Patroon Creek Watershed Monitoring, Management and Restoration ProgramEPA Grant Number: R828578
Title: Patroon Creek Watershed Monitoring, Management and Restoration Program
Investigators: Simcoe, William D. , Mair, Aaron , Lapenis, Andrei , Hawver, Christopher , Robinson, George , Arnason, John , Sheehan, Peter
Current Investigators: Simcoe, William D. , Arnason, John , Davis, Nate
Institution: City of Albany, NY , Albany County Department of Health , Arbor Hill Environmental Justice Corporation , New York State Department of Environmental Conservation , The State University of New York at Albany , United States Geological Survey [USGS]
Current Institution: City of Albany, NY , The State University of New York at Albany , W. Haywood Burns Environmental Education Center
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: November 30, 2001 through December 1, 2003
Project Amount: $643,614
RFA: Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) (2001) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Environmental Statistics , Water , Ecosystems , Air , Ecological Indicators/Assessment/Restoration
The primary objective of this project is to provide time-relevant air and water quality data from the Patroon Creek watershed to community groups, students, planners, resource professionals and others. Large sections of the watershed are polluted due to urban storm water discharge, sewage point-source pollution, and illicit dumping. Located within the watershed are a mercury refinery, which is on the EPA National Priorities List (NPL), and a former major railroad yard that is being investigated as a New York State Brownfield site.
This project will utilize an innovative, interactive internet site and kiosk-type displays to disseminate physical and chemical data on the water, air, soil, and sediment within the watershed to the affected community. The data will be used to formulate an environmental restoration program and also to evaluate the risk to individual residents by electronically documenting particular environmental hazards and their proximity to the community. Through this project, health professionals and researchers will be able to target and treat populations at risk throughout the affected community.
The project will have the effect of empowering the low-income, minority community of Arbor Hill as it begins the process of compiling an inventory of its natural resources and reaching out to communities upstream whose projects and developments affect the environment of Arbor Hill.