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Great Lakes AOCs

About Eighteenmile Creek AOC

Eighteenmile Creek AOC Boundary MapEighteenmile Creek AOC Boundary MapsThe Eighteenmile Creek  was named an Area of Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1987.  A combined RAP Stage 1 and 2 was completed in 1997.

AOC Boundaries

  • The Eighteenmile Creek watershed downstream of the Burt Dam
  • Olcott Harbor at the mouth of the creek, extending upstream to the farthest point.
  • Downstream of the Burt Dam, approximately 2 miles south of Olcott Harbor

Sources of Pollution

  • post-industrial and municipal discharges degrading water quality and producing bottom sediment problems
  • the disposal of waste and the use of pesticides
  • many contaminants identified in creek sediments, which include PCBs, mercury, dioxins and furans, dieldrin, mirex, DDT, lead, and copper
  • weakened benthitic organisms

Beneficial Use Impairments

Beneficial Use Impairments for the Great Lakes AOCs

  • Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
  • Degradation of benthos
  • Restriction on dredging activities
  • Degradation of fish and wildlife populations
  • Bird or other deformities or reproduction problems

In 1987 Eighteenmile Creek was declared an Area of Concern and 


Restoring the Eighteenmile Creek AOC (timeline)


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The Eighteenmile Creek Remedial Advisory Committee (RAC)

A group of local officials, landowners, and stakeholders selected by the commissioner of the NYSDEC to provide a balanced representation of various segments of the community along the creek. The RAC worked with the NYSDEC to organize, develop and review the Remedail Action Plan and create public awareness and support for Eighteenmile Creek.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

The NYSDEC in partnership with the RAC, is responsible for development of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the remedial action plan (RAP) document that was completed and published in August of 1997. The commissioner of the NYSDEC is responsible for selecting the members of the RAC.