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Acid rain effects on Adirondack streams— Results from the 2003–05 Western Adirondack Stream Survey (the WASS Project)

October 1, 2009

Traditionally lakes have been the focus of acid rain assessments in the Adirondack region of New York. However, there is a growing recognition of the importance of streams as environmental indicators. Streams, like lakes, also provide important aquatic habitat, but streams more closely reflect acid rain effects on soils and forests and are more prone to acidification than lakes. Therefore, a large-scale assessment of streams was undertaken in the drainage basins of the Oswegatchie and Black Rivers; an area of 4,585 km2 in the western Adirondack region where acid rain levels tend to be highest in New York State.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2009
Title Acid rain effects on Adirondack streams— Results from the 2003–05 Western Adirondack Stream Survey (the WASS Project)
DOI 10.3133/fs20093075
Authors Gregory B. Lawrence, Karen M. Roy, Barry P. Baldigo, Howard A. Simonin, Sophia I. Passy, Robert W. Bode, Susan B. Capone
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2009-3075
Index ID fs20093075
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization New York Water Science Center