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Clean Water Act Status: NEW YORK
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
    Cleanest/Best States National Average Dirtiest/Worst States
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    NEW YORK contains a portion of 51 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 8%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 627
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Aquatic Life Support 60%
    Fish Consumption 21%
    Shellfish Consumption 9%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 4%
    Drinking Water Supply 4%
    Aesthetics / Scenic 1%
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 60
    High 0
    Medium 0
    Low 0
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 475
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 92
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 50
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Organic Compounds 50%
    Nutrients 18%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 10%
    Pathogens 6%
    pH 4%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 489 (cause not reported for 0%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    pH 79%
    Nutrients 12%
    Organic Compounds 4%
    Metals 3%
    Pesticides 1%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 88
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 72%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 12%
    Organic Compounds 11%
    Debris 3%
    Sediments 1%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 50
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Contaminated Sediments 28%
    Agriculture 18%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 14%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 8%
    Industrial Point Sources 8%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 489 (cause not reported for 0%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Atmospheric Deposition 80%
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 9%
    Agriculture 4%
    Contaminated Sediments 2%
    Unknown Sources 2%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 88
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in NEW YORK assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Urban Runoff/Storm Sewers 45%
    Combined Sewer Overflows 28%
    Contaminated Sediments 11%
    Other Sources 10%
    Municipal Point Sources 3%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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