State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2007NY100B
Title: Evaluation of the health of lower Esopus Creek using water quality and benthic macro invertebrates
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2007
End Date: 2/28/2008
Congressional District: 22
Focus Categories: Groundwater, Surface Water, Hydrology
Keywords: water quality, groundwater, surface water, non-point pollution, watershed health, flood potential, stream bank erosion
Principal Investigator: Chowdhury, Shafiul H.
Federal Funds: $ 18,744
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 25,057
Abstract: The region covering the Lower Esopus Creek watershed is expected to be undergoing over development as a suburb of the greater New York metropolitan area. The higher than average rate of growth will stress the limited groundwater and surface water resources of the area. The Town of Hurley Conservation Advisory Council is very concerned about the future of this natural renewable resource, which is currently under the threat of overexploitation and anthropogenic contamination. It is necessary to have a way to test and monitor the creek?s water quality and, if impacts are occurring to aquatic organisms, to determine the most likely cause of the impact. This study will provide us a comprehensive understanding of the health of the watershed in conjunction with the studies of flood potential and stream bank erosion of Lower Esopus Creek. This high quality scientific information will be useful for county and town planning purposes as it can guide water quality management as it relates to current and future development within the watershed. This information will be of value to private citizens, land use planners, and government agencies.

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