region.

2010 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October 3 November 2010)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 108--Booth# 216
Geologic Maps, Digital Geologic Maps, and Derivatives from Geologic and Geophysical Maps (Posters)
Colorado Convention Center: Hall D
8:00 AM-6:00 PM, Monday, 1 November 2010

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 276

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