• Eighteenmile Creek Niagara County, New York

      Makarewicz, Joseph C.; Nowak, Matthew J.; The College at Brockport (2010-01-01)
      Eighteenmile Creek drains 93 mi2 of land as it travels 26 miles before emptying into Lake Ontario. Topography is generally flat and comprised primarily of agricultural and rural residential development, with most of the industrial influences concentrated in the City of Lockport. The creek is a Great Lakes Area of Concern and has a Remedial Action Plan currently headed by the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District. PCBs, specifically, represent the area of stress that receives the most attention. In addition to a history of industrial waste exposure, the Lockport Sewage Treatment Plant diverts treated sewage to the stream. Despite these water quality issues, Eighteenmile Creek is a popular fishing stream due to major salmon runs, while Olcott Harbor at the mouth of the river is the home of much of the Niagara County sport fishing industry. Nuisance algae, turbid waters, and algal mat development impact the drowned river mouth and the nearshore waters along the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario. This short report provides a synopsis of data collected monthly from May through September (2003 to 2009) on the water quality of Eighteenmile Creek and the lakeside (swimmable depth) of Lake Ontario near the mouth of the creek.
    • Field Data Report Lake Ontario Tributaries 2005-2006

      Coleates, Richard; Hale, Stephen; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2008-01-01)
      The Lakewide Management Plan for Lake Ontario has identified six critical pollutants which contribute to lakewide beneficial use impairments due to their toxicity, persistence in the environment, and/or their ability to bioaccumulate. The six critical pollutants are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, DDT, dieldrin, mirex, and dioxins. Approximately 80% of the surface water flow to Lake Ontario is from the Niagara River. A long term monitoring program conducted by Environment Canada, as a component of the Niagara River Toxics Management Plan, has provided good estimated loadings of pollutants from the Niagara River and the upstream Great Lakes. However, definitive current information regarding loadings from other U.S. tributaries to Lake Ontario had been lacking. In 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated a program to regularly monitor U.S. tributaries for the critical pollutants. Previous reports have provided program results for 2002 through 2004. This report adds changes and results from 2005 through 2006.
    • Phytoplankton and zooplankton abundance and seasonal distribution in Eighteenmile Creek, NY

      Makarewicz, Joseph C.; Lewis, Theodore W.; The College at Brockport (2001-12-01)
      The objective of this study workplan is to determine the health of the planktonic community in the Eighteenmile Area of Concern (AOC) and to establish the status of the Use Impairment Indicator in the Eighteenmile Creek Remedial Action Plan (RAP). Results from this study will be compared to results of previously studied community structure data from control / reference sites: an undisturbed creek on the south shore of Lake Ontario (Yanty Creek), the open waters of Lake Ontario, and from Braddock Bay on Lake Ontario.