Public and Volunteer Events and Closings
Type of Event:
Annual Volunteer Symposium
Biomonitoring Open Lab Night
CSI lab Holidays and Closings
Ithaca Water Kid 4H2O Program
Synoptic Stream Monitoring Event
Water and Community Event
Volunteers will be monitoring Salmon Creek today as part of CSI’s Synoptic Stream Monitoring Program. These volunteers will be collecting field measurements and water samples at 11 locations throughout
Volunteers will be monitoring Salmon Creek today as part of CSI’s Synoptic Stream Monitoring Program. These volunteers will be collecting field measurements and water samples at 11 locations throughout the watershed. Samples collected by volunteers are analyzed at our EPA certified water testing lab for over 12 characteristics of water quality including nutrients, sediment, and pathogenic bacteria. Visit the Community Partnerships page for more information about the Synoptic Stream Monitoring Program. Volunteers can find a guide to sampling procedure and tracking sheets on the Volunteer Resources page.
The water quality of Salmon Creek was first monitored in partnership with CSI in 2006. Over 13 years of data show the water in the creek to have relatively low concentrations of nutrients compared to northern tributary streams, but higher average concentrations than southern tributaries in the Cayuga Lake watershed. Water samples collected at the mouth of Salmon Creek average 15.45 mg/L of total phosphorus and 2.85 mg/L of inorganic nitrogen during baseflow conditions. However, under stormflow conditions, concentrations of nutrients and sediment in Salmon Creek are much higher. Water samples collected at the mouth of the creek under stormflow conditions average 233.51 mg/L of total phosphorus. These results can be viewed or downloaded for use on CSI’s public Water Quality Database.
Salmon Creek is a large river that flows through the towns of Scipio, Venice, Genoa, Groton, and Lansing. It flows over the beautiful Ludlowville Falls and into Cayuga Lake, forming a delta known as Salt Point. The deep soils that characterize the land near its headwaters make for some of the most fertile farmland in the state. The river downstream of the falls is important spawning habitat for Atlantic Salmon. The Salmon Creek watershed is 89.27 square miles of agricultural land (71%), forest and wetlands (24%), and developed land (5%) (NLCD 2016).
If you are interested in helping CSI protect water in the Salmon Creek watershed, please email our Outreach Coordinator Nathaniel Launer.
(Monday) 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Community Science Instituteinfo@communityscience.org
This event has been cancelled. Join us for The Secret Life of Salmon Creek and Cayuga Lake presented by CSI Biomonitoring Coordinator Adrianna Hirtler. The presentation is being hosted by
This event has been cancelled.
Join us for The Secret Life of Salmon Creek and Cayuga Lake presented by CSI Biomonitoring Coordinator Adrianna Hirtler. The presentation is being hosted by the Friends of Salt Point, and will be held in the Lansing Town Hall on Monday, April 13, at 7:00 PM.
During this presentation Adrianna will provide a narrative exploration of the lake and creek waters, highlighting the fascinating aquatic creatures that are essential parts our aquatic ecosystems. Adrianna has had the opportunity to explore these amazing and beautiful life forms with volunteers through CSI’s water monitoring programs. From caddisfly “architects” to ornate diatoms to toxin-producing cyanobacteria, come learn about the many organisms that live in Cayuga Lake and Salmon Creek.
This event is free and open to all. We look forward to seeing you there!
(Monday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lansing Town Hall
29 Auburn Rd.
Friends of Salt Point