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Water Quality Monitoring Assessment and Remediation

OEI has administered and performed water quality monitoring studies to test the efficacy of remedial measures (e.g., Tully Valley mudboils) and infrastructure improvements (e.g., sewer projects). OEI has reviewed historical and in-house field and laboratory data to assess the degree of waterbody impairment for critical regulatory decisions, and coordinated scientific peer review panels for evaluating water quality models.  These programs contribute to significant and measurable improvements in water quality.





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Water Quality Monitoring Assessment and Remediation

Water quality is the overall biological, chemical, and physical condition of a waterbody, often interpreted in terms of its ability to support aquatic life and human uses. Waterbodies may be monitored for concentrations of nutrients, suspended particles, toxic substances, and other pollutants.  Aquatic biota may be monitored for changes in community structure. Water, sediment and biota in the waterbodies may be monitored for concentrations of toxic substances.  Long-term monitoring tracks changes in water quality and improves understanding of aquatic systems.  Assessments utilize monitoring data to determine whether current conditions may negatively affect aquatic life or impact human uses.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other regulatory agencies provide formal guidance on water quality monitoring and assessment.  Monitoring and assessment guide effective remediation of impacted waterbodies and confirm improvements.

Capabilities: Administrative services, project management, community outreach and information exchange, environmental field services, GIS, data analysis and scientific writing