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Rochester Embayment Area of Concern

The Rochester Embayment Area of Concern (AOC) is formed by the indentation of the Monroe County shoreline between Bogus Point in the town of Parma and Nine Mile Point in the town of Webster. The northern boundary of the AOC is the line between Bogus Point and Nine Mile Point. The AOC includes about 6 miles of the Genesee River from the mouth of the river to the Lower Falls.

Restoring the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement outlines the process for restoring all Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The process involves developing a Remedial Action Plan to address Beneficial Use Impairments in each AOC. A Remedial Advisory Committee was established for each AOC to assist the restoration process.

Remedial Action Plan for the Rochester Embayment AOC

All Areas of Concern have a Remedial Action Plan that identifies specific problems and outlines the work needed to restore, or delist, the AOC. The Monroe County Department of Health takes the lead in developing and implementing the Rochester Embayment AOC Remedial Action Plan.

Remedial Action Plans are developed in three stages:

  • Stage I identifies specific problems, called Beneficial Use Impairments, and sources of pollution. The Rochester Embayment Stage I RAP was completed in August 1993. Because the complete Stage I RAP is a large file, it is separated below for easier downloading.
    • Cover, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents, Acronyms & Abbreviations, Glossary (PDF, 364 KB)
    • Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF, 1.4 MB)
    • Chapter 2: Environmental Setting (PDF, 4.3 MB)
    • Chapter 3: Water Use and Quality Goals and Objectives (PDF, 1.4 MB)
    • Chapter 4: Water Quality Conditions/Problems (PDF, 2.6 MB)
    • Chapter 5: Identification of Pollutant Sources (PDF, 2.3 MB)
    • Chapter 6: Summary of Linkages Between Impaired Uses, Pollutants Causing Impaired Uses, and Sources of Pollutants -- Remaining Questions (PDF, 292 KB)
    • Appendices (PDF, 4.6 MB)
  • Stage II lays out proposed restoration actions and a plan for implementing those actions. The Rochester Embayment Stage II RAP was completed in September 1997. Because the complete Stage II RAP is a large file, it is separated below for easier downloading. A 2012 Stage II RAP Addendum is also available below.
    • Cover, Table of Contents, List of Tables, List of Figures, Acknowledgments (PDF, 1.4 MB)
    • Glossary, Acronyms and Abbreviations (PDF, 285 KB)
    • Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF, 329 KB)
    • Chapter 2: Description of the Area of Concern (PDF, 182 KB)
    • Chapter 3: Use Impairments, Causes and Sources (PDF, 2.4 MB)
    • Chapter 4: Studies Required to Complete Identification of Use Impairments and Describe Pollutant Sources (PDF, 582 KB)
    • Chapter 5: Specific Goals and Objectives for Restoration of Beneficial Uses (PDF, 133 KB)
    • Chapter 6: Completed and Ongoing Water Quality Programs
      • Sections 6.1-6.19 (PDF, 2.9 MB)
      • Sections 6.20-6.52 (PDF, 2.9 MB)
    • Chapter 7: Possible New Remedial Measures
      • Urban (PDF, 3.4 MB)
      • Rural (PDF, 1.6 MB)
    • Chapter 8: Evaluation / Overview of Financing Mechanisms (PDF, 612 KB)
    • Chapter 9: Surveillance and Monitoring Program (PDF, 1.7 MB)
    • Chapter 10: Selected Actions, Studies and Monitoring Methods (PDF, 878 KB)
    • Chapter 11: Management of RAP Implementation (PDF, 694 KB)
    • Appendices A-E (PDF, 1.9 MB)
    • Appendices F-I (PDF, 2.2 MB)
    • Appendices J-L (PDF, 2.9 MB)
    • Stage II RAP Addendum, 2011 (PDF, 64KB)
  • Stage III provides documentation that all Beneficial Use Impairments in an AOC have been addressed and that the AOC is ready to be delisted.