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Water Quality Sampling and Data, South End of Cayuga Lake

Community Science Institute

                The Community Science Institute, located in Ithaca, NY at the south end of Cayuga Lake, is an excellent source of data about the water quality in the creeks that drain into the southern half of Cayuga Lake.

                Trained teams of volunteers conduct regular water quality sampling on the following creeks and waterbodies in the Cayuga Lake watershed: Virgil Creek, Dryden Lake, and tributaries: Fall Creek, Taughannock Creek, Trumansburg Creek, Six Mile Creek, Salmon Creek, Cayuga Lake shore near Myers Point, Lansing, Stewart Park on Cayuga Lake, direct streams in the King Ferry area, and several sampling points in Cayuga Lake.

                Click  here to view maps of each of these waterbodies, their sampling locations, and links to water quality databases for each creek.

                To find out how to join an established water monitoring group, or to start a new one, contact Becky Bowen, CSI’s Outreach Coordinator at becky@communityscience.org


City of Ithaca Water Plant

                Six Mile Creek is the source of the City of Ithaca’s water supply. The City of Ithaca Water Treatment Plant has been serving customers in the City of Ithaca and portions of the Town of Ithaca since 1903. The plant serves over 35,000 customers and on average treats 3.27 million gallons of water daily.

                The source of the City’s water is a reservoir on Six Mile Creek. The Six Mile Creek watershed has its headwaters in the Towns of Caroline and Dryden and consists of 46.5 square miles of mainly forested land. Find out more about the Six Mile Creek Watershed, link to water quality, geohydrology reports, monitoring plans maps, and other resources here.