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water improvement

Antoinette Kuzminski: Wetlands upgrade may be key to water improvements

Wetlands upgrade may be key to water improvements

The Biological Field Station, since its founding in 1967, has nurtured the good health of our beautiful lakes, streams and river in myriad ways. There have been constant challenges: invasive species, new technologies, effects of climate change, and changes in land use to name a few.

In 2018 the BFS and the United States Geological Survey completed a study to evaluate “emerging contaminants” in the Otsego Lake and the Susquehanna River. There are virtually thousands of these compounds, mostly man made but some naturally occurring.

As measuring devices have become increasingly sensitive over the past decades, there has been new recognition of these compounds as microcontaminants in water worldwide.

The 2018 study showed minimal contamination in Otsego Lake. In the Susquehanna River, however, the drainage from the Village’s Waste Water Treatment Plant contained numerous contaminants.

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