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Observations Will Help Shape Future Fisheries Management Actions

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) welcomes angler observations as DEC begins its angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties. The diarist program aims to record dates for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park from March 1st through October 31, 2017.

"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate the Genesee River's fishery quality," said Regional Fisheries Manager Mike Clancy. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions."

Those who fish the Genesee River (even once) and are able to contribute observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-6372 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Braddock Bay currently is undergoing a major habitat restoration project that is expected to be complete in 2017. One of the issues raised in the evaluation of restoration options was how would the on-going release of phosphorus into the Bay from the five sub-watersheds that drain into it affect the water quality in the Bay once the restoration work is complete. An evaluation of the sources of phosphorus into the Bay had not been done. The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) has quantified the relative contribution of most of the watersheds within the County to overall phosphorus loads except those that drain into Braddock Bay. Based upon that information DES recommended that a study be conducted to determine distribution of pollutant loads which would become the basis for determining further management actions.

The relative contribution of a variety of sources that discharge phosphorus into the five sub-watersheds that drain into Braddock Bay was estimated using MapShed modeling software. The Salmon Creek and Brockport-Otis Creek HUC12* watershed accounted for most of the phosphorus loads to the Bay. Streambank erosion, septic system failures, hay/pasture management, and farm animal management were identified as the major contributors to those loads. Recommendations were made for further study.

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SBS Synopsis OneStreambank erosion is a major contributor to the sediment and nutrient loading in the Upper Genesee River. Given the steep topography and soils of the area, some streambank erosion and the associated sediment and nutrient load would be expected. However, human influences on the watershed and riparian areas exacerbate this erosion. Recent monitoring and modeling studies point to streambank erosion and the presence of agricultural lands without riparian buffers as causes of increased sediment and nutrient loading in this section of the river. The modeling studies suggest that a streambank stabilization program would effectively reduce the sediment and nutrient loads of the Upper Genesee River.

Streambank restoration projects are currently being investigated and funded on an ad-hoc basis. Genesee RiverWatch feels that we need to have a prioritized plan of projects to cover the whole upper watershed but agree we should start smaller with the section of the river near Houghton, NY. This is a section that was identified in the SUNY Brockport (2013) study. In addition to the plan we expect this project will result in the definition of several shovel-ready projects that can be submitted in response to subsequent requests for proposals, including GLRI. Lessons learned here will also help us develop the larger watershed plan.

A meander analysis was developed in partnership with the Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District to characterize the degree of streambank erosion on specific segments of the Genesee River in the Town of Caneadea, Allegany County, New York. This technique enabled the identification of river bank segments that should be considered for restoration. A project design and cost for each of the 17 segments evaluated was developed. These designs and the use of an evaluation matrix allowed for the establishment of the priority order of restoration for each segment. The evaluation of these restoration projects will be used to select which projects should be brought forward for submittal to funding agencies.

Five projects were identified as the top priority projects based upon the analysis conducted. (See the priority sites on the story map.) One of those projects (Site 2A) was designed and estimated to the level necessary for submittal to a funding agency. A detailed project proposal was developed in anticipation of submittal to several funding agencies in the next six to eight months. The landowner of that segment has been trying for years to define and implement a project to slow down his loss of valuable farmland. Try our fully-interactive "Swipe Tool"  (and User guide)

SBS Synopsis TwoThe shovel-ready project that was developed will stabilize of 900 linear feet of un-buffered agricultural field along the Genesee River in the town of Caneadea, New York. This restoration will reduce sediment and phosphorus loads to the river while adding 900 feet of new riparian zone. This project with emphasize the use of bioengineering techniques and habitat enhancement.

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We invite you to participate in the first Aquatic Educator Meeting

When?  Wednesday, November 1st at 4PM

(Collaboration Happy Hour to follow)

Where? Riverside Room, Port of Rochester

1000 N. River St. Rochester NY, 14617

What are the goals of the Aquatic Education Network?

To build a network of aquatic educators, teachers, administrators, and community groups that will work as partners to increase stewardship of our regional aquatic ecosystems through formal and informal education.

Who is an Aquatic Educator?  

Any individual, group or organization who provides formal or informal education and outreach to K-12 school groups, college students, camps, community organizations, service learning teams, families, or individuals about stewardship of our aquatic resources, including pollution prevention, water quality, ecology, biodiversity, and sustainability.

How can you expect to benefit from this meeting?

Expect to hear about all the exciting aquatic education activities happening in the area and connect with like-minded colleagues. Be inspired by new ideas and collaborations and help steer the development of the Aquatic Education Network and the 2018 Genesee River Summit.

What will this meeting include?

  • Introduction of the Genesee River Institute and the Aquatic Education Network
  • Brief Lightning Style presentations by each organization to share what they do
  • Discussion of collaborations, strategies to increase utilization of existing programs, and implementation of the network
  • Initial planning for the 2018 Genesee River Summit with its aquatic education & outreach focus

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*Funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Conservation.  Any opinions, findings and/or interpretation of data contained herein are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of Rochester Institute of Technology and its NYS Pollution Prevention Institute or the State.

We hope you can make it, but if not we hope to connect with you in the future especially at our Aquatic Educator Summit in Spring 2018!

We look forward to seeing you on November 1st,

Michael Boller

Christy Tyler

George Thomas

Bill Hallahan

Chris Widmaier

Deb Ortenzi

Kaeti Stoss

Kristin Traywick

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5th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit

Stewardship Through River Education

Saturday, March 24th from 8:30AM-4:30PM

Riverside Room, Port of Rochester, 1000 North River Street Rochester, NY 14612

Target Audience: K-12 Educators, Aquatic & Environmental Educators, Community Groups

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Agenda:

   

  • Get Familiar with the Genesee River
    • Geology, History, Pollution Prevention, and how to engage students.*
  • Learn about  the Aquatic Education Network
    • Meet regional aquatic educators and learn about resources at the Educator Expo.
  • Teacher Action Planning
    • How can you leverage the connections you created and what you’ve learned at the summit to provide inquiry-based education on the Genesee River Basin?

*This meeting can be used towards Professional Development Credit

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