If you live in Monroe County, all the water that passes through your home and lawn will eventually end up in Lake Ontario or the Genesee River. That means what you do in your home has a big impact on water quality. You can help improve the water quality of the river and lake.
The Community WaterWatch program is a volunteer activity involving the residents of Monroe County in efforts to improve and sustain the quality of the waterways in our community.
Monitoring is essential in the process of identifying water quality problems and trends. Although many government agencies conduct regular monitoring, smaller streams are often not monitored because of limited resources. The Community WaterWatch program aims to fill these gaps with local resident participation.
Do you belong to any business, civic, recreation, religious or youth organization or homeowners’ association? Would you like to do something to help improve water quality? Then consider participating in the Community WaterWatch program.
For more information please call 585 274-7638.
Find the short and easy-to-read answers to the following questions in the USGS Water Quality Report (680k PDF):
Two videos are available to educators in the community:
The videos were produced in cooperation with Penfield Community Television and are appropriate for students in Grade 5 and higher, and adults.
For copies of either video, call 585 274-8440.
Watershed is a newsletter for the watersheds of the Genesee River and the Rochester Embayment. It is a biannual publication of the Bureau of Environmental Quality and it provides a forum for water quality agencies and organizations in a six-county area.
Working Together to Improve Water Quality in Monroe County is a joint publication of Monroe County and the U.S. Geological Survey; see Previous Issues below.
For further information, or to be placed on the mailing list, call 585 274-7638 or e-mail us.
The Monroe County Department of Health conducted an educational outreach project in the Village of Brockport related to two inactive hazardous waste sites. The outreach addressed residents’ health-related concerns due to the presence of the sites. The project was initiated in June 2000 with funding from the National Association of City and County Health Officials.
Brockport was chosen for this project because of the high level of interest demonstrated by residents about the former 3M/Dynacolor site and the former G.E. and Black and Decker site, and the effect that the clean up of these sites will have on lives of residents. The contamination from these two sites has affected neighboring areas, impacting surface soil of bordering residential properties, groundwater migrating under the Erie Barge Canal and under a neighborhood north of the waste sites, and the sediment in a small tributary to Brockport Creek. This tributary flows through Brockport and several residents’ yards before it meets with Brockport Creek.
A group that included residents and representatives from local governments and state agencies guided the educational process. The strategy was based on information gathered through a written survey and a public meeting. Part of the strategy was a periodic newsletter that focused on environmental health topics such as exposure routes, chemical descriptions of the contaminants present on- and off-site and their associated potential health effects. The newsletter also listed other sources of information on chemicals and potential health effects.
For further information, call 585 274-6397.
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