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The Response to WAVE Data (Part 1 of 3)

Many WAVErs have asked, “We have collected WAVE data from our stream; now what?” This is an excellent question. In these next three posts, I intend to highlight the state level and local level projects that are using the WAVE data.

At the NYSDEC, the WAVE data are used to document high quality stream conditions and to red flag possibly impaired locations for professional assessments. This process takes several years and I am happy to report that we are starting to see outputs from the state level applications of the WAVE data.

NYSDEC professional staff have completed assessments at 23 WAVE sampling locations:

WAVE sampling locations that produce 4 or more “Least Wanted” indicators are flagged as “Possibly Impaired.” Furthermore, I examine the User Perception Surveys and the Habitat Surveys from all the sites to find additional sites that might be impaired. I discuss these locations with the professional sampling staff each winter to identify which locations should be investigated at the professional level.

So far, NYSDEC professional sampling staff have completed assessments at 24 WAVE sampling locations. The sampling staff collected samples in 2013 and 2014 at 12 locations that were brought to their attention by the WAVE program. By chance, staff also sampled 11 locations that were later sampled by WAVE volunteers.

These professional assessments were completed in the fall of 2015. I have listed the results below by the name of the WAVEr who sampled at each site. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about data from a particular site.

NYSDEC staff are drafting the first water quality reports to include WAVE data:

WAVE sampling locations that produce 6 or more “Most Wanted” indicators are considered to have water quality that fully supports aquatic life. We submit these locations directly to the NYSDEC Waterbody Inventory team for consideration for the “No Known Impact” waterbody category. The Waterbody Inventory is NYSDEC’s comprehensive inventory of water quality assessments across the state: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/36730.html. The Waterbody Inventory is updated on a five year cycle, cycling through two or three major NY watersheds each year.

This year, NYSDEC staff are drafting the first Waterbody Inventory Report to include WAVE data. The Waterbody Inventories for Genesee River and Delaware River Watersheds will include WAVE “No Known Impact” locations and the professional assessments conducted at “possibly impaired” WAVE locations described above. These reports are expected to be published later this year.

What is the value of this response?

At the NYSDEC, WAVE data target professional assessments and are used for water quality reports. Some folks may be wondering, “How will this process improve or protect these streams?”

The Waterbody Inventory is used to focus the efforts of the NYSDEC Division of Water including compliance, restoration and protection activities, and grant funding. I will be tracking the response to WAVE data and will notify you when one of these programs responds to a stream highlighted by the WAVE data.

Also, all NYSDEC assessments, including WAVE data are used to help prioritize waterbodies for Clean Water Planning (for example, TMDLs, watershed plans, permit modifications). Community involvement is critical to the development and the successful implementation of watershed-based strategies.

With all of these NYSDEC programs, efforts are more successful when the local community is engaged and involved in the process. The WAVE data are inherently valuable but equally valuable is the connection to you and the community you represent.

Alene Onion
WAVE and PEERS Coordinator, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12033
Phone: 518 402 8166 Email: wave@dec.ny.gov

Professional Assessment Results at WAVE Locations

WAVE Coordinates: 43.0473,-77.8148
WAVErs: Al Borrelli,
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/17/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/01/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 3.12
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0402-0049
Comments: This waterbody segment is already listed as impaired in the Waterbody Inventory.

WAVE Coordinates: 43.0292,-77.8221
WAVErs: Al Borrelli,
WAVE Assessment: Possibly Impaired
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/15/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/01/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 4.34
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0402-0049
Comments: This waterbody segment is already listed as impaired in the Waterbody Inventory.

WAVE Coordinates: 42.9108,-77.787
WAVErs: Allan Baker, Janet Baker, Peter Lent
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/15/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 09/25/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 3.99
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0402-0060
Comments: This waterbody segment is already listed as impaired in the Waterbody Inventory.

