Enhanced Water Quality Monitoring in the Source Areas for the New York City Water Supply: An Integrative Watershed Approach
In 2000 Stroud Water Research Center was awarded a Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) grant funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the USEPA to conduct a six-year study to monitor and evaluate water quality and sources of pollution in the streams, rivers, and reservoirs that provide New York City’s (NYC) drinking water. The NYC drinking water supply and infrastructure are monitored, maintained, and improved by NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection. The SDWA is the main federal law (administrated by the USEPA) that ensures the quality of America’s drinking water.
This monitoring program involved analyzing specific physical, chemical, and biological indicators to measure, quantify, and determine sources and impacts of contaminants throughout these watersheds. The project was designed to enhance on-going monitoring projects and to provide an additional baseline of information useful in such aspects as measuring changes in water quality in response to changes in land cover/use and the implementation of best management practices (BMP) for mitigating both point and non-point source pollution. The project focused on ecosystem impairment (e.g., differences in stream community structure and stream/reservoir productivity, levels of nutrient processing or sequestering) and contaminant sources (e.g., point sources such as wastewater treatment plants and non-point sources such as agricultural fields).
Laboratories and Principal Investigators
The entire New York project lasted six years and involved all of our research interests at the Center including:
- Organic Geochemistry group led by Anthony K. Aufdenkampe
- Biogeochemistry group led by Louis A. Kaplan
- Entomology group led by John K. Jackson
- Ecosystems group led by J. Denis Newbold
- Microbiology group led by Thomas L. Bott
- Information Services group led by Charles L. Dow
A limited overview of the study can be obtained by accessing menu items in the sidebar. For a complete description of all methodologies, data analyses, results, literature cited, and interpretations please see the final report.