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A Rochester River Romance Event

Saturday Evening 

October 7th, 2017


Port of Rochester Terminal Building, 1000 North River St. Rochester, NY

A River Celebration featuring Food, Music and Entertainment 

With Awards, Networking, Silent Auction and Exhibits from Outdoor Lifestyle Suppliers and River-Focused Organizations

Proceeds to benefit Genesee RiverWatch

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Genesee RiverWatch improves the water quality of the Genesee River and its tributaries to create environmental, recreational and economic assets for its communities.  We also connect people to the river, encouraging them to explore, experience and celebrate the river.


DEC is announcing that a report on investigation of the lower Genesee River is now available. The investigation assessed the effects of historic releases from Kodak’s operations at the Eastman Business Park (EBP) located in Rochester, New York. The investigation identified EBP-related contamination of certain river sediments, wetland/floodplain soils, and biota (fish/mussels) that has the potential to adversely affect ecological receptors at some locations. The investigation also identified the potential for human exposures to EBP-related contaminated wetland/floodplain soils and biota (fish/mussels). The primary EBP-related contaminant of concern is silver. While the potential for adverse risk to ecological and human receptors appears to be relatively low and localized, DEC will undertake a Corrective Measures Study (CMS) to further evaluate these exposure pathways, and to identify and evaluate possible cleanup options that could be taken to reduce exposures.
The CMS step will involve work plan development, implementation and reporting. DEC also expects that additional environmental sampling will need to be performed in 2017 to gather information necessary to effectively identify and evaluate possible cleanup options. DEC expects the CMS report that follows in 2018 will provide a basis for a proposed remedy for releases to the Genesee River associated with Kodak’s historic operations at Eastman Business Park. DEC will seek public comment on the proposed remedy before making a final remedy determination for the lower Genesee River.

This work is funded through an environmental trust created during settlement of Kodak’s bankruptcy. DEC is administering the environmental trust and directing the investigation and remedial assessment of the lower Genesee River.

The investigation included:
• Sampling and chemical analyses of sediment, surface water, and suspended sediment in the lower river, wetland-floodplain soils adjoining the lower river, benthic macroinvertebrates (e.g., mussels) and fish
• Physical characterizations of the river channel, river flows and potential historic and cultural resources in the river
• Assessing sediment toxicity
• Assessing groundwater conditions at the Kings Landing (EBP) Wastewater Treatment Plant
• Assessing sediment bed mobility
• Assessing upstream sites potentially impacting the lower river
• Assessing types and diversity of benthic macroinvertebrates and fish in the lower river

The investigation report can be accessed through DEC’s website:
The investigation report is also available at the document repositories listed below.
This project is being handled under DEC’s Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory program that requires cleanups (corrective action) for environmental releases from operating hazardous waste management facilities like the Eastman Business Park site.

Where to Find Information – Document Repositories
Project documents are also available at the following location(s) to help the public to stay informed.
Maplewood Community Library
1111 Dewey Ave
Rochester, NY 14613
Greece Public Library
2 Vince Tofany Blvd
Rochester, NY 14612
We encourage you to share this fact sheet with neighbors and tenants, and/or post this fact sheet in a prominent area of your building for others to see.

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River Access and Recreational Opportunities

June 15th, 2017  - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM - RIT Campus

Summit Presentations are now online:

folder Download 2017 Genesee River Basin Summit Presentations

New: Download the Summit Report


Genesee RiverWatch held its 4th Annual Genesee River Basin Summit on June 15, 2017.  The topic was "River Access and Recreational Opportunities."  The purpose of this year's Summit was to review the current state of river access and recreational use, understand the benefits associated with increasing these opportunities and plan for how we can move forward to benefit our citizens and the local economy.  Nearly 90 people attended with presentations from government entities, non-profits and small businesses. A report of the Summit including proposed future actions will be published soon.  Read more about the Summit in this area publication:


The Summit is relevant to anyone interested in the recreational appeal of the Genesee. This includes direct users such as boaters, fishermen, hikers, bikers, and birders. It will also be useful to those interested in improving the economic and social appeal of our river assets such as business owners, government officials, farmers, elected representatives, economic development professionals, engineers, educators, media, and conservation groups.

Expert speakers will provide a comprehensive summary of the Genesee Basin’s existing river access and recreational opportunities. Economic development and government officials will describe the importance of these resources to economic opportunities and quality of life along the entire river from Pennsylvania to the Rochester Harbor. Attendees will hear examples of work being done on other rivers and plans in the works along the Genesee. Finally, in keeping with past Summits, participants will be asked to contribute their opinions and suggestions for future work.

This event is part of the Genesee RiverWatch initiative whose mission is “To champion solutions that improve the water quality of the Genesee and initiatives that connect people to the River.”

The inaugural Genesee River Basin Summit in 2014 launched the Genesee RiverWatch initiative and focused on gathering ideas for priority projects in critical portions of the Genesee watershed. The 2015 Summit sought stakeholder input in the design of an annual “Genesee River Basin Report Card”, scheduled for release in 2017. Last year’s Summit focused on “Streambank Erosion, Soil Loss & Sediment” with strategies to preserve valuable farmland and reduce levels of sediment and harmful nutrients in our waters.

Download our Agenda updated June 6th

Date: June 15, 2017
Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
Place: Rochester Institute of Technology, Louise Slaughter Hall, Building 78, Rooms 2240-2210
Registration required: Click here to Register

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Rochester Embayment Environmental

Quality Meeting Topic

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Monroe County Department of Public Health will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. on November 17, 2015, at the Roger Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Avenue, to discuss improvements in the environmental quality of the Rochester Embayment.


In 1987, the Rochester Embayment was designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) by the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, indicating that it is a location that has experienced environmental degradation. 

The Monroe County Department of Public Health, together with many valued partners, has lead an initiative for many years known as the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) process to address identified environmental concerns.

“Achieving progress in the identified environmental problem areas requires the work of many, and doesn’t happen quickly. We’re eager to update the community on our most recent progress,” said Dr. Jeremy Cushman, Interim Public Health Commissioner.


“Thanks to federal, state and local collaboration and resources, the Rochester Embayment is an important waterway on the road to recovery. Input from the public and our partnering stakeholders has been a critical component of these efforts and DEC encourages the public’s continued participation in the restoration of this incredible resource,” said NYS DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos.


The Rochester Embayment AOC is an area formed by the indentation of the Monroe County shoreline between Bogus Point in the town of Parma and Nine Mile Point in the town of Webster.  The southern boundary includes approximately 6 miles of the Genesee River that is influenced by lake levels, from the river's mouth to the Lower Falls.


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The RAP identified 14 impairments for the AOC.  Impairments included items such as degradation of fish and wildlife populations, restrictions on dredging, and aesthetics.  Each impairment has associated criteria that must be met in order for it to be removed from the list. Upon the completion of remedial actions for all impairments, the Rochester Embayment will be recommended for a status update from an Area of Concern to an Area in Recovery.

Health and environmental officials are also seeking input via e-mail from individuals who may not be able to make it to a meeting but want to stay informed, receive updates, and obtain documents to review.  To be placed on this list, residents should send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “RAP” and a message containing your full name, e-mail address, and town of residence.


Media Inquiries, Contact:

John Ricci, MCDPH, 585 753-5106
Linda Vera, NYSDEC,
585 226-5324

Dave Derrick from River Research and Design, Inc. will be coming to NY to offer two 3-day workshops in June on Stream Investigation, Stabilization & Design. Register soon. Class size is limited!

June 8-10, 2016 Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District

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June 13 -15, 2016 - Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservation District

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