WAVE Coordinates: 42.6345,-73.8
WAVErs: Angela (Angie) Martin, Nancy O'Donnell
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/23/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/15/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 4.93
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1311-0010
Comments: Further verification is needed to improve the certainty of this assessment before this waterbody segment will be recommended for the impaired listing in the Waterbody Inventory

WAVE Coordinates: 42.4779,-73.794
WAVErs: Angela (Angie) Martin, Nancy O'Donnell
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/25/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/18/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 5.88
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1301-0095
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.8838,-75.6383
WAVErs: Brendan Kelly
WAVE Assessment: Possibly Impaired
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/17/2015
Professional Sampling Date: 07/25/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 5.77
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0602-0165
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.1553,-74.533
WAVErs: David Kingsland
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 07/08/2014
Professional Sampling Date: 08/05/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 8.57
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Non Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1403-0040
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.1591,-74.5563
WAVErs: David Kingsland
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 07/08/2014
Professional Sampling Date: 08/05/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 8.72
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Non Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1403-0040
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.176,-75.2792
WAVErs: Ed Engelman,
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/23/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 08/05/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 8.5
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Non Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1404-0050
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.1236,-73.7214
WAVErs: Fran Martino
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 08/01/2015
Professional Sampling Date: 07/17/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 6.9
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1310-0015
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.1236,-73.7214
WAVErs: Fran Martino, Tony
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 07/28/2014
Professional Sampling Date: 07/17/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 6.9
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1310-0015
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.369,-78.14
WAVErs: Ginger Ursitti,
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/15/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/02/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 6.88
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0403-0062
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 43.3335,-77.9345
WAVErs: Jacob Canale, Stephanie Canale
WAVE Assessment: Possibly Impaired
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/06/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/01/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 8.57
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Non Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0301-0006
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.9604,-74.1743
WAVErs: John Naple, Alison Becker, Jill Becker, Devon Becker, Alison Becker, Jocelyn Fabbui, Adria Fabbui
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/13/2014
Professional Sampling Date: 07/20/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 6.88
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1201-0031
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 43.2841,-77.8852
WAVErs: Katherine Bailey,
WAVE Assessment: Possibly Impaired
WAVE Sampling Date: 08/15/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/01/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 3.38
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0301-0027
Comments: Further verification is needed to improve the certainty of this assessment before this waterbody segment will be recommended for the impaired listing in the Waterbody Inventory

WAVE Coordinates: 41.8428,-74.0858
WAVErs: Laura Heady, Naja Kraus, Danyelle Davis
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/20/2015
Professional Sampling Date: 07/18/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 7.07
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1306-0088
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 41.7646,-74.9414
WAVErs: Logan Grishaber,
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 08/20/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 09/30/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 7.69
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Non Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1401-0117
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.6627,-74.9486
WAVErs: McKeeby, Ruben,Ayla, Sam, Ben, Kayleigh, Scott, Zack
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 08/06/2014
Professional Sampling Date: 09/27/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 6.07
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0601-0041
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 43.093,-77.8648
WAVErs: Mollie Putzig
WAVE Assessment: Possibly Impaired
WAVE Sampling Date: 08/13/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/01/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 4.28
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0402-0033
Comments: This waterbody segment is already listed as impaired in the Waterbody Inventory.

WAVE Coordinates: 41.5931,-73.9259
WAVErs: Murphy Wilson, Benjamin Wilson Jr.
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 07/02/2015
Professional Sampling Date: 07/17/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 4.9
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1305-0012
Comments: This waterbody will be recommended for the impaired listing in the waterbody inventory.

WAVE Coordinates: 42.8878,-78.0261
WAVErs: Peter Lent,
WAVE Assessment: Possibly Impaired
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/27/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/02/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 3.82
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0402-0031
Comments: Further verification is needed to improve the certainty of this assessment before this waterbody segment will be recommended for the impaired listing in the Waterbody Inventory

WAVE Coordinates: 43.0192,-77.7477
WAVErs: Peter Lent,
WAVE Assessment: No Known Impact
WAVE Sampling Date: 09/23/2013
Professional Sampling Date: 07/01/2014
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 6.51
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Slightly Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 0402-0027
Comments:

WAVE Coordinates: 42.7136,-74.0465
WAVErs: Simon Litten
WAVE Assessment: No Conclusion
WAVE Sampling Date: 08/25/2012
Professional Sampling Date: 08/29/2013
BAP Score (0-10; low-high): 2.69
Assessment corresponding to this BAP score: Moderately Impacted
Waterbody Inventory ID: 1311-0017
Comments: Further verification is needed to improve the certainty of this assessment before this waterbody segment will be recommended for the impaired listing in the Waterbody Inventory

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