Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Umbrella contract for 4915 with Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation (ALSC)(ST4915)

Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation


Discharges of sulfur and nitrogen compounds from combustion sources, including fossil-fuel power plants, are precursors to acidic deposition, which can have adverse impacts on the health and productivity of ecosystems. Surface waters in the Adirondacks have shown less recovery than anticipated in response to decreases in emissions of acid-gas compounds. This research is critical to establishing environmental trends with confidence and providing reasonable inferences concerning relationships between acid rain and subsequent effects on aquatic systems. It also provides necessary information for decision-makers to evaluate the effectiveness of current public policy, and maintains a sound scientific basis for future decision making.

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Project Description

The core project monitoring objectives are: continued sampling and analysis of the selected lakes on a monthly basis, sampling of selected waters on a weekly basis during spring melt, and stream monitoring at three locations on a weekly basis. In addition, the objectives include: conducting fisheries surveys; and supporting cloud water and wet deposition monitoring at two remote sites. The core project also consists of annual summer sampling of other Adirondack lakes as part of a cooperative project with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Temporally Integrated Monitoring of Ecosystems (TIME) project. Data, analytical results and data summaries shall be posted on the ALSC Web site following appropriate quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) checks.


The project provides for increased understanding of the processes involved in lake and stream acidification recovery through interpretation of the trends across lake classes and for participation in more intensive investigations of these watersheds by acquisition of supplemental data and/or by conducting additional field sampling.

Project Results

Sampling and analysis is ongoing. A variety of researchers and organizations, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Geological Survey and others have accessed the data to address a variety of research and public policy needs. Data is posted and publically available on the ALSC Website at:


Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation
Po Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977

Principle Investigator

Jed Dukett

Universities Involved

Syracuse University


Project Type:

Environmental Monitoring & Research

Technologies Types:

NYSERDA Contact Information

Gregory Lampman


R&D - Environment & Energy Res

Contract Details

Start Date: 3/24/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4915

Last Updated: 3/19/2014