Genesee RiverWatch hosted its 2nd annual Genesee River Basin Summit on June 17th, 2015 at SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY. Regional experts discussed basin-wide and sub-watershed activities and efforts to improve water quality. We also gained input from a wide variety of stakeholders toward developing a Genesee River Basin Report Card whose purpose is to:
- Raise public awareness of the overall state of the Genesee River Basin
- Provide a basis for conversation about priorities for improving water quality in the Genesee River
- Establish visible targets to improve the water quality in, and access to, the Genesee River.
- Ensure that we, as a community are making progress toward those targets.
Update on the creation and future use of the 9-Element plan DEC created for the Genesee River Basin in 2014. Describe results of 2014 RIBS Monitoring (Rotating Intensive Basin Survey- 1st year Screening Samples) for the Genesee River Basin. Other topics include Trees-For-Tribs, WAVE program, Basin priority with DEC and EPA.
Overview of the process and content associated with the recently-completed Oatka Creek Watershed Management Plan and Black Creek Watershed Management Plan.
Update on the status of the effort by the Rochester Embayment Remedial Action Plan Advisory Committee to de-list the Area of Concern (AOC) by 2016. Topics include the Braddock Bay restoration project and the Kodak/Genesee River study.
Overview of what CEI has been able to accomplish since the 2014 Genesee River Basin Summit. Topics will include streambank stabilization, new website, projects in the Upper Basin, nutrient recovery, and City of Rochester.
Overview of recently-secured funding for implementation of agricultural BMPs in three priority watersheds within the Genesee River Basin: Black Creek, Canaseraga Creek, and Upper Genesee River.