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Report of Sediment Resuspension Along the Wastebeds 1-8 Shoreline, Oct. 2014

Shoreline stabilization will be implemented along the Wastebeds 1-8 shoreline as part of the Onondaga Lake remedy. The purpose of the shoreline stabilization is to reduce wind-driven turbidity resulting from resuspension of sediment from the Wastebeds 1-8 shoreline. Baseline turbidity and other field parameter measurements were collected in Onondaga Lake from late August to late November 2012 in accordance with a NYSDEC-approved work plan. The data were collected to provide a baseline of data that will be used to document the decreases in turbidity anticipated to result from stabilizing the Wastebeds 1-8 shoreline.

Baseline turbidity values along the Wastebeds 1-8 shoreline during low-wind intervals were routinely low and comparable to values measured at the South Deep sampling location in deep water. Baseline turbidity values as a whole were sensitive to both wind speed and wind direction. Large increases in baseline turbidity were observed in response to wind speeds over 12 miles per hour from directions likely to impact the shoreline. Wind-induced turbidity events were short-lived, and the resulting turbidity plumes were restricted to within approximately 50 ft of the shoreline, which is consistent with resuspension and rapid settling of large particles.

Onondaga Lake Baseline Monitoring Report of Sediment Resuspension Along the Wastebeds 1-8 Shoreline (PDF 59 pages, 3.5MB), appendix B in the repository.


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