• Eastern Lake Ontario Sand Transport Study (ELOSTS): Final Report on Sediment Transport Patterns and Management Implications for Eastern Lake Ontario

      Woodrow, Donald L.; McClennen, Charles E.; Ahrnsbrak, William F.; Colgate University; Hobart William Smith Colleges (2002-10-28)
      To provide a basis for decisions concerning management of the Eastern Shore of Lake Ontario, study of important aspects of that region were carried out over the period 1998-2002. Personnel carrying out the projects came from the NY colleges and universities, Environment Canada, and consultants. Studies addressed lake currents, sediment type, distribution, internal structure and thickness in the lake and on the barriers; size variation of sand on the lake floor and on the beaches; water level in North Pond as a guide to short-term lake-level variations; shoreline evolution as seen in charts, maps and aerial photographs; and carbon dating of sediments to provide a chronology for the changes observed.
    • 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.