Project Status: modeling is complete.
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Agricultural land use accounts for about 50% of the watershed, followed by forested land, which accounts for around 27% of the watershed. Historically, this land was used for agricultural and industrial purposes, with most of the local industry centered in the city of Lockport. The Erie Barge Canal flows through the city and adds to the flow in Eighteenmile Creek.
The major soil erosion and sedimentation issues within this watershed are due to agricultural erosion, increased development and loss of wetlands. Streambank instability below Burt Dam is also a concern, given that the dam acts as a sediment trap for contaminated sediments.
As part of this effort, the landuse-landcover GIS layer, an important input for the SWAT model, was manually updated using 2002 data and additional core data layers required for SWAT implementation were also acquired from the EPA BASINS website. This model was developed with supplemental funding from the Great Lakes Remedial Action Plan.
Training was provided for potential local users of the tool in 2005.
Use and Applications
The Niagara County Department of Tourism intends to implement a program to restore and protect the watershed and will use the model to support an integrated strategy to help developers gain a better understanding of how sediment moves throughout the watershed.
For more informationóor to obtain digital data for advanced modeling purposesócontact:
USACE, Buffalo District