Stream Monitoring

Stream Monitoring

Pure Waters’ Stream Monitoring program has over 50 Citizen Scientists out in the streams obtaining water samples for laboratory analysis to determine if pollutants are being carried into the Seneca Lake.

The Citizen Scientists are trained to properly collect water samples by the staff of the  Community Science Institute (CSI).

The water samples are analyzed by CSI which maintains a state-certified laboratory and a database of the stream sampling results.

Water samples are obtained from 5 major streams at 3-6 sites on each of these streams several times each season. Sites have been added to some streams to better identify the sources of high pollutant levels. Sampling high flow storm events is difficult, but very important due to the high levels of pollutants that occur during these times. High pollutant levels, coupled with high flow into the lake, make these events a key contributor to the pollution of Seneca Lake. Volunteers also aid in the data analysis, drawing of conclusions, and presentation of the information. The Finger Lakes Institute, in Geneva, NY, is another critical partner in assuring sound science in the design and interpretations of results from SLPWA’s efforts.

Water Quality Fact Sheets
2017
Big Stream
Catharine Creek
Kashong Creek
Keuka Outlet
Reeder Creek
2016
Big Stream
Catharine Creek
Kashong Creek
Keuka Outlet
Reeder Creek
2015
Big Stream
Catharine Creek
Keuka Outlet
Reeder Creek

 

Seneca Lake Water Quality Overview - 2017
by Kelly Coughlin and David Youst – Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, October, 2017

2016 Stream Monitoring Data Sheet

 2015 Stream Monitoring Data Sheet

2015 Stream Monitoring Training Guide

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