Project Status: modeling is complete
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Land use within the watershed is approximately 52 percent agricultural, 40 percent forested, 4 percent urban, 2 percent wetlands or water, 1 percent transportation, and 1 percent rangeland. Topography and elevations within the watershed also vary greatly, from 2,500 feet in the steep and rugged Allegany mountains to 247 feet in the gently rolling hills below Mount Morris Dam and along Lake Ontario. Within the Genesee River basin, sources of sediment include erosion from rapid river channel migration, streambank instability, agricultural lands, increased development, roadside ditching, and wetland displacement.
In addition, SWAT has been incorporated into the US EPA's BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources) system, which integrates a geographic information system (GIS), national watershed and meteorlogical data, and state-of-the-art environmental assessment and modeling tools into one convenient package. The SWAT modeling work in this study was conducted within the BASINS system (version 3.0).
Modeling for the Genesee River has been completed and a training workshop for state and local partners was held in September 2009.
Use and Applications
Development of the model will assist the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council (GFLRPC) and state and local watershed managers with a tool to aid in their evaluation, prioritization, and implementation of alternatives for soil conservation and non-point source pollution prevention in the watershed.
For more informationóor to obtain digital data for advanced modeling purposesócontact:
USACE, Buffalo District