Special Water Week Edition
The Power of Water!
Today’s topic: Water Uses – How do you enjoy New York’s waters? Water has the power to support a wide variety of uses when the water is protected from pollution and conserved so that it is available for use.
Did you know?
DEC monitors and assesses the lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams estuaries and coastal waters to ensure they support up to seven different uses: water supply, public bathing, aquatic life, fish consumption, shellfishing, general recreation and aesthetics. Not all waters are expected to support all uses (for example, marine saltwater estuaries do not support drinking water supply, and freshwaters do not support shellfish). Every waterbody in the state has a Classification that identifies the appropriate “best uses” for that waterbody.
Test your water knowledge (When you think you know the answer, check below.)
What does DEC consider the most important of the seven “best uses” that New York waters support?
Learn the answer and more about water uses and how they are protected on DEC’s website.
DEC operates a monitoring and assessment program that evaluates how well New York’s waters support these uses. Want to know how well your waters are supporting their best uses? Monitoring and assessment information can be found in the DEC’s most recent New York State Water Quality Report.
Answer: Though some uses may be considered to be of greater importance than others, DEC aims to protect all appropriate uses in each waterbody.