Conservation Students Get a Lesson From Local Natural Beauty
Paul Dewey’s Conservation classes have been taking advantage of the natural beauty in the area to learn lessons about the environment.
Recently they have been at Fort Niagara working with the State Park staff developing native pollinator landscape. They have also met with Scott Collins from the Niagara County Soil and Water District. Mr. Collins talked to the Niagara Career and Technical Education students about the cleanup on the Eighteen Mile Creek Watershed in Niagara County. The students also collected water samples as part of the Earth Force water quality monitoring efforts along the watershed. The watershed has a drainage area of approximately 58,056 acres and includes Eighteen Mile Creek and its two main tributaries, the East Branch and the Gulf, as well as minor tributaries. In addition, much of the flow in the main branch of Eighteen Mile Creek comes from water diverted from the New York State Barge Canal.
Mr. Dewey says the creek has been designated an Area of Concern (AOC) because of an existing fish consumption advisory, benthic population decline, a degradation of fish and wildlife populations, prevalence of bird and animal deformities or reproductive problems and restrictions on dredging. Over the years, numerous contaminants have been identified in creek sediments which have a detrimental effect to the AOC and Lake Ontario.