Conesus Lake Watershed Project - SUNY Brockport, USDA

Annual Scientific Workshop 2004


USDA Scientific Workshop 2004

On January 19, 2004 the scientists working on the project titled "Experimental Manipulation of Entire Watersheds through BMPs: Nutrient Fluxes, Fate and Transport and Biotic Responses" convened at the the State University of New York at Brockport. This was the second annual scientific workshop on the progress on the Conesus Lake watershed management project.

Experimental Manipulation of Entire Watersheds through BMPs: Nutrient Fluxes, Fate and Transport and Biotic Responses

Supported by

Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service:
Nutrient Science for Improved Watershed Management

U.S. Department of Agriculture

State University of New York at Brockport (Lead Institution)
State University of New York at Geneseo
Rochester Institute of Technology
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District
Livingston County Planning Department
Livingston County Farm Service

A series of talks were presented by the working scientists on the project. The presentations targeted the progress since the inception of the project in August of 2002. Copies of the Powerpoint presentations given are linked below (Caution - some files are large):

Principal Investigator Dr. Joseph Makarewicz, of SUNY Brockport, opened the workshop and presented information on the status of the project and the presentaion he gave to the CREES National Water Quality Program Conference in Clearwater, Florida on January 11-14, 2004.

Nate Herendeen of Cornell Cooperative Extension presented on BMP's and the changes in agricultural practices in our experimental watersheds.

Ted Lewis of SUNY Brockport presented on the intensive monitoring of the seven sub-watersheds of Conesus Lake.

Dr. Anthony Vodacek of the Rochester Institute of Technology spoke on the modeling of water movement in Conesus Lake using the ALGE hydrodynamic model.

Dr. James Zollweg of SUNY Brockport outlined GIS modeling of source areas of nonpoint source pollution.

Dan White, a graduate student at SUNY Brockport , reported on sediment phosphorus concentration and release rates from cores taken in Conesus Lake in the summer of 2003

Dr. Mark Noll of SUNY Brockport spoke about sediment loss of phosphorus and the use of GIS maps for the project.

Dr. Robert Simon of SUNY Geneseo addressed the measuring of stream microbiology.

Jason Somarelli, the graduate research assistant on this project from SUNY Brockport, presented his proposed research on identification of E. coli sources in the Conesus Lake Watershed.

Michael Pagano, a senior at SUNY Geneseo, presented his work on the methodology for estimation of metaphyton biomass in a weed bed.

Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Isidro Bosch of SUNY Geneseo presented results of his studies of Eurasian milfoil beds and their association with streams.


A detailed discussion followed which centered on the issues of progress, goals for next field season, the dissemination of information generated from the project, interim reports and submitting a proposal for renewal of the project.

The general consensus of the workshop was one of satisfaction at the significant progress that has been made to date. Additional outcomes of the workshop include many excellent suggestions on new and additional information that should be collected, serious discussions on the measurements and their methodology and a renewed optimism on the potential success of the manipulations of the experimental watersheds on the downstream ecosystem.

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