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Restoring Rochester Embayment AOC (timeline)

Year Critical Actions
2017

Beneficial use impairment is removed:

  • Degradation of Benthos
2016

Beneficial use impairment is removed:

  • Degradation of Phytoplankton adn Zooplankton Populations
2014

Beneficial use impairment is removed:

  • Fish Tumors and Other Deformities
2013

USFWS releases a fact sheet summarizing its efforts in removing the fish and wildlife beneficial use impairments.

2011

NYSDEC releases an addendum to the stage I and II RAPs that details the current status and upcoming actions to be taken regarding each of the BUIs.


A Great Lakes Legacy Act project is completed. The suisitability of non-navigational channel sediments from areas where dredging is desirable is evaluated. Follow-up sampling is planned for summer 2012.


The second beneficiaul use impairment is removed.

  • Added costs to agriculture or industry

2010

The first beneficial use impairment is removed.

  • Restrictions on drinking water consumption, or taste and odor

2005

Bird Studies Canada begins its Marsh Monitoring Program.


Recapture studies indicates that juvenile fish populations are healthy where the gravelly substrate they prefer is present. Growth rates are also determined to be similar to those measured in similar waters and that benthic organisms necessary to a sturgeon diet are present.

2004

The Village of Churchville wastewater treatment plant is diverted to the Pure Waters system. This eliminates a point source of phosphorus discharge to Black Creek, a major tributary to Genesee River.

2000

In response to the Federal Stage II Stormwater regulations, towns and villages classified as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) formes the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition. Exit