WAA Watershed Map Examples

Relevant Experience and References Section


New York State Wadeable Stream Nutrient Criteria

The map depicts the outlines of New York State ecoregions and the 100 sampling locations where WAA coordinated and executed the collection of physical, chemical, and biological data on streams during the summer of 2008.

The objective of this NYS DEC SBU project is to provide a comprehensive data set to assist in the development of numeric nutrient criteria specifically for wadeable streams and rivers of New York State. The project will provide data (physical, chemical, and biological) to supplement previously conducted wadeable stream nutrient criteria projects. One hundred wadeable stream and river sites were selected state wide with an effort to represent nutrient ecoregions found in New York State. Samples were collected and processed by WAA and the Academy of Natural Sciences Patrick Center for Environmental Research.

Patrick Center for Environmental Research
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Albany Pool Communities Combined Sewer Overflow Project

WAA field staff records water chemistry data obtained from the Hudson River in Albany NY. The NYS DEC central office building happens to be pictured in the center right of the photo.

The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) is heading a comprehensive inter-municipal project to evaluate the impact of 92 combined sewer overflows (CSOs) that discharge into the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. The initial goal of the project is to characterize the receiving water system during both wet and dry weather. To this end, the Albany Pool Joint Venture Team (APJVT) developed a water quality sampling plan to gather data on the receiving water bodies during each type of weather event. WAA, subcontracted by the APJVT, assisted in the sample planning, coordinated all field efforts, provided field staff, and training for the project. The successful collection of water samples was completed over a 90 day period during wet and dry weather events. Over 2,800 samples were collected from 44 locations. For a map of the sampling locations click here.

Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.
43 British American Boulevard
Latham, NY 12110

Orange County Water Authority Water Quality Biomonitoring Project

The map depicts the major watersheds in Orange County NY and the stream station locations that have been sampled by WAA.

Physical, chemical, and biological data were collected at over 224 sites located throughout Orange County NY. Based on the resident benthic macroinvertebrate community structure both the water quality and impact source affecting the site, if any, was determined. The assessment was conducted in part to augment existing data and provide guidance to County and local officials relevant to water supply planning, wellhead and watershed protection, stormwater management, economic development, recreational water resources, aquatic habitat protection, and other land use and watershed planning goals. The project continues with annual sampling efforts by WAA. All project reports are available on the OCWA web site, click here.

Orange County Water Authority
99 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924


2007 Biological Stream Survey of Battenkill Tributaries

Eleven streams in the Battenkill watershed were assessed to determine baseline water quality at previously unassessed sites and to compare water quality trends at previously studied sites. Ten of the streams were headwaters and eight were previously unassessed. Physical, chemical and biological parameters were used to determine that eight of the sites were non-impacted. Two of the sites were slightly impacted, based on the benthic macroinvertebrate community. The most likely source of impact was from nonpoint source nutrients and toxins. A map that depicts the Battenkill watershed, stream sampling locations, and subwatersheds sampled by WAA for the Battenkill Conservancy in 2007 is available by clicking here.

Battenkill Conservancy
PO Box 327
Cambridge NY 12816


Watershed assessment, aquatic taxonomy, and stream biomonitoring and macroinvertebrate training clients include:

  • Adirondack Park Agency, NY
  • ARM Group
  • Axarus Environmental Consulting
  • Bronx River Alliance, NY
  • Brandywine Creek State Park, DE
  • BWP Consulting
  • Capital District Regional Planning Commission
  • Civil and Environmental Consultants
  • City of Ithaca, NY
  • City of Philadelphia Water Dept.
  • Clough Harbour
  • Coastal Resource Inc., MD
  • Columbia University/Lamont Earth Observatory
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Columbia Co., GA
  • Darrow School
  • Delaware DNR
  • Earth Force, PA
  • ENSR Corporation
  • Environmental Planning Consultants, PA
  • ErMC2
  • Fairfaix Co., VA
  • FPM-Group, NY
  • Hatch Mott MacDonald
  • Hudson Basin River Watch
  • Hudsonia
  • Iowa DNR
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board, NY/VT
  • Marshall Miller and Associates
  • MA DEP
  • Malcolm Pirnie
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Moravian College, PA
  • Metropolitan Montessori School, NY
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Normandeau Associates
  • NYS DEC Division of Coastal Resources
  • NYS DEC Hale Creek Field Station
  • NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program
  • NYS Teachers Association
  • Oklahoma Conservation Commission
  • Orange County Water Authority, Orange County, NY
  • Orange County Community College, NY
  • Palmer Engineering, KY
  • Pennsylvania DEP
  • Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
  • Randolph-Macon College, PA
  • Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewas
  • Rockland County, NY
  • Progress Energy
  • Purchase College - State University of New York
  • Scenic Hudson, Inc.
  • Skidmore College, NY
  • Stream Watch, VA
  • Southern Utah Indian Tribe
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences Patrick Center for Environmental Research
  • The Chazen Companies
  • The Nature Conservancy, VA
  • The Paul F-Brandwein Institute
  • The Sierra Club
  • The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
  • Town of Colonie, NY Public Operation Center
  • Town of Poughkeepsi, NY Planning Department
  • Trout Unlimited
  • University of California
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Massachusetts
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Geological Survey
  • Wallace & Pancher, Inc., PA
  • Wetland Studies, VA
  • Whitford Environment Limited, Ontario Canada
  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. MA
  • Vermont DEP
  • Yale University
  • Numerous NYS Soil and Water Conservation Districts, many watershed organizations, and citizen volunteers.




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