Saturday, April 22, 2017

Project Watershed 2017 Stream Monitoring Schedule.

Project Watershed (CNY IWLA) - Proposed Stream Monitoring Schedule 

This is a preliminary schedule, subject to modification.  Listed for each stream survey date is a first target date and a second backup date in case of high waters or inclement weather.

Listed below are the proposed times for monitoring each of the identified stream sites (open to change):  Beartrap Creek, Butternut Creek, Nine Mile Creek and Onondaga Creek … at 3:00 PM Carpenter’s Brook and Skaneateles Creek … at 5:45 PM

*NOTE:         Our former Ley Creek adult team will be working on Beartrap Creek as continuation of a Great Lakes  Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant project sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Onondaga Creek Apr 26, 2017
Onondaga Creek Apr 28, 2017 rain date

Beartrap Creek May 1, 2017
Beartrap Creek May 4, 2017 rain date

Carpenter’s Brook May 9, 2017
Carpenter’s Brook May 11, 2017 rain date

Skaneateles Creek May 25, 2017
Skaneateles Creek May 29, 2017 rain date

Nine Mile Creek May 31, 2017
Nine Mile Creek Jun 2, 2017 rain date

Beartrap Creek Jun 5, 2017
Beartrap Creek Jun 7, 2017 rain date

Butternut Creek Jun 13, 2017
Butternut Creek Jun 15, 2017 rain date

Carpenter’s Brook Jun 20, 2017
Carpenter’s Brook Jun 22, 2017 rain date

Onondaga Creek Jun 28, 2017
Onondaga Creek Jun 30, 2017 rain date

Skaneateles Creek Jul 6, 2017
Skaneateles Creek Jul 8, 2017 rain date

Butternut Creek Jul 11, 2017 rain date
Butternut Creek Jul 14, 2017

Nine Mile Creek Jul 26, 2017
Nine Mile Creek Jul 28, 2017 rain date

Carpenter’s Brook Aug 1, 2017
Carpenter’s Brook Aug 3, 2017 rain date

Nine Mile Creek Aug 9, 2017
Nine Mile Creek Aug 11, 2017 rain date

Onondaga Creek Aug 16, 2017
Onondaga Creek Aug 18, 2017 rain date

Butternut Creek Sep 5, 2017
Butternut Creek Sep 7, 2017 rain date

Beartrap Creek Sep 11, 2017
Beartrap Creek Sep 13, 2017 rain date

Skaneateles Creek Sep 21, 17
Skaneateles Creek Sep 25, 17 rain date

Beartrap Creek Oct 2, 2017
Beartrap Creek Oct 4, 2017 rain date

Onondaga Creek Oct 4, 2017
Onondaga Creek Oct 6, 2017 rain date

Nine Mile Creek Oct 11, 2017
Nine Mile Creek Oct 13, 2017 rain date

Weekend Events April 22

Saturday - CNY IWLA and Manlius Library - Young Naturalist Fossil Walk at Clark Reservation - 12:30.

Friday - Project Watershed, CNY IWLA, and the Cazenovia College Environmental Club Sponsored a stream monitoring event.  Chemical and Macro Invertebrates were measured. Excellent chemistry and many many Sensitive Macros found - excellent water Quality.

Monday, January 9, 2017

IWLA Chapter Meetings in January and February

Next Chapter Meeting and Project Watershed Mtg

1)  CNY Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:00 pm

2)  Project Watershed Meeting - Monday, Feb. 6, 3:30 pm

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Grant Opportunity

  • Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
    The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development.
    The program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country. Its goal is to meet the conservation needs of important species and habitats, providing measurable and meaningful conservation and educational outcomes. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement of diverse partnerships and an education/outreach component that will help shape and sustain behavior to achieve conservation goals.
    Funding priorities for this program include:
    • On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration
    • Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum
    • Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits
    • Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes.


G.L.R.I. Project

Final Report on G.L.R.I. Habitat Restoration Projects

Friday, November 25, 2016

IWLA Chapter Mtg and Project Watershed Meeting in Nov

Next Chapter Meeting  and Project Watershed Meeting

1) Project Watershed Meeting - Monday 3:30, Nov 28. 
2) CNY Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, 7:00 pm , Nov 29. 

Chapter Meeting Agenda

Our agenda will be a wrap up of Chapter activities accomplished this past year, and making plans for Chapter projects & activities in the coming year.  As a Chapter, we accomplished a lot in 2016, but there's plenty of challenges for next year with a new administration.  Also to be discussed will be a letter sent County Legislator Plochocki on a proposal for passage of legislation creating an Onondaga Watershed Advisory Council or Board.

Agenda for Project Watershed Board Meeting  November 28 
Ska-Nonh Center, Liverpool

1.     2016 Stream Surveys Summary

2.     Report on Creek Freaks – YARE Workshops in Morrisville and Shackleton Point

      3.   Young Naturalist Program Update and Onondaga Creek Field Trip

      4.   Cornell Cooperative Extension Programs Update

      5.   Completion of Beartrap-Ley Creek GLRI Project
      6.   Request from Lake Keuka Chapter for Stream Survey Information   

      7.   Citizen Water Quality Monitoring in New York State

Interim Report on Chloride Levels

Chloride Levels Have Risen in Urban Streams and Rivers in the Northern States
            A 2014 article in the Great Lakes Echo newsletter notes that rivers in wintry cities remain salty year-round.  About 35 billion pounds of salt are applied to wintry roads in the United States every year.  Much of it winds up in rivers and lakes.

            The Community Science Institute, located in Ithaca, has collected volunteer stream data for several decades, and published an article on ‘Road Salt in Local Streams’ in spring of 2015.  The article indicates that the majority of road salt (mostly consisting of sodium, calcium, and magnesium chlorides) enters streams by infiltration to groundwater.  Chloride from road salt is absorbed into groundwater over time, eventually leading to increased chloride levels in streams. 

             An interesting observation in the same article is that the chloride levels stay relatively stable in most streams throughout the year, rather than increasing in the winter and decreasing in summer.  The salt does not simply wash off the road and directly into the stream; it is apparently a slower, longer process.   We have found similar results for chloride measurements taken in various urban/suburban streams in Onondaga County during various late winter through mid-fall surveys.

read more in the  Link to Chloride Report