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For Immediate Release
April 6, 2011

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Pollution in Black Creek

What is polluting Black Creek? Melissa Winslow looks at possible sources and what it might mean for the environment.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY

Chair: Joseph Makarewicz

Presenter: Melissa Winslow Graduate Student

Nutrient and sediment loading into Lake Ontario from tributaries impacts the water quality of nearshore waters. Sources of pollution such as runoff of sediments and nutrients, animal and human wastes, agricultural chemicals, and industrial discharges can lead to water quality issues.

Graduate student, Melissa Winslow provides an in-depth analysis of pollution entering into Black Creek from its tributaries. According to her research, everything from local Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) like dairy farms, to sewage treatment plants and commercial areas present challenges and threats to the local ecosystem.

Regular testing and stressed stream analysis of the Spring Creek sub-watershed showed the creek contained high nitrate and total nitrogen levels. These findings are included in the soil and water assessment tool (SWAT) to suggest the best methods to improve water quality in the watershed.

